About this tour
The route starts with a rough drive through western Kilimanjaro to Londrossi gate. Remote and spectacular with dramatic gorges and views of West Kilimanjaro Climbers join Machame route for the summit ascent after a tough hike on Shira Plateau (weather exposed).
- Transport from the airport to the hotel and back
- Transport from moshi to the marangu gate and back
- Porters, cook, and guides
- All park fees
- Rescue fee
- 3 meals / day
- Drinking water
- 2 nights hotel before and after (b&b)
- Tents, and sleeping mats (no sleeping bag
Does not include
- Tips for the guides, cook and porters
- Rental equipments
- Sleeping bag
- Other personal climbing gear
- Laundry service
- Visa fee
Day 1 - LONDOROSSI GATE TO MTI MKUBWA
Drive from Arusha / Moshi to Londrossi for clearance and then be ferried to Shira starting point at 1,980m above sea level. Climbing will start from Lemosho route to Mti Mkubwa campsite passing through dense forest a walk which will take you 3 – 4 Hrs. En-route before reaching the camp you will be given your packed lunch. Dinner and overnight at Mti Mkubwa Camp.
Day 2 - MTI MKUBWA TO SHIRA 2 CAMPSITE (4 Hrs)
After breakfast, continue with ascending across the dense rain forest, climbing will gradually become steeper before reaching a wide moorland zone. Proceed toward Shira Camp 1 for a hot lunch. Proceeds gently east across the Shira Plateau and the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Hut on the moorland meadow; It is an excellent place in this route for acclimatization, while gaining the altitude slowly. Dinner and overnight at Shira Campsite2.
Day 3 - SHIRA CAMPSITE 2 TO BARRANCO CAMPSITE
After breakfast, break the camp and start for a climb eastward to the junction where you will meet climbers from Machame Route and continue climbing towards the Barranco Camp through Lava Tower while getting great views of the spectacular Barranco Valley. Dinner and overnight stay at Barranco Campsite.
Day 4 - BARRANCO CAMPSITE TO KARANGA VALLEY CAMPSITE
After breakfast start your climb up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down. The reason behind why Barranco Wall is nick named breakfast is that, just after taking your breakfast right away you start with a steep climb. You walk for 4 – 5 Hrs up Karanga Camp for hot lunch and some acclimatization, dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp.
Day 5 - KARANGA VALLEY TO BARAFU CAMP
After breakfast you start your climb towards Barafu Campsite 4 – 5 Hrs. We recommend our Clients to do a seven days climb because of having enough time to enable your body to relax and more acclimatization. On your relaxation you will be having a fantastic view of Mawenzi peak from the camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position. Early dinner and early sleep ready for the summit.
Day 6 - BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA CAMP via BARAFU
Just after midnight we start of a challenging trek (12-15 hours of trekking). At the early hours of the fifth day, you will start for the summit. You will climb for the peak through Builder- strewn ridge and a gap between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers to arrive rim at Stella point about midway between Gilman’s point and Uhuru Peak. You will proceed to Uhuru peak, the highest point of Kilimanjaro where you will be given enough time at the top of Africa taking some photographs and admiring the beautiful views, and not forgetting signing a special book kept at the top of the mountain for visitors. The temperature range from just below freezing at midnight at the summit. As dawn nears, we’ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. After breathtaking you will start to descend straight to Barafu for breakfast, then proceed down to Mweka Camp for dinner and where you will spend a night resting and memorizing.
Day 7 - MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA PARK GATE – TRANSFERS TO MOSHI / ARUSHA.
From Mweka campsite it is a 4 – 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Moshi for night at the Hotel in Moshi for a day at leisure and evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. OR Overnight.
Our meeting point
We can meet at the Kilimanjaro Airport, or if you're arriving by bus, we can also meet at the Moshi bus station.
Since we understand that planning ahead isn't always easy, to provide you with the best experience, we offer free-cancellation up to one week before departure. No questions asked.
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