Itinerary Summary

The climb begins at Kamwanga Town center (in west of Kilimanjaro) at Londorosi Gate and majestically progress to all adventurous vicinities of the Kilimanjaro giving climbers good acclimatization experience.

The route includes Shira One Plateaus, glaciated dome of Kibo, Lava Tower, Moir Valley, Lent Hill, Rock Slabs. Climb ‘Buffalo Ridge’, Small Spring, Trek the Saddle and a Lunar Landscape

Itinerary Details

Day 1:  Registration Formalities at Londorossi   Gate

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi   gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain, sometimes we start walking a kilometer or two below the road head. We often have our lunch at the road head before starting to walk. It is an easy  day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m); [2-3 hours walking]

Day 2:  at “Shira One Plateaus” (3,550 m). [6-7 hours walking]

We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of  the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One” (3,550 m). [6-7 hours walking]

Day 3:  At Shira Hut (3,840 m) Close to Glaciated Dome of Kibo.

We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut (3,840 m). This campsite has stunning views, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. [5-7 hours walking]

Day 4:  Follow The Trail Up To Lava Tower at Moir Hut (4,200m). [5-7 Hrs]

In the morning we follow the main, and for those feeling strong there is a possibility to climb up to the ruined hut at Arrow Glacier around 4,800m. We then continue from Lava Tower to reach our campsite at Moir Hut (4,200m). [5-7 hours walking]

Day 5: Moir Valley, Lent Hill, Rock Slabs at Buffalo Camp (4,150m. [4-7 Hrs]

We climb out of the Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Little Lent hill at 4,375 meters. After admiring the views we return to the trail and head eastwards around the northern circuit trail. Here the trail passes through a field of rock slabs that clink as they are walked on. The final section of today’s walk undulates until reaching the location of Buffalo Camp (4,150m). At the camp there is a huge feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north.[4-7 hours walking]

Day 6:  Climb ‘Buffalo Ridge’, Small Spring to Third Cave Camp (3,900m). [5-7 Hrs]

From Buffalo Camp we climb up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and drop down the other side to reach  Pofu, nearby the is a small spring and some vegetation. The trail continues eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp (3,900m). [5-7 hours walking]

Day 7:  Trek the Saddle and a Lunar Landscape to School Hut Campsite (4,700m). [4-5 Hrs]

There is a steady ascent to reach The Saddle, a lunar landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. From here we continue upwards and reach School Hut Campsite (4,700m) in the early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the summit day.[4-5 hours walking]

Day 8:  Uhuru Peak (5,896 m) and retrace to Millenium Camp (3,800 m). [11-15 Hrs]

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Gilmans Point (5,685 m) in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. The trail leads west along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular  glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. We retrace our steps along the crater rim to Stella Point and then descends down through Barafu Camp to reach Millenium Camp (3,800 m). [11-15 hours walking]

Day 9:  Retrace Via Lavish Forest To Mweka Village Via Mweka Gate. (4-6 Hrs)

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to mweka gate (1,650 m) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. (4-6 hours walking)

Pricing Terms 

Price includes the following:

• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
• Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha and Arusha to Kilimanjaro airport
• Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy)
• with bed dinner and breakfast
• Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
• Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
• All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees and climbing permits.
• Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
• Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
• Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
• Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
• Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress
• Water for washing up daily
• Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
• Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
• A comprehensive Climbing Kilimanjaro travel info pack
• Flying Doctor Service

Price Excludes the Following:

• Flights and airport taxes
• Items of a personal nature
• Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US $ 230 to US $ 300 per hiker – depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
• South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for Tanzania, however most other Nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
• Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if travelling to Tanzania recommended)
• Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
• Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
• Optional but highly recommended Portable toilet
• Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets
• Meals & drinks not specified and snacks

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