Arrival & Briefing
Today is your arrival day in Moshi with no planned activities. The tour starts with a pre-climb briefing in the evening at your chosen base lodge (options are available on request)
Start your kilimanjaro climb
Your guide will meet you this morning and transfer you by road from Moshi to Londorossi gate. You’ll begin by walking the rain forest zone with your guide. The forest is thick with diverse flora and fauna. The short and winding path takes you steadily to Big Tree (Mti Mkubwa) Camp
hike across shira ridge
After leaving the forest zone this morning you walk a steep path which changes from dense forest vegetation to the heather and moorland zone. For the rest of today, you’ll hike steadily across the Shira ridge where you will have views of Shira Peak which is the third of Kili’s volcanic cones. The view is spectacular. Tonight you’ll be at Shira One Camp
Today’s hike takes you gradually across the Shira Plateau within the heather and moorlandzone. For those who want to, there is an optional extra hike to the Shira Cathedral peak (3880m) before gradually taking you to Shira two camp. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones and has been shaped by lava and volcanic activity to create a stunning jagged peak offering a unique western view of Kibo, the highest of the peaks and your final destination on the tour
Your hike today takes you towards Kibo cone steadily climbing up and over the edges of the alpine desert to your first high altitude at the lava tower (4630m). Today helps you to acclimatise and is also a great indicator to see how your body can handle the higher altitude. From the Lava Tower you begin your steep descent anti clockwise around Kibo and into the Barranco Valley. The day ends around the same elevation as you started on the edge of the heather and moorland
This morning you will leave the camp and ascend
the Barranco wall. This is an impressive non-technical scramble and gives a
feeling of mountain climbing (without any previous experience or advanced
equipment required) and is rewarded with a superb view from the top back into
the camp and the Heim glacier on the peak. The remainder of the hike will be through
the alpine desertslowly winding around the mountain till the Karanga
valley which you descend into and again up to Karanga camp
Today you climb almost casually through the
empty landscape of the alpine desert where you keep a slow pace even though the
path is not extremely steep. Kibo cone will start to appear and you may finally
glimpse the Mawenzi peak (Kilimanjaro’s second peak) in the east. The short
distance means you have plenty of time at your summit camp (Barafu Camp) to
rest and prepare for the summit attempt tonight
reach the summit
Around midnight, you begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru peak through the arctic zone. The trek is a steep hike over loose volcanic scree through the dark and cold night and takes a slow pace in a zig-zag pattern towards Stella point which is your first stop on the Kibo crater rim. From here a short but difficult hike remains to take you to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Descent through the alpine desert, heather and moorland in the rain forest zone for a well-deserved rest
back to moshi
Your final day on Kilimanjaro is a descent through the southern rain forest until Mweka gate where our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshitown. Usually, the crew will leave you at Mweka gate and it’s a perfect opportunity to say goodbye to your crew who all generally head directly home from the end gate.
Your Journey at a glance
Ideal duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Price: from US $2845
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