Day 1: ORIENTATION DAY
This day is designed to give you plenty of time to relax, pack and recoup from the long journey. We will meet you late in the morning for a short climbing orientation. We will give you a climb briefing and answer any questions you have about the climb. We will also do an equipment check with each person to be sure that you are fully prepared. We have designed this day to allow for walking, game viewing or cultural exchange with indigenous people. Accommodation is full board (Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 2: MONTAINE FOREST (9,700')
The majority of the hike on this first day is through the Mountain Forest. Lush vegetation with very old trees and lilts of ferns and mosses mark this as an area that gets reliable rain year round. The forest abounds with wildlife; small bushbuck and duikers as well as monkeys. There is also rich and varied bird life. The first three hours or so is on gently rising land before steepening for the last two hours. The camp for the night is in a small clearing on the trail.
Day 3: GIANT HEATH LAND (13000')
Shortly after starting the hike the forest gradually gives away to the giant heath. The trail has been following a ridge for some time and as it ascends through the heath land the ridge narrows and sharpens, finally becoming knife edge with steep drops on each side. As the height of the heath reduces there are stunning views of both Kilimanjaro's southern flank and across the Mount Meru some 50 miles away. Wildlife changes with the vegetation, jackals may be heard barking and the huge Lammergeyer seen circling overhead. The camp is overlooking the Barranco Valley with views up towards Arrow Glacier.
Day 4: ARROW GLACIER (15800')
The day starts through the unique Barranco valley with its lush vegetation and giant scenarios. As the valley steepness we strike off up a screed ramp on the most direct route to Arrow Glacier. The vegetation is left behind as we move through old weather rock and alongside old lava runs. A final boulder slope brings us to the Arrow Glacier Campsite.
Day 5: DAY HIKE- ACCLIMATIZATION (15800')
This day is a chance to acclimatize and rest before the push to the summit. During the day we will take a hike up the Western Breach Route to familiarize ourselves with it and if necessary kick steps in the snow. This hike will also help with our acclimatization.
Day 6 : SUMMIT AND BEGIN DESCEND (19340')
Leaving at midnight we will wind our way up the Western Breach non-technical climbing route, for about six hours to the crater rim. Moving around the massive Fur wrangler Glacier as the skies lighten we will see the shape of Mt. Meru to the west. Having crossed the crater plateau we begin the final 800 ft climb to the summit (19,340ft) arriving shortly after dawn. Having enjoyed the view we begin the long descent to Barafu Hut then on down to Mweka Camp for the night.
Day 7: ARUSHA
Hiking time will vary depending on the trail conditions while traveling through the lush vegetation at this elevation. Rain can occur any time of year at this location and can make the trail muddy requiring a slower pace. Once we have descended the 4,500 feet to the road head we will have our lunch and say good-bye to our mountain staff before driving back to Arusha for a nice hot shower and time to relax, ready for departure home or onto wildlife safari the next day.