Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Tanzania, Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa rising 5,895m above sea level in the Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania. It is one of the acclaimed ‘Seven Summits of the World’ and a tourist haven for adventurous travellers.

It rises abruptly from the open planes to form the snow-capped peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi, which are frequently fringed by clouds. Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcanic mountain that developed hundreds of thousands of years ago.

The strong smell of sulphur fumes are sometimes emitted from inside the crater and fumaroles still escape from the inner Ash Pit. The origin of the name “Kilimanjaro” is shrouded in mystery.  In Kiswahili, the word kilima literally means “small hill”, while –njaro means “greatness.” The last word also means “caravan” in Kichagga, the language of the skilled people who settled around the lower slopes.

According to ancient myths, Njaro is also the name of a fearful demon that was believed to have been living on the summit. Last but not least, for the Waswahili people, drivers of the caravans for centuries, the word kilimajyaro meant “landmark.” Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa and the crown of Tanzania.

When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland around 900m to an imperious 5895m on the summit of Uhuru Peak/Kibo Peak. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world.
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Different routes can be followed on Kilimanjaro in attempt to reach the roof of Africa’s great mountain. Most climbers reach the Crater rim with little more than a pair of trekking poles, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit of Kilimanjaro will have earned their climbing certificates and cherished memories to last a lifetime.

But there is so much more to Kilimanjaro than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary at about 2700m, the cultivated foot slopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. 

The surrounding rain forest ensures the fertility of the lush, lower-lying Shamba country, where the Chagga people cultivate their coffee, maize and bananas. Higher still lays the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with other worldly giant lobelias. Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen.Then, finally, the last inherent vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the African continent.

The eight day trekking Northern Circuit – Lemosho – Route itinerary gives maximum possible acclimatisation and flexibility to enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery that extends from the volcanic summit to the vast African plains.

The remote Lemosho Route I guide my clients on is a breathtaking option for trekkers eager to explore less stamped trails through diverse mountain conditions. We trek through forest and moorland to the caldera of the Shira volcano and explore the captivating rock formations on the Shira Plateau before traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kilimanjaro.

We enjoy spectacular early morning views of Kibo as we follow the main route to the summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895m) on the Crater rim. In climbing the magnificent mountain you will pass from a tropical climate to an arctic climate in a few thrilling days to proudly stand on the roof of Africa!


Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro National Airport (JRO), Tanzania –  Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha (1,387m)
Drive time: 1 hour
Meal Plan: Dinner at Ilboru Safari Lodge 

Day 2: Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha (1,387m) – African time zone acclimatisation day in Arusha. Climb orientation with Cherie & African guides. Clothing & equipment check.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner at Ilboru Safari Lodge 

Day 3: Ilboru Safari Lodge, (1,387m) – Londorossi Park Gate (2,250m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Drive time: 3-4 hours driving from Arusha
Walking time: 4-5 hours

Day 4: Mti Mkubwa (2,750m) – Shira 1 Camp (3,550m)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Walking time: 6-8 hours

Day 5: Shira 1 Camp (3,550m) – Shira 2 Camp (3,840m)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Walking time: 4-5 hours

Day 6: Shira 2 Camp (3,840m) – Barranco Camp (3,950m)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Walking time: 6-8 hours

Day 7: Barranco Camp (3,950m) – Karanga Valley Camp (4,000m)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Walking time: 3-5 hours

Day 8: Karanga Valley Camp (4,000m) – Barafu Camp (4,600m)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Walking time: 3-6 hours

Day 9: Barafu Camp (4,600m) – Summit Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Millennium Camp (3,900m)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Walking time: 6 -7 hours to Crater rim of Stella Point, 1 hour to summit, 3- 4 hours to Barafu, 3-4 hours to Millennium Camp (3,900m)

Day 10: Millennium Camp (3,900m) –  Mweka Park Gate (1,650m) – Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha (1,387m)
Meal Plan: Breakfast at Mweka Camp/Dinner at Ilboru Safari Lodge

Walking time: 2-3 hours
Drive time: 2-3 hours

Day 11: Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha – Kilimanjaro National Airport, Tanzania
Meal Plan: Breakfast at Ilboru Safari Lodge

Drive time: 1 hour

* Itinerary subject to change
* Single room/tent supplement available at an additional cost of $600 USD
* Detailed trek itinerary and information (clothing & equipment list; medical information; FAQ’s) issued upon booking

Trek Inclusions:

  • Arrival/Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights
  • Professional African mountain guides
  • Experienced camping chef, kitchen assistants and porters for the trek
  • Camping and catering equipment
  • Meet and Greet
  • Trip briefing
  • AMREF: Emergency Medical Evacuation
  • Quality Hotel accommodation in Arusha before and after the trek (twin share)
  • Three unlimited meals per day during trek
  • Breakfast and dinner in Arusha before and after the trek
  • All Park fees (approx. $1000 USD)
  • All government taxes for indicated services
  • Rescue fee on trek
  • 1.5 litre bottled water on the first day of trek and 4-5L boiled water each day during the trek
  • Transfer to Londorossi Gate and pick up from Mweka Gates
  • Forest fees at Londorossi Gate
  • Transfers from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Cherie Horne Adventure Trekking (CHAT) duffle bag 
  • Corporate discount on trek clothing and equipment with Kathmandu (Australian residents only)
  • Professional & experienced African trekking co-guide & assistant guides well trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group camping equipment
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit
  • Portable Oxygen Cylinder
  • Trip Certificate

 Trek Exclusions:

  • Internal and International flights
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Tips to African guides & porters
  • Drinks (other than boiled water during trek)
  • Alcoholic and carbonated drinks at Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha
  • Lunches at Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha – Day 1, 2, 10.
  • Single room/tent supplement
  • Visa and travel insurance
  • Vaccinations and malaria medication
  • Any add-on tours or activities not mentioned in the program
  • All personal clothing for the climb
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flat sleeping mattress
  • Expenses of personal nature (laundry, phone calls)
  • Pre-Trek Simulated Altitude & Group Training program  

Safari Tour

I have arranged a fantastic Great Northern Highlights Safari that will take place immediately after the Kilimanjaro Climb.
This captivating tour features thrilling game viewing in the Tarangire and South Serengeti National Parks and the Ngorongoro Crater. 
Please contact me if you wish to see the full safari itinerary.
Thank you.


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