Mt Kilimanjaro Route

Lemosho route

Day 1 – Lemosho Glades
From your lodge, we will make our way to the Londorosi gate on the Western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro (a few hours drive from Arusha).  We will begin our hike at the Lemosho trail head. Please note that in rainy/muddy conditions, sometimes the vehicles can’t make it to the true trailhead so there can be some extra hiking – but Serengeti Pride vehicles usually make it farther than any other company due to our great drivers and vehicles.   After a picnic lunch, we will hike for about 4 hours to the forest camp.  In the forest, exotic moss and flowers delight the eye while bird calls entertain the ear.  You may see Black and White Colobus monkeys as well as signs of the elephants that travel in this area.  We will overnight at Forest Camp.
Hiking: 4-5 hours
Overnight Altitude ~8,817’

Day 2 – Shira Plateau
As we leave the Montane Forest and enter the Hagenia zone, our views open and we will catch our first views of the Kibo peak.  This is a good acclimatization hike, as we go up and down several ridges along the way to our highest point of the day at 11,500’ before descending to camp.  Overnight at Shira Camp.
Hiking: 6-9 hours
Overnight Altitude 11,300’

Day 3 – Moir Camp
We will traverse the Heath zone of the Shira Plateau and begin climbing the western slope of the KIbo Massif. Along the way, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at Scott Fisher memorial camp (the well-known Mt. Everest guide).  We will continue on to the upper heath zone and Moir camp  Depending on the weather, acclimatization hikes can be arranged in the late afternoon
Hiking: 5-6 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~13,650′

Day 4 – Barranco Camp
We leave the heath zone and enter the alpine zone as we hike 4-6 hours past Lava Camp (up to about 14,300’) with its volcanic landscape and then down a bit into the scenic Barranco Valley to camp.
Hiking: 4-6 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~13,500′

Day 5 – Barafu Camp
Ascend the Great Barranco Wall with views of Kilimanjaro’s ice fields, then traverse around to Barafu Camp (hike about 6-8 hours).  After settling into camp, we’ll have a demonstration on use of safety equipment such as the Gamow (hyperbaric) bag and oxygen.
Hiking: 6-8 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~15,100’

Day 6 – Crater Camp
Although the distance is relatively short, today’s hike is challenging due to high altitude.  We climb for around 6-7 hours to Stella Point (views into the Crater and of surrounding Africa) then another hour into and across the Crater to camp in view of the glaciers.
Hiking: 6-8 hours
Overnight Altitude: 18,500’

Day 7 – Summit and Mweka Camp
Summit day. We will start our ascent to the summit (19,340ft – 5,896m) around 6:00 am (when it’s starting to get light – perhaps hiking a short time by headlamp) and reach the summit in 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak we’ll begin the long descent down to Barafu Hut for lunch and then to our camp at Mweka Camp.  Hiking poles will help protect your knees on this steep descent. A long day, around 8-11 hours for average speed groups.
Hiking: 8-11 hours
Summit ~19,341’
Overnight Altitude ~10,448’

Day 8 – Mweka Park Gate

We make the final descent to the trailhead today, about 3-5 hours hiking. Here we will have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro and heading back to town. Arrive at your lodge usually between 3-5 PM.
Hiking: 3-5 hours

Machame route

Day 1: Machame Hut Camp
A short drive brings us to the Machame trailhead (~5,700’). After the climbers and crew have checked in with the park rangers, we will hike up through the montane forests, winding up the mossy jungle, making our way to Machame Hut camp.
Hiking: 6-8 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~9,900′

Day 2: Shira Plateau

After breakfast, our hike continues through the forest. We will take our time, soaking in the scenery as we make our way through the moorlands. We will be treated to spectacular views of Kibo peak.
Hiking: 6-7 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~12,500′

Day 3: Lava Tower

We will hike slowly along the Western side of the Kibo massif today, entering the alpine zone, a rocky and volcanic landscape, where only the hardiest of vegetation survive. The Western Breach will be visible above us in all its imposing glory. An afternoon scramble up Lava Tower may be possible if energy, time, and weather permit.
Hiking: 4-5 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~15,000′

Day 4: Arrow Glacier

Today’s hike is short. We will spend a few hours hiking to the foot of the Western Breach to Arrow Glacier camp, allowing our bodies to acclimatize to the altitude. On a clear day, you will have spectacular views of the Heim glacier, Little and Great Penck Glacier above, and the great Barranco wall down the valley.
Hiking: 2-3 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~16,000′

Day 5: Crater Camp

The views on this challenging part of the trek are outstanding. We will wind our way up the Western Breach, scrambling up steep rock walls to the crater rim. We provide helmets to be worn on this day.  The altitude at the crater camp makes for a physically demanding experience, but the views of glaciers and natural ice sculptures towering up from the harsh landscape are priceless. The thought of conquering the summit tomorrow is wonderful motivation.
Hiking 7-8 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~18,500′

Day 6: Summit and Mweka camp

We will rise before the sun and head for the summit at daybreak. After about 1.5-2 hours of hiking we will perch on the roof of Africa; Uhuru Peak – 19,341’. At the summit we will take in unforgettable views of the ice fields and the distant East African plains below. We will then descend steeply to Barafu hut, stop for lunch, then continue down to Mweka camp for a well-deserved rest.
Hiking: 8-10 hours
Summit:  ~19,341′
Overnight Altitude:  ~10,500′

Day 7: Mweka Park Gate (~5,000’) to Arusha

We make the final descent through the rain forest to Mweka Gate. Here we will have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Drive back to Arusha for a hot shower and a celebratory dinner.
Hiking: 3-5 hours

Itinerary

Lemosho 9 days

Day 1 – Lemosho Glades
From your lodge, we will make our way to the Londorosi gate on the Western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro (a few hours drive from Arusha). We will begin our hike at the Lemosho trail head. Please note that in rainy/muddy conditions, sometimes the vehicles can’t make it to the true trailhead so there can be some extra hiking – but Serengeti Pride vehicles usually make it farther than any other company due to our great drivers and vehicles. After a picnic lunch, we will hike for about 4 hours to the forest camp. In the forest, exotic moss and flowers delight the eye while bird calls entertain the ear. You may see Black and White Colobus monkeys as well as signs of the elephants that travel in this area. We will overnight at Forest Camp.
Hiking: 4-5 hours
Overnight Altitude ~8,817’

Day 2 – Shira Plateau

As we leave the Montane Forest and enter the Hagenia zone, our views open and we will catch our first views of the Kibo peak. This is a good acclimatization hike, as we go up and down several ridges along the way to our highest point of the day at 11,500’ before descending to camp. Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.
Hiking: 6-9 hours
Overnight Altitude 11,300’

Day 3 – Moir Camp

We will traverse the Heath zone of the Shira Plateau and begin climbing the western slope of the KIbo Massif. Along the way, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at Scott Fisher memorial camp (the well-known Mt. Everest guide). We will continue on to the upper heath zone and Moir camp. Depending on the weather, acclimatization hikes can be arranged in the late afternoon
Hiking: 5-6 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~13,650′

Day 4 – Pofu/Buffalo Camp
Hike about 4-7 hours, depending on stops along the way. You have quite a ridge to climb up as you depart Moir camp right after breakfast, so it’s best to start out very slowly until you crest the ridge. This is a great acclimatization day.
Hiking: 4-7 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~13,400′

Day 5 – Third Cave Camp

Continue your traverse around the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro, with expansive views, as you find your way to Third Cave Camp.
Hiking: 5-7 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~12,800′

Day 6 – School Huts Camp

While for many School Huts Camp is their final camp before a midnight summit ascent, you’ll have a full night here since you don’t need to depart for Crater Camp until normal hiking time.
Hiking: 4-5 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~15,500’

Day 7 – Crater Camp

Ascend to Gillman’s Point, traverse the Crater Rim for a bit, then at Stella Point descend slightly into the Crater. Across the floor of the Crater, you’ll find Crater Camp, with its great views of glaciers.
Hiking: 7-9 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~18,500’

Day 8 – Summit and Mweka Camp

Summit day. We will start our ascent to the summit (19,341ft – 5,896m) around 6:00 AM and reach the summit in 1.5 tp 2 hours. After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak we’ll begin the long descent down to Barafu Hut for lunch and then to our camp at Mweka Camp. Hiking poles will help protect your knees on this steep descent. A long day, around 8-11 hours usually.
Hiking: 8-11 hours
Summit ~19,341’
Overnight Altitude ~10,448’

Day 9 – Mweka Park Gate

We make the final descent to the trailhead today, about 3-5 hours hiking. Here we will have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro and heading back to town. Arrive at your lodge usually between 3-5 PM.
Hiking: 3-5 hours