Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania – Ndarakwai
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport meet and great by our representative transfer to the Hotel in Arusha for kit checking and briefing the overnight at Ndarakwai tented Lodge –F/B
Day 2: •Arusha- Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp
•Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft •Distance: 6 km •Hiking Time:3-4 hours•Habitat: Rain Forest
We depart Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 2 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 3: Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1
•Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft•Distance: 8 km•Hiking Time 5-6 hours •Habitat: Moorland
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 4: Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2
•Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft •Distance: 14 km •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours•Habitat: Moorland
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. T 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 5:Shira 2 to Barranco Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft •Distance: 7 km •Hiking Time: 4-6 hours •Habitat: Semi Desert
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 6:Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft •Distance: 5km •Hiking Time: 4-5 hours •Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
Day 7 :Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft •Distance: 4 km •Hiking Time: 4-5 hours •Habitat: Alpine Desert
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 8: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
•Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft) •Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent •Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent •Habitat: Arctic
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 the 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 9:Mweka Camp to Arusha
•Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft •Distance: 10 km •Hiking Time: 3-4 hours •Habitat: Rain Forest
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).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at mweka to drive you back to the Hotel in Arusha
Dinner and Overnight at Mount Meru Hotel
NB: Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!
Day 10: Departure
Leisure morning and afternoon at the beach late afternoon transfer the Airport and catch your Home flight.
“End of Gosheni Safaris Company services”
INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE ARE:
7 nights / 8 days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb. Lemosho Route.
Kilimanjaro National Park fees,
Transportation to From the Mountain.
All meals during the Climb.
Porters and Guide fees.
2 Night accommodation before and after the climb.
-Private professional English speaking guide with Certificate of Red Cross first Aid Provider.
NOT INCLUDED ARE:
International Air Transportation
Laundry, toiletry requirements
All items of a personal nature.
GENERAL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CLIMBERS.
Mount Kilimanjaro is only three degrees south of the Equator so although the climate is technically 'equatorial’, it is essentially tropical. The long dry season (Jun-Oct) is followed by ‘Short Rains’ (Nov-Dec). During the short dry season (Jan-Mar) it can be very hot and humid.
The 'Long Rains' fall Apr-May. On the mountains, temperatures rise and fall only slightly throughout the year but vary considerably between night and day. Temperatures gradually fall as altitude increases. Above 4,000m, daytime temperature is usually around 5C dropping well below freezing at night.
For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20 kg – we advise you to take a lot less!
We would suggest:One main piece - soft bag rather than a hard suitcase as it can be easily stowed and carried by porters on the ascent. Pack lightly as space is restricted - max. 15kg. NB: any surplus baggage can be stored in Arusha during the ascent - it is vital not to over pack. Please take only bare essentials for the climb.
A daypack - For comfort we recommend a larger daypack or small rucksack with a comfortable harness and waist belt (30-40 litres capacity is ideal for carrying warm clothing, camera, water bottle etc.
CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR:
It’s essential to keep yourself (and your baggage) dry at all times. Also, to cope with variable temperatures, the best strategy is to layer clothing, so you can adjust your temperature. You should not underestimate the freezing cold conditions you will encounter on the mountain. Although some clothing and equipment is available for hire locally, it’s impossible to guarantee its quality or availability, so equip yourself fully before departure.
If you require further advice please contact your mountain climb consultants at
The following is a suggestion of what you may find useful to take on this trip. It is not exhaustive and a more detailed packing list can also be found at Suggested Mountain Climb Equipment’s page.
T-shirts (synthetic materials are best as cotton retains moisture)
Waterproof thigh-length jacket (Goretex or similar)
Gloves (waterproof warm outers + thin liners)
Warm hat (or balaclava) that covers the ears
Waterproof walking boots (well broken-in)
Waterproof outer trousers _ Warm mid-layer (fleeces or down)
Warm long-sleeved shirt _ Warm walking trousers (not jeans!)
Thermal underwear _ Walking socks (several pairs)
Trainers or soft shoes for relaxing
Glacier glasses (or good quality sunglasses – preferably with side shields)
Personal first aid kit & essential medication
Warm sleeping bag (3/4-season)
Sleeping bag liner
Trekking pole(s) - can be hired locally
Head torch & spare batteries
Spare plastic bags
Water bottle(s) - minimum 3 liters capacity
High factor sunscreen & lip salve
High energy snacks, dried fruit, nuts, sweets, etc. NB: hang on to some till the last day - you’ll appreciate them more!
A small bottle of cordial or squash concentrate (to liven up the ‘flat’ taste of boiled water)
6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 evening meals are included.
Tipping is an accepted part of life in Tanzania, and you will be expected to tip to reward service. You will be briefed on arrival as to when and how much is appropriate, however, depending on the size of your group you should budget on a personal contribution of around $15 to $20 per pax per day for your trek guides, cooks and porters on the trek.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.