Friday, July 20 Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your lodge where you will stay for two nights before your climb, and one night after the climb. You will have a late supper and settle in for your first night’s sleep under African skies.
Saturday, July 21 Arusha
It will be a good idea to go for a hike today, getting the legs warmed up and the body clock adjusted. Arrangements will be made for guides to lead a hike. There will also be an opportunity to visit Arusha for those who are interested. Later there will be a pre-climb briefing and equipment check.
Sunday, July 22 Londorossi Gate (2000m) to Big Tree Camp (2650m), 4 hours walk
We will be driven to the Londorossi Gate, to meet our guides and porters. After registration formalities and we will be driven to the Lemosho Route starting point to begin the climb through the thick montane forest to reach the first camp. Many beautiful flowers are observed en-route and with luck we will spot colobus monkeys and possibly signs of elephants.
Those on the Full Climb will spend six nights on the mountain; those on the Partial Climb will spend two nights in private camps. You will be climbing with an experienced crew of 45 for each 12 climbers to maintain your safety and comfort in our private camp. You will be sleeping in high quality, 2-person sized tents and there will be a private chemical toilet in camp. The mess tent has tables and chairs and the kitchen has all required cooking utensils to provide hot meals in the morning and evening.
Monday, July 23 Big Tree Camp to Shira 1 Camp (3500m) – 6 hours walk
Today we will reach the west side of the Shira Plateau in a hiking time of six hours. Taking our time walking through the forest will allow us to observe its animal and bird life. The day’s hike takes us from the forest, through a transition zone, and into the heath zone, where the old lava flows are visible.
Tuesday, July 24 Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp (3860m) - 5 hours walk
Full Climb - Today is an easy paced acclimatization day of four to five hours hiking. Camp is set higher on the Shira Plateau with more expansive views of Kilimanjaro
Partial Climb - Bid goodbye to those heading up the mountain on the Full Climb. Begin the descent through the tropical forest to the gate. Your safari guide will meet you and transfer you to your safari lodge.
Wednesday, July 25 Shira 2 Camp to Baranco Camp (3950m – 5 to 6hrs walk) via Lava Tower (4600m)
Full Climb – Today is a mostly uphill climb of five hours to Lava tower before descending to camp in the Baranco Valley’s Lobelia moorland forest.
Partial Climb - Your camp sits in a private concession that is home to some of the largest elephants in East Africa. Activities include game drives, walking safaris escorted by Maasai warriors and interaction with the local Maasai.
Thursday, July 26 Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4600m) – 5 hours walk
Full Climb - Today the trail turns steadily uphill and temperature will grow colder as we make our way to base camp, our staging point for our summit. After an early dinner we will rest. At midnight, under the moon and stars, we will begin the final ascent.
Partial Climb - Today we will visit St. Jude’s School and later this afternoon check in at our hotel in Arusha.
Friday, July 27 Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5895m – 6 to 7 hours walk) to Mweka Camp (3000m - 5 hours descending)
Full Climb - We will reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet around 8 a.m. Descend to base camp for lunch and rest before continuing down to the edge of the Mweka Forest to spend your last night on the mountain. Congratulations, you made it to the Roof of Africa!
Partial Climb – Today is a full safari day at Arusha National Park.
Saturday, July 28 Mweka Camp to Arusha (3 hours walk), 2 hour drive
Full Climb - Begin the final descent to the Mweka gate where you will bid your climbing team goodbye. You will be taken to your hotel for a nice long shower, sundowners and a celebration dinner.
Partial Climb – Today you will visit an orphanage, stop by some local markets for shopping and meet the climbers back at the hotel for this evening’s celebration dinner.
Sunday, July 29 Arusha
Those doing a post-climb safari will begin their journey. Those departing for home will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport.