Starting point:Lemosho Glades:2389m/7838ft,Mti Mkubwa:2785m/9137ft
For the first day we will leave the hotel early in the morning and drive to Londorosi Gate for registrstion.We will then drive to Lemosho Glades (2389m) where you will start the 3-4 hrs trek through the unspoiled rainforest to Big Tree camp(2785m) where we will have dinner and stay overnight.
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Ditance 7.9 kilometers 5.0 miles
Mti mkubwa camp:2785m/9137ft to Shira 1 campsite 3504m11,496ft
Today the trek will take 6-7 hours with a gain of altitude of approximately 719m. Lunch will be served within an exciting valley just outside the Shira crater at 3004m. After lunch we’ll go across the rim into the Shira Caldera which filled from lava from Kibo. We will camp and have dinner at Shira One camp (3504m).
Distance:6.9km (10.11kmvia the Cathedral Peak)
Shira 1campsite3504m/11496ft to Shira hut campsite:3895m/12779ft via Cathedral Peak 3862m/12671ft
Today we have a 6-7 hour walk East across the Shira Plateau. This brings use to Shira Two camp via Shira Cathedral peak at 3862m. Shira Two is at a height of around 3895m where we will camp and have dinner.
Distance :10.1 km to Barranco Hut
Distance:6.7km to Lava Tower Tower
altitude gained:732m to lava tower rock
Altitude lost:641 Descent to Barranco Valley
shira hut:3895m/12779ft via lava Tower:4627m/15180ft to Barranco hut 3986m/13077ft
Today consists of going over a ridge at 4627m or 4600m over the Lava Tower which offers invaluable altitude acclimatization. From here we have a further 5-6 hour trek as we drop down though the Barranco Valley to the camp beside Barranco Wall at 3986m where we will camp and have dinner. The walk today takes between 8-10 hours.
Barranco hut:3986m/13077ft, Karranga upper camp:4034m/13235ft
After an early breakfast, we will start by climbing up Barranco Wall which gives us an altitude gain of 300m. We continue our trek for 5-6 hours, crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga Upper camp (4034m) where we will have our lunch. In the afternoon we will have an optional altitude acclimatizing trek up the scree slopes.
Karanga Upper Valley:4034m/13235ft,Barafu Hts:4662m/15295ft
After breakfast we will have about 2-4 hours trekking to an altitude of 4600m. At the camp we can either take an afternoon rest or acclimatization until midnight when our trek to the summit will commence.
Barafu hut:4662m/15295ft,Stella point:5745m/18848ft,Uhuru Peak:5895m/19341ft,Millenium hut:3827m/12556ft,Mweka Hut:3106m/10191ft
We rise very early at around midnight to start the ascent up to the crater rim through the scree slopes to Stella Point, then to the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak. Stella Point is located at 5745m around the crater rim . It is worth wearing several layers of thermal clothes before starting the trek to the summit. After enjoying the amazing views on Kilimanjaro’s summit, we will trek downwards via Stella Point and the scree slopes back to Barafu camp for some hours rest before heading to Millennium camp located at 3827m. This is the hardest day for the trekkers to have ever experienced, which involves ascents and descents taking around 13-15 hours. We will camp and have dinner at Millennium camp.
High altitude including steep rock terain
Mweka hut:3106m/10190ft,Mweka Gate:1633/5358ft
We leave the camp early in the morning and trek downwards to Mweka Gate via Mweka camp (3106m). The path from Millennium camp takes us through where heather grows, and the path is dusty. It takes about an hour to Mweka camp. The dusty path continues for some time before entering a heavy rainforest that takes us to the gate where we will have a picnic lunch, certificate presentation and photos before heading to the hotel where you will have dinner and stay overnight. It will take us 4-5 hours from Mweka camp to Mweka Gate (1633m).