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CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO

one of the world's seven summits

We're heading to Tanzania to climb the tallest mountain in Africa. Wanna join?

Standing at 19,340 feet, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s 7 Summits.

This will be a personal, cultural, and geographic adventure.

Near the Tanzania – Kenya border sits one of the Africa’s most iconic natural wonders. Mount Kilimanjaro towers above the African bushlands and promises to be an adventure filled with stories you’ll tell over and over again!

It’s combination of diverse geography, impressive elevation, rich cultural experience, and accessibility make it truly unique in it’s appeal. While a physically strenuous endeavour, Uhuru Peak is a non-technical climb with no previous mountaineering experience required.

There are very few places in this world that offer non-mountaineers the gratifying, empowering reward of hiking in high altitude and witnessing so many distinct, mind-blowingly beautiful landscapes en route to the summit.

WHAT YOU’LL SEE WHILE WE CLIMB MT. KILIMANJARO

Cross over five unique landscapes while climbing to the summit

OUR EXPEDITION

Our adventure to Mount Kilimanjaro will be a tremendous individual and group experience. Leading up to our climb, you’ll receive support to help you physically and mentally prepare for your expedition. Our team will meet monthly on zoom so that you’ll meet the group, get advice on training, and learn technical outdoor information.

And, of course, you can’t climb Mount Kilimanjaro without celebrating on a safari! After summitting, we will head over to one on Tanzania’s best national parks for wildlife viewing.

Dates

8 – 12 days, September 2023

The Route

The 8-day Lemosoho route is the best balance of picturesque landscapes, difficulty, duration, and acclimatization.

OUR ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up and transfer to hotel.

Day 2

Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Hike from Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

We depart Moshi and have a 4 hour ride to Londorossi Gate, where we will begin the climb. We will fill out all the necessary paperwork for our climb, and then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through pristine forest until arriving at our first camp site.

Day 3

Elevation: 9,498 ft to 13,800 ft
Distance: 19 km/ 12miles
Hiking Time 8-10 hours
Habitat: Health

Hike from Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp, then
Hike from Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

We continue hiking out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

After a break, we continue for a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills, making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 4

Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Hike from Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 3 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Hike from Moir Hut to Lava Tower, then
Hike from Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

Day 5

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Hike from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Day 6

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Hike from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

Day 7

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Descend from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Hike from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak. then
Descend from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 8

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Descend from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Day 9 (Safari, optional)

Safari: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, the drive from Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park takes about 3-4 hours. After having a picnic lunch in Manyara, you start a late afternoon game drive, which is the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and others. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 (Safari, optional)

Safari: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive inside the crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game that you can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. We will spend the night at Ngorongoro Wild Camp.

Day 11 (Safari, optional)

Safari: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park takes about three hours. This park is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands and Oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rain when they migrate again to good grazing areas. In the late afternoon you will be dropped off at the airport for your flight, or a hotel depending on your travel plans.

Day 12 (Zanzibar, optional)

Potential: Zanzibar Beach

The Zanzibar archipelago is a tropical paradise perfect for relaxing before flying home. The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.

Day 13 (Zanzibar, optional)

Potential: Zanzibar Beach

The Zanzibar archipelago is a tropical paradise perfect for relaxing before flying home. The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.

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