On arrival in Tanzania you will transfer to a boutique coffee plantation lodge to relax and unwind after your flight. You will then receive a comprehensive briefing with your Expedition Leader. Dinner is included.
Night 2 - Big Tree Camp
From the lodge, you will make your way to the gates of the mountain where you will register before reaching the start of the trek. This initial part of the climb takes you through unspoiled rainforest, the trails are quiet and the chances of seeing wildlife, such as the Colobus Monkey, are relatively high, while elephants and buffalo are also known to roam the area. The four to six-hour walk through the rainforest culminates at the Big Tree Camp where you will spend the night camping at 2,780m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Night 3 - Shira 1
Today you will leave the rainforest behind and break into the moorland and heath zone, where the mountain opens up before you in all its glory. On a clear day you can look all the way back over the plains. The six to eight-hour climb to Shira Plateau is a gentle one; the plateau used to be an active volcano but the crater walls collapsed into their own caldera forming the plateau upon which you will spend the night, camping at 3,500m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Night 4 - Shira 2
After breakfast, you’ll head away from the path and across towards Shira Cathedral – part of the remnants of the old crater rim of the extinct volcano, Shira. This is not just a valuable acclimatisation walk but there is also an optional chance to scramble up the exciting ridge, which rewards climbers with breathtaking views looking down on the rest of the mountain. In the afternoon you will head back down the ridge to walk to the next camp, Shira Two, where you will camp at 3,900m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Night 5 - Lava Tower or Barrance Camp
Today, you’ll break the 4,000m barrier and enter a new climatic zone above the vegetation line. Low alpine desert, almost lunar in appearance, is devoid of tropical flora, but still surreally beautiful. Camp today depends on the ground the expedition covers, the weather and the pace of the group. The group may camp at Lava Tower, a great solidified lava funnel that rose and promptly solidified without time to flow downhill. If the weather is good, the eager ones can scramble up the tower. The other option is to trek a little further down at the foot of the Great Barranco Wall. You will camp at either Lava Tower (4,300m) or Barrance Camp (3,960m).Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Night 6 - Karanga Camp
Your goal today is Karanga Camp, five to eight hours away, high up on a ridge above the Karanga Valley. To reach it, you need to climb the Great Barranco Wall that was formed by a massive landslide 100,000 years ago. It looks daunting, but it is an easy – and very satisfying – trek up the wall into a series of valleys, arriving at Karanga Camp (4,305m) that evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Night 7 - Barafu Camp
Today’s camp, Barafu Camp (4,640m), is not too far, just a four to six-hour trek, at a relaxed pace, up the mountain – arriving in the early afternoon. You will spend the afternoon there, relaxing, enjoying the views and preparing to make the summit the next day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Night 8 - Millennium Camp
Starting out early in the morning, under the glow of a million stars, you will begin your final climb to the summit. On a clear evening, it’s possible to navigate the route by moon and starlight alone, without the need of a head torch. You may be able to spot the occasional shooting star as you make your way up Kibo, one of three volcanoes of Kilimanjaro, which represents the final summit climb. High up on the mountain, the sun will begin to rise over the extinct Mawenzi volcano, slowly bathing the plains far below in the golden morning light. At last, after a final push up the mountain, you’ll reach Uhuru Peak, 5,895m above sea level, making it the highest point of Africa. After taking in the captivating views from the summit you will make your way back down to Millennium Camp (5,895m), where you will spend the night. The journey down is much quicker and after twelve to sixteen hours of walking, you’ll reach camp with time to sit back, relax and reflect on your incredible journey. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Night 9 - Mweka Gate
Your last day on the mountain follows a gradual trail downwards, passing back through the rainforest and arriving back at the gates of the mountain. You will say goodbye to your Porters and head back to the lodge for a bath and well-deserved dinner to celebrate your phenomenal accomplishment. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.