Mount Kilimanjaro stands almost 6000 meters above sea level, but one does not need to be an experienced mountain climber to reach its peak but moderately fit. To climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, you need to be in a fit and healthy state with a good all-round condition and strong will power– we will do the rest.
Before you ascend on your trekking adventure, you will meet with a Trekking Operations Manager for a briefing. Route, safety procedures and health issues will be discussed in detail and you have enough time to ask any remaining questions. Your trekking gear will be inspected to ensure that you have everything you need to be safe and comfortable. During your climb, you only carry your backpack with essentials such as water for the day’s hike.
Porters will carry all equipment, food and additional luggage – they are tough climbers and the true heroes of the mountain. Your safety is vital to us. Most of the mountain guides have been part of our team for many years, been up Kilimanjaro hundreds of times and all receive regular training. You are in good hands. The cooks are miracle workers. With simple gas cookers, they conjure up 3-course feasts, hot drinks and snacks to revive and nourish you when you need it most. Drinking water comes from mountain streams and is boiled before you drink it.
The Lemosho Route is the most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro, a relatively new route, is preferred by reputable operators due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate. In short, it maximizes the chances that a climber will reach the summit, and enjoy the experience overall.
On arrival you are personally met by a representative and transferred to Arusha to a well appointed hotel. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with the climbs Manager and your guide.
Dinner is included at your hotel.
From the hotel set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Kilimanjaro climb, the Lemosho trail. Here you will meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into the afro-montane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon.
Overnight Forest Camp (breakfast- lunch – dinner)
From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon.
Overnight Shira 1 Camp (breakfast- lunch – dinner)
After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatization with the option of an afternoon walk with your guides.
Overnight Shira 2 Camp (breakfast- lunch – dinner
The route to Lava Tower takes you out of the heath zone in to the alpine desert zone. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. A half day where lunch is taken in camp. In the afternoon, dependant on weather conditions, there is an option to scramble to the top of the nearby Lava Tower.
Overnight Lava Tower Camp (breakfast- lunch – dinner)
After 2 half days you now have a relatively long day to Karanga camp. The selection of Karanga camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you.
Overnight Karanga Camp (breakfast- lunch – dinner)
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi volcano are the norm.
Overnight Barafu Camp (breakfast- lunch – dinner)
Unlike other routes with a night time ascent, your hike selection affords you a day time ascent to Kibo crater. The going is slow but with constant encouragement from your climb team the rim of Kibo is reached before descending a little way into the caldera to Crater camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing and short walks can be taken with one of your guides.
Overnight Crater Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
After a night in the crater you now have the shortest final summit bid of any route. With such a short distance to the summit from the crater (around 1 hour) means that timing arrival with the sunrise is much easier and quite spectacular. The summit of Kilimanjaro is the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world. After your summit bid you then descend for a final night on the mountain at Mweka Camp passing back through the heath zone. Endemic Proteas, pollinated by Malachite Sunbirds are plentiful.
Overnight Mweka Camp (breakfast- lunch – dinner)
After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up from Mweka gate and transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved shower!
Overnight at a Hotel (breakfast- lunch – dinner)
Today a day room is held to allow time for packing and relaxing pre-departure, or today you can join ongoing safari / adventure or beach trip extensions.
Day room at The Hotel (breakfast – lunch)
What are my chances of reaching the summit?
This has been called the most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s a relatively new route and is preferred due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate. In short, it maximizes the chances that a climber will reach the summit, and enjoy the experience overall. We rate this as a 8/10 activity level. You should have had a multi-day trekking experience prior to tackling Mount Kilimanjaro.
What airport do I fly into?
Book your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) which is an international airport in northern Tanzania that serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi.
Tour operated by Safari Soles Tours. Cancellation policy: If individuals cancel less than (1 day) prior to tour they will forfeit tour fees. Consideration for a refund can be made in extraordinary circumstances that can be proven. If individuals cancel less than 3 days prior to tour they will receive 70% refund(less bank transaction costs). If individuals cancel before (7 days) to tour date, a full refund will be made (less bank transaction costs). If for any reason the tour is cancelled by Safari soles tours, a full refund will be made to the contracting party.