LONDOROSSI GATE to MTI MKUBWA (8,692 ft.)
Hike time : 3hrs, Elevation Change +650 M
Estimation distance : 10Km Final Elevation 2650 M
A three-hour drive from our Hotel in Arusha/ Moshi brings us to the Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. At the gate, we weigh all the stuff and issue the permit from Kilimanjaro national park office. We drive to the trailhead at Lemosho Glades for our lunch and start our trek through the rain forest.*
In places, the vegetation is so untouched 'uttica massaica' that grows right across the narrow track. The flora and fauna are richer there than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. Our trek today will be along a little used track known as Chamber's Route. In about 3-4 hours, we reach our camp in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree)
MTI MKUBWA to SHIRA ONE CAMP (11,841 ft.)
Hike time : 5-6 hrs, Elevation change +950 M
Estimation distance : 12Km Final Elevation 3,610 M
After breakfast, we start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a full day trek with an altitude gain of 2,000 ft. A great lunch stop is One, a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 10,000 ft.
After lunch, we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau that is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you will get your first close views of Kibo – the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro.
SHIRA ONE CAMP to SHIRA TWO CAMP (12,628 ft.)
Hike time : 5 to 6 hrs Elevation change : +240 M
Elevation distance : 5 Km Final elevation : 3,850
After breakfast continue hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp. We only gain 700 feet in elevation – that allows us to acclimatize slowly to the altitude. The views of the plateau are nothing than spectacular.
SHIRA TWO CAMP to BARRANCO HUT (12,956 ft.)
Hike time : 5 hrs, Elevation change : +100M
Estimated distance : 6 Km Final elevation : 3650 M
Today is the last of the « easy days ». It is about a 7-hour superb hike.
We pass the lava Tower, arround the southem flank of Kibo, and slowly descend into the spectacular Barranco Valley, interspersed with giant lobella and senecia plants.
BARRANCO HUT TO KARANGA VALLEY (13,743 ft.)
Hike time : 3.5 hrs, Elevation change : +240 M (787 ft)
Estimated distance : 4Km, Maximum elevation : 4190M
Final elevation : 4000 M
On the easten side of the valley, across the stream is Barranco Wall – a 950 ft. Barrier of volcanic rock. Although it is tall and looks steep, it is very easy to climb. This is our first challenge of the day.
The views from the wall are nothing less than magnificent. The rest of the day is spent skirting the base of Kibo peak over our left shoulder.
We descend down Karanga Valley and then up on the valley where rest and overnight preapared for the flowing day.
KARANGA VALLEY TO BARAFU CAMP (15,088 ft.)
Hike time : 3.5 hrs, Elevation changes : +410 M (1,345 ft)
Estimated distance : 4 Km, Final elevation : 4600 M
In the morning after breakfast as usual we starts hiking to Barafu, the air starts getting quite thin, and you might be running short of breath.
You will need to walk slowly listening how you body tells you.
BARAFU TO CRATER CAMP
Time : 6 hrs
Estimated distance : 4.5 Km, Final elevation : 5773 M
Early in the morning after breakfast get prepared for the Kibo crater ascent, as we take/carry with us only the necessary stuffs we need for one day stay in the crater we proceed the climb to the crater through south eastern ridge via Stella point (5750m).
From Stella Point you will be heading west to Uhuru peak before heading down to the crater floor where you will be camping You will be at Crater camp at around early afternoon hours, in afternoon hours you will be exploring the crater Lunch will be served on the way before Stella point.
CRATER to UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft.) to Mweka CAMP (9,550 ft.) SUMMIT DAY !
Summit time : 1.5 hrs,
Final elevation : 5896 M
Dress warmly ; as we start climbing in the morning, we climb the steep part on the side of Furtwangler glacier. The sunrise, if out, will provide enough light, after a 1.5 hour hike, and welcome a new dawn. From the crater rim, rugged Mawenzi Peak is a thrilling sight,
With the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater’s ice-walls looming ahead. The descent is invigorating. It is a good idea to have a little rest once in a while as you continue down back to Barafu camp (3 hours), and then down the Mweka camp (3hours).
This is where we spend our night on the mountain.
MWEKA HUT TO MWEKA GATE TO MOSHI/ARUSHA
Descent time : 4 hrs, Elevation change : -1250 M
Estimated distance : 10 Km, Final elevation : 1828 M
In the morning we walk down to the road head. This takes about 3-31/2 hours. After a welcome lunch, it is time to say « Kwaheri » to the porters. We then get a lift back to the Arusha/ Moshi hotel.