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6 Days 5 Nights – Machame Route:

DAY 1:-Pick clients from the lodge / hotel after the breakfast (8:00am) and drive to Machame gate 1800m.a.s.l.After secure your permit papers; Start the climb from Machame gate to Machame camp. The trek takes about 5-6hrs in the rain forest. Lunch along the way, dinner and overnight stay at Machame camp.3000m.a.s.l

DAY 2:-After the breakfast, trek to the next camp (Shira camp). First part is in the weak forest and the rest of the part is in the Moor land. The trek takes about 4 – 5hrs. Lunch along the way, dinner and overnight stay at Shira Camp No.1 (3840m.)

DAY 3:-After breakfast, trek in the moorland then in the alpine desert up to the Lava tower 4600m.a.s.l. then down to Baranco wall camp. 3940m.a.s.l. in the moorland. The trek takes 7hrs. Lunch along the way, dinner and overnight stay at Baranco camp. (3950m)

DAY 4:-After breakfast, climb the great Baranco wall and hike in the alpine desert up to Barafu camp 4650m.a.s.l. (base camp).The trek takes about 3hrs. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay at Barafu camp.

DAY 5:-Early morning after the midnight at 2:00am, have a light breakfast (cup of tea with some biscuits, then ascend to the summit via Stella point then to Uhuru peak 5895m.a.s.l. then back to Barafu camp for Lunch. After short rest, continue descending to Mweka camp for dinner and overnight stay. 3100 m. asl

DAY 6:-Morning after breakfast, descend straight down to Mweka gate and a waiting car will be there ready for transfer back to Arusha via Moshi for hot lunch. End Of Trek!

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5 Days 4 Nights – Marangu Programme:

DAY 1 :- Pickup from hotel and drive to Marangu gate. The climb starts at Marangu Gate (1829m), followed by a 3-4 hours walk through the fast climbing rainforest to reach Mandara Hut (2700m), close by Maundi Crater. Dinner and overnight stay in Mandara Hut.

DAY 2 :- Morning after breakfast with picnic lunch boxes, continue the trek leaving the last glades of the forest behind while we follow the gently ascending path through the open Alpine Meadow. The altitude begins to make you tread slowly : “pole pole” is the order of the day while enjoying the flora and the magnificient view. Picnic lunch along the way to Horombo Hut. Horombo Hut (3720m) is reached within 5-7 hours walking. Dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Hut.

DAY 3 :-After a good night’s rest, an early breakfast is served as which we continue the trek passing through the last giant Lobelias and Proteas, and move on to the lunar landscape of the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. Kibo Hut (4703m) is reached in 5-6 hours. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight stay at Kibo Hut.

DAY 4:- The climb for the summit starts in the early morning hours after a hot cup of Coffee/Tea/Porridge. For about 5 hours we will be climbing the steepest and most demanding part; the route to Gilman’s Point, 5685m on the crater rim. Less than 2 hours are then taken to reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m, the highest point in Africa . Yes from here, we descend straight to Horombo Hut, passing through Kibo for brunch. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.

DAY 5:- After breakfast, We descend straight to Marangu Gate. After haven received your certificates, transfer back to Arusha via Moshi town for hot lunch. End Of Trek!

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7 Days 6 Nights – Lemosho Route:

DAY 1:- Arusha – Londolosi Gate to Mti mkubwa {3-4 hrs} (8,692 ft.)
A four-hour’s drive from your Hotel in Arusha brings you to the Londorosi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. At the gate, we pick up our game ranger who will accompany us, as we might encounter elephants and buffaloes during our trek. We 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. Our trek today will be along a little used track known as Chamber’s Route. In about 3-4 hours, we reach our camp in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) for the dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 2:- Mti mkubwa to Shira one Camp {5-6 hrs} (11,841 ft.)
After breakfast, we start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a full day trek with an altitude gain of 2,000 ft. A great lunch stop is One, a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 9,800 ft. After lunch, we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau that is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you will get your first close views of Kibo – the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight stay at Shira one campsite.

DAY 3:- Shira one Camp to Shira two Camp [5-7 hrs] (12,628 ft.)
After breakfast continue hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp. We only gain 700 feet in elevation – this allows us to acclimatize slowly to the altitude. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular. Dinner and overnight stay takes place at Shira two campsites.

DAY 4:- Shira two Camp to Barranco Hut [5-6 hrs] (12,956 ft.)
To day is the last of the “easy days”. It is about a 6-7 hour superb hike. We pass the Lava Tower, around the southern flank of Kibo, and slowly descend into the spectacular Barranco Valley, interspersed with giant lobelia and Seneca plants. After arriving at our most spectacular campsite, everyone stands in awe at the foot of Kibo Peak, looming high above, on our left. Our camp is only 465 feet higher than where we were last night, but during the day,  we will have climbed to just over 14,000 feet. This is one of our most valuable days for acclimatization. Dinner and overnight stay at Barranco camp.

DAY 5:- Barranco Hut to Karanga Valley [3-5hrs] (13,743 ft.)
On the eastern side of the valley, across the stream is the Barranco Wall – a 9,500 ft. barrier of volcanic rock.  Although it is tall and looks steep, it is very easy to climb.  This is our first challenge of the day. The views from the wall are nothing less than magnificent.  The rest of the day is spent skirting the base of Kibo peak over our left shoulder. We descend down into the Karanga Valley, where we rest up for the night before the tough climb up to Barafu camp. Dinner and overnight stay at Barafu camp.

DAY 6:- Barafu to Uhuru Peak 5895M. [7hrs][19,300 ft.] To Mweka Camp (9,540 ft.)
Summit Day.

Dress warmly, because we start climbing around midnight, on the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain. The moon, if out, will provide enough light, and we will reach the crater rim by sunrise, after a 7 hour hike, and welcome a new dawn.
From the crater rim, rugged Mawenzi Peak is a thrilling sight, with the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater’s ice-walls looming ahead. We now continue to Uhuru Peak (1-2 hrs.) This is the highest point in Africa, and the world’s highest solitary peak (19,300 ft). It is the best view in Africa.
The descent is invigorating. It is a good idea to have a little rest once in awhile as you continue down back to Barafu camp (4 hours), and then down to Mweka camp (5 hours).Dinner and overnight stay at Mweka Camp.

DAY 7:- Mweka to the Gate 1820M. –Moshi/Arusha.
Morning after breakfast, we walk down to the gate of Mweka. This takes about 4hrs. After a welcome lunch, it is time to say thanks and tipping the potters and guides, then drive to Arusha city via Moshi town for your next destination. End Of Trek!

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6 Day 5 Nights – Rongai Route:
The Rongai route begins its ascent of Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya . Experienced guides consider the Rongai route to be both easier and more scenic than the Marangu Trail. Summit attempts begin in the pre-dawn hours, with climbers usually reaching Gillman’s Point at sunrise. For those who feel strong enough, an approximately three hour round trip hike will take you from Gillman’s Point to Uhuru Peak which is 5895 m.a.s.l

DAY 1:- Rongai Camp
Altitude : 6,396′ to 8,530′; Hiking time: 3 hours.
Register at the Marangu park gate and transfer by Land Rover (approximately two and a half hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your climbing staff and begin hiking from the village of Nale Moru . The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest sheltering a variety of wildlife, including the Colobus monkey. Dinner and overnight at the campsite which is on the edge of the moorland zone with expansive views of the Kenyan plains.

DAY 2:- Kikelewa Caves
Kikelewa Caves Altitude: 8,530′ to 11,320′; Hiking time: 6-7 hours .
Challenging ascent to the Second Cave where you will relax and take lunch with superb views of Kibo and the ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch proceed towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, where we camp in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves for the dinner and overnight.

DAY 3:- Mawenzi Tarn
Altitude: 11,320′ to 14,210′; Hiking time: 3-4 hours.

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before we reach our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area. Dinner and Overnight at Kikelewa Caves .

DAY4:- Kibo Campsite
Altitude: 14,210′ to 15,580′; Hiking time: 4-5 hours.

We cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Campsite. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent.Dinner and Overnight at Kibo Campsite.

DAY 5:- Final Ascent – Horombo Camp
Altitude : 15,580′ to 18,650′ (Gillman’s Point) to 19,340′ summit; then down to 12,200′; Hiking time: 12-16 hours.
Begin the final, steepest and most difficult part of the ascent at 1:00am . Hike slowly on a switchback trail through loose volcanic screen to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point. Rest for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. For those who feel strong enough, continue 2 hrs roundtrip to Uhuru Peak passing close to spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs in the summit area. Descend to Kibo for lunch and a rest then continue down the Marangu route to Horombo Hut. Dinner and Overnight at Horombo Hut.

DAY 6:- Descent to Marangu
Altitude: 12,200′ to 6,250′; Hiking time: 5-6 hours.

Descend steadily through the moorland, past Mandara Hut and through a lush rain forest to Marangu park gate where a waiting car is there ready to transfer you back to Moshi or Arusha. End Of Trek!

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8 Days 7 Nights – Shira Route:

Day 1:- Pickup from hotel and drive to Londorosi gate. After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations (2800m), and continue climbing steadily on foot through shrub forest and giant heather to reach the rim of Shira Plateau (3350m). The views across the surrounding plains open out as we climb to our first camp in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One” (3550m) for dinner and overnight.

 Day 2: – To Shira Hut Camp (3840m, 4-5 hours) we have an easy day to help acclimatisation and to explore the grassy moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (3750m), a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness especially when the afternoon mists come in! The views from our camp near Shira Hut (3840m) of Mt Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. Dinner and overnight Shira 2.

 Day 3: –  Camp near Moir Hut (4200m, 3-6 hours)We explore beneath the Northern Ice fields, an area almost totally unvisited by tourists and with unusual views of Kibo. The morning walk is a steady climb away from the moorland of Shira Plateau to reach the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills. After lunch in our camp close to Moir Hut (4200m), there is the option of a more strenuous afternoon walk to reach the summit of the Lent Hills (4700m) or enjoy our peaceful campsite. We are privileged as few visitors get to this remote corner of Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at Moir Hut.

 Day 4: – To Lava Tower Camp (4550m, 3-6 hrs) This morning we enjoy a gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch at our Lava Tower campsite (4,550 m), there is a steep and spectacular afternoon walk on the rocky lower slopes of the Western Breach to reach the ruins of the old hut at Arrow Glacier (4,800 m). This afternoon excursion is highly recommended both for acclimatisation purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach. Dinner and overnight at Arrow Glacier.

 Day 5: – To Karanga (4000m, 5-7 hours) a steep descent into the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3900m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. A short climb up the famed Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain is volcanic scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, with a powerful sense of mountain wilderness. Our next camp is at Karanga (4000m), the last water point on the approach to Barafu. There is plenty of time to rest, or for an acclimatisation walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp towards the glaciers of the Southern Ice fields. Dinner and overnight stay at Karanga Valley.

 Day 6: – To Barafu Campsite (4600m, 3-5 hours) A short but steep climb out of Karanga valley, following an easy path on compacted scree that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4600m) for lunch. During the afternoon, other walkers will begin to fill the campsite for the first time in our trip. There is a short acclimatisation walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m.). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Dinner and Overnight at Barafu Camp.

 Day 7: – Summit (5895m) then descend to Millenium Camp 13-15hrs we will start our ascent by torchlight at midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim for sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descent to reach our final campsite (3,800 m) Millenium. Dinner and overnight at Millenium camp.

 Day 8: – Descend to Mweka 3-5 hrs, then to Arusha we have a sustained descent on a well constructed path through lovely tropical forests alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the National Park gate at Mweka (1650m) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. We are met by our vehicle and transferred to Arusha. End Of Trek!

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8 Days / 7 Nights Londorosi Via Western Breach Route;

Day 1 – Drive from Arusha to Londorosi gate. Forest Camp 9400 ft, 4-5 hours.     Early morning after breakfast drive to Londorosi gate at 7,200 ft. and sign in, then drive to the trail head starting point, 7,000 ft. Picnic lunch along the trail. Trek through beautiful mountain forest. Upon arrival in camp an orientation to camping facilities will be carried out. Dinner and overnight stay at forest camp.

Day 2 – Shira Camp One 11,400 ft, 6-8 hours                                                 

Morning after breakfast, leave the forest behind and enter the heather zone, picnic lunch along the trail. The camp is on east side of the Shira Plateau and the magnificent Kibo peak is in view when the weather is clear. Dinner and overnight stay at Shira one.

Day 3 Shira Camp two 12,600 ft, 3-4 hours.                                              

Morning after breakfast, trek through Moorland zone. It is a short day and lunch is served after reaching camp. We’ll take a short evening hike for better acclimatization. An early dinner and overnight stay at Shira two camp.

Day 4Lava Tower 14,700, Alpine Desert.                                                               

Morning after breakfast continue with the trek. Trekking through bare land to Lava tower camp gives a very impressive view of the country and the lower landscape. A short acclimatization evening hike and lava tower summit attempt are optional after a short siesta. An early dinner and overnight stay at Lava Tower.

Day 5 – Arrow Glacier Camp16,000 ft.                                                            

Morning after breakfast, continue with the shortest but steep hike that takes you to your camp right at the base of the massive and magnificent Kibo, the dormant giant and face to face with the greater and lesser western breach walls. The Arrow glacier is hardly seen due to soil and debris from above covering its surface. Climb higher and sleep lower, plus trail acquaintance, are done from this camp for better acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at Arrow Glacier camp.

Day 6Crater Camp 18,500 ft.                                                                                   

A very steep and strenuous trekking. Leave early after breakfast with picnic lunch along the trail. It is a combination of trekking and, in a couple of places, scrambling through and over the rocks. Crater camp is next to the gigantic Furtwangler glacier centrally placed in the crater. Dinner and overnight at the crater.

Day 7Uhuru Peak (Summit) & Millenium Camp 12,600 ft.                           

Leave for the summit after breakfast. It takes 1-2 hours to conquer Uhuru point; the summit of Kibo Peak and the highest point on the African continent. After photo shoots, we start descending for Millennium camp with a picnic lunch along the trail at 15,600 ft. about 3-4 hours from the summit. Continue down another 3-4 hours to Millennium camp. Spend the last evening on Kilimanjaro taking pictures of both Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Clean up and dinner. After dinner farewells and gratitude’s to our guides, cooks and porters as the next morning’s departure is an early one. Dinner and overnight at Millennium camp.

Day 8 – Mweka Gate pick-up point, 7-9 hours                                                            Morning after breakfast, descend to Mweka gate. Pick up from the gate after haven obtained your certificate and depart for Arusha via Moshi town for hot lunch. End Of Trek!

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3Days 2Nights: Mt Meru programs

Day 1: Pickup from your hotel and drive to  Arusha national park at Momella gate. After the necessary registration, begin trek to Mariakamba Hut through Buffalo farm, waterfalls with lunch boxes. Hike Distance 10 km, 4hrs, 1000m ascent, Alt: 2516. Dinner and overnight at Mariakamba Hut.

Day 2: Morning after breakfast, trek from Mariakamba Hut to Saddle Hut with lunch boxes. In the evening, you make a short walk to little Meru, 3820m for the sunset. Hike Distance 4km, 3 to 4 hrs, 1050m ascent, Alt: 3566. Dinner and overnight stay at Saddle Hut.

Day 3: Early hours of the morning at 2:00am, ascend to the socialist peak which is 4566m. After sunrise, begin descending to Momella gate via Saddle Hut and Mariamba. Hike Distance 14km, 6 to 8hrs. Pickup and drive back to Arusha. End of Trek!

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4Days 3Nights: Mount Meru Program

Day 1: Pickup from your hotel and drive to  Arusha national park at Momella gate. After the necessary registration, begin trek to Mariakamba Hut through Buffalo farm, waterfalls with lunch boxes. Hike Distance 10 km, 4hrs, 1000m ascent, Alt: 2516. Dinner and overnight at Mariakamba Hut.

Day 2: Morning after breakfast, trek from Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut with lunch boxes. In the evening, you make a short walk to little Meru, 3820m for the sunset. Hike Distance 4km, 3 to 4 hrs, 1050m ascent, Alt: 3566. Dinner and overnight stay at Saddle Hut.

Day 3: Early hours of the morning at 2:00am, ascend to the socialist peak which is 4566m. After sunrise, begin descending to Miriakamba Hut via Saddle Hut. Dinner and Overnight at Miriakamba Hut.

Day 4: After breakfast, depart Miriakamba hut for Momella gate, this takes about 3-4 hours. Optional game drives before transfer to Arusha.

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The Crater Highlands (Ngorongoro Highlands) are a region along the East African Rift in Tanzania, located in a spreading zone at the intersection of branches of the African and Somali tectonic plates, resulting in distinctive and prominent landforms.

The highlands are named for the many craters and calderas present. As common in spreading zones, volcanoes can be found here. Magma, rising to fill the gaps, reaches the surface and builds cones. Calderas form if a volcano explodes or collapses, following the emptying of the magma chamber below and further spreading can fracture the volcanoes as well.

Day 1: Arusha City to Ngorongoro Crater -Nainokanoka village.Leave Arusha at 7:30am to Ngorongoro Crater for a half day Crater tour with picnic lunch boxes, then proceed to Nainokanoka village. Walk to Olmoti Crater for the sunset tour and Munge Waterfalls, then return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay at Nainokanoka Ranger Post.

Day 2: Nainokanoka to Bulati Village. After breakfast you’ll walk through Embulimbuli depression with picnic lunchboxes, follow by donkeys carrying your bags, food, camping gears.5-6hrs walking through grassland following the animal trail to Bulati village. Dinner and Overnight stay at Bulati Village.

Day 3: Bulati Village to Empakai Crater. Morning after breakfast,hike through the bush land and forest to the rim of the Empakaai crater with picnic lunch boxes. Descend down the crater to see the volcanic lake, dense forest, different bird species and wild animals like buffalos, waterbucks, reedbucks. Return to the rim of the crater for dinner and overnight stay at Empakai Crater Rim Campsite.

Day 4: Empakaai Crater to Yellow Acacia Campsite. After breakfast descend on the north western side of the crater to the edge of mountain Oldoinyo Lengai{Yellow Acacia Campsite}via Nayobi village for hot lunch. Dinner and Overnight stay at Yellow Acacia Campsite.(Over viewing Mt.Lengai}

Day 5: Yellow Acacia Camp to Lake Natron. Morning after breakfast descends down to the base of mountain Oldoinyo Lengai and continues walking to Ngaresero village. The safari jeep will be at Ngaresero village waiting for you to arrive. Picnic lunch on theway. Afternoon, visit a waterfalls for a big shower. Dinner and overnight stay at Kamakia Campsite.

Day 6:Lake Natron to Mt. Lengai then to Arusha City. After an early breakfast at  2 am or 3 am when the transfer car will take you to the foot of active volcanic mountain, Oldoinyo Lengai (the mountain of God) 2878m ready for ascending to the top. Then, descend and waiting car will be there ready for transfer back to Arusha via Lake Natron, engaruka.