Kilimanjaro Challenge Climb 2021

  • Price: £2495
  • Expedition Dates: TBC
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Location: Tanzania

DAY 1 : Depart UK

Fly from London airport

DAY 2 : Arrive Moshi

Arrive Kilimanjaro where we are met by our local guides and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free. There will be a comprehensive trek briefing from your leader after dinner.

DAY 3 : Moshi (100m) – Shira 1 (3500m) via Londorosi Gate (2250m)

We pack up our kit and head out of town en route to our start point. On the way we stop for lunch at the Londorosi Gate, seeing the hustle and bustle of porters and crew preparing their loads. After sorting park formalities we load up onto our mini buses again and travel the final 30 minutes up to our start point at the Morum Picnic Site, on the Londorosi Route. A great starting point for us, as we rarely see any other trekkers on the start of our route. We are trekking for only 2 hours today with an altitude gain of 100m so a gentle introduction for our climb through the moorland zone giving you time to relax into your venture that lies ahead.

DAY 4 : Shira 1 – Shira 2 (3,900m)

We leave camp behind and head up higher for our half day walk up to 3900m at Shira 2. With an altitude gain of 400m over 3 – 4 hours the going is again fairly gentle. We pass the Cathedral, large volcanic pinnacles on our right with Kibo, the summit cone, ahead of us. We trek through moorland once again with scrub trees and grasses giving us some respite if the wind blows but views are spectacular. Our route from Shira 1 to Shira 2 is now on the Lemosho route so we may bump in to a few more trekkers and see more tents at our resting spot for the night. This is still a quieter start to our climb than other routes and we enjoy the tranquility it offers us.

DAY 5 : Barranco (3,960m)

Today as we break the 4,000m barrier, we enter a surreal and beautiful zone of low alpine desert. Camp today will vary depending on the strength of the group and weather conditions on the day. There is a possibility we may camp by the Lava Tower which we can scramble up, weather conditions permitting. Alternatively we may set up camp a little lower down the valley at the foot of the Great Barranco Wall.

DAY 6 : Karanga Camp (4,035m)

We trek to the ridge above the Karanga valley via what many describe as one of the best and most exciting parts of the trip, the Great Barranco Wall, which involves some easy scrambling but requires no climbing skills. Once over the wall we trek through a series of valleys to reach our final destination for the day, Karanga Camp.

DAY 7 : Barafu Camp (4,640m)

A gradual ascent takes us to our high camp on the Barafu ridge from where we will begin our summit attempt on Day 8. The day is focused on a relaxed pace to save our energy for when we go for the summit early tomorrow.

Today as we break the 4,000m barrier, we enter a surreal and beautiful zone of low alpine desert. Camp today will vary depending on the strength of the group and weather conditions on the day. There is a possibility we may camp by the Lava Tower which we can scramble up, weather conditions permitting. Alternatively we may set up camp a little lower down the valley at the foot of the Great Barranco Wall.

DAY 8 : Summit Attempt: Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Millennium Hut (3,720m)

We wake in the early hours of the morning, while the stars are still bright and begin to make our way up Kibo, one of the three volcanoes making up Mount Kilimanjaro. We aim to be on Kibo around sunrise before the final push onto the summit and the highest point in the whole of Africa, Uhuru Peak! In the distance we may even catch a glimpse of Mount Kenya to the north while before us the rising suns lights up the faces of the glaciers below. Our descent will be much quicker as we make our way down to Millennium Camp.

DAY 9 : Mweka Gate (1,630m)

We take a gradual trail down passing again through the lush rainforest before arriving at the gate. We then transfer back to our hotel where in the evening we celebrate all our accomplishments over the last few days.

DAY 10** : Day in Moshi and evening flight to Heathrow

You can recover from the climb and spend some time visiting Moshi for a chance to buy souvenirs before your transfer to the airport for the evening flight back to the UK.

**For those that are heading out on our safari please see your safari itinerary. Your safari will start early this morning.

Post Trek Dancing
Kilimanjaro Summit Approach