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Tour Packages Details

Price Per Person

USD 5,005
Country: Tanzania
City: Kilimanjaro
Duration: 9 Day(s) - 8 Night(s)
Tour Category: Hiking Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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Package Itinerary

Preparation Day

Location:        Arusha                                         Accommodation:      Hotel not included

Meal:             not included 

On this day before the beginning of your Kilimanjaro experience, your guide will do a briefing and a gear check.  These essential steps will ensure security for all and significantly increase your chance of success.  The guide will also review your previously completed and submitted medical form with you.  Do not hesitate to inquire for further information.   You will also be introduced to your trekking mates during the briefing. 

Day 1

Londorosi Gate (2,100m/6,890’) –> Mti Mkubwa (2,791m/9,160’)

Distance:        10 km/6 miles                               Time:                       6 hours

Habitat:          Tropical Forest                             Altitude gain:             + 691m/2,270’

Accommodation:        Forest Camp                     Meals:            Lunch, Dinner                             

After breakfast you drive to the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Shira-Lemosho trailhead where you find your climbing crew ready and waiting to start the climb. . The Trip Leader will tell you exactly what to expect each day for weather, the nature of the trail, and the wildlife you will encounter. Please ask any question about any special features that might interest you.

Forest Camp

Forest camp is located in a dense forest zone.  Already the sun fades, the cold sets in, it's time to dress warmly and prepare the headlamps. 


Day 2

Mti Mkubwa (2,791m/9,160’) –> Shira (3,650m/11,975’)

Meals:            Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner             Distance:        9 km/5 miles

Time:                       6 hours

Habitat:          Moorland, Heathland                 Altitude gain:             + 859m/2,815’

Accommodation:        Shira Camp

You leave the camp just after breakfast and ascend to Shira Camp.  You press ahead into the heath, where we stop for lunch. Next you wind up the day by traversing the Shira Ridge and camp in the Shira Caldera with its dramatic views of Kibo peak. It is usual to hear some jackals barking in the night as well as seeing some signs of buffalo, eland, serval cats and other magnificent animals during your hike.

Shira Camp

This camp offers a great view of the Kibo Peak. At night, the sky is covered with thousands of stars and you can admire the famous Southern Cross and hear the distant cries of jackals.


Day 3

Shira (3,650m/11,975’) –> Moir (4,164m/13,660’)

Meals:            Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner            

Distance:        10 km/6 miles                               Time:                       6 hours

Habitat:          Heath, Ericaceae, Shrubs           Altitude gain:             + 514m/1,685’

Accommodation:        Moir Camp

On this third day, you hike across the Shira Caldera towards the western side of the Kibo Volcanic Massive. This is a day you will be able to ‘touch the clouds.’  If the weather permits, you will have a panoramic view towards the Rift Valley and the heart of Africa.  As you get up this higher, you will find that most of the plants cannot compete with the weather. You will understand why!  Lobelia deckenii is the only alpine species of lobelia that lives on Kilimanjaro.

Moir Camp

Moir Camp is located at the transition zone between the heather and moorland, the only place you can see the higher altitude plants like the Giant Ground Sells and Lobelia deckenii. 


Day 4

Moir (4,164m/13,660’) –> Lava Tower Camp (4,557m/14,950’)

Distance:        5 km/3 miles                                 Time:                       3 hours

Habitat:          Alpine & moon desert                 Altitude gain:             + 393m/1,290’

Accommodation:        Lava Tower Camp

Day four will be a slow climb, as the high altitude effects start to kick in.  Upon your arrival, camp will have already been set up by the crew.  This will give you the opportunity to admire the magnificent view.  Temperature is well below the freezing mark, so we will make sure you dress warmly.

Lava Tower Camp

Lava Tower Camp is located at the foot of the tower with the same name.  Your guide will assure your sleeping bag is setup in an optimal way, to retain as much heat as possible for the night.  In the morning, you will be astonished by a golden sunrise behind the eastern side of Kibo.


Day 5

Lava Tower Camp (4,557m/14,950’) –> Lava Tower Camp (4,557m/14,950’)

Distance:        2.5 km/1.5 miles                           Time:                       2 hours

Habitat:          Alpine desert                                Accommodation:        Lava Tower Camp

On this acclimatization day, you may indulge yourself and sleep late – even until 10am!  After a good breakfast, we shall explore the surroundings, and walk for no more than a few hours only. 

This extra day will increase greatly your chances to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro.


Day 6

Lava Tower Camp (4,557m/14,950’) –> Arrow Glacier (4,868m/15,970’)

Distance:        2.5 km/1.5 miles                           Time:                       2 hours

Habitat:          Alpine desert                               Altitude gain:             + 311m/1,020’

Accommodation:        Arrow Glacier Camp

The trail here is very steep, and is quite a workout. You are now heading towards the alpine zone of the mountain.

Arrow Glacier Camp

The camp is a cold and windy place.   Expect to live in the clouds for the night, yet before sunset, clouds often clear and you will get some beautiful views of the Western Breach.


Day 7

Arrow Glacier (4,868m/15,970’) –>Crater (5,715m/18,751’)

Distance:        3 km/2 miles                                 Time:                       6-8 hours

Habitat:          Moon desert                                Altitude gain:             + 847m/2,781’

Accommodation:        Crater Camp

After an early breakfast, we leave the camp before sunrise for a slow and spectacular climb. Once you reach this highest camp for a well deserved dinner, will no doubt enjoy your sleep in this quiet environment, where few trekking companies camp.  This is the last night before the summit.

Crater Camp

Crater Camp provides the ultimate view and the best altitude to prepare you for the ultimate day!  Your dinner will be prepared early, and give you ample time to relax and sleep.  Nights are very cold at this altitude, and you will appreciate all the warm sleeping gear.


Day 8

Crater (5,715m/18,751’) –> Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,341’) –> Mweka (3,068m/10,066’)

Distance:        12 km/7 miles                               Time:                       9 hours

Habitat:          Moon desert, Alpine desert            Altitude gain:             +    180m/590’

                                & Tropical forest                 Altitude loss:              - 2,827m/-                                                                                                                     9,275’

Accommodation:        Mweka Camp

Summit day! Upon reaching the summit, you will have time to celebrate and take photos. After that, you will take approximately three hours to hike down to a short stop for lunch at Barafu camp.  After lunch, you will proceed to Mweka Camp where you are going to spend your last night on Kilimanjaro and have your victory celebration!

Mweka Camp

You will spend your last night on the conquered volcano at Mweka Camp, located more than 9,000’ (almost 3,000m) below the summit.


Day 9

Mweka Camp (3,068m/10,066’) –> Mweka Gate (1,650m/5,514’) -> Arusha

Distance:        16 km/10 miles                             Time:                       4 hours

Habitat:          Tropical forest                              Altitude loss:              - 1,418m/4,552’

Accommodation:        Hotel not included

Today is our last hike. The hike is steep in places and may be slippery if it is a wet day. Please use trekking poles.  At Mweka Gate you will say goodbye to your
mountain crew and enjoy your picnic lunch. We will drive to Arusha for hot shower and an early dinner.

For those of you who will return home, we shall say Goodbye for those who would like to see more of Tanzania, it will be a pleasure to take you in some of the most amazing national parks or would you like a relaxing time on the spice island of Zanzibar, we are at your disposal.




All government taxes relevant to the itinerary

Backup logistical support from EAV safari team

Camping gear as described

Filtered water as much as needed

Food as described

Guiding fees

Park fees

Team or porters

Trained English speaking driver and/or guide

Transport as described



What is NOT included

Alterations/customizing to this itinerary

Airport taxes

Alcohol and other beverages at hotels/lodges

Excess baggage charges

Hospital bills

Hotel accommodation (unless otherwise specified)


International insurance

International return air tickets

Items of personal nature

Laundry charges

Local/International evacuation (emergency)

Optional tips to trip leaders & crew

Sleeping bags and mattresses

Walking sticks/poles




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