Arrival at Kilimanjaro Int’l Airport
Pick up from the airport and transfer to accommodation in Arusha for an overnight stay.
Day 1: Mti Mkumbwa (Big Tree Camps) 2750m
Hiking Time: 3 hrs
After breakfast, we will depart from Arusha towards the Londorossi Park Gate where we will register at the park entrance and make our final preparations before commencing our journey. We will be transferred by car across the Lemosho Glades and begin our walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, stopping to eat a packed lunch along the way.
Day 2: Shira One Camp (3500m)
Hiking Time: 7 hrs
We continue our journey through forest areas where the trail steepens and crosses several streams. We will pass across the Shira Plateau which leads to the Shira Camp, located along moorlands near a stream. The temperature here is notably colder than the previous night so remember to wrap up warm.
Day 3: Shira Two Camp (3840m)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hrs
The hiking from Shira one to Shira two takes 4-5 hrs which is walking from heathers and Mooreland zone. You will have a great view of Shira Peak, Shira plateau, and go to the Shira Cathedral. On top of it, you will see the nice view of the Shira plateau that was formed by the Shira peak eruption. This is a great place not only to see the beauty it offers but also great for acclimatization as it is higher than the Shira two Campsites (3940)
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking Time: 7 hrs
We will hike along a rocky path which leads us towards Lava Tower where we will reach an altitude of 4630m and the change in atmosphere is most likely to be felt here. After lunch, we descend back to the Barranco Camp and also back to the heather and Mooreland zone lava tower ad the alpine desert.
Option for 8 days climbers…
(For those of you who will go for 8 days after day four, day five will be to Karanga Camp which is in 3940m but those who will do the seven days they will go directly from Baranco camp to Barafu base camp which is 4600m ).
For the 7 days climbers the day five for them will be hiking to the summit from Baranco passing through Karanga Campsite, take lunch, and directly go to the Barafu Camp waiting for summit at midnight.
Day 5: Baranko to Karanga Camp
Hiking Time: 3-4 hrs
A highlight for many trekkers, we continue our ascent scrambling up the Great Barranco Wall and then over scree and ridges of the Karanga Valley which lies beneath the ice falls of the Southern Glaciers towards the Karanga Camp. A very short walk day and the lunch will be at the campsite and after a rest, in the evening you will have a short acclimatization walk from 3940m to 4200m and walk back to the Campsite for an evening tea, dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Barafu Base Camp (4600m)
Hiking Time: 3-4 hrs
This is the other short day walk from Karanga to Barafu Base Camp, walking in the alpine desert and you will be at the campsite early for lunch. The dinner will be early on this day so as you can have enough time to rest before going to the Uhuru peak which is 5895m at midnight. The ascending to the summit will be 7-8 hrs and descend is 3 hrs to the base camp. You will have your lunch and short rest before continuing to the Millennium camp or Mweka Camp which is 2 hrs to Millennium camp and four hrs to Mweka Camp.
Day 7: Barafu Camp 4600m – Millennium Camp 3700m or Mweka Hut 3100m
Hiking Time: 2 hrs to Millennium 4 hrs to Mweka Hut
The day hiking passes though the Alpine desert to the heather and Mooreland Zone. Enjoy seeing the beautiful landscape with different kinds of flowers including the protea and the impressions (elephant trunk).
Day 8: Millennium Camp 3700m or Mweka Hut 3100m to Mweka Gate
Hiking Time: 3 hrs for those spent a night at Mweka Hut and 4 – 5 hrs for those from Millennium camp.
On our final day of trekking, we will commence in the morning 3hour hike to Mweka Park gate. You will meet our driver waiting for you to get your certificates and drive back to Arusha for lunch and a relaxed afternoon waiting for the next day’s departure.