Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport / Other Pickup Destination, where you will meet a Majali guide, and be transferred to the hotel. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are prepared to trek Kilimanjaro on the Western Breach Route for 9 days by checking your gear and giving you a brief breakdown of the trip.
Time 45 minutes – 1 hour.
Day 2: LONDOROSSI GATE TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP
A guide and support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing. Then you will travel by vehicle for 3-4 hours to the western entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park, known as Londorossi Gate (2,200 m). After another few hours of formalities with the park rangers at the gate and you will be on the trail. Then you will drive for another hour to the Lemosho Gate. The group will stop for a light snack then start the 3-4 hour hike towards the Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m). Raincoats are necessary on this day in particular, as you will be walking through the rainforest. The trail goes through the lowland forests where you're likely to spot the large Colobus monkeys which are fairly common .By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents up and cook lunch for you. After lunch the group will depart on an acclimatization hike towards Shira 1 Camp that features a 300 meter gain in altitude, after which you will hike back down to Mti Mkubwa Camp, where a hot dinner will be waiting.
Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously.
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.
Trekking from Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp:
Change in Elevation: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m) — Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m)
Hiking distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hour
Change in Elevation: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m) Destination point en route to Shira 1 Camp (3,095 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1 hour
Day 3: TREKKING FROM MTI MKUBWA CAMP TO SHIRA 1 CAMP
An early wakeup and breakfast. The first part of today’s trek is a slow gradual walk that is fairly steep as you climb up out of the jungle and into the moorland ecosystem dominated by Giant Heathers and a variety of grasses and wildflowers. ; After passing several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge. At that point for the first time you will be able to see stunning views of Shira Plateau and Kibo Volcano. On the whole, the passage from Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) is rather easy and takes about 5-6 hours. This will allow you to start the acclimatization process gradually, which is important to have a successful climb. When you reach the camp, your team of specialists will cook you lunch and you will have the chance to rest in your tent or walk around the nearby area.
Change in Elevation: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m) — Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m)
Hiking distance:5 km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Day 4: TREKKING FROM SHIRA 1 CAMP TO SHIRA 2 CAMP TO MOIR HUT
We will explore the Shira plateau for a full day. Departing from Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) we have a gentle walk that leads to the Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). This trek is not difficult and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the moreland meadows of and the surrounding area. Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru (the fifth summit of Africa), weather permitting. Then we continue to Moir Hut (4139m), a little used camping site on the base of Lent Hills, there are a variety of short walking trails making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity.
Change in Elevation: Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) — Moir Hut (4,139 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Day 5: TREKKING FROM MOIR HUT TO THE LAVA TOWER
Today is a short day, after breakfast we will leave Moir Hut (4,139 m) and start our way to the key point of the route, the Lava Tower (4,630 m). Once we reach the Lava Tower we will enjoy lunch.
After lunch you can explore, and if you have the energy you can climb the lava tower with one of our guides.
Although you end the day at the same elevation you began at, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help you prepare for the summit day.
If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route, following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up only to a maximum of 4,400 meters.
Change in Elevation: Moir Hut (4,139 m) — Lava Tower (4,630 m)
Hiking distance: 7 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Day 6: TREKKING FROM LAVA TOWER TO ARROW GLACIER AND BACK
Today is an acclimatization day, we will hike to the Arrow Glacier Camp (4,900 m) and back down to the Lava Tower. After the 3 hour hike, you will have free time to explore, or you can rest at camp and enjoy a movie or play a board game. The goal of today is for your body to get used to being at this altitude in order to prepare you to sleep at Crater Camp.
Change in Elevation: Lava Tower (4,630 m) — Arrow Glacier (4,900 m) — Lava Tower (4,630 m)
Hiking distance: 4 km
Hiking time:3-4 hours
Day 7: LAVA TOWER TO ARROW GLACIER CAMP
After an early breakfast, we will begin our short but steep ascent to Arrow Glacier Camp ( 4,900 m ) Today’s hike is tough but it makes up for that with its beauty and the opportunity to dig deep into your own character. After navigating frozen streams you’ll be climbing up the ridgeline which has amazing views – but be careful because you’ll be on loose scree. You’ll be directly below the Western Breach itself, with cliffs and steep drops all around you. It’s an exhilarating landscape! Arrow Glacier Camp has indescribable views and is known for luminescent, astounding sunsets. You can spend the remainder of the day relaxing or you can take a short walk with a guide.
Change in Elevation: Lava Tower (4,630 m) — Arrow Glacier (4,900 m)
Hiking distance:2 km
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Day 8: ARROW GLACIER CAMP TO CRATER CAMP VIA THE WESTERN BREACH
Today we will face the challenge of the Western Breach, which is the most difficult of all the summit routes. After a very early wake up at around 3am we will eat breakfast and begin our ascent. After we cross the Western Breach we will head into the Crater Rim. You will be able to see beautiful views spanning all the way back to the Shira Plateau. We will pass the Northern Icefield and Furtwangler Glacier on the way to the camp. The crater floor is made up of soft sand, once we reach camp we will enjoy lunch then you will have three choices depending on how you feel.
Option A: . Our guides will lead you to the Reusch Ash Pit, which is a 400ft wide hole in the center of the crater. Then we will relax, have an early dinner, and get some rest because tomorrow we will climb to the summit.
Option B: After lunch, we can continue our ascent to Uhuru Peak, which will take around 1.5 hours. There would be very few climbers there at this time of day. Then we would descend to Barafu Camp. which would take 2-3 hours. Congratulations on reaching the Roof of Africa – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).
Option C: If you are feeling tired, after lunch we can just lounge around camp, enjoy the scenery and prepare for the climb to the summit.
Change in Elevation: Arrow Glacier (4,900 m) — Crater Camp (5,750 m) [— Ulhuru Peak (5,895 m ) ]
Hiking distance:2 km ( if option 2 it will be more )
Hiking time: 6-7 hours ( if option to it will be more )
Pick-up and Drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Group transfer to the trailhead
Pick-up at the exit from the trailhead and transfer to the hotel.
Hiking and safety equipment
First Aid Kits
Bottled Oxygen for emergency use only
Four Season 3- person Tents
Dining Tent, Tables, Chairs, Cutlery
Heater for Dining Tent
4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications.
Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
Kilimanjaro National Park permits, crew fees, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT) and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority.
All meals on the hike. Prepared by our professional cooks. (vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost )
Celebration dinner after climb
All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, juice, hot chocolate and water).
2 Nights at a 3 - star hotel with breakfast included ( before and after the climb )
All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer), however a if you prefer a single hotel room or single tent that can be provided at an extra cost. We also offer other amenities for an extra cost such as a heater for your personal tent.
Price Does Not Include:
Lunch & Dinner at Hotel
Personal Gear & Equipment
Tips for the crew ( we recommend $200-$250 per hiker )