From Arusha driver three hours to Londorosi gate, the National Park for paper sign and then the forest edge trailhead 2,122m/7,000ft. From here we will walk about 3 hours through the undisturbed forest to our camp for the night. With luck you will be able to see Colobus monkeys and at least signs of elephant on your walk to camp. The ascent today will be 607m/2,000ft and 6-7 hours walk. Dinner and overnight at Forest Camp
Taking our time walking through the forest will help us spot some of the plentiful game and bird life. The day's hike will take us through the Montane Forest and the Hagenia zone to our camp located on the Shira plateau at 3,426m/11,300ft. We will point out the unique environmental differences that characterize these separate equatorial zones. The ascent today will be 697m/2,300ft and 6-7 hours walk. Dinner and overnight at Shira One Camp
Our hike today will be about 4 hours across the Shira Plateau and one hour up the western slope of the Kibo Massif. We will enjoy hike through fine open moorland to Shira camp at 3,840m/12,650ft. Herds of eland up here (& occasional lion!) Also, there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. The ascent will be 840m/2,500ft and 4-5 hours walking. Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp
From Shira, climb towards the main peak, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert to volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing Western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for mid – way camp at 3,950m/12,900ft. This will be 5-7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent – after having climbed high and dropping down low to sleep and assist acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp
Climb the steep Barranco Wall which includes some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley at 3,800m/12,700ft. This is a short walking day, 3-4 hours, with an optional acclimatization hike in afternoon up onto the scree below the glaciers. Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp
Up to Barafu camp perched high on a rocky bluff at 4,750m/ 15,200ft. Fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak and a bit less to climb tomorrow morning! This is another short walking day, about 4 hours, 950m, with less exertion and a good rest in afternoon immediately before the hard summit day. Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp
Around midnight, enjoy breakfast and start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach Stella Point on the crater rim for sunrise – another 40mins and you're at the highest point on the continent 5,895m/19,340ft, usually in warm sunshine. Return on the Mweka descent route. Ascent of 1,300m/4,000ft over the seven hours trek to the summit, enjoy standing at the highest point in the African Continent and then descend over 2-3 hours back to Barafu camp for lunch. After lunch continue trek descent 1,750m/ 5,000ft over 3-5 hours to the Mweka camp at 3,000m/10,000ft. This is a long hard day but you will feel absolutely ecstatic when you have finished! Enjoy dinner and a good night's rest. Dinner and overnight at Mweka
A morning descent of 4-5 hours through the forest brings us to Mweka Gate where you collect your certificate and meet the vehicle. We return to Arusha Hotel in Arusha for a hot shower and overnight after the climb; Dinner and overnight Hotel
Accommodation is camping throughout in 2 person mountain tents shared by two people. Vehicles or local porters will carry all your gears; you only carry a daypack with personal gear. During camping you will not have to participate in camp chores. We buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff. We can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments. We can also arrange extra hotel bookings and airport transfers for before and after your trip.
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