If you want a real adventure and to trek on parts of Kilimanjaro that few other people have had the privilege of experiencing – then our extreme adventure is the trip for you. This is an expedition which involves camping on the glacier overnight – and the photographic opportunities are outstanding. We recommend this trip for people who have previous mountain climbing experience and who have hiked at high altitude before. On this adventure you have the rare experience of camping overnight near the summit and the glaciers and the chance to see inside the sulphurous volcanic crater itself.
Each trip is carefully, customized according to your preferences and the final route is agreed in consultation with you. On this expedition, the terrain passes from a tropical to an arctic climate in just a few days via the Lemosho route. The encircling rain forest ensures the fertility of the lower lying farms and is rich in birdlife. Above the rain forest lie the alpine meadows and beautiful moorland, offering many splendid views. Exotic plants such as giant lobelia and the fork-like groundsel can be seen. The latter blooming once every 50 - 70 years. After you leave the alpine meadows we enter the alpine desert and finally the snows of Kilimanjaro, its famous glacier and the summit itself.
The hike up towards the summit starts from Barafu camp. We spend one night at the camp and then hike up to the crater rim and then descend into glacier camp and overnight there. The next morning, we start climbing the crater rim where you have the shortest summit bid of all of the mountain routes and enjoy sun-rise at the peak. It is a one-hourhike from the glacier campsite up to the summit. After reaching the summit, you descend to Mweka camp to spend the night there. Please note, timing and schedules do vary and we offer as much flexibility as possible to maximize your enjoyment of the expedition.
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Included in your experience:
National Park gate fees
Return airport transfers plus transport from hotel to the mountain
One arrival and one departure night accommodation in a hotel
All overnight mountain fees
Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
Salaries for all crew members
Rescue fees (as required by national park)
All meals on the mountain
Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
Pulse oximeter checks
Additional items dependent on style of travel selected. Please refer to 'Styles' on the website.
Ground Transportation, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide
Not included in your experience:
Tips for guides and porters (please see recommendations)
Sleeping bags and personal items
Personal expenses (visas, yellow fever certificate, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
On arrival you are personally met at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to Onsea House Hotel. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with the climbs manager and your guide.
Onsea House Hotel
From your hotel you will be driven to the starting point of our Kilimanjaro climb, the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set out at a leisurely pace into the jungle.
The Lemosho route is unspoilt, remote and little used. It's a beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau with spectacular views. The route is one of the few where you are accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are inhabited by buffalo, elephant and other wildlife. You can also see white colobus monkeys and blue monkeys and different species of birds plus a lot of indigenous plant-life.
Lunch is taken on the trail and camp is reached mid afternoon.
Overnight at Forest Camp (all meals included)
Mti Mkubwa camp | Breakfast Included
Take your time to walk through the forest which boasts plentiful game and bird life. You will pass through the mountain forest and hagenia zones. Dinner and overnight camping is at Shira campsite.
Shira Camp | Breakfast Included
After a relatively long hike and the significant altitude gain yesterday, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimation with the option of an afternoon walk with your guides.
Overnight at Shira2 camp (all meals included)
Shira Camp 2 | Breakfast Included
You spend a relatively long time inKaranga camp. The selection of Karanga camp is strategic. Significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatisation and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. You will see a lots of giant senecioskilimanjari and lobelia plants.Sunsets here are spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you.
Karranga Camp | Breakfast Included
Today is another half day ascending to Barafucamp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi volcano are the norm. Look out for the ravens and the mountain buzzards. These are big birds and mainly eat the common 'four stripe mouse' which you will see running around.
Overnight Barafu Camp (all meals included)
Barafu Camp | Breakfast Included
Unlike other routes with a night time ascent, the expedition affords you a daytime ascent to Kibo crater. The going is slow but with constant encouragement from your climb team the rim of Kibo is reached before descending a little way into the caldera to Crater camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing and short walks can be taken with one of your guides.
Overnight Crater Camp (all meals included)
Crater | Breakfast Included
After a night in the crater you now have the shortest final summit bid of any route. With such a short distance to the summit from the crater (around 1 hour) means that timing arrival with the sunrise is much easier and quite spectacular. The summit of Kilimanjaro is the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world. After your summit bid you then descend for a final night on the mountain at Mweka Camp passing back through the heath zone. Endemic Proteas, pollinated by Malachite Sunbirds are plentiful.
Mweka Camp | Breakfast Included
After breakfast you descend once again through mountain forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your hotel for a well-deserved shower and a celebratory dinner that evening.
Onsea House Hotel | Breakfast Included
Departure day. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the sun-terrace overlooking Mount Meru. Your driver will return to collect you for your transfer back to the airport later that day. (approx 1 hour drive to the airport). If you would like to book additional nights please inform us as early as possible. You may also like to consider doing a Kili Base Adventure Safari and continue your adventure with us.
Departure Day | Breakfast Included