This is the most remote route to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. After taking you though beautiful forests and moorlands, it crosses the Shira Plateau to meet up with the Machame Route. The South Circuit is then followed, offering superb views of the Southern Ice fields, past the Barranco Hut and then on to Barafu and the summit. This is the only route that you will be able to see the three peaks of Kilimanjaro (Shira, Mawenzi and the Kibo peak here the summit is).
The route can be done in seven or eight days. We recommend the eight days as it gives you more time to acclimatize and leave you relaxed and enjoy the trekking all the time.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport
Pick up from airport and transfer to accommodation in Arusha for an overnight stay.
Day-1 Mti Mkumbwa (Big Tree Camps) 2750m
Hiking Time: 3 hrs
After breakfast, we will depart from Arusha towards the Londorossi Park Gate where we will register at the park entrance and make our final preparations before commencing ourjourney. We will be transferred by car across the Lemosho Glades and begin our walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, stopping to eat a packed lunch along the way.
Day-2 Shira One Camp (3500m)
Hiking Time: 7 hrs
We continue our journey through forest areas where the trail steepens and crosses several streams. We will pass across the Shira Plateau which leads to the Shira Camp, located along moorlands near a stream. Temperature here is notably colder than the previous night so remember to wrap up warm.
Day-3 Shira Two Camp (3840m)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hrs
The hiking from Shira one to Shira two takes 4-5 hrs which is a walking from heathers and Mooreland zone. You will have a great view of Shira Peak, Shira plateau and go to the Shira Cathedral. On top of it you will see the nice view of Shira plateau that was formed by the Shira peak eruption. This is a great place not only to see the beauty it offers but also great for acclimatization as it is higher than the Shira two Campsites (3940)
Day-4 Barranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking Time: 7 hrs
We will hike along a rocky path which leads us towards Lava Tower where we will reach an altitude of 4630m and the change in atmosphere is most likely to be felt here.After lunch,we descend back to the Barranco Camp and also back to the heather and Mooreland zone lava tower ad the alpine desert.
Option for 8 days climbers…
(For those of you who will go for 8 days after day four, the day five will be to Karanga Camp which is in 3940m but those who will do the seven days they will go directly from Baranco camp to Barafu base camp which is 4600m ).
For the 7 days climbers the day five for them will be hiking to the summit from Baranco passing through Karanga Camp site,take lunch and directly go to the Barafu Camp waiting for summit at mid night.
Day-5 Baranko to Karanga Camp
Hiking Time: 3-4 hrs
A highlight for many trekkers,we continue our ascent scrambling up the Great Baranco Wall and then over scree and ridges of the Karanga Valley which lies beneath the ice falls of the Southern Glaciers towards the Karanga Camp. A very short walk day and the lunch will be at the campsite and after a rest in the evening you will have a short acclimatization walk from 3940m to 4200m and walk back to the Camp site for an evening tea, dinner and overnight.
Day-6 Barafu Base Camp (4600m)
Hiking Time: 3-4 hrs
This is the other short day walk from Karanga to Barafu Base Camp,walking in the alpine desert and you will be at the camp site early for lunch.The dinner will be early on this day so as you can have enough time to rest before going to the Uhuru peak which is 5895m at the mid night.The ascending to the summit will be 7-8 hrs and descend is 3 hrs to the base camp.You will have your lunch and short rest before continue to the Millennium camp or Mweka Camp which is 2 hrs to Millennium camp and four hrs to Mweka Camp.
Day-7 Barafu Camp 4600m – Millennium Camp 3700m or Mweka Hut 3100m
Hiking Time: 2 hrs to Millennium 4 hrs to Mweka Hut
The day hiking passes though the Alpine desert to the heather and Mooreland Zone.Enjoy seeing the beautiful landscape with different kind of flowers including the protea and the impressions (elephant trunk).
Day-8 Millennium Camp 3700m or Mweka Hut 3100m to Mweka Gate
Hiking Time: 3 hrs for those spent a night at Mweka Hut and 4 – 5 hrs for those from Millennium camp.
On our final day of trekking, we will commerce in the morning 3hour hike to Mweka Park gate. You will meet our driver waiting for you to get your certificates and drive back to Arusha for lunch and a relaxed afternoon waiting for the next day departure.
You will be Transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for departure.
Included with the package
Accommodation (two nights in Arusha Before and after the trekking) and all the night at Kilimanjaro
Three meals a day
Tents and mattresses
All park fees
Guides, porters and cooks salaries
The cost excludes
Person mountain gears such as sleeping bags, Rain gears, and others that i will send you a list for them to buy or they can hire them from Kili Gears Shops in Arusha ( I recommend they buy most of them and hire only sleeping bags Rain gears )