Day 1 – Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp.
Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft We depart Moshi / Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trail head (another hour to reach the trail head).
– Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1 .
Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
– Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut .
Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills.
– Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp .
Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft.
– Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp .
Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
DAY 6 – Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp .
Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
– Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut.
Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft) Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
DAY 8 – Mweka Camp to Moshi / Arusha.
Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to hotel in Moshi / Arusha.