This climb is ideal for those wanting more privacy, a slower climb, or a more scenic route. The traversing of the Shira plateau can be especially spectacular, and this route also ensures the best of the Machame route. The dates have been set to coincide with the full moon and the best weather conditions. All Mount Kilimanjaro Climbs include a large staff including the chief guide, an assistant guide, cook, and porters. Camp is superbly outfitted, including thick foam mattresses for all the igloo tents, a toilet tent, tables and chairs, and high frequency two-way radios for communication with base.
Day 1: Arusha
Whenever you arrive, you'll be personally met and transferred to a lovely resort in the foothills of Mt. Meru, Africa's fifth highest mountain. Those arriving especially early can book optional activities. Then, spend the afternoon with your mountain guide preparing for the climb.
Day 2: Forest
After picking up the requisite documentation at the park gate, the safari continues to the Lemosho Glades starting point. Less steep than the Machame route and less used, today's trek is through the forest that laces the foot of the mountain. This evening's camp is pitched in the forest at around 2750 metres.
Day 3: Shira
Today's trek takes you slowly up the edge of the Shira volcano. As you gain altitude the vegetation thins and exotic species of high altitude plants appear. Camp is situated near the rim of the ancient volcano and provides a good opportunity to get the first direct views of Kilimanjaro's peak. Camp is pitched at about 3500 metres.
Day 4: Shira
Trek to Shira Camp across the Shira Plateau, the flat caldera of a volcano that was actually bigger and is much older than Kilimanjaro. Views can be very weather specific but on good days are breathtaking. Bilious clouds are often observed melting down from its rim onto the heath covered plateau. Kibo also shines with a silvery luminance as the glaciers reflect the strong sunlight. At times mist covers the plateau - views come and go quickly. You arrive in time for lunch and then have plenty time to relax and even go for a short acclimatisation walk in the afternoon.
Day 5: Lava Tour
Today you will walk for 3 - 5 hours, enjoying sightings of the typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation and reaching a high point of around 4600 meters at our Lava Tower camp. The hiking takes us out of the heath zone into alpine desert where only the very toughest tussock grasses can survive. Freezing at night and blazing conditions in the day make this a hard place to exist. For those that are up to it we ascend the Lava Tower in the afternoon. Overnight Lava Tower.
Day 6: Karanga
Today we hike from Lava Tower to Karanga valley. The trail initially sets of down hill into the Barranco valley before ascending the Barranco wall. In this region there are significant numbers of very mature Senecios (giant groundsels). Lunch is taken on trail before heading onto Karanga valley and up to camp. In the afternoon we have time to relax and for the very active there is a chance to head over to the Karanga valley to look at some spectacular glacial scenery. Karanga Camp.
Day 7: Barafu
About 2 hours from Karanga you will come out on the Barafu path (part of the Mweka Trail).
It is a further 1-2 hours to Barafu Hut. The last stage to Barafu hut is quite steep, and as
always we advise taking it as easy as possible.
- Transport to and from Nairobi to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport then to Moshi town and back
- Transport from your hotel to the Park Gate,
- Lemosho route trek as itinerary depicts
- All services begin and end at Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
- Accommodation and 3 meal plan while in mountain huts or tents when camping
- Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook together with treated water on the trek
- All National Park entrance and camp site fees, Rescue fees, Hut fees,
- All food - breakfasts, lunches (packed if necessary) and evening meals prepared by our own cook.
- Return airport transfers from/to Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport
- Travel and personal accident insurance
- Tips, Visas, International flights and taxes
- Personal hiking equipment-sleeping bags, boots etc
- Expenditure on all drinks
- Medical evacuation insurance
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation in Arusha
- Tanzania Visa
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
Tips on What to Bring:
Anorak, Fleece, Walking Boots, Water Proof Jacket, Pants, Shirts, Trousers, Skirts, Socks, Gloves, Sun Hut, Balaclava/Woolen Hat, Gaiters, Thermal Underwear, Towel, Toiletries, Toilet Paper, Sun Glasses, Snow Goggles, Water Bottle, Walking Pole, Torch, Sun Cream/Sun Block, Lip Salve, Penknife, Day Pack, Camera, Films, Four Season Sleeping Bag, Water Purification Kit And First Aid Kit.