Our seven day trek will see us summit via the Lemosho route, a little-known ascent through the untouched Tanzanian rainforest, passing the giant plants of the Shira Plateau, flanking the Kibo glacier before an exhilarating final climb up the steep lava scree by headtorch. You’ll be rewarded with the extraordinary panoramic sunrise, looking out across the great East African plains far below.
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DAY 1 Depart UK
We fly from London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. The flight departs from Heathrow in the evening. Your 360 guide will normally be with you on this flight.
DAY 2 Arrive Moshi
On arrival at Kilimanjaro we are met by our local guides and transfer to our hotel in the village of Marangu or Moshi town. The remainder of the day will be free for rest and relaxation. After dinner there will be a comprehensive trek briefing from your 360 leader in preparation for the adventure ahead.
DAY 3 Trek to Big Tree Camp (2,780m)
Today we start our climb. From the lodge we register at the Lemosho Gate before being transferred to the start of our trek. The initial climb takes us through unspoilt rainforest. The trails are natural and as there are so few people who attempt this route the chances of seeing wildlife such as the agile Colobus monkey are relatively high. Elephants and Buffalo are also known to roam the area. The walk through the rainforest takes us to our first night’s camp at Big Tree Camp (2,780m).
DAY 4 Shira Two (3,900m)
Today’s trek sees us leaving the rainforest and entering the moorland and heath zone. As we leave the rainforest the mountain opens up before us and we will see the vastness of Kilimanjaro. On a clear day we can see right down onto the plains below and get a sense of perspective on how high we are climbing. We continue a gradual climb onto the Shira plateau, which once used to be an active volcano, until the crater collapsed inwards to form the caldera we are walking on. Tonight’s camp is on the plateau at 3,900m.
DAY 5 Barranco (3,960m)
Today we enter yet another climatic zone as we break the 4,000m barrier. We come into a zone of low alpine desert which some people describe as a lunar landscape. This can look amazingly surreal but has a unique and austere beauty to it. Camp today will vary depending on the strength of the group and weather conditions. We may camp by the Lava Tower, a rock tower formed thousands of years ago by molten lava which formed the tower and then solidified (which we can scramble up, weather permitting). Alternatively we may camp lower down the valley at the foot of the Great Barranco Wall (3,960m).
DAY 6 Karanga Camp (4,035m)
We trek today to the ridge above the Karanga valley. To get here we have to tackle what groups describe as one of the best and most exciting parts of the trip, the Great Barranco Wall. This impressive wall of rock was formed from a huge landslide occurring 100,000 years ago. To continue we need to climb this wall. This involves some easy scrambling but requires no climbing skills. Reaching the top of the Barranco Wall provides an amazing sense of achievement together with great views over the plains. Once over the wall, the terrain changes once again as we trek through a series of valleys to reach our final destination for the day, Karanga Camp (4,035m)
DAY 7 Barafu Camp (4,640m)
A gradual ascent today will take us to our high camp. The day is focused on a relaxed pace to save our energy for when we go for the summit early the next day. This is a shorter day and we should get to the Barafu ridge and our high camp around lunch time or early afternoon. The rest of the day will see us resting and hydrating for the forthcoming summit attempt.
DAY 8 Summit Attempt: Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Millenium Hut (3,720m)
Today we go for it! We’ll wake in the early hours of the morning, while the stars are still bright. If there is a clear sky we can sometimes navigate by star and moonlight without the need for head torches. Absorb what is around you and soak in the atmosphere as we head for the summit. Shooting stars will be flying past you as you make your way up Kibo which is one of the three volcanoes making up Mount Kilimanjaro. This volcano is not yet extinct, but lies dormant and acts as the final summit climb to reach the highest point on Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak. This summit night will be a challenge, although achievable. For some this will be the hardest physical and mental challenge you have undertaken in your life, but once you have done this the achievement and rewards are immense. We aim to reach high on the mountain around sunrise. After taking in the glorious spectacle of the sun rising over Mawenzi (an extinct volcano making up one of the three volcanoes that form Kilimanjaro) we continue for the final push onto the summit and the highest point in the whole of Africa! The descent will be much quicker as we make our way to Millenium Camp (3,790m). Here we will regroup and reflect on the special journey we have just undertaken together.
DAY 9 Mweka Gate (1,630m)
Enjoy the last day on the mountain as we say goodbye to the local porters and guides and show our great appreciation for all their hard work. There is a gradual trail downwards as we once again pass through the lush rainforest before arriving at the gate. We will then be transferred back to our hotel where we can celebrate in the evening all our accomplishments over the last few days.
DAY 10 Day in Moshi and evening flight to Heathrow
Recover from the climb and spend some time visiting Moshi for a chance to buy souvenirs before your transfer to the airport for our evening flight back to the UK. Flight depending, there are various options for this day such as visiting Mama Lynn's Orphanage or a one day safari. Your leader will be happy to discuss the various options with you.
DAY 11 Arrive back in the UK