Day 1 - Arrival and transfer to Moshi
We'll be there to meet you at the airport and whisk you off to your hotel in Moshi, the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park. In the evening you'll meet your fellow adventurers for a briefing from your guide about Kilimanjaro and your trek. This is a great opportunity to check you've got the kit you need - there's kit available to rent if needed.
Day 2 - Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park and hike to Mti Mkubwa Camp
We'll collect you from your hotel and drive roughly 3–4 hours to Kilimanjaro National Park's western entrance: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m).
After acquiring our climbing permits and registering with search and rescue, we'll continue onwards towards our drop off point using off-road vehicles (reaching 3,500 meters). We'll experience our first stunning views of the Shira Plateau!.
We'll walk along forest trails to reach our first campsite of the trek - Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree). By the time we reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will have the tents up and a hearty camp meal ready.
- Elevation: 1830 m to 2650 m
- Distance: 6km/4miles
- Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
- Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 3 - Mti Mkubwe Camp to Shira 2 Camp
After a hearty camp breakfast, we're on the road again as the trail gradually steepens and we reach giant heather moorland.
We have several stream crossings to negotiate as we make our way over the Shira Ridge, past Shira 1 camp and onto Shira 2 camp, a peaceful spot in meadows by a stream.
- Elevation: 2650 m to 3850 m
- Distance: 16km/10 miles
- Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
- Habitat: Moorland
Day 4 - Shira 2 Camp to the Lava Tower and descent to Barranco Camp
After another hearty breakfast we leave Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) and make our way towards the Lava Tower, also known as 'Shark's Tooth' (4,630 m). This section is quite tough with a lot of ascents and descents up to the camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be a bit of a struggle but remember 'pole pole'.
After feasting our eyes on the stunning Lava Tower, we'll drop down to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here we'll get our first glimpse of the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and its steepness! We'll be climbing it tomorrow but fear not - there's a simple hiking trail..
Although we end today around the same altitude as we started, this day is very important to help your body acclimatise and prepare for summit day.
- Elevation: 3850 m to 4000 m
- Hiking time: 5-6 hours
- Distance: 8km/5 miles
- Habitat: Semi desert
Day 5 - hike from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
A big day today! We'll get an early start to avoid the crowds, and head on up to the awesome Barranco Wall.
Hiking up the gorge wall isn't difficult and should take us around an hour. After the climb we'll take a breather in front of the scenic Kibo volcano - selfie time!
We face a more challenging hike to Karanga Camp, with a lot of ascents and descents. Don't worry though - our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace that suits the whole group and they're great motivators.
After reaching the camp we'll enjoy a well-deserved hot lunch. After a couple of hours rest, we'll complete an acclimatisation towards Barafu Camp with a 300m height gain, then drop back down to the camp.
Note: The acclimatisation trek is an easy hike with a slight gain in altitude designed to speed up the acclimatisation process. You should take these seriously, as they'll be key to increasing your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and help prevent you suffering from the effects of altitude sickness.
- Elevation: 4000 m to 4050 m
- Hiking time: 4-5 hours
- Distance: 5 km/ 3 miles
- Habitat: Alpine desert
Day 6 - Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast we'll begin our hike to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640m), our basecamp for our night time ascent of Uhuru Peak (5,895m). Our team will have set up camp by the time you arrive, so you can relax.
We'll have completed the stunning South Circuit, which gives spectacular views of the summit from all directions.
After a welcome rest, we'll take an acclimatisation hike towards the Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800m) and then back to Barafu Camp in time for dinner. Eat and rest well - tomorrow's the big day and you'll need your strength!
- Elevation: 4,035m to 4,640m
- Hiking time: 3-4 hours
- Distance: 4 km/ 2 miles
- Habitat: Alpine desert
Day 7 - ascent of Uhuru Peak and descent to Mweka Camp
The big day! We're woken in the night (hopefully we'll manage to get some sleep despite our excitement!) for our summit attempt. The climb is technically relatively straightforward; it's the altitude that makes it challenging.
Each pair of climbers will be assigned a guide to monitor physical and mental health for the duration of the climb, so you'll be in safe hands.
Just take it nice and slowly and you'll reach the high point of Uhuru Peak - what a feeling! And what a view - time to get that camera out and snap the most stunning sunrise you'll ever see!
After our successful summit attempt, we'll trek straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for some much-needed lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We'll arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
- Elevation: 4,640m to 5,895m and 5,895m to 3,820 m
- Down to 3090 m
- Hiking time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
- Distance: 5km/3 miles up / 13km/8 miles down
- Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Day 8 - Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
After a good breakfast we'll descend to the Mweka Park Gate to receive congratulations and our hard-earned summit certificates
From the gate, we'll have another hour's walk to Mweka Village, where a vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to our hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes drive)
- Elevation: 3090 m to 1680 m
- Hiking time: 4-5 hours
- Distance: 10 km/ 6 miles
- Habitat: Rainforest
Day 9 - drive you back to the airport