- Day 1 • Arrive Kilimanjaro, Tanzania • 4,593 ft
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer to Mt. Meru hotel.
- Day 2 • Rest day and equipment check • 4,593 ft
Slow wake-up after a long trans-atlantic journey. We will spend the day relaxing poolside, strollng a local market and then expedition orientation and gear check in the afternoon.
- Day 3 • Nalemoru Gate to Simba Camp • 6,561 ft to 8,615 ft
Transit from Arusha to the Nalemoru Gate for registration and final preparatons. Our ascent begins with a gentle climb into the rainforest where we will see monkeys, birds, and evidence of elephant herds traveling in region. Following a few hours of travel we will arrive at dusk at Simba Camp and settle into the experience that is Tanzanian Kilimanjaro hospitality.
- Day 4 • Simba Camp to Second Cave Camp • 8,615 ft to 11,318 ft
After a late breakfast and time to settle into our morning meditation and yoga practice, we will begin our ascent to Second Cave Camp. Second Cave Camp is located in the moorland and our views of the upper reaches of the mountain are outstanding.
- Day 5 • Second Cave to Kikelelwa Camp • 11,318 ft to 11,811 ft
While today’s travel is relatively flat and with only 500 feet of total elevation gain – today is a crucial day in our expediton success. The day’s travel allows us to acclimate to our higher elevation without placing an undue strain on our bodies. Today’s travel remains inte heather moorland environment.
- Day 6 • Kikelelwa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn • 11,811 ft to 14,160
A beautiful travel day as we ascend into the high alpine desert region. We begin witha short but steep climb with jaw-dropping views of Mawenzi and Kilimanjaro – today is a spectacular travel day. We will climb to the small mountain lake, Mawenzi Tarn, and camp below the imposing towering spires of Mawenzi. Our afternoon will include an acclimation hike alond Mawenzi ridge.
- Day 7 • Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut • 14,160 to 15,430 ft
We continue to traverse around the mountain and gain elevation as we arrive at saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi – welcome to the moon! This landscape is stark, dramatic, and a little intimidatng as we have a clear view of the summit climb ahead of us. We arrive with time to rest, recover, and prepare for our summit climb the following day.
- Day 8 • Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak • 15,430 to 19,341 ft
We begin our summit ascent around midnight under a blanket of stars that is truly breathtaking. Our climb will ascend the upper reaches of the mountain until we gain the summit crater rim at which point we will begin a rising traverse toward the highest point, Uhuru Peak. We will take in the sunrise, drink tea, high-five and celebrate our success before begining our descent and returning to Kibo to rest and share a hot meal. Following our rest at Kibo we will descend again to the lower, warmer, and more oxygentated Horombo camp.
- Day 9 • Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate • 12,205 to 6,046 ft
Following breakfast we begin a long trek descent through tropical rainforest as head toward the Marangu Gate. We will be greeted with a celebration to remember and hot showers and fresh clothes at our safari lodge at the coffee plantation.
- Day 10 • Safari Experience • Northern Tanzania
Depart early morning from Arusha for Ngorongo Crater Safari and Crater Rim Lodging
- Day 11 • Safari Experience Con’t
- Day 12 • Depart Tanzania
Early morning safari experine followed by transit to Kilimanjaro Internationa Airport for departure home