• 9 Days from
    $1850 p/p in USD
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African Exposure

  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This Mount Kilimanjaro climbing safari is unique, challenging and perfect for the super adventurous, as well as anyone who likes to push themselves. The trek takes you along the Lemosho route, on the far west side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Along the way, you might have the chance to spot some of the big five such as elephants and buffalo, and as you climb you’ll enjoy incredible panoramic views of the Tanzanian landscape. Visit Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth formation as you zig zag upwards. Reach Uhuru summit on day 7 with a huge sense of accomplishment and enjoy an incredibly rewarding view from a height of 5,895 meters.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Elephant, Buffalo, Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Arusha/Moshi

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,850 per person

What's Included

  • All accommodation & meals as per itinerary
  • All ground transport
  • A professional English-speaking guide
  • Drinking water & soft drinks
  • Airport & hotel transfers
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
  • Park entrance fees, camping fees and climbing permits
  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
  • Camping equipment
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro travel information pack
  • Flying Doctor Service

What's Excluded

  • International flights & visas
  • Medical & travel insurance
  • Personal expenses & tips

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘African Exposure
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • African Exposure‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

A friendly staff member will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel for the night. You will be welcomed at the hotel with refreshments, followed by a chance to check in and settle into your room. After check in you will be briefed on what to bring, as well as some safety information on your climb. Relax and have an early night, the next few days are going to be adventure-packed!

Overnight at a hotel or bed and breakfast

The Lemosho route begins at the far west side of Mount Kilimanjaro. At the gate you will register with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities, and then travel to the starting point. A tasty lunch will be provided before starting the short trek to MtiMkubwa Camp. Spotting large animals such as elephant and buffalo is possible on this stretch of the mountain, and you will likely be accompanied by an armed guide in case one of the big five gets too close for comfort! Dinner will be served when you reach MtiMkubwa Camp.

Overnight at MtiMkubwa Camp

Elevation: 2,100m – 2,820m | Distance: 5.5km | Trekking time: 3-4 hours | Zone: rainforest

Day two of your trek starts with a gradual hike through the final stretch of rainforest, and then gets steeper as you approach the low alpine moorland zone. The trek is a long one that stops briefly for lunch at Shira Camp 1, on the western edge of the Shira Plateau. After lunch, continue across and up the Shira plateau to Shira Camp 2. Here you will join trekkers from the Machame Route. Enjoy stunning views across the valley below, as well as of the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night, with temperatures below zero! Bundle up and rest well after your first full day of trekking.

Overnight at Shira Camp 2

Elevation: 2,820m – 3,850m | Distance: 16km | Trekking time: 6-8 hours | Zone: rainforest/low alpine zone

On day three you will start trekking due east from the Shira Plateau, passing through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ which also features many giant lobelias. The landscape rapidly becomes desert-like as you approach Lava Tower, and the Shark’s Tooth formation at 4,600 meters. Have lunch at Lava Tower before joining the Southern Circuit trail, which descends to Barranco Camp. Here you will spend the night at a very similar elevation to the night before. Climbing high and sleeping low is a good way to acclimatise the body. Note: some tour operators offer variations of this route via Moir Camp, just north of Lava Tower, before joining the Southern Circuit.

Overnight at Barranco Camp 

Elevation: 3,850m – 3,900m | Distance: 11km | Trekking time: 5-7 hours | Zone: low alpine zone/high alpine zone

Your fourth day begins with the relatively steep Barranco ‘breakfast climb’, a 257 meter scramble up the Barranco Wall. Be prepared to use all four limbs as you traverse the wall to the top of the Karanga Valley. From here you will follow a path that winds through many inclines and declines to Karanga Camp. Have lunch on arrival, and relax after a tough climb. Dinner will be followed by a briefing about the next day’s trek.

Overnight at Karanga Camp 

Elevation: 3,900m – 3,960m | Distance: 9.5km | Trekking time: 8-10 hours | Zone: high alpine zone

After a hearty breakfast, you will take part in some warm up exercises, and then start the walk to Barafu Camp. Reach the camp in time for lunch. After lunch, you will have the chance to relax, unwind, and take a long nap if needed. Dinner will be served early since today is summiting day! Our summit will start at 1am to Uhuru peak.

Overnight at Barafu Camp

Elevation: 3,960m – 4,680m | Zone: rainforest/low alpine zone

Day five starts at midnight with hot tea, biscuits and a long, zigzagging hike up the heavy scree that covers the steep slopes of Kibo. The going is slow and very tough. You will need to dig deep to ensure that you maintain a consistent pace to push yourself up to the crater rim. After about 4-6 hours of hiking you will reach Stella Point where you will have a chance to rest and watch dawn break across the Tanzanian landscape. Once you summit, your time at Uhuru Peak will be brief. Take as many pictures as you can, savour your accomplishment and then start heading back down to Stella Point. Head down the scree slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp, where you will have a chance to rest before continuing on to Mweka Camp.

Overnight at Mweka

Elevation: 4,680m – 5,895m – 3,100m | Distance: 4.5km ascent, 11km descent | Trekking time: 6-8 hours to summit, 5-8 hours to Mweka | Zone: glacial zone, and all preceding zones

The final day on the mountain is a short one, but nonetheless tiring as your body will be exhausted and your knees will likely be sore from the previous day’s descent. Go slowly and enjoy the wonderful rainforest scenery as you head towards Mweka Gate. At the gate, sign out and receive your certificate, either for Stella Point or for Uhuru Peak. It is customary to pay a tip to your trekking team before heading to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

Overnight at a hotel or bed and breakfast

Elevation: 3,100m – 1,640 | Distance: 9km | Trekking time: 3-5 hours | Zone: rainforest

Wake up in Arush or Moshi and head for an early morning town tour, if time allows. Have lunch, and then be transported to the airport to catch your return flight.

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