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 – 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 survives. 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: 5-7 hours
Overnight Altitude ~ 15,214’
Day 5 – Arrow Glacier
After our morning coffee, we will gather around our expert guides for a safety equipment demonstration. Serengeti Pride climb safety equipment includes a Gamow bag (hyperbaric chamber), oxygen and pulse oximeter, as well as group first aid kit. After, we will hike to Arrow Glacier Camp. There is plenty of time to explore the area around camp and take photos of the stunning views of the sunset and Mount Meru poking through the clouds. Exploring the area around camp will help our acclimatization and improve our performance tomorrow.
Hiking: 2-3 hours
Overnight Altitude ~ 15,960’
Day 6 – Western Breach to Crater Camp
After an early start (5 AM, with up to an hour hiking by handlamp), we will wind our way slowly up the Western Breach route to the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, 7-8 hours of hiking due to the altitude - despite the short distance. Although the Western Breach does not have any technical climbing, it has areas of scrambling where you use your hands to help you up steep rocky areas. Once in the Crater, if time and energy permit we might explore the inner Crater and the ash pit, or simply rest in camp. This route puts you in Crater Camp usually early enough in the day to maximize your chance of seeing the inner crater and ash pit. Our Camp has wonderful view of the Crater's glaciers, and it is amazing to walk over to and around the nearest one.
Hiking: 7-8 hours
Overnight Altitude ~18,769’
Day 7 – Summit and Mweka Camp
Summit day. We will start our ascent to the summit (19,341ft - 5,896m) around 6:00 AM (just as it's getting light usually) 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 usually.
Hiking: 8-11 hours
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
Group climb prices are in US Dollars, per person, based on twin or double occupancy. Our prices include ground transportation to and from the trailhead, guides, porters, park fees and taxes (these are subject to government increase after booking), 2 nights lodging before the climb and one night after the climb (usually at Planet Lodge, but other options are possible too), all meals during the climb and some meals while staying at hotels/lodges, portable camping toilet in a privacy tent, safety/emergency gear including Gamow bag (hyperbaric chamber), oxygen (brought for emergencies not routine use), pulse oximeter, group first aid kit. Airport transfers (Kilimanjaro or Arusha town airports, or hotels/bus station in Arusha) are included but only if you arrive and depart on the assigned group dates. For arrivals and departures on other dates we charge airport transfer fees extra.
If you are traveling solo, we charge a single supplement of $500 US Dollars. This is waived if you don’t mind sharing a room and tent with someone of the same gender from the group, and if you choose a climb group that has other travelers.
What's Not Included
Our prices exclude flights, tips/gratuities, bottled water/beverages at lodges, and travel visas.