8 DAYS - KILIMANJARO TREKKING
The seven day Lemosho variation is preferred over the six day option because it breaks up day two into two days, providing better acclimatization and a more gradual ascent. On the seven day route, we walk from Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1 on day two, a reasonable altitude gain of 2,000 feet. Then on day three, we continue from Shira Camp 2 to the little used Moir Hut, at 13,800 feet. Overall the exposure to this altitude will help prepare the body for higher altitudes coming on the following days.
However, the trek from Barranco to Barafu, followed by the summit day are unchanged from the six day Lemosho variation. This schedule is still very tough, though the extra day on the mountain on the seven day route will help climbers deal with the exhausting itinerary better than those who opted for the six day route. However, this can be adopted to suit your preference. Total Duration: 8 days
Day 1: Mweka Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp 9100ft/2650m
After breakfast in the morning, you will drive approximately for two to three hours to the Londorosi gate where you will do registration and get entrance permit. Then, you will drive again for one hour to Lemosho starting point where you will get off from the jeep and stop for picnic lunch. After lunch, you will meet all the crews including the rest of the guides, cooks, and porters.
Day 2: Hike to Shira 1 camp 11,500feet/3650m
Today it will be one of our beautiful hike about 6-7 hours including lunch stop to cover distance of 7km and after two hours walk we will be in the moorland zone on the west side of the Shira plateaus where you will be able to see old lava flows and we will enjoying the sun and walking slowly more breaks for acclimatize until we arrive at our camp for overnight.
Day 3: To Moir Hut 13800ft/4200m
Today we will hike about 4-6 hours to cover the distance of 9km also we will cross the middle of Shira plateau a world heritage site to our picnic lunch at fishers point. After lunch we will walk for 1-2 hours hiking through moorland zone and arriving to our beautiful overnight camp located at the base of massive lava flow.
Day 4: Hike to Barranco Camp 13,044feet/3940m
Today we will keep walking in alpine desert for 9km about 6-8 hours, We will start by climbing over steep hills and very few rock, then steady uphill climb to Lava tower (150m high volcanic plug that juts out the side of the mountain) and stop for lunch around noon. From this point some people might start to feel mild headache due to altitude change. From lava tower we will descend about 2 hours through dust and rock trail to overnight at Baranco camp.
Day 5: Hike to Karanga Camp 13,106feet/3995m
Today is short day for 4-6 hours to cover distance of 6km and we will start by scrambling up the great Baranco wall for about 1-2 hours. In this wall some section will be steep forcing you to use hands to reach and maneuver yourself around rock boulders like rock climbing, Although is not challenging as rock climbing. At the top of the wall you can see Baranco valley and the campsite you spend a night before also you will walk up and down to Karanga valley which is the last water point to the mountain and on top of the ridge it will be our campsite where we will have hot lunch and overnight.
Day 6: Hike to Barafu Camp 15,330feet/4600m
Today we will have another walking of 4km for 3-5 hours in steep uphill with a lot of boulders and shattered rock crossing upper alpine desert .We will go through a steep ridge until we reach a rocky section more scrambling for about an hour and half. Our next camp will be on large rocky with steep faces and we will have earlier dinner and sleep earlier because we have to wake up in the mid night for summit.
Day 7: Summit to Uhuru Peak (19,340feet/5895m) and descend to Mweka hut 10,065feet/3100m
We will wake up around 11:00pm have some tea and snacks dress up warm for the summit. We will start our summit around mid-night by start with steep rocks for about 2-3 hours and then we will start crossing zigzag area and keep moving to crater rim and finally Stella point 5756m around 6am. At Stella point we will meet with other hikers from other route and join them heading to Uhuru peak and we will be able to see sun rise on our way or at the summit. Once we arrive at the summit we will stay for 10-15minutes for pictures and view then descend down via the same trail about 3 hours to Barafu camp for resting, brunch and descend to Mweka hut.
Day 8: Descend from Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate 5,380feet/1640m
Today after breakfast you will meet your Eastland adventures Kilimanjaro crew for group pictures and Kilimanjaro songs afterward we will start descending down via rain forest about 3-4 hours to cover the distance of 10km, Also if you will be lucky we can see blue monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys and other wildlife. At Mweka gate we will sign out in Kilimanjaro national park log book and our guide will collect certificate for those manage successful summit then drive to your hotel in Moshi for hot shower and Kilimanjaro beer.