Kilimanjaro is the trek of a lifetime and one which will feed your memories for years to come. We will be taking the challenging and less travelled Lemosho route up to the “Roof of Africa”. The Lemosho route provides beautiful panoramic vistas, a feeling of remoteness and variety of scenery. We will experience rainforest, moorland, high Alpine desert, glaciers and volcano calderas! The Lemosho route is designed to aid acclimatisation and thus increase your chances of making the summit. There is no getting away from the fact that this is a tough trek but it is very much worth it! Our local team provide a highly professional support service with a luxurious feel. All tents will be erected / dismantled for you and a professional cook will provide meals throughout.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Day 1 Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and taken to the Green Hills of Africa on the outskirts of Arusha. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you may choose to relax at the hotel or perhaps explore the town of Arusha (taxi required). In the evening, you will attend a briefing in preparation of your upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at the Green Hills of Africa.
Day 2 Arusha – Starting point – Big Tree Camp (2,800 m)
In the morning, you will be picked up at the Green Hills of Africa and taken to the Londorossi Gate (2,250 m). Here you will be registered by the national park authorities. Then you will drive an approximate 15 km on a bumpy track that will take you into the dense rainforest to the drop-off point where your trek begins. You will follow a moderately steep track, which leads you through an amazing and unspoilt natural forest to the Big Tree Camp (2,800 m). This camp is about 2½ hours away and it’s your destination for today. As this region is also home to wild game, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger during the first 2 days of your trek.
Day 3 Big Tree Camp (2,800 m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,850 m)
Today’s long trek starts on a small trail that passes through the rainforest. As one climbs, the forest gradually thins out and the landscape changes into heath and moorland where plants like ericas and lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach the Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for lunch, relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb (approximately 3 hours), you will climb another 250 m in altitude. The landscape will change again and you will walk on ground that once was a lava flow. Just before reaching Shira Camp 2, you will pass the giant senecios that can grow to almost 9 meters in height. At Shira Camp 2, you will camp for the night and with a little luck, enjoy the wonderful view of the Kibo summit at sunset.
Day 4 Shira Camp 2 (3,850 m) – Lava Tower (4,640 m) – Barranco Camp (3,950 m)
Today you will climb approximately 700 m but you will spend the night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise, as a height of over 4,500 m will be reached before descending again. In doing so, you will be able to see how your body reacts to such an altitude. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,600 m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to alpine desert. The climb passes through the wide Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours’ walking, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp – perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.
Day 5 Barranco Camp (3,950 m) – Karanga Camp (4,250 m)
Today’s trekking leg has many ascents and descents and shortly after the start, you will tackle the steepest part of the entire route – the Barranco Wall. Every now and then, you may need your hands to hold on as there are no climbing “paths”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you whenever necessary. After reaching the top of Barranco Wall, you will walk along the mountain ridge. From here you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit. You will get to Karanga Camp around lunch time.
Day 6 Karanga Camp (4,250 m) – Barafu Camp (4,640 m) After breakfast you will walk along a trail that passes through an alpine desert area until you reach the destination of today – the Barafu Camp. This camp is situated at an altitude of 4,600 m and will be reached in about 3 to 4 hours. In the afternoon you can relax and stretch your legs in preparation of the upcoming summit night. You will have dinner early in order to catch a few hours’ sleep, before you will be woken up at around midnight.
Day 7 Barafu Camp (4,640 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp (3,100 m) After some hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around 00:00 h. By torchlight you will start walking on the lava ash that is still frozen. After 5 to 7 hours you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). From “Africa’s Roof”, you will be able to see the surrounding landscape being lit up by the rising sun – a truly liberating experience. After a short break and taking photos, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday where the rest of the crew will be waiting for you. You will have a warm lunch and rest for about 1 to 2 hours before you make our way down to the Mweka Camp (3,000 m) about 3 hours away.
Day 8 Mweka Camp (3,100 m) – Mweka Gate (1,800 m) – Arusha The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Green Hills of Africa and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest or to celebrate your achievement.
Day 9 Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flight
Day 10 Arrive home after overnight flight
Price includes: 8 nights accommodation (2 nights guesthouse / 6 nights camping); all transport; all meals excl 1 lunch; fully supported trek; airport transfer meeting certain flights. Single room /tent available £20 per night supplement. Not included: Flights, tips, visa.