DAY 1: DEPARTURE
You will depart from a London-based airport for your flight to Nairobi. This flight may include a stop-over.
DAY 2: ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION
You will be met by a local Choose a Challenge representative and be transferred to your accommodation in Moshi. The transfer time is approximately 8 hours on a private bus. You will have some time to relax and explore Moshi town during the day before your challenge briefing from your trekking guide. You will be given a detailed plan for the days ahead and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
DAY 3: TREK DAY 1
You will wake for an early breakfast and transfer to Machame Gate, set deep in the forests that surround Mount Kilimanjaro. After signing into the National Park, you will begin a slow and steady walk from Machame Gate (1,800m) to Machame Hut (2,980m), trekking for approximately 4-5 hours through thick cloud forest. Once you arrive in camp, you will have some time to relax and enjoy the incredible views of Kibo Peak in the distance.
DAY 4: TREK DAY 2
After breakfast at Machame Hut, a steep ascent takes you along the Machame ridge line, which gradually works its way up the Shira Plateau. Spectacular views of Kibo Peak follow you along the way. Lunch will be taken en route before arriving onto the Shira Plateau in the early afternoon and onwards to Shira Hut at 3,840m. After 5-6 hours of trekking you will be rewarded with views of both Kibo Peak and out west towards Mount Meru and the Maasai Highlands. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to rest or go on an optional short acclimatisation trek.
DAY 5: TREK DAY 3
After breakfast at Shira Hut, you will head East across the plateau on a gradual incline. You will reach new heights as the ascent over the Shira Plateau to Lava Tower takes you to an altitude of 4,600m, helping your body to acclimatise. After lunch by Lava Tower you will descend to Barranco Campsite, set at the base of Barranco Wall at 3,950m. The Barranco campsite offers some of the most spectacular views of Kibo Peak. Having completed roughly 8-9 hours of trekking, you will enjoy a well-deserved dinner and retire for the night.
DAY 6: TREK DAY 4
You will have a very early wake-up call and head east up the Barranco Wall, climbing a further 200m. From here, you will continue over ridges and valleys to the Karanga Valley where you will stop for lunch before ascending to Barafu Camp, the base camp for Kilimanjaro at a height of 4,600m. Today’s trekking will take approximately 9-10 hours and will be particularly challenging due to the very high altitude. An early dinner will ensure that you have plenty of time to sleep before you make your attempt at the summit.
DAY 7: TREK DAY 5
Snacks and hot drinks will be provided before you begin your slow ascent around midnight. First light comes at roughly 5.30am; by sunrise, you will reach Stella Point. From here, there is a gentle ascent for the final push to Uhuru Peak - the Roof of Africa. You will have a small amount of time to admire the stunning view and take some photos before descending back to Stella Point and further down to Barafu Camp. At camp you will rest for 1-2 hours, have lunch and then descend down to Mweka Hut, arriving in the late afternoon/early evening for dinner and a well-earned night’s rest. Today’s trekking totals 16-18 hours (approx).
DAY 8: TREK DAY 6
After breakfast, you will descend to Mweka Gate, a gradual decline through the heath and cloud forest. At Mweka Gate, you will sign out of the National Park and transfer back to your hotel in Moshi where you will enjoy a welcome shower and celebratory meal before receiving your certificates.
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