Day 1: Arrive at KIA and transfer to Moshi Town
After you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met by Maasai Wanderlust representative and be transferred Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar in Moshi Town. In the evening there will be a briefing with our chief guide, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.
Day 2: Londorosi Gate –Drop Off- Shira 1 Camp (2,100m- 3500m-3,610m)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Londorosi Gate on the western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, drive in a 4WD through the forest track to Lemosho Glades (reaching 3,500 meters). From here you start your trek through the beautiful rain forest and around mid-afternoon, stop for lunch at the beautiful valley outside of Shira crater. After lunch, head to your first high-altitude camp Shira 1 featuring a moderate gain in altitude and is not too physically challenging. Due to this, you will be able to properly begin the process of acclimatization. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you.
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:-
Day 3: Shira 1 Camp – Shira 2 Camp (3,610m - 3850m)
Departing from Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) and a light trekking towards the second high altitude camp: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). This trek is not difficult and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Africa and the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area. Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru (the fifth summit of Africa), weather permitting. When you arrive to camp you will have lunch, and after a two-hour rest everyone will complete an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp that features a 200-meter gain in altitude. The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process.
Day 4: Shira Camp 2- Lava Tower – Moir Camp (3,850m- 4,600m- 4,200m)
Today is a long trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone. This part of the route is rife with ups and downs and may bring some discomfort. You will need to spend one or two hours at higher altitude in order to properly acclimatize yourself, so the lunch break will take place at Lava Tower itself. The afternoon part of the route climbs slightly before descending to Moir Hut Camp. Your guide may decide to bypass Lava Tower altogether, taking the porter trail instead, if any of the members of the group do not appear to have acclimatized properly. In this case the highest altitude reached will be 4,400, rather than 4,630 metres.
Day 5: Moir Camp (4,200m) – Buffalo Camp (4,020m)
Today involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. You can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Northern Circuit trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters). The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. So, you will be treated to amazing views of the Tsavo and Amboseli Valleys.
Day 6: Buffalo Camp (4,020m) – Third Cave Camp (3,800m)
Soon after breakfast, you starts with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Porfu Camp where lunch is usually served. The route then continues east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatized to the altitude to an altitude of 4,000 meters, which will contribute to your general feelings of well-being.
Day 7: Rongai Third Camp (3,800m) – School hut (4,800m)
After having your sumptuous breakfast, begin a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. You will be trekking to the School Hut Summit Camp (4,750 m). The actual trekking is not very hard, so remember to just choose an appropriate pace in order to keep your strength up for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid strenuous activity and drink as many fluids as you can, because that very night you will complete the trekking to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).
Day 8: School Hut (4,800m) – Uhuru peak (5,895m) – Millenium Camp (3,820m)
You will be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak, but remember you still have 2 hours trekking to reach Uhuru Peak so dig deep for the energy. You will then retrace your steps back around the carter rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain.
Day 9: Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate (3,820m- 1,640m) -Moshi Town
Wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit: Mweka Gate (1,640 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates. After tipping and saying welfare to your mountain crew, you will be transferred back to Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar in Moshi Town.
Day 10: Departure
Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport or prolong your stay in Tanzania for Safari or luxury and relaxation holiday in Zanzibar Island.
Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.