Mt Kilimanjaro Hike & Humanitarian Safari
Mt. Kilimanjaro Facts
Height of 5,895 meters and 19,341 feet
Highest mountain in Africa
Highest free standing mountain in the world
One of the “Seven Summits”
Five Climate Zones:
Heather and Moorland
Highland Alpine Desert
Oldest to summit is 89 years old
Youngest to summit is 7 years old
• Route and itinerary are shown below
• Price for the hike $1,950 per person
• Website for additional information: https://www.kilimanjarobackcountry.com/
Included in the $1,950 per person price is all the food on the hike, tent, sleeping bag, personal porter to carry your large backpack, hiking guide, oxygen if needed. Not included in the price is the tip you will want to give your personal porter as well as the guides. I recommend $300 per person total, however whatever you feel comfortable with will work great.
Questions and Contact
Contact Tish 801.300.0404 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan 801.514.4437 / email@example.com
Connie 801.597.4620 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions and Answers
What is the estimated cost of airfare? - June is a peak season so plan on $1500 to $1800
How safe is Tanzania? - I have not felt unsafe in Tanzania. I have taken our 17 year old daughter and our 13 year old son and never had any concern for their safety.
COVID 19? - Plan on being required to provide a negative test prior to boarding your flight to return home. We will make arrangements for the test.
When do we need to begin immunizations? - I’d recommend you begin them as soon as you are certain you are going on the trip. Contact our local health department for the requirements.
5. Where do I send payment? - Please follow the link below to make your payment. We need this payment 60 days prior to the trip, however if you need more time please let us know.
6. Passports? - If your passport will expire prior to six months after you travel you will need to renew it prior to the trip.
Hike Itinerary Lemosho Route
Day 1 Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp. We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.
DAY 2 Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1. We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
DAY 3 Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut. We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo's glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
DAY 4 Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp. From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
DAY 5 Barranco Camp to Karanga. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge pass-ing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
DAY 6 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We 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. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
DAY 7 Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut. Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion 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 they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
DAY 8 Mweka Camp to Moshi. After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to Moshi.