The highest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro is also the highest mountain on the African continent at 5895m. Its snow- capped summit rises high above the dusty African plains; huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for pushing your limits both physically and mentally.
29th September - 8th October 2023
Day 1: Fly London to Kilimanjaro
Day 2: Arrive Moshi – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; transfer to Moshi town, where we can admire the views of Kibo, the crater at the summit and the youngest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones. We check in and relax, with time to sort out our kit for tomorrow before dinner and a briefing. Night hotel.
Day 3: Machame Gate - Machame Camp – One hours drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. Night camp: Machame Camp (3100m).
Trek approx. 18km / 5-7 hours
Day 4: Machame Camp - Shira Caves – Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance. Night Camp: Shira Caves (3840m).
Trek approx. 9km / 4–6 hours
Day 5: Shira Caves – Barranco Hut – Now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp at Barranco Hut (3900m), a tin shack where we pitch out tents. The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude. Night camp: Barranco Hut (3900m).
Trek approx. 15km / 8-10 hours
Day 7: Barafu Cap – Summit – Millennium Camp – We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting while it’s dark, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surrounds us and the views to jagged Mawenzi – Kilimanjaro’s secondary but more technical peak – and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m); Uhuru means freedom in Swahili. We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to camp for a long well-earned rest. On our descent we have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi. Night camp: Millennium Camp (3720m).
Trek approx. 20km (7km climb) / 10-12 hours
Day 8: Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi – A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! WE are the met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can tret yourself to a welcome shower before our big celebration. Night Hotel
Trek approx. 10km / 5 hours
Day 9: Free time Moshi – Free day, allowing you to explore Moshi, where there are some good markets, or relax with your fellow trekkers. We re-group at the hotel mid-afternoon in time to transfer to the airport for our international flight home.
Day 10: Arrive in UK
You can give a hand up to our challenge for a cause campaign with sponsor a flag. Your chosen explorer will carry your company's name with them all the way to the summit on out Mt Kilimanjaro Trek, where your company's flag will receive a glory at altitude. This is your chance to have your company's name or logo reach global status - all while raising money for an excellent cause, the Electrical Industries Charity.