Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan border. Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free-standing mountain and Africa’s highest peak, rising 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level. Kilimanjaro has thus grown to be a popular destination for mountain climbers and trekkers from all over the world, helped in part by the fact that it is relatively simple to climb. You’ll get to see the breathtaking landscapes of Africa and the wildlife of the savannah on this 10-day Mount Kilimanjaro trekking Safaris tour. Despite being only 330 kilometers south of the Equator, Mount Kilimanjaro is well-known for towering over the savannah plains in Africa and having a snow-capped peak. The snows have, however, been rapidly vanishing in recent years.
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. On this day, you can rent any equipment that is lacking.
Early in the morning, a driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Lemosho gate, which is on Kilimanjaro’s western side. After registering, you will continue your ascent through the Lemosho glades’ forests until you arrive at Big Tree camp, where you will spend the night.
On this day, you will hike across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather dotted with volcanic rock formations. The Shira 1 Camp, where there are frequently views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds, is where we will be going today. Today, we gain some altitude, and some of the terrain is quite steep.
On this day, you’ll have the opportunity to see Kibo from an unusual angle while also getting a chance to see the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. You’ll go on an acclimatization walk in the late afternoon, and then return to camp for dinner and the night.
Your journey begins with an ascent that offers expansive panoramic views as you make your way into the upland desert’s climate zone and along lava ridges that are buried beneath the Western Breach’s glaciers. You will arrive at the distinctive peak of the Lava Tower (4640 m), which is our today’s high point and a fantastic location for lunch. Our camp for the night is at the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3960m), protected by towering cliffs but with expansive views of the plains below. We descend steeply to get there in the afternoon.
We begin our day by descending into the Great Barranco, a sizable ravine. The Great Barranco Wall, which separates us from the southeast slopes of Kibo, is then climbed steeply as we leave. It’s a long and taxing climb over rock that requires no technical skill. We move in the direction of the Karanga valley while passing beneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers. From here, it is a steep ascent from Karanga valley to our overnight camp at 3963m-elevation Karanga camp. Those who are up for it can hike up to 4200 meters in the middle of the afternoon and then return to camp for the night.
After a sound night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we’ll rise today and begin the trek to the 4640m-elevation Barafu camp. We will traverse barren scree slopes during the ascent with no vegetation in sight. The altitude makes the steep walk even more challenging. After arriving at camp, we will eat and take the afternoon off to relax before a long night. Keep warm and hydrated at all times. We’ll eat dinner quickly and then try to get some rest because we have to get up between 11 and 12 in the morning to begin the ascent.
We set out at about midnight and climb arduously to the summit glaciers. For 4 to 5 hours, we will be atop scree, but we will travel only a short distance to reach incredible heights. The views are breathtaking. As the sun rises, we should be at Stella Point (5739m), on the crater rim. We are surrounded by breathtaking ice cliffs inside the crater, and the views to the craggy Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. We must walk for an additional hour to reach Uhuru Peak.
After a leisurely hike through the rain forest, we arrive at the Mweka Gate, where we complete park procedures and receive certificates that you can display with pride. Then, we’ll head to our cars and head back to the Moshi hotel for relaxing and refreshing.
This day is free for you to relax after your hike before your flight home. You might explore Moshi town and buy some souvenirs before going to the airport, depending on your flight schedule.
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