8 Days from$2000 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Camping, Mid Range
This itinerary gives you two wonderful experiences at once, first you enjoy the trek to the highest point of Africa, then after this lifetime trekking experience, you will be rewarded with a scrumptious and fresh hot lunch at the beautiful Lake Duluti. while enjoying views of Mount Meru and sometimes even Mount Kilimanjaro.
Safari types:Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
You will visit:Kilimanjaro National Park
Wildlife:Birds, Blue Monkey, Vervet Monkey
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle, Bus
Start/end:Start in Arusha, end in Arusha
This Kilimanjaro itinerary will offer you an opportunity to have scrumptious and fresh lunch at Lake Duluti.
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,000 per person
- International flights and visas
- Accommodation in town
- Personal expenses
- Climbing gear (can be rented on arrival)
- Medical equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: USD 250/group for a hyperbaric chamber, USD 210/group for an emergency oxygen cylinder and USD 140/group for a stretcher. These prices include a porter to carry the equipment.
- Portable private toilet
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Day by Day Overview
After breakfast, you drive for 3 hours from Arusha to Londrosi Park Gate. At the gate, the guides and porters distribute the supplies and register with Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA). After registration, you are ready now to begin your trek into the rainforest. Be on the lookout for colobus monkey! You will arrive at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Campsite (2,750 m) in the early evening. The porters who are always ahead of you, will set up your tent and get ready to welcome you. The chef will prepare you some snacks and dinner. At night time, mountain temperature may drop to freezing so be prepared!
After breakfast, you will trek to Shira Camp 1 (3,505 m). As you trek the trail gradually steepens, enter the giant heather moorland zone, then cross the Shira Right at 3,600 m/1,1810 ft and drop gently to Shira Camp 1 located by a stream at Shira Plateau.
The Shira Camp 1 is not far away from Shira Camp 2. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira Camp 2 over moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent acclimatisation day.
After breakfast, you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation towards Kilimanjaro’s looming mass. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/1,5190 ft. Hot lunch will be served at the tower and you have the option of climbing this massive tower if the weather is good. At this point of the hike, it is normal to start feeling the effects of the altitude including headache, nausea, rapid pulse, and shortness of breath with exertion. After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4,630 m) to the Barranco Campsite (3,950 m). The 6,800 m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their body to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes about 2 hours. The Barranco Campsite is located in a valley below the breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). If you are lucky to have good weather at this camp, you will have the chance to have a memorable sunset when you wait for your dinner!
Leave Barranco after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The hike begins and gives you the ultimate challenge to conquer the Great Barranco Wall. You will have a 1.5 hour scramble up Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places, you will have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top of the wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier. The trails then wind up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatisation. You will spend a night at Karanga Camp (3,950 m) and enjoy dinner and overnight at the site.
In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. You turn left towards the mountain and hike up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu hut where you will enjoy a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for ice. The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the Mountain. Your tents will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.
Your guide will wake you up at 23:30 and after tea and snacks you will begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5,685 m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 4 hours on snow-covered trails to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating the day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp. This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.
A final descent of 4,500 ft brings you down to Mweka Gate, on the way to the gate you will go through the moorland, and rainforest zones and enjoy the last views of the mountain. At the gate, you will say goodbye to our mountain staff before heading to Lake Duluti for scrumptious and fresh lunch at the beautiful lake itself. Lake Duluti is a volcanic formed lake located some kilometres away from Arusha town. The beautiful lake is a paradise for birds and reptiles. After lunch, we will proceed to the lodge near/in Arusha for a farewell dinner and either overnight or day room and departure.