Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet Kiliholidays representative, and transfer to Weru Weru River lodge (https://www.weruweruriverlodge.com/
). The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb. Bed and Breakfast
𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤-𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝟏:𝟎𝟎 𝐏𝐌.
A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle (roughly 3-4 hours) to Kilimanjaro National Park’s western entrance: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking towards the first camp of the route: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m). Raincoats are necessary on this day in particular, as you will be walking through rainforest. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook lunch for you. After lunch the group will depart on an acclimatization hike towards Shira 1 Camp that features a 300 meter gain in altitude, after which you will hike back down to Mti Mkubwa Camp, where a hot dinner will be waiting. Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully climbing Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences 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: Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeinen Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently) Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies. 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. 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐞: 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐌𝐭𝐢 𝐌𝐤𝐮𝐛𝐰𝐚 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 (𝟐,𝟕𝟖𝟎 𝐦) — 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐚 𝟏 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 (𝟑,𝟎𝟗𝟓 𝐦) 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 2 km 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 1 hour. 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 2,200 m to 2,780 m 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 3-5 hours 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 6 km 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘:Low 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Rainforest
An early wakeup, breakfast, and a gradual trek upwards until 3,500 meters; at that point for the first time you will be able to see stunning views of Shira Plateau and Kibo Volcano. On the whole, the passage from Mti Mkubwa Camp to the second high-altitude Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) is rather easy and takes about 5-6 hours. This will allow you to start the acclimatization process gradually, which is a mainstay of good trekking. When you reach the camp, your team of specialists will cook you lunch and you will have the chance to rest in your tent or walk around the nearby area. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner ELEVATION: 2,780 m to 3,505 m HIKING TIME: 5-6 hours DISTANCE: 5 km DIFFICULTY: Low HABITAT: Meadows
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 at camp you will have lunch, and after a two-hour rest everyone will complete an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp that features a 300 meter gain in altitude. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭; 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡; 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐞: 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,270 m) 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 2 km 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 1–2 hours. 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 3,505 m to 3,900 m 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 3-4 hours 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 7 km 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: Low 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Moorland
After breakfast you will leave Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be. Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don’t worry: it features a very simple hiking trail. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route, following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up only to a maximum of 4,400 meters. 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝟑,𝟗𝟎𝟎 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟒,𝟔𝟑𝟎 𝐦 𝟒,𝟔𝟑𝟎 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟑,𝟗𝟔𝟎 𝐦 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 6-8 hours 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 12 km 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: Medium 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Moorland
Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano. Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don’t worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching the camp you will be offered a warm lunch. After a couple of hours, you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then descent back down to the camp. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐞: 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Destination point en route to Barafu Camp (4,270 m) 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 2.5 km 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 1–2 hours. 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 3,960 m to 4,035 m 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 4-5 hours 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 5 km 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: Medium 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Moorland
In the morning after breakfast you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐞: 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Kosovo Camp (4,800 m) 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 2 km 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 1–2 hours. 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 4,035 m to 4,640 m 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 4-5 hours 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 6 km 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: Medium 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Alpine desert
Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak – the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and the last point of the climb on the Lemosho Route, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m). Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner Note: Don’t forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails. 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝟒,𝟔𝟒𝟎 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟓,𝟖𝟗𝟓 𝐦 𝟓,𝟖𝟗𝟓 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟑,𝟖𝟐𝟎 𝐦 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 8-12 hours 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 15 km 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: High 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓:Artctic
The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you 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 (1,650 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 and provide you a transfer back to the Weru Weru lodge. Breakfast; Lunch 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 𝟑,𝟖𝟐𝟎 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟏,𝟔𝟓𝟎 𝐦 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 4-5 hours 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 12 km 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: Low 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Rainforest
Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport. Note: 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.