Total Days: 10
Nights: Hotel 2, Tents 7
Kilimanjaro Bliss: 8 days hiking
Recommended days on trek: 8 days
Minimum trekking days required: 7days
Stating point: West, Londorrosi gate
DAY 1: You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport, if flying direct, and transported to your hotel. We recommended that you try to arrange your flight so you arrive 1.5 – 2 days before your hike. This is to allow your body time to rest and begin to acclimatisation to the new time zone and altitude. It also allows for any flight delays and baggage issues (always wear or carry you hiking boots in flight with you, and let us know as soon as possible if your luggage does not arrive with you). We recognise that some people have limited vacation time and may arrive as late as the afternoon prior to starting their hike.
Your guide will arrange to meet with you during the afternoon / evening for a pre-trip briefing. Please make sure you bring your passport and insurance details, as well as your return flight details.
Day 2: Londorrosi gate – Mti Mkubwa (Big tree camp), Elevation: 2385m – 2780m, Distance: 6km, Time: 3-4 hours,
Habitat: Rain forest
We pick you up from your hotel at 08:30 am and depart Arusha for the Londorrosi gate, which is a 4- hour drive. Here we will obtain our permits and hikers register at the office (you will need your passport number for this), and eat lunch while the porter’s loads are weighed. The drive to the Lemosho starting point is another hours’ drive, along a rough road, passing local farmers tending banana and potato crops. At the starting point, we begin our hike “pole, pole” through the tropical rainforest, to the Big tree camp where we spend our first night. It is common to see blue moneys as you hike up along this tropical rainforest trail.
Day 3: Mti Mkubwa (Big tree camp) – Shira One camp, Elevation: 2780m – 3500m, Distance: 8km, Time: 5-6 hours,
We continue on up the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grass, heather and volcanic rock, draped with lichen beards. We reach Shira Ridge where we are rewarded with
Day 4: Shira One – Moir hut, Elevation: 3500m – 3900m, Distance: 12km, Time: 5-7 hours an amazing view of Kibo across the plateau, before descending gently down to the Shira One camp.
Today we explorer the Shira Plateau for a full day, as we walk the gentle trail Eastward toward
Kibo, which passes through the Shira Two camp and continues on to the Moir hut. This is a little used site at the base of Lent hills. A variety of walks are available on the Lent hills making this an excellent opportunity for acclimatization.
Day 5: Moir hut – Barranco camp, via Lava tower (4600m), Elevation: 3900 – 3960m, Distance: 7km, Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
From Moir hut we continue to the East up the ridge now meeting hikers on the Machame Route as we pass the Machame Junction as we journey towards the Kibo peak. As we continue our direction shifts to the southeast and up to the Lava tower (4600m). We eat lunch at this high point to assist acclimatization. Our journey now continues down past the tower in to the Barranco valley, and on to the Barranco camp for night.
Day 6: Barranco camp – Karanga camp, Elevation: 3900m -3930m, Distance: 5km, Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and slowly make our way up and along the steep ridge passing the great Barranco wall. From here the trail is undulating, with superb views of the South-Eastern Ice-fields, as we hike to the Karanga Valley camp. We stop here for lunch and our overnight camp, making this a short day designed to aid acclimatization.
Day 7: Karanga – Barafu camp (base camp), Elevation: 3930m – 4600m, Distance: 4km, Time: 3 – 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast we leave Karanga camp and reach the Junction which connects with the Mweka trail. We continue up to the Barafu camp. At this point you have completed the South circuit which offers views of the peak from many different angles. In addition to Uhuru peak, the Mawenzi peak can also be seen from this location. Barafu camp is the base camp from which we will hike to the summit. We enjoy an early lunch and dinner, rest and prepare for beginning the summit ascent at midnight.
Day 8: Barafu- Uhuru summit and descend to Millenium camp, (or Mweka camp), Elevation: 4600m – 5895m and down to 3790m (or 3100m), Distance: 17km, Time : 14 hours
Habitat: Arctic – back down to Rain Forest
Your guide will wake you at eleven at night for a light breakfast. We begin our assent to the summit at (midnight) making our way up between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers heading in a North-Westerly direction and ascending steep switchbacks through volcanic scree, towards Stella point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging section of the hike, as you experience the fatigue related to low oxygen levels at the increasing altitude, on this seemingly endless ascent. At Stella point (5732m) we have reached the crater rim and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise. From Stella point to Uhuru peak it is now just 45 – 60 minutes around the rim. Finally, you reach Uhuru summit and you are at the highest point in Africa (5894m), with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro’ famous glacier and ice cliffs. We spend a maximum of 15 minutes at the Summit, due to the effects of high altitude. This gives us time to congratulate each other, enjoy the euphoria of our achievement, photograph and breath-in the magnificence of our surroundings. We must now begin our descent for which you will want your hiking poles, first back down to Barafu camp for Brunch, and then we continue down to Millenium or Mweka camp for the night. These camps are situated between the end of moorland and the rain forest. Your guide will decide which camp will be used for the last night based on the needs of the group.
Day 9: Millenium or Mweka camp – Mweka gate, Elevation:3100m – 1800m, Distance: 9km,Time: 4 – 6 hours
Habitat: Rain forest
After breakfast the whole team (clients, guides, cooks and porters) celebrate the journey, and share their THANKS with each other The clients personally give tips to porters, cook, and guides, before making the final descent to Mweke gate. From Millenium camp the trail descends first to the Mweka camp, then through the lush rain forest, with colourful flowers, tuneful bird song, and sightings of Colobus monkeys.
You sign out of the Park, board our vehicle, which will be waiting at the Mweke gate, and are transported past the local villages with their coffee and banana farms, first to Moshi, for lunch, and a well-deserved beer for those who wish. Later we return you to your hotel in Arusha, where you can enjoy a shower and soft mattress.
Day 10: Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania or Kenya. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Arusha and the Kilimanjaro region.
If you are taking extra days to rest up and see Arusha, we can arrange a visit to the Paradiso Children`s Home we support, and /or to other local attractions that interest you. Ask us for list of recommended attractions.
Note: Access to the Lemosho route during the rainy season in November is often closed due to impassible roads.
Our alternative route takes you around the north side of the mountain, on the Northern Circuit. This has a similar itinerary, except for days 5, 6, and 7, when we camp at Buffalo Camp, School Hut Camp, and then pick up the previous itinerary at Barafu Camp. This route sees less people than the Southern Circuit.
I was impressed by Aristarick, one of our guides. He was very helpful, motivating and knows a lot. Thanks to him we made it to the top.
It was clear from the start of the expedition that Ari was very professional indeed. Above all though was his passion for Tanzania. If you are planning a trip to Tanzania for a trek up Kilimanjaro or a Safari, then I highly recommend this guy. He will look after you very well indeed.
Ari of Kilimanjaro Bliss was an amazing host. We had signed up to do our climb to the top of Kilimanjaro with Kilimanjaro Bliss and got so much more than we expected. Ari and his crew took great care of us on the seven days that we took to get to the top and back down again. The food was incredibly delicious and the crew were awesome. It was an amazing adventure and we made it back a day early, so we decided to do a safari to Tarangire National Park.
We were blown away with the great lengths the team went through to, not only make us comfortable, but make us feel like royalty. Meals were better than I have had in 5-star restaurants. Although summit day was tough, the journey getting there will be what I remember best. I miss the team already!
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