You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.Meals: No Meals Included.
We depart Moshi to Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities and eat lunch at this gate while sort the things which will go to Kilimanjaro. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour). Upon arrival at starting point, we then start walking through undisturbed forest which winds to the ﬁrst camp site Big tree (2780m / 9121ft).
Continuing on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, depending on the weather on this day you will have hot lunch in the half way. Then proceed to the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp (3500m / 11483ft). The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
You will explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Hot on the way before heading to the Moir hut. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Then we continue to Moir Hut (4175m / 13698ft),
From the Shira Plateau, Moir hut, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the „Shark‘s Tooth“
Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Lava Tower Camp
The time of 1.5 – 2 hour-trek up a steep, boulder-strewn path bring us to Arrow Glacier Camp (4830m / 15846ft), at the great foot of the Western Breach. At this campsite rises the steep path up to the crater. The massive headwall of the breach glows a warm red in the afternoon sun, while you rest in camp in preparation for the most challenging day ahead.
Really early morning a hot breakfast, we begin to ascend the Western Breach no later than 5 am, which will take approximately 5-6 hours. In this day we will take our helmet on and ropes if needed as it might be rock fooling. Upon reaching the crater rim, we’ll be treated to a stunning view of the Northern Icefields, the Furtwangler Glacier. Another 1.5 to 2 hours through the crater floor (with an option to hike to the Ash Pit and Reusch Crater). Overnight at Crater Camp (5730m / 18799ft).
We will rise around 04:00, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the early morning darkness. From the crater floor you will probably encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak (5895m / 19340ft). Time spend on the summit should be not that much depend on the weather conditions. As you stop there for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment day to remember for the rest of your life.
Walking to Barafu Camp from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest, before heading down to Mweka Camp (3080m / 10105ft). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late evening. Dinner and washing water will be provided as well as drinking water and coffee. While waiting for the dinner.
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Gate (1630m / 5347ft), where you’ll have hot lunch at the gate while you team will be waiting for you, Get awarded with certificates whereby golden certificates are given to hikers who reached at Uhuru peak or Stella point certificates then your team will sing some Kilimanjaro songs plus traditional songs while getting tips. Our company jeep or transfer car will be there taking you to your hotel for hot shower then enjoy the rest of your day in the hotel, dinner then overnight.
We are organizing safari too, so we expect your following days will be on the safari.
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