Climb Kilimanjaro in Style
Day 1: Arrive Tanzania to be transferred to accommodation for briefing and day at leisure.
Day 2: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (9,170ft / 2,800m)
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll meet your local guides, who will come with you on the mountain. It’s a three-hour drive from Arusha to the Londorossi Park Gate where you’ll register to enter the Kilimanjaro Park, before finally getting your boots on to start climbing Kilimanjaro. You should reach your camp in the forest at Mti Mkubwa after approximately 3-4hrs.
Day 3: Mti Mkubwa to Shira One Camp (11,480ft / 3,500m)
Today is a fairly full day’s walk, and you will leave the forest zone beneath you as you gain height and reach high moorland and a desert-like environment. The trek should take around 5 hours.
Day 4: Shira One Camp to Moir Camp (12,470 ft / 3,800m)
After breakfast, you continue to hike east across the Shira Plateau and take in the spectacular views south across the plains and towards Mount Meru. (4hours).
Day 5: Moir Camp to Baranco Camp (12,675 ft / 3,900 m)
Although on paper you only finish your trek 100m higher than the previous night, you will have ascended all the way up to 4600m, at Lava Tower, before winding your way back down the valley into Barranco Camp. This is an important day for acclimatisation and you will have a leisurely lunch at Lava Tower and let your bodies adapt to the thinner air. (7-8hours).
Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (13,300ft / 4,050m)
After breakfast, your first challenge is to climb the Barranco Wall, which will have looked impenetrable on the approach, but don’t worry, it’s not as hard or as steep as it looks! You’ll be on top of the 200m wall in no time, and will then continue eastwards to the Karanga Camp (4 to 5 hours).
Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (15,090ft / 4,650m)
From Karanga Camp a 3-hour walk takes you to Barafu Camp from where you will make your summit attempt. After an early supper you will go to bed with palpable excitement and apprehension, ready for the 11pm wake up call. (3hours).
Day 8: Barafu Hut to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft / 5,896m) to Mweka Camp (10,171ft/3,100m)
You will leave camp around Midnight to climb through the darkness. You should reach the Crater Rim around 6am, watching the sky over your right shoulder turn through amazing shades of orange to deep blue. Shortly the large green sign will appear in your line of sight, and energised by seeing the summit you can huddle together on top to take photos, and enjoy the spectacular views from the “Roof of Africa”, before descending to Mweka Camp for the evening.
Day 9: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate to Arusha.
In the morning, you’ll take the easy walk down to Mweka Gate. At the Park Gate you will say goodbye to your porters and tip them in return for all of their help throughout the expedition. You will be transferred back to your accommodation, for a well earned celebration dinner followed by a great night’s sleep.
Climb Specification & Detail
We offer three standards of trip: Lightweight, Luxury and VIP. We can say with confidence that our lightweight offering is better equipped than 90% of other expeditions on the mountain. Our luxury climb includes several refinements to enhance the comfort, and our VIP spec is the only service of it’s kind. Safety remains the key focus regardless of specification chosen.
To briefly outline the differences:
Lightweight Specification: a lightweight mess tent, table and stools, smaller sleeping tent and foam pad. Team member must provide their own sleeping bag. This is our most adventurous specification.
Luxury Specification: a larger mess tent than the lightweight specification, backed chairs instead of stools, a larger sleeping tent with a 3 inch foam mattress. A pillow and -18 Celcius rated sleeping bag with liner are also included. There is a private portable toilet. Evening meals have an additional course (entrée) and there is fresh pressed coffee available. All in all, highly recommended. Diagram below shows tent dimensions but will only have 2 persons in each tent.
VIP Specification: As per the Luxury specification but with a larger standing height tent with a full size sleeping cot so that guests are raised above the ground. A shower tent is also included and so too is an enhanced menu. This is the most comfortable all inclusive specification on Kilimanjaro.
Pre & Post climb accommodation :
We work with a number of beautiful lodges and hotels around Kilimanjaro to make sure that the experience doesn’t just start and end on the mountain. From Mount Meru Hotel to Lake Duluti Lodge, we’re confident you will find an expedition with us comfortable from the moment you arrive.
THE KIT LIST
This list does not have to be followed to the letter. We appreciate that trekkers have their own preference regarding clothing, but we hope this list will ensure nothing is overlooked.
UNDERWEAR. A wicking layer is best. One pair of long-johns. One long sleeved polo-neck shirt plus one tee shirt. Thumb loops and front zips are useful and there are ladies versions available. Light colours are recommended.
WALKING TROUSERS. Lightweight, not cotton. Useful to have removable/ zipped legs so they convert to shorts.
FLEECE TROUSERS. Can be cheap and cheerful. Provide extra protection in cold weather and on summit day.
DUVET JACKET. A down duvet jacket or smock is useful to keep warm in the lodges and walking around at night. We will aim to provide a high quality down jacket at a reduced price.
FLEECE JACKET. Polartec fleece or Primaloft jacket recommended. There are numerous fleece jackets, to choose from that are suitable. Arc’teryx Atom LT recommended.
WEATHERPROOF JACKET. A waterproof and windproof outer shell. Make sure the jacket has a hood and ventilation zips. Must be breathable, Gore-Tex recommended. Don’t go overboard though, a £400 jacket is overkill! Arc’teryx Alpha SL recommended.
WEATHERPROOF TROUSERS. Waterproof, windproof trousers preferably with side zips for ease of fitting over boots. Should be breathable, Gore-Tex or eVent recommended.
WARM HAT. A fleece hat that covers your ears and the back of your head. Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap is an ideal hat to take as it is also waterproof.
INSULATED GLOVES. Mitts are probably warmer than gloves but they make using hands more awkward. Gloves should have a weatherproof breathable outer, a reinforced palm and a removable fleece liner. You must ensure that the gloves are big, with plenty of extra room around each finger – snug fitting gloves will be cold. Decent gloves will make a huge difference to how much you enjoy summit day, invest well. Mittens highly recommended.
LINER GLOVES. The ‘one size fits all’ Meraklon variety are extremely useful as you never need to have bare hands. They will also keep the intense sun off your hands and protect them from gravel if you slip/ fall on the trail.
SUN HAT. Peaked cap or wide brimmed hat.
BUFF/ SCARF. For sun protection and insulation on summit day. The Buff is a very versatile bit of kit. They come in a variety of colours, have a multitude of uses and you can even get winter fleece lined versions.
SOCKS. 3 sets. A set is what you normally wear with your boots, ideally one thin pair and one thick. For the thin pairs; Coolmax, or something similar is good, for the thick pairs; Smart Wool is just the ticket. Try and have your boots with you when buying socks and vice versa.
BOOTS. Comfortable, lightweight 3/4 season walking boots. Leather or synthetic but they must be waterproof. Trainers/ running shoes will not be adequate for day to day trekking. Salomon Cosmic recommended.
GAITERS. Normal walking gaiters are adequate, to keep scree out and snow on occasion. Cheap and cheerful are all you need.
SUNGLASSES. One pair with full UV protection.
DAYSACK. About 35 litres. Also useful as cabin baggage. Osprey Talon 33 is very popular.
RUCKSACK LINER & PLASTIC BAGS. Unfortunately rucksacks and kit bags are not waterproof, so you should wrap all clothing and equipment in waterproof plastic bags.
WATER BOTTLE. Enough to carry 3 litres. Strong and watertight. “Camelbak” style drinking bags are highly recommended for the trek. A collapsible sports bottle is perfect for summit day because you will be carrying it in your jacket and as you drink it will get smaller thus taking up less room.
TREKKING POLES. One set, telescopic. Useful for walking on low-angle terrain and reducing strain on muscles and joints. Strongly recommended.
HEAD TORCH. You need an LED headtorch, such as the Black Diamond Cosmo, plus one set of spare batteries.
SUN SCREEN. Should be highest factor available, and apply it to all potentially exposed areas of skin – or cover up.
LIP BLOCK. One stick of sun protective lip block. Also take some lip balm, such as Vaseline to help recover chapped lips at night.
REPAIR KIT. Needle, strong thread, safety pins etc. 10m of 2mm cord & several short straps. A small roll of Duct tape is a good idea, or better still, wrap several meters around a trekking pole.
STUFF SACKS. Useful for storing clothing etc. Exped and Outdoor Designs make a good range.
CAMERA, LENSES & MEMORY CARDS. Protective bag essential. Bring spare batteries, memory cards, solar panel and dc charger, as required
TOILETRIES. As required. Small mirror useful.
“DRY” SOAP HANDWASH/ AlcoGel. Brilliant for making sure you hands are kept clean, no matter how urgent things become, and bugs are killed and not spread around the team. Lifesystems Dry Wash can be bought from most camping shops.
PASSPORT. Valid for 6 months post trip.
CASH & CREDIT CARDS – Make sure you have any necessary numbers in case of loss or theft.
READING BOOK for restful afternoons in camp.
PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT
PAINKILLERS. Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin.
ANTIBIOTICS. Two course as prescribed by your own GP. One for chest and upper respiratory tract infections and one for abdominal, bowel infections.
COUGH LOZENGES. Lockets and Strepsils are good.
WOUND DRESSING. One.
MELOLIN DRESSINGS. Four 10 cm x10cm.
ANTISEPTIC CREAM. One small tube.
DIARRHOEA TREATMENT. Immodium, Arret or Lomotil recommended.
INSECT REPELLENT. One small bottle.
FOOT POWDER. Important for keeping feet in good condition.
N.B. The group medical kit contains more of the above plus extensive supplies for a wide range of medical problems and emergencies.