7-Days Kilimanjaro Hike

October 31, 2022
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7-Days Kilimanjaro Hike

 

7-Days Kilimanjaro Hike

Overview

7-Days Kilimanjaro Hike tour takes you to the most famous and the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro through the Lemosho Route. This is a lesser-known route which usually begins on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on the mountain, and a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate.

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Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mkubwa Camp

In the morning our driver will pick you up at the hotel to the Londorossi Gate (2,250 m), an approximate 2- and 30-hours’ drive. After registration at Kilimanjaro National Park, you will drive into dense rainforest to the drop-off point where your trek begins. You will follow a moderately steep track, which leads you through an amazing and unspoiled natural forest to Mkubwa Camp (2,800 m).
This camp is about 2 and 30 hours away and it’s your destination for today. This region is home to wild some wild animals, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger during the first 2 days of your trek.

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping (In or near Mt Kilimanjaro)

Meal plan : all meals and drinkingwater (excludes extra drinks)

 

Day 2: Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp

On this day trekking will start on a small trail that passes through the rainforest. As you climb, the forest gradually thins out and the landscape changes into heath and moorland where plants like Erica and lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach the Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for a lunch, relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb, you will climb another 400 m in altitude.
The landscape will change again at Shira Camp 2(approximately 4 hours). Shira camp 2 is the final destination for this day and you will spend your night there.

Mkubwa Camp (2,780m) to Shira Camp 2 (3,900m).

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping (In or near Mt Kilimanjaro)

Meal plan : all meals and drinkingwater (excludes extra drinks)

 

7-Days Kilimanjaro Hike

Day 3: Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

On this day you will climb approximately 740 m but you will spend the night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to cope with the climatic change, as a height of over 4,600 m will be reached before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The climb passes through the wide Barranco Valley which has lobelia and giant Senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours of walking, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp; perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.

Shira Camp 2 (3,900m) to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp.

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping (In or near Mt Kilimanjaro)

Meal plan : all meals and drinkingwater (excludes extra drinks)

 

7-Days Kilimanjaro Hike

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, you will leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then you will leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Karanga camp is situated at an altitude of 4,035mm and will be reached in about 3 to 4 hours. In the afternoon you can relax and stretch your legs in preparation for the upcoming summit night.

Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Karanga Camp (4,035m).

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping (In or near Mt Kilimanjaro)

Meal plan : all meals and drinkingwater (excludes extra drinks)

 

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

On this day you will continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. You will make a camp here for the night and enjoy your dinner while preparing for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Karanga Camp (4,035m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m).

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping (In or near Mt Kilimanjaro)

Meal plan : all meals and drinkingwater (excludes extra drinks)

 

7-Days Kilimanjaro Hike

 

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), you will continue your climb to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will head in a northwest direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek.

 

At Stella Point (18,600 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 the way on your 1-hour ascends to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Those who hike fast will see the sunrise from the summit. After a short break and taking photos, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday where the rest of the crew will be waiting for you. You will have a warm lunch and rest for about 1 to 2 hours before you make Your way down to the Mweka Camp (3,080 m) for about 3 hours.

 

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping (In or near Mt Kilimanjaro)

Meal plan : all meals and drinkingwater (excludes extra drinks)

 

7-Days Kilimanjaro Hike

 

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

After breakfast, you will descend down to the Mweka Park Gate where the whole group will gather to congratulate you and you will get a chance to share your opinion of the hiking on the guest book and receive your summit certificates. From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel or to the airport.

Mweka Camp (3,080m) to Mweka Gate (1,630m).

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch and drinking water (excludes extra drinks)

 End of your 7-Days Kilimanjaro Hike

 

Includes

  • Porterage
  • Rescue fee
  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)

Excludes

  • Climbing gear
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bath towels
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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