Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport/Arusha
Pick up on your arrival by our representative and transferred you to the hotel booked for overnight at Karama lodge.
Day 2: Londorosi gate / Mti mkubwa (9,170 ft).
A three-hour drive from our Arusha Hotel brings us to the Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. At the gate we check in. We then drive to the trail head at Lemosho Glades and start our trek through the rain forest. In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the narrow track. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. In about 4 hours we reach our camp in the rain forest for dinner and overnight. Mti Mkubwa
Day 3: Mti mkubwa/ shira camp (11,500ft).
After breakfast, we start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moor land zone. Today is a 6-7 hour trek with an altitude gain of 2,400 ft. After lunch, in a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater, we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau which is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you’ll get your first close views of Kibo – the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro. Shira Campsite
Day 4: shira camp / moir camp (13,650 ft.)
After breakfast we continue our trek east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Moir camp. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular. It’s about a 6 hour hike to camp. On the way we pass the first of many Giant Senecios, some of Kilimanjaro’s other-worldly massive plants. Moir Camp resembles an amphitheater as it sits below a massive lava flow Moir camp
Day 5: moir camp / lava tower (14,950 ft.)
In this Alpine Moorland Zone, the plants are extremely hardy, and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather among others. Today’s hike is about 6-7 hours.We will have some fun and take a non-technical scramble up to the top of the Lava Tower rock. The views of Kibo peak above, and the Shira Plateau below remind you that you are trekking in paradise. The scramble also allows us good acclimatization .Lover tower
Day 6: lava tower / karanga camp (13,000 ft.)
From Lava Tower, we are trekking mostly downhill today, around Kibo’s spectacular south-facing glaciers. The view of the towering peak is spectacular. After descending through the heather and lobelias to 12,800 ft., we climb the Barranco Wall, a massive “rock” 500 feet high. We then descend through the Karanga Valley to our camp up the other side of the valley Karanga camp
Day 7: karanga / barafu camp (14,950 ft.)
The air starts getting quite thin, and you will be running short of breath. It’s a tough, but a rewarding uphill climb to the rocky, craggy slopes at the camp. “Barafu” means, “ice” in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. We arrive here fairly early. This is an important part of our plan, as we need to hike up a thousand feet, so we can acclimatize at around 16,000 ft. before we climb to the crater the next day. Barafu camp
Day 8: barafu camp / crater camp (18,370 ft.)
Unlike most companies, who climb this route at night, we climb in the daylight. We slowly wind our way from Barafu for around 7 hours until we reach the edge of the crater floor. You’ll be running short of breath here, There might be snow along this part of the climb, and it’s extremely cold, so we dress warmly. The views of the Kibo saddle below Mawenzi Peak are what we came here for. We trek along the inner crater floor to our camp a thousand feet below the summit, and relax after our hard trek. Crater camp
Day 9: crater camp / summit! to millenium camp (19,340 ft. – 12,500 ft.).
We spend about 2 hours hiking up to Uhuru Peak, the summit. Euphoria, relief, ecstatic, powerful, are just a few words that describe what you’re feeling at the top. After the celebration, we head down to our last camp on the mountain, “high” in more ways than one. We hike down to Millennium Camp, (about 8 hours) and your lungs will thank you as you as you breathe the oxygen-rich air. We enjoy a celebration meal, prepared by our cook at camp, and enjoy our last night on Kilimanjaro. Millenium camp
Day 10: millennium camp / Moshi
In the morning we have a four-hour walk down to the road, where we meet our vehicle, and drive back to the hotel. Overnight at Weru weru river lodge.
Day 11: Moshi/Kilimanjaro Airport.
After breakfast you will drive to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home.
- All Park fees, Picnic lunches. Rescue fees, Camping fees,
- All transfers as Indicated in the itinerary above,
- Hotel overnight after trek in Arusha.
- Accommodations based on double occupancy – Sleeping in the dome tents.
- Meals as per the above itinerary – 3 Meals a day – Vegetarians and Non vegetarians.
- Services of Bright African Safaris staff throughout. The cook will be responsible for your 3delicious meal a day.
- Services of a Senior Bright African Safaris Naturalist Trekking Guides and assistance guide.
- All baggage handling – Recommended weight for clients’ backpack to be carried up the mountain is 15kgs. Kindly allow 5 kg for personal daypacks including Cameras.
- We will provide 1guide and 1 assistant guides in this trekking. Our Guides are licensed and have received training from Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park Instructors.
- Transfers to the gate before and After Trek to Arusha.
- Services of Bright Safaris Camping equipment. These are Tents, Sleeping mattress, camping table and chairs etc.
- Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits (as well as gifts like local crafts etc)
- Any local and international flights tickets (airline).
- Tips for staff such as guides, porters and the cook staff
- Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance
- Meals and expenses en route to Tanzania
- Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature
- We advice our clients to bring their own first Aid Kit.
Budget Camping Safari: food supplied (Menu)
Breakfast: Fruit, egg, Fruit juice, eggs, bread/French toast/plain toast/pancakes.margarine/jam/honey/peanut-butter,cereals/porridge,Milo Pancakes, Oats, Omelette’s, tea/coffee
Picnic lunches: Sliced carrot & cucumber strips, seasonal fruits, boiled eggs, vegetable/meat cutlets, sandwiches (egg/cheese/tuna/tomato).
Dinners : Soup (Mushroom/cucumber soup, Pumpkin soup/chicken/vegetable) bread, a meat dish, rice/pasta/potatoes, Fish curry/Noodles, vegetable dishes(Vegetable Kish etc, fruit, some local dishes which am sure they will be more interested to you.
Desserts: Bush made cake accompanied with local Brewed Tanzanian coffee, Tea, Cup of hot Chocolate, Milo’s etc.
Snacks : Peanut/Crisps/Popcorn/Cookies.
Below is the list of the gears that you should bring with you for trekking.
FOR FEET: Mt. Boots, Socks – at least 4/5 pairs (This must be thin and thick ones) 1 pair of gaiters, Sandal/open shoes,(optional)
FOR BOTTOM: 1 thermal (warm) trousers, 1 thermal (warm) long underwear, 1 wind/water proof trousers.
FOR TOP: 2 or 1 long sleeved thermal shirts, 1 thermal T-shits, 1 thermal jacket or sweater, 1 down jacket, preferable wool attached one.
FOR HANDS: 1 pc of roll foam or air mattress, 1 warm sleeping bag.
OTHER GEARS: 1 head lump and spare batteries, 1 pair or 1 pc of walking sticks, 1 pair of sunglasses or ice goggles, Sun block cream or Lotion, Lipstick cream, First Aid Kit, Camera + films with its spare batteries, passport book, a day pack, a rucksack or safari bag.
FOR DRINKING: Drinking water bottle (NALGEN) or any other brand like SIGG or optional, camel pack.
Note: These Items can be also hired here in Arusha before your Trek