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12 Days / 11 Nights (9 climbing days)

January 6
Leave Canada.

January 8
Arrive in Moshi, Tanzania.

January 9
We will meet our guide for a climb orientation and equipment check.

January 10
Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (9,170 ft.)
A three-hour drive from our Moshi Hotel brings us to the Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. At the gate we check in. We then drive to the trailhead at Lemosho Glades and start our trek through the rain forest. In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the narrow track. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. In about 4 hours we will reach our camp in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree).

January 11
Mti Mkubwa to Shira Camp (11,500 ft.)
After breakfast, we start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a 6-7 hour trek with an altitude gain of 2,400 ft. After lunch, in a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater, we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau which is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro's volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today we will get our first close views of Kibo - the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro.

January 12
Shira Camp to Moir Camp (13,650 ft.)
After breakfast we continue our trek east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Moir camp. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular. It's about a 6 hour hike to camp. On the way we pass the first of many Giant Senecios, some of Kilimanjaro's other-worldly massive plants. Moir Camp resembles an amphitheater as it sits below a massive lava flow.

January 13
Moir Camp to Lava Tower (15,210 ft.)
In this Alpine Moorland Zone, the plants are extremely hardy, and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather among others. Today's hike is about 3-4 hours.
We will camp near Lava Tower, a unique formation of erosion resistant basalt that rises out of Kili's shoulder. The views of Kibo peak above, and the Shira Plateau below remind us that we are trekking in paradise.

January 14
Lava Tower to Karanga Camp (13,229 ft.)
From Lava Tower, we are trekking mostly downhill today, around Kibo's spectacular south-facing glaciers. The view of the towering peak are spectacular. After descending through the heather and lobelias to 12,800 ft., we climb the Barranco Wall, a massive "rock" 500 feet high. We then descend through the Karanga Valley to our camp up the other side of the valley.

January 15
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (16,019 ft)
The air starts getting quite thin, and we will be running short of breath. It's a tough, but a rewarding uphill climb to the rocky, craggy slopes at the camp. "Barafu" means, "ice" in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. We will arrive here fairly early. This is an important part of the plan, as we need to hike up a thousand feet, so we can acclimatize at around 16,000 ft. before we climb to the crater the next day.

January 16
Barafu Camp to Crater Camp (18,802 ft.)
We slowly wind our way from Barafu for around 7 hours until we reach the edge of the crater floor. We will be running short of breath here, so oxygen will be available , if we need it. There might be snow along this part of the climb, and it's extremely cold, so we will have to dress warmly.
The views of the Kibo saddle below Mawenzi Peak are what we came here for. We trek along the inner crater floor to our camp a thousand feet below the summit, and relax after our hard trek.

January 17
The Summit! to Millennium Camp (19,340 ft. - 12,530 ft.)
We spend about 2 hours hiking up to Uhuru Peak, the summit. Euphoria, relief, ecstatic, powerful, are just a few words that describe what we will feel at the top. After the celebration, we will head down to our last camp on the mountain, "high" in more ways than one. We will hike down to Millennium Camp, (about 8 hours) and our lungs will thank us as we breathe the oxygen-rich air. We enjoy a celebration meal, prepared by the our cook at camp, and enjoy our last night on Kilimanjaro.

January 18
Millennium Camp to Moshi
In the morning we have a four-hour walk down to the road, where we meet our vehicle, and drive a short way back to our hotel. A hot shower and a cold beer await us, before we head off to a well deserved rest in a real bed.

January 19
Fly to Mwanza.

January 20
Meet the children in Mwanza and present the flag to local officials so it can be hung in the classroom when it is built. Return to Moshi.

January 21
Fly home.

Our thanks to Tusker Trail for providing this detailed itinerary on their website.