Itinerary 2017

Day 1: Saturday 23 Sept 2017 Arrive Moshi, Tanzania

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport the group will be met by Pam Christie, PNG Trekking Adventures and transferred to their hotel in Moshi. After booking in there will be a gear check followed by a briefing of what is going to happen over the next 9 days. Hotel Accommodation

Day 2: Sunday 24 Sept 2017 Londorossi Park, Big Tree Camp Site

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (2250m, 2.5 hours). From here forest tracks requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100, 11km, 45 minutes) and a possible campsite. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) campsite. (2,750m) Tent Accommodation (LD)

Day 3: Monday 25 Sept 2017 Big Tree, Shira Plateau

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone, several streams are crossed on the way to the Shira Ridge (3,600m) and drops gently down to Shira 1camp (3,500m) located by a stream on the Shira Plateau. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 4: Tuesday 26 Sept 2017 Shira Plateau, Shira Camp

After breakfast a gentle trek across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp (3,850m) on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 5: Wednesday 27 Sept 2017 Shira Camp, Lava Tower Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower Campsite (4,630), called the "Shark's Tooth." This afternoon there is time to go for an acclimatization walk. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 6: Thursday 28 Sept 2017 Lava Tower, Arrow Glacier Camp

After breakfast we head off and come to the second junction which leads us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876 meters. It is an easy days walking, but the altitude has to be taken into account. We will all be feeling the effects. This aftrnoon there is time to go for an acclimatisation walk. The overnight camping at Arrow Glazier camp is often referred to as dangerous due to glacial rock movement. It is not uncommon to hear rock falls during the night and to experience loose rock and meling ice onthe ascent to the crater camp. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 7: Friday 29 Sept 2017 Arrow Galcier, Mt Kilimanjaro Crator

After breakfast we leave the Arrow Glacier campsite and head straight up to the crater, scrambling over rock most of the time. It is very energy sapping at this altitude. The path is directly up a rocky amphitheatre and often requires strenuous scrambling over steep rock. It is not technical but definitely requires more fitness and strength than the standard routes up Mt Kilimanjaro. We may get the opportunity to explore the Furtwangler Glacier and the rarely visited Ash Pit. It will get extremely cold tonight and most of us will experience difficulty in sleeping due to the altitude (5,640) but the excitement of the summit so close will keep us focused. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 8: Saturday 30 Sept 2017 Crater, Summit, Moshi

We will rise at 4am and after a quick cup of tea we will start out for the slow but short climb to the summit. We should be on Uhuru (5,895) the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro around 6am to watch the sunrise. After spending 15-30 minutes on the summit we begin our descent back down to Millennium camp for brunch. This part of the descent takes about 4 hours. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. After brunch, we continue the long but satisfying journey down to the Mweka Park Gate, approximately 6-8 hours. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Park gate to drive us back to the hotel and a well deserved shower and comfy nights sleep. Hotel Accommodation (BL)

Day 09: Sunday 1 Oct 2017 Moshi Rest Day

Well deserved rest day to enjoy Moshi and surrounds. Hotel Accommodation (B)

Day 10: Monday 2 Oct 2017 Depart Moshi

Depart hotel after breakfast or early afternoon depending on flight schedules. Transfer to airport for homeward journey or continue on safari extension.

OR go on Safari. Please make enquiries.

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