52 HIKE CHALLENGE KILIMANJARO CONFIDENCE CLIMB ITINERARY
MT. KILIMANJARO RETREAT ITINERARY
- DAY 1: ARRIVE TO KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport (please arrive by noon), we will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation (included in the price.) After an opening introduction, our head guide will meet us for a briefing, gear check and arrange for any additional equipment needed.
- DAY 2: MACHAME GATE - MACHAME CAMP: 7mi | 5-6 hrs | Rainforest
Elevation: 6,000 ft to 9,950 ft
Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take us through the Village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead. Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while our guide tells us about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. Optional: Journaling, meditation and confidence building exercises.
- DAY 3: MACHAME CAMP - SHIRA CAMP: 3mi | 4-5 hrs | Moorland
Elevation: 9,950 ft to 12,600 ft
After a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast we emerge from the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite. Temperatures begin to drop. Optional: Journaling, meditation and confidence building exercises.
- DAY 4: SHIRA CAMP - LAVA TOWER - BARRANCO CAMP: 6mi | 5-6 hrs | Semi Desert
Elevation: 12,600 ft to 13,000 ft
This is an acclimatization day! From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak, we then head South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp. Optional: Journaling, meditation and confidence building exercises.
- DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP - KARANGA CAMP: 3mi | 3-4hrs | Alpine Desert
Elevation: 13,000 ft to 13,250 ft
After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and junction, which connects with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of the crew zip over this wall with what appears, such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp. Optional: Journaling, meditation and confidence building exercises.
- DAY 6: KARANGA CAMP - BARAFU CAMP: 2 mi | 3-4hrs | Alpine Desert
Elevation: 13,250 ft to 15,350 ft
We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. We will have an early dinner, and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp. Optional: Journaling, meditation and confidence building exercises.
- DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 3mi up | 5-7 hrs | - MWEKA CAMP: 8mi down | 5-6 hrs | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
Elevation: 15,350 ft to 19,340 ft
Descent to 10,150 ft
Excitement builds as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. (This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.)
We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focusing on the amazing sense of accomplishment thus far. We take the switchbacks in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. We will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest there. From this point we have a one (1) hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, and are likely to encounter snow all the way there.
Celebrate! One step at a time we will reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!
After photos, celebration and maybe a few tears of joy, we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. After we will head down to Mweka Camp where well-deserved rest awaits us. We will have our last evening on the mountain here. Optional: Journaling, meditation and confidence building exercises.
- DAY 8: MWEKA CAMP - MWEKA GATE – MOSHI: 6mi |3-4hrs | Rainforest
Elevation: 10,150 ft to 5,500 ft
After breakfast, we will have a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with our crew - it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive our summit certificates.
From the gate, a vehicle will meet us at Mweka village to drive us back to our hotel (included in fee) in Moshi (about 45 minutes away). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Optional: Meditation and closing sharing exercises.
- DAY 9: DEPART TO AIRPORT OR CONTINUE ON SAFARI ADVENTURE - MOSHI – LAKE MANYARA
Non game-viewing travel time: 3 ½ hours
Distance: 130 km
We will meet our professional tour guide/driver in Arusha town, after a short safari briefing, we will travel to the Lake Manyara National Park for lunch at the lodge. After lunch we will head into Lake Manyara National Park. This impressive park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.
After our day at the park we will head back to our lodge for dinner and overnight stay at our luxury tented camp.
- DAY 10 – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK – NGORONGORO CRATER
Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours & 3 ½ hours
Distance: 60km & 155 km
After breakfast we descend 600m into a magnificent crater for a morning, half-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw to this picturesque national park is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater.
After lunch we will travel to the Tarangire National Park. Followed by Dinner and overnight at our luxury tented camp.
- DAY 11 – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK – ARUSHA
Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours
Distance: 120 km
After breakfast we will head into the Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps are a magnet for wild animals during Tanzania’s dry season. The Tarangire National Park is said to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. This African national park is also home to three rare species of animals – the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings. After our drive, we will exit Tarangire and head back to Moshi or be dropped at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
DO NOT schedule a flight before 8:30 p.m., we actually recommend you book your flights out the next day to enjoy a little more down time before getting on a plane.