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Stars and Camp at Lava Tower //David Coleman
Western Breach rest break//Arun Raghu
Lemosho route trail - Shira Plateau//Arun Raghu

Itinerary

Day 1 – Lemosho Glades
From your lodge, we will make our way to the Londorosi gate on the Western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro (a few hours drive from Arusha). We will begin our hike at the Lemosho trail head.   Please note that in rainy/muddy conditions, sometimes the vehicles can’t make it to the true trailhead so there can be some extra hiking – but Serengeti Pride vehicles usually make it farther than any other company due to our great drivers and vehicles. After a picnic lunch, we will hike for about 4 hours to the forest camp. In the forest, exotic moss and flowers delight the eye while bird calls entertain the ear. You may see Black and White Colobus monkeys as well as signs of the elephants that travel in this area. We will overnight at Forest Camp.
Hiking: 4-5 hours
Overnight Altitude ~8,817’
 
Day 2 – Shira Plateau
As we leave the Montane Forest and enter the Hagenia zone, our views open and we will catch our first views of the Kibo peak. This is a good acclimatization hike, as we go up and down several ridges along the way to our highest point of the day at 11,500’ before descending to camp.  Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.
Hiking: 6-9 hours
Overnight Altitude 11,300’
 
Day 3 –  Moir Camp
We will traverse the Heath zone of the Shira Plateau and begin climbing the western slope of the Kibo Massif. Along the way, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at Scott Fisher memorial camp (the well-known Mt. Everest guide). We will continue on to the upper heath zone and Moir camp. Depending on the weather, acclimatization hikes can be arranged in the late afternoon.
Hiking: 5-6 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~13,650
 
Day 4 – Lava Tower
We will hike slowly along the Western side of the Kibo massif today, entering the alpine zone - a rocky and volcanic landscape, where only the hardiest of vegetation survives. The Western Breach will be visible above us in all its imposing glory.   An afternoon scramble up Lava Tower may be possible if energy, time, and weather permit.
Hiking: 5-7 hours
Overnight Altitude ~ 15,214’
 
Day 5 – Arrow Glacier 
After our morning coffee, we will gather around our expert guides for a safety equipment demonstration. Serengeti Pride climb safety equipment includes a Gamow bag (hyperbaric chamber), oxygen and pulse oximeter, as well as group first aid kit.  After, we will hike to Arrow Glacier Camp. There is plenty of time to explore the area around camp and take photos of the stunning views of the sunset and Mount Meru poking through the clouds.  Exploring the area around camp will help our acclimatization and improve our performance tomorrow.
Hiking: 2-3 hours
Overnight Altitude ~ 15,960’
 
Day 6 – Western Breach to Crater Camp
After an early start (5 AM, with up to an hour hiking by handlamp), we will wind our way slowly up the Western Breach route to the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, 7-8 hours of hiking due to the altitude -  despite the short distance. Although the Western Breach does not have any technical climbing, it has areas of scrambling where you use your hands to help you up steep rocky areas. Once in the Crater, if time and energy permit we might explore the inner Crater and the ash pit, or simply rest in camp. This route puts you in Crater Camp usually early enough in the day to maximize your chance of seeing the inner crater and ash pit. Our Camp has wonderful view of the Crater's glaciers, and it is amazing to walk over to and around the nearest one.
Hiking: 7-8 hours
Overnight Altitude ~18,769’
 
Day 7 – Summit and Mweka Camp
Summit day. We will start our ascent to the summit (19,341ft - 5,896m) around 6:00 AM (just as it's getting light usually) and reach the summit in 1 1/2 to 2 hours. After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak we’ll begin the long descent down to Barafu Hut for lunch and then to our camp at Mweka Camp. Hiking poles will help protect your knees on this steep descent.  A long day, around 8-11 hours usually.
Hiking: 8-11 hours
Summit ~19,341’
Overnight Altitude ~10,448’

Day 8 – Mweka Park Gate
We make the final descent to the trailhead today, about 3-5 hours hiking. Here we will have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro and heading back to town. Arrive at your lodge usually between 3-5 PM.
Hiking: 3-5 hours

Pricing

8 Days / 7 Nights from $3,499 USD Inclusive of all government taxes and crater camping fees

Departure Dates

December 22, 2019
December 31, 2019
January 13, 2020
January 27, 2020
February 10, 2020
February 24, 2020
March 9, 2020
March 23, 2020
April 6, 2020
May 4, 2020
June 1, 2020
June 15, 2020
June 29, 2020
July 13, 2020
July 27, 2020
August 10, 2020
August 24, 2020
September 7, 2020
September 21, 2020
October 5, 2020
October 19, 2020
November 2, 2020
December 21, 2020
December 29, 2020
January 4, 2021

Notes

Price based on twin occupancy; single occupancy upon request, has an extra cost if available.  Local flights included if listed in itinerary.   Price includes most meals (all meals on the trek), guides, porters for luggage, lodging, fees and taxes.  Price excludes international flights, tips/gratuities, lunches and dinners while in cities, alcohol, travel visa, personal items.
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