Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania
Arrive in Arusha.
Day 2: Arusha / Arusha National Park
Take a half-day acclimatization hike through montane forest on the slopes of Mount Meru.
Day 3: Mount Kilimanjaro
Transfer to the Londorossi Park Gate. Begin the climb through lush montane forest. Look for colobus monkeys and signs of elephant and other forest wildlife.
Day 4: Mount Kilimanjaro
Hike though montane forest and into the Hagenia forest zone. Learn about the unique environmental differences that characterize these separate equatorial zones.
Day 5: Mount Kilimanjaro
The hike today begins with an exhilarating hike across the Shira Plateau, and then up the western slope of the Kibo Massif.
Day 6: Mount Kilimanjaro
Today’s trek goes to the famed “Lava Tower.” This will be the first introduction to the alpine zone, where the only plant life is the hardiest of grasses and lichens. Enjoy the spectacular view of the final route up the Western Breach, located just under the impressive volcanic plug.
Day 7: Mount Kilimanjaro
With the Western Breach ascent route in full view, climb to the base of the route to Arrow Glacier Camp. To further acclimatize, take an afternoon hike up a spectacular ridge.
Day 8: Mount Kilimanjaro
Wind up the Western Breach to the crater rim of the main Kilimanjaro summit massif. Explore the inner crater and ash pit.
Day 9: Mount Kilimanjaro
Hike to the summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Descend to a camp at a lower elevation. Celebrate the climb with a final dinner prepared by the talented cooks.
Day 10: Mount Kilimanjaro / Arusha
Make the final descent to the park gate. Bid farewell to your guides and porters and return to Arusha for a celebratory dinner.
Day 11: Arusha
Spend the day at leisure or on specially arranged visits to local hospitals, clinics, and orphanages. Alternatively, embark on a safari in Arusha National Park.
Day 12: Arusha / Depart for Home
Transfer to the airport and depart for home.
Note: Mount Kilimanjaro is a strenuous trek to the summit (19,340 feet) of the highest mountain in Africa. We suggest that travelers have some experience with exercise at altitude. Travelers will be hiking 5-8 hours each day, up and down mountain trails that are steep and rocky, and mostly at elevations over 10,000 feet.