Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi for your overnight.
Moshi (915 m/3,000 ft) to Londorossi Gate (2,250 m/7,380 ft)
to Lemosho Glades (2,000 m/6,560 ft)
to Mkubwa Camp (2,750 m/9,020 ft)
18 km, 4-5 hours
Drive from Moshi or Arusha to the Londorossi Park Gate. From here follow a forest
track in a 4WD vehicle for 11 km/7 mi (45 minutes) to Lemosho Glades and a
possible campsite. From the Glades, walk for 3 hours along beautiful forest
trails to the Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.
Mkubwa Camp (2,750 m/9,020 ft)
to Shira Camp 1 (3,500 m/11,485 ft)
12 km, 5 hours
The trail gradually steepens, enters the giant
heather moorland zone, then crosses the Shira Ridge at 3,600 m/11,810 ft and
drops gently to Shira Camp 1 located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.
Shira Camp 2 (3,840 m/12,600 ft)
Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft)
to Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft)
15 km, 7 hours
After breakfast, you will hike east up a
steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass.
After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent
landmark called Lava
Tower at 4,630 m/15,190
ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several
hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the
sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower,
descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach
Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo
opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice.
Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which
should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On
this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.