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10 Days Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro
10 Days Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and this trek to Uhuru Peak, which means ‘freedom’ in KiSwahili, leads you to the rooftop of Africa. The Mt. Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route takes the most remote trail up to Shira Plateau so the first days are free from the large numbers of climbers on the other routes.
By taking more time to acclimatise on the lower slopes, the Lemosho Route has the greatest summit success rates of any Kilimanjaro trekking route. You can read our specialist blog on the Lemosho Route by clicking here.
Airport transfer to Arusha
Trek Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp
Trek to Shira 1 Camp
Trek to Shira 2 Camp
Trek to Barranco Camp
Trek to Karanga Camp
Trek to Barafu Camp
Trek to summit, descend to Mweka Camp
Trek to Mweka Gate & return to Arusha
International return flight
We will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and drive you to your lodge in Arusha. Make sure to get a good night’s rest in preparation for the adventure ahead of you.
After breakfast you are met by your local guide and it is a short drive from Arusha to Londorrosi Gate. Here we go through registration, your briefing session and you meet the rest of your team of guides, cooks and porters.
Your trek begins on the lower slopes of the mountain surrounded by the thick rainforest which is teeming with animal and plant life. Be sure to keep an eye out for the black & white ‘caped’ Colobus Monkey! The gradient is gentle but you do trek a fair distance before settling in to the first camp site at Mti Mkubwa.
You start to ascend up into the alpine moorland today as we gain altitude. The flora changes decidedly once out of the rainforest with fig and rubber trees making way for the Giant Heather and Erica. The most challenging element comes at the end of the day where you climb over the Shira Ridge, 3600m, before descending onto the Shira Plateau to camp.
Today you benefit from a key acclimatization day as most climbers will begin to feel the effects of altitude between 3500m - 4000m. You trek across the Shira Plateau and ascend steadily through the lower alpine moorland, notorious for the beauty of its indigenous flowers and unique plants such as the Giant Lobelia. Traversing the plateau is a short trek but our guides take you on an acclimatization hike above Shira 2 Camp before we go back down for dinner and a nightcap.
Your gradual acclimatization to the mountain is a real benefit as we trek to Lava Tower, at 4630m, shortly after lunch and most trekkers will feel the effects of high altitude. From Lava Tower we make our way down into Barranco Valley and you feel the benefits of dropping altitude. The descent further down to Barranco Camp offers fantastic views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall making for some spectacular photo opportunities. Today is a real challenge but excellent for acclimating as you trek high above 4500m but sleep low at around 3900m.
Most treks will head straight to Barafu Camp but we take the strategic option of heading to Karanga Camp. You must still overcome the great Barranco Wall where in parts you will have to scramble using your hands and feet to climb. Your effort is rewarded with some wonderful views of the Hiem Glacier and the summit of Kilimanjaro. We then descend slowly into the mystical alpine desert of the Karanga Valley and finally arrive at Karanga Camp.
In the morning you set off towards the final camp, Barafu, and your porters will collect the last water available along the way - there will be none further up. The temperature grows colder and the alpine desert an increasingly barren world. We reach Barafu Camp and two of the three peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this vantage point. Sleep is difficult but vital because in the early hours of tomorrow morning you will begin your summit attempt in search of sunrise.
A hot drink and a light midnight snack precede the most challenging and rewarding day of your trek. You climb slowly, using all your strength, to the rim of the main crater. Arriving at Stella Point at 5685m, and if the weather holds, you will watch the sunrise from the greatest vantage point in Africa. The sun’s first rays then spur you on for the final push to Uhuru Peak, 5895m above sea level, on the rooftop of Africa!
Take a few moments to savor your accomplishment - you will remember this day for the rest of your life.
From the summit you descend steadily back to Barafu Camp where you take a short rest and collect the gear you left behind. Your lungs welcome every breath as you drop altitude and the enormity of what you have just achieved starts to settle in. The descent back to Mweka Camp rewards you with the best sleep you’ve ever had!
Your final day on Kilimanjaro, you wake up full of oxygen, and it’s a short, leisurely descent to Mweka Gate. Enjoy the forest on the lower slopes of the mountain and on arrival at Mweka Gate you receive your certificates: green for Stella Point, gold for Uhuru Peak.
Then it’s back into Arusha, it may feel a little strange to be back in town, and time to relax, shower and have a celebratory drink.
Today you check-out of your hotel and are driven to Kilimanjaro Airport where you check-in for your return international flight.
Many Mount Kilimanjaro operators throughout history have taken advantage of abundant labour in Tanzania by paying their porters illegally low wages and leaving them to rely on tips for their livelihood. At Wayfairer, we pay the highest porter wages in the history of Kilimanjaro treks at $18 per porter per day - well above the legal requirements of around $4.5/per porter per day.
We share all local wages with you in your travel documents so you can view your holiday as already inclusive of tips. In this way we transparently remove the dependency on tipping for livelihoods and also remove those awkward tipping ceremonies where you're never quite sure what amount is appropriate.