Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world; you can trek to its summit.
Imagine yourself on the summit of Kilimanjaro because at that moment in time, there will be no-one on the entire African continent standing higher than you, and very few people in the world either!
Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world and the highest point on the African Continent.
Summit success on Kilimanjaro is directly related to the amount of acclimatisation you have and therefore we use of prime preferred Lemosho route. At 8 days, it is the longest and therefore linked to the highest summit success rate.
Having arrived and spent a night in Moshi, your trek begins and for the first few days, the scenery will change from dense rain forest (with monkeys!), to moorland through to alpine desert. This vast expanse that was once a volcano will become apparent as you circle on the south side of this huge mountain, acclimatising as you go. The fantastic ascent up the infamous Barranco Wall is unexpected with great views of Mt Meru.
The trek to this incredible 5895m (19,305’) summit is what you came for. You will be preapred for a potentially cold, dark, 6 – 7 hr climb, initially to Stella Point (on the rim of the Kibo crater) and then onto the summit itself (marked by the Uhuru signpost). Savour the moment, watch that sun rise, take in your surroundings (get that photo!) as you won’t want to hang around at this altitude (and low temperatures) for very long!
The Lemosho route; the longest and best for acclimatisation
Watch the sunrise over the earth’s curvature
Trek through 5 climatic zones from rain forest to alpine glacier
Options to extend to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Thank you so much.. for the most amazing experience. The porters were unbelievebale...I would definitely not have made the summit without their help and support. The Guides went beyond the call of duty. Here I am at work, sore feet but so proud to have done it. No hesitation in recommending Travel and Trek; so professional, it ran like clockwork.
Travel and Trek; cracking company. They clearly know their stuff and their passion shows through with their advice and chats on the phone if you're unsure about anything. They make sure you're well prepared; makes a big difference. I have a fab time and a successful summit, as we all did. Great Guides too who looked after us very well.
Date and Prices Content
Meet in Country
5 - 16 Jun 2017
6 - 17 Sep 2017
17 - 28 Jan 2018
The deposit for this trip – £250
Requested sole occupancy – £99
The min overall group size on this trip – 2 (solo bookings are always welcome).
Prices quoted rely on a reasonable time frame of 7-8 months prior to departure for international flight bookings. If the booking is less than 6 months, the flights may increase. Prices will be advised and confirmed prior to booking.
Day 1. Depart UK
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival at the group hotel in Moshi.
Fly from London bound for Tanzania (Kilimanjaro’s international airport).
Day 2. Arrive Tanzania
You will be collected by our Staff at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Your Guide will be there to meet you and brief you on the timings for tomorrow and offer any further assistance.
You are then free to settle in and prepare for the trek the following day. Our friendly hotel staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance.
Day 3. Moshi – Londrossi Park Gate (2100m) – Forest Camp (2800m)
Your Guide will meet you at the hotel and after breakfast, drive to the Londrossi Gate (approx 2 hrs drive) on the west side of Kilimanjaro.
After registering at the gate (compulsory), meet your porters and begin this fantastic trek. It’ll take about 2 – 3 hrs of trekking through dense rain forest for you to reach Forest Camp, your first nights stop. BLD
Day 4. Forest Camp – Shira Camp One (3500m)
Continue your trek through the rain forest and keep an eye out for the monkeys! Leaving the rain forest, the trek continues upward through a high moor with some interesting flora and fauna to see. The altitude is already beginning to get to a significant level as you head towards your second night stop at Shira Camp. Great views towards Mt Meru. 4 – 5 hrs, BLD
Day 5. Shira Camp One – Shira Camp Two (3900m)
A great day to demonstrate the history of this area and to see how vast Kilimanjaro National Park is. We take a diversion trek via the Cathedral Rock formation across the wide Shira Plateau with glorious views to Mt. Meru and Kibo. The Shira Plateau is a relict of a gigantic volcano and oldest of the three volcanos of the Kilimanjaro Massive. 6hrs, BLD
Day 6. Shira Camp Two – Barranco (3950m), via the Lava Tower (4590m)
A good acclimatisation day as we ascend to the well known Lava Tower for lunch (4590m, approx 4 hrs of trekking). Cracking views of where you have come from.
The second half of the day is a descent back down to 3950m, where you will camp at Barranco. Right in front of you is the wonderful Barranco Wall, the first thing you will go up in the morning. 6 hrs, BLD
Day 7. Barranco – Karanga (4050m)
This is another trek high, sleep low day with the first hour and a half ascending up through the Barranco wall. Some fantastic views once you get onto the top of this. After a short break you will walk along the old original Machame Route, descending until you arrive in the Karanga valley. It is a relatively short day but all geared to your acclimatsation. Never be tempted to skip this day and move on to Barafu. 3 – 4 hrs, BLD
Day 8. Karanga – Barafu (4650m)
Another short day but a very important one. The ascend to the Barafu should be taken slowly and when you do arrive, take your time to rest, drink and take an early dinner in preparation for the overnight ascent to the summit. Ensure that all of your kit is ready for the climb; snacks, water, torch, batteries, etc… Check, check and check again. 3 hrs, BLD
Day 9. Barafu – summit (5895m) – Mweka Hut (3100m)
Summit day; this is the day you have been waiting for!
At approx midnight you will begin the ascent. You are likely to see lots of lights ahead of you and behind you. It is not a race, take your time to get into the climb. The initial target is Stella
Point (5730m) with the summit (Uhuru) just another 40 mins away. You should reach this by sunrise.
Get up to Uhuru and enjoy the view, enjoy the moment for just then, there is no human on the African Continent standing higher than you! The descent is much faster and in daylight, you will see why. The upper reaches of the mountain is made of soft ash, perfect for scree running! Once you have descended back down to Barafu, rest a little, eat, drink and then continue the long descent to Mweka Camp. Total trek time today is up to 15 hrs with a 1300m ascent. BLD
Day 10. Mweka Hut – Mweka Gate – Hotel
From here, it’s just a 3hr trek down through the rain forest to exit the park at the Mweka Gate, where you will be presented with your Certificate.
Your transport will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel for a well earned rest and shower. BL
Day 11. Depart
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the aiport for your flight back to London. Depending on flight schedules, it is possible that you will arrive UK same day. B
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