and Mt Kilimanjaro Climb
Kenya And Kilimanjaro Trekking of Africa's two highest peaks, Sirimon,
Chogoria Route, Mt Kenya Climbing, Marangu, Lemosho, Umbwe, Machame route on
of Mt Kenya ascends via the lesser known Chogoria Route with fine alpine
walking that will ensure we are well prepared for an exhilarating circuit of
the summit peaks including Point Lenana (4985m). Transferring to Tanzania we
prepare for our climb on Mount Kilimanjaro (5985m). We aim to climb the remote and
challenging Shira Route following less well-defined trails through dense
forest to moorlands characterized by giant lobelia. From our spectacular
vantage point at Mawenzi Tarn Hut we traverse the high alpine slopes that
mark our route to the summit of Kilimanjaro and savour one of the best
sunrises in the world. For some relaxation after the trip see our safari and
16 days Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Expedition
Day 1 Nairobi
Pick up from
airport to Nairobi Hotel.
Nairobi- Chogoria (2800m)
After breakfast we depart Nairobi from the hotel and head to Chogoria town
arriving in time for lunch at the Transit hotel. The journey takes 3 to 3.5
hours. Afternoon will be spent walking around the town for acclimatization.
Dinner and overnight at the Transit Hotel.
Chogoria - Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (Bandas) (3300m)
After breakfast we take 4x4 and drive up to the edge of the bamboo forest
where we start our trekking through the dense bamboo forest for distance of
10 km up to the Bandas for lunch. Afternoon will be spent walking around the
lodge with a view of beautiful sceneries. Dinner and overnight at the
Bandas. (accommodation at Bandas is of single beds. hot shower and bon fire
self catering bandas)
Mount Kenya lodge via lake Ellis (3500m)
After breakfast and sorting of porter loads we set off up the mountain at a
nice and easy pace . A slightly longer walk via Lake Ellis gives scenic
views of Mugi, Ithunguni and the Giants Billiards Table, whilst if we follow
the river near road head, upstream for about 3 km, the foreground scenery
and flora is particularly beautiful. Lunch by the stream banks then it's
time to cut up the left hand hillside to our camp at about 3,600m, well away
from any of the more "touristy" areas.
Day 5. Lake Elliis to Lake Michealson. (4000m)
- From our
campsite, we continue to move up through the moorland zone. As this area of
the mountain is still off the beaten track, there are no paths to follow,
and on each trip we vary the area we walk across. After about an hour,
traverse left and join a ridge (slight path to follow) and join the normal
Chogoria route to Minto's Hut after about 4 hour walking. Lunch at a small
stream crossing then 45 min on to a camp near Minto's Hut and next to one of
the tarns. Very short afternoon walk over to superb views across to "The
Temple" and down to Lake Michaelson.
- Day 6: Mintos to Austrian hut (4670m)
- Today we
begin our trek ascending up along the foot of huge rock walls. From the top
we will have an excellent view of Mt. Kenya. After ascending for a couple of
hours we reach Tooth Col. From here we traverse until we reach the Austrian
Day 7 Austrian Hut to summit (4985m)
Up early (about 05:00Hrs route to the Austrian Hut and a further 45 minutes
onwards to Pt Lenana. for sunrise and descend to shipton camp for breakfast
before descending further to Old Moses Camp for dinner and overnight.
Leisurely to Park Gate and connect with the transfer vehicle to Nanyuki.
After lunch drive to Nairobi and arrive late in the evening for overnight in
Depart Nairobi by morning shuttle to Moshi arriving late afternoon. Dinner
Machame Hut (3000m).
Drive to Machame Village. The climb begins at the end of the tarmac road,
walking for about 6 hrs gradually ascending through the forested hills
onwards to Machame Hut (3000m). Dinner and overnight.
Early in the morning, you will cross a valley and stream before ascending a
steep ridge. The path then drops into a river gorge before you climb more
gently onto the moorland of the Shira plateau - 3,800m. Total climbing time
is about 6hrs. Dinner and overnight.
The path continues directly up the ridge towards Kibo, then turns right and
descends into Barranco gorge. Climb to Barranco hut at 3940m shortly after.
Total climbing time is about 6 hrs. Dinner and overnight.
Crossing the Barranco Valley, climb the Barranco wall (not technical
climbing), then follow the Kibo South Circuit. You will then turn left and
climb up a ridge for about 2 hrs to Barafu hut at 4,600m. Dinner and
Very early start for the summit first to Stella Point and then Uhuru Peak at
5895m. After sunrise, descend down to Mweka hut
which takes about 6 hrs. Dinner and overnight.
This is the last day of your climb. You will descend to Mweka Gate where you
will be met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Depart Moshi by morning shuttle back to Nairobi arriving approx 1830hrs.
9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Special
Day 1. Arusha
airport and on Shuttle and drop at Arusha Hotel.
Day 2 To Mti Mkubwa Camp
2100m to 2750m
6900ft to 9000ft
About 3 hours hiking After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi
Park Gate (2250m / 7382 ft, 2.5 hours). From here a forest track
requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m / 6890 ft, 11km,
45 minutes) and a possible campsite (park fees are not paid to camp
here). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.
Day 3 To Shira 1 Camp
2750m to 3500m
9000ft to 11,500ft
About 5 hours After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually
steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are
crossed then it gains the Shira Ridge at about 3600m / 11,811 ft and
drops gently down to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira
Day 4 To Shira 2 Camp
3500m to 3850m
11,500ft to 12,600ft
About 2 hours After breakfast, a gentle walk across the plateau leads to
Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are
available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day.
Day 5 To Barranco Hut
3840m to 3860m
12,600ft to 12,700ft
About 6 hours From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east, passing
the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction
changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's
Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which
brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876 meters / 15,997
ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860
meters / 12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although
you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is
very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for
Day 6 To Karanga Hut
3860m to 4200m
12,700ft to 13,800ft
About 4 hours After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep
ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley (4200m / 13,780
Day 7 To Barafu Hut
4200m to 4600m
13,800ft to 15,100ft
About 4 hours After breakfast, we leave the Karanga Valley and pass the
junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue to the Barafu
Hut, which is located ant an altitude of 4600 meters (15,092 ft). You
have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from
many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and
prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be
seen from this position.
Day 8 To Summit and Mweka Hut
4600m to 5895m
(and down to 3100m)
15,100ft to 19,300ft
(and down to 10,200ft)
About 11 hours Early morning, we continue our way to the summit of Uhuru
Peak at 5985 meters (19,636 ft). This part of the climb takes about 6
hours. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be
quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both
extremes with you. At Uhuru Peak, we have reached the highest point on
Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see
the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent
continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site at 3100 meters
(10,171 ft). This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. You will want
gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Later in the
evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned
sleep. Beer and soda may be available for purchase at the Mweka Hut --
the only place on this route.
Day 9 To Moshi/Arusha
3100m to 1830m
10,200ft to 6000ft
About 4 hours After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka
Park Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and
trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to
wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you
at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi/Arusha.
19 DAYS VOLCANOES AND THE LAKES.
Day 1. Nairobi
from airport and transfer to a Nairobi Hotel.
Day 2. Nairobi/Arusha
Depart Nairobi by morning shuttle to Moshi arriving early afternoon.
Dinner and overnight Arusha Hotel.
Day 3. Arusha/Lake Natron.
Leave Arusha and drive to Lake Natron and vist the Walk to Waterfalls
This is a 20 minute hike up a river gorge. You will need non-leather
sandals (soda harms leather). It is slippery and requires scrambling. It
is an excellent swim in the river and under the waterfalls for a nice
cool-down from the hot sun. There may be baboons or other wildlife in
the gorge. Dinner and overnight Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge or camp.
Day 4. Lake Natron.
Full day game drive around the south and west side of Lake Natron.
Day 5. Ol Doinyo Lengai
Tis day your hike is extremely strenuous, starting at 4000 feet (1200
meters) up to 9500 feet (2890 meters). Hikers begin the 6-hour steep
climb around midnight. After sunrise and exploring the crater, there is
another 4 hours hiking down. The terrain is loose dirt at the bottom,
turning to rock with loose dirt and stones (slippery), turning to
steeper rock that requires scrambling.After drive to Mto wa mbu for
dinner and overnight.
Day 6. Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro with pinic lunch down the
crater,spend the day gameview,Dinner and over night at the rim of the
crater lodge or simba camp.
Day 7. Lake Manyara
After proceed to Lake Manyara for a gamedrive and after proceed to
Arusha, for dinner and overnight at Arusha Hotel.
Day 8. Mt. Meru to Miriakampa Hut
1500m / 4900 ft
to 2500m / 8200 ft
4 hours hiking
Starting from Momella Gate, the track passes through open grassland with
cape buffalo and warthogs. With luck, you may also see giraffe and
elephants. Continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can have
your lunch at the famous “Fig tree”. After lunch, the trek continues
through less dense forest, where there are lots of birds and monkeys
including the black and white colobus. By mid-afternoon, there are the
first close views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. Miriakampa
Hut, situated in idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the
afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards
Day 9. To Saddle Hut
2500m / 8200 ft
to 3500m / 11,700 ft
4 hours hiking
The walk from Miriakampa Hut to the saddle below Little Meru is a a
steep sustained climb all the way. Starting through beautiful and lush
montane forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant
Back Ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other
moorland vegetation to reach Saddle Hut and lunch. In the afternoon, you
can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3820 m /
12,533 ft) for superb views. It takes about 1 hour to walk up and 30
minutes to walk down. The ascent is 1056 m / 3465 ft.
Day 10. Summit and down to Miriakampa Hut
3500m / 11,700 ft
to 4566m / 14,980 ft
Down to 2500m /
5+ hours hiking up
3+ hours hiking down to
and 2+ hours to
Summit day has an early start at around 12:00AM. There is a 1 hours
steep climb to Rhino Point (3800m / 12,467ft), then the path continues
along a ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4350m / 14,272ft).
The summit of Socialist Peak (4566 m) is an hour more on a steep path
wih magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Depending your speed, you can
enjoy sunrise at Cobra Point or the summit. The views are stunning: the
cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the crater floor,
Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and the Rift Valley. The
route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along a narrow
ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs
of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in
Africa. Brunch and a brief rest is taken at Saddle Hut before continuing
the descent to Miriakamba Hut.
Day 11. To Moshi
2500m / 8200 ft
to 1500m / 4900 ft
2+ hours hiking There are two ways down from here. You can descend the
route you came up or walk down the jeep road, which descends to the
lower crater floor. You pass through the well-known Fig Tree Arch and
can visit an impressive waterfall hidden in a ravine not far from the
A fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with good
chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards
the crater and over the plains of the National Park. Momella Gate is
reached by late morning.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12. Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Elevation (m): 1830m to 3100m
Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 10,200ft
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes
about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame
which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding
trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery.
Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short
distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
Day 13. Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Elevation (m): 3100m to 3840m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 12,600ft
Walking Time: 4-6 hours
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on
an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep
rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now
turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at
the Shira campsite.
Day 14. Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m
Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 12,700ft
Distance: 15 km
Walking Time: 5-7 hours
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the
junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes
to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth."
Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us
up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now
continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft.
Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at
the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for
acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Day 15. Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing
the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.
Day 16. Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4600m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 15,100ft
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the
Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft),
and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to
the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views
of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy
dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and
Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Day 17. Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)
Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)
Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent
Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the
summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a
northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella
Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically
challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft),
you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most
magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).From
Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent
to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on
Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see
the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these
elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You
will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now
make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site,
stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles
for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper
forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.
Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a
Day 18. Mweka Camp to Moshi/Arusha
Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to
receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and
muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will
probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will
meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi or Arusha
for dinner and overnight.
Day 19. Next destination
After breakfast transfer to the airport or shuttle,or you can visit
Zanzibar beach for relaxition.
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