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Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

Mount Kilimanjaro trekking on this Mount Kilimanjaro climbing route is quite steep. The terrain on Lemosho Route makes it only suitable for homogenous groups.

About Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

Lemosho Route

Mount Kilimanjaro trekking on this Mount Kilimanjaro climbing route is steep. The terrain here makes it only suitable for homogenous groups.

Every member needs to have similar fitness levels and experience. Mount Kilimanjaro trekking on this route requires prior experience scrambling on steep slopes.

There is significant danger of rock-fall on this route. All persons on Mount Kilimanjaro trekking on this route will have helmets. This is inclusive of all climbers, guides and porters.

No one suffering from “vertigo” will be allowed to climb this route.

Your Mount Kilimanjaro trekking itinerary is below:

Detailed 7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: LEMOSHO TRAILHEAD (7,800 ft) – FOREST CAMP (9,500 ft)

Meet and greet by our Tanzania safari rep in Arusha. You will be briefed on the Mount Kilimanjaro trekking package. Your departure from Arusha will be at around 0730hrs.

You will have 4 hours transfer to Londorossi gate. This will be in time for registration and completion of entry formalities. You will then have a one hour’s drive to the Lemosho trailhead.

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

Enjoy lunch upon arrival at trailhead. Start your Mount Kilimanjaro trek through undisturbed forest. This trek winds to the first camp. This will be about 3 – 4 hours of trekking.  Your overnight at Forest Camp also referred to as Mti Mkubwa camp.

Day 2: FOREST CAMP – SHIRA 1 CAMP (12,200 ft)

You start your day with an early breakfast. Your Mount Kilimanjaro trekking then takes you out of the forest. You will take a steep track into a Savannah of tall grasses. Head to the heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards.

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

Ascend through the lush rolling hills below the Shira plateau. Finally, you will reach Shira 1 camp at the edge of the plateau. This will be a day of 5-6 hours trekking. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is quite amazing.

Day 3: SHIRA 1 CAMP – SHIRA 2 CAMP (12,600 ft)

Full day on Mount Kilimanjaro trekking exploring the Shira plateau. You will trek east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak. You have the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone.

This is the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes.  Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. Trekking time without the optional excursions is about 3 hours.

Day 4: SHIRA 2 CAMP – LAVA TOWER CAMP (15,000 ft.)

After breakfast proceed at a steady pace up and down the expansive ridgelines of high desert. Your destination on Mount Kilimanjaro trekking will be to Lava Tower Camp.

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

This trek will take you about 4 hours.  Lava Tower is a 300 foot volcanic plug. It marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet, where the campsite is set. Scramble to the top of Lava Tower for fabulous panoramic views.

Day 5: LAVA TOWER – ARROW GLACIER CAMP (16,100 ft)

A 2 hour-trek up a steep, boulder-strewn path bring you to Arrow Glacier Camp. This is located at the foot of the great Western Breach. From this campsite rises the steep path up to the crater.

The massive headwall of the breach glows a warm red in the afternoon sun. You will have a rest in camp in preparation for the most challenging day ahead.

Day 6: ARROW GLACIER – UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft) – MWEKA CAMP (10,200 ft)

You will be woken up at 0000hrs. Start your day a hot cup of tea or coffee. It is time to ascend the Western Breach. This will take approximately 5-7 hours.

Upon reaching the crater rim, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the Northern Icefields. You can also see the Furtwangler Glacier, and Uhuru Peak itself. You have another 2 hours through the crater floor to Uhuru Peak.

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

As an option you can hike for an hour the Ash Pit and Reusch Crater. It is celebration time; you are at Point Uhuru. Time is short as you need to descend as soon as possible.

Descend along the gently sloping crater rim to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is at an altitude of at 19,000 feet (5,790 mt.). Continue with the descend on Mweka Route down a steep scree slope. You will be at Barafu Camp (15,100 ft. / 4,600 mt.) in time for lunch.

In the afternoon continue the descent into the Heather Zone to Mweka Camp. It is here that you will have your dinner and spend the night. The trekking time from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp will be from 6-8 hours. Total trekking time for the day is between 12-17 hours.

Day 7: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE (6,000 ft)

Enjoy 3 hours descend straight to the Mweka gate. Your Mount Kilimanjaro trekking will be in time for lunch. With the Mount Kilimanjaro trekking certificates issued it is time to head to Arusha.

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7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Costs:

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Inclusions/Exclusions

  • Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail head
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and porters
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • Private toilet
  • Four season, 3 person mountain tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Breakfast at hotel

Not included in 7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking price:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch or dinner at hotel
  • Beverages at hotel
  • Personal gear and equipment
  • Tips

Costs of extra services:

  • Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $250
  • Extra porter, for excess gear, per day $30
  • Extra hotel night in Moshi, check in 11 AM, check out 10 AM, per double room $90
  • Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardwear Lamina, synthetic -30F, per trip $50
  • No rental reservations necessary, payable in Tanzania
  • Trekking poles rental, telescopic, per trip $20
    No rental reservations necessary, payable in Tanzania
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    per person $1,495 (2+ climbers), solo climber $1,695

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