KILIMANJARO CRATER - 12 Days

The extended version of Northern Circuit route includes two extra days to get proper acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp. Situated close to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the altitude of 5790 m, this is the highest overnight possible at the equator, so we will do our utmost to make your Kilimanjaro climb comfortable, as well as unforgettable. Only a lucky few can lay claim to having seen the night skies at this altitude and they are indeed a sight to behold: Kilimanjaro Glaciers against the backdrop of the Milky Way! While such ascents are never without their risks, the Altezza Travel Team has both the expertise and equipment to ensure your safety at Kilimanjaro Crater Camp.

Day 1
Arrival

Our driver will greet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your drive to the hotel. There, you will have everything to ensure a pleasant stay: comfy rooms with hot showers and Internet access, sunlit swimming pool and congenial and efficient staff. Your Kilimanjaro climb brief will be conducted by one of our tour managers in the evening. They will also check your readiness for the climb and provide rental equipment if needed.

Hotel check-in starts at 14:00 hrs.

Day 2
Trekking From Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

You will meet your mountain support crew and guides at your hotel in the morning and have a short final briefing. A 3-4 hrs drive will bring you to the Western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park – Londorossi Gate, situated at 2,200 m. Your head guide will take care of the necessary permits and registration for search and rescue services, after which the group will start the trek to the first overnight stop on this route – Mti Mkubwa Camp at 2,780 m. Raincoats or ponchos are a must on this leg of the trip as rain is highly likely in the rainforest that the trail negotiates. The support crew, who go ahead of your group, will have set up camp and prepared lunch by the time you get to the Camp.

A walk towards Shira 1 Camp follows lunch. This walk, during which you gain a further 300 m in altitude before returning to Mti Mkubwa for dinner and the night’s rest, is designed to speed up the acclimatization process. Spending some time at higher altitude before descending back to 2,780 m for the night increases your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro by alleviating the effects of altitude sickness.

We recommend that you adhere to the following rules from your first day on the mountain:

Stay hydrated by drinking no less than a total of 4 l of water a day frequently in small doses.

Do not consume any alcohol and minimize your caffeine intake

A Diamox tablet taken every morning before the start of the day’s climb goes a long way towards minimizing altitude sickness symptoms. Make sure you consult your physician on the use of Diamox before travelling.

Altitude-associated discomfort is a common occurrence in the mountains at night as your body receives less oxygen. Nausea and headaches are the most common symptoms. While this is no cause for immediate concern you need to make sure you alert your guide to any discomfort immediately.

Change in Elevation: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m)

Hiking distance: 6 km

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Acclimatization hike:

Change in Elevation: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m) – Set point (3,095 m)

Hiking distance: 2 km

Hiking time: 1 hour

Day 3
Trekking From Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

An early wakeup, breakfast, and a gradual walk up to the altitude of 3,500 meters; at this point you will be able to see stunning views of Shira Plateau and Kibo Volcano for the first time.

On the whole, the passage from Mti Mkubwa to the second high-altitude camp - Shira 1 (3,505 m) is rather easy and takes about 5-6 hours. This will allow you to start the acclimatization process gradually, which is the mainstay of good trekking towards the Kilimanjaro Crater Camp. When you reach the camp, your team of specialists will cook you lunch and you will have the chance to rest in your tent or walk around the nearby area.

Change in Elevation: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m) — Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m)

Hiking distance: 5 km

Hiking time: 5–6 hours

Day 4
Trekking From Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Departing from Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) and a light trekking towards the second high altitude camp: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). This trek is not difficult and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Africa and the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area. Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru (the fifth summit of Africa), weather permitting.

When you arrive to camp you will have lunch, and after a two-hour rest everyone will complete an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp that features a 300-meter gain in altitude.

Trekking from Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp:

Change in Elevation: Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) — Shira 2 Camp (3,810 m)

Hiking distance: 7 km

Hiking time: 3–4 hours

Acclimatization hike:

Change in Elevation: Shira 2 Camp (3,810 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,110 m)

Hiking distance: 2 km

Hiking time: 1–2 hours

Day 5
Trekking From Shira 2 Camp to The Lava Tower and Descent to Moir Hut

After breakfast you leave Shira 2 Camp (3,810 m) and start trekking for the day towards the route's key feature: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of highs and lows that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It will be hard, and you may encounter some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1-2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be offered.

After lunch you will trek a little higher, after which there is a gradual descent to Moir Hut. This camp is located on the way to the northern part of Kilimanjaro.

Note: If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route, following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up only to a maximum of 4,400 meters.

Change in Elevation: Shira 2 Camp (3,810 m) — Lava Tower (4,630 m) — Moir Hut (4,200 m)

Hiking distance: 14 km

Hiking time: 5–7 hours

Day 6
Trekking from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp

On this day you will have a rather long but at the same time easy trek. After a short steep climb out of Moir Valley you will start going around the northern slope of Kilimanjaro, and just like on the way to Lava Tower the path will be full of highs and lows, without any steep gains in altitude. This route passes close to the border with Kenya, so you will be treated to amazing views of the Tsavo and Amboseli Valleys.

Change in Elevation: Moir Hut (4,200 m) — Buffalo Camp (4,020 m)

Hiking distance: 12 km

Hiking time: 5–7 hours

Day 7
Trekking From Buffalo Camp to 3rd Cave Camp

You will finish trekking up the northern slope of Kilimanjaro and stop for the night in 3rd Cave Camp, where the route will meet up with the traditional Rongai route. On this day the trekking will be shorter than on the day before, and by this time your body will already have become completely acclimated to an altitude of 4,000 meters, which will contribute to your general feelings of well-being.

Change in Elevation: Buffalo Camp (4,020 m) — 3rd Cave Camp (3,870 m)

Hiking distance: 8 km

Hiking time: 4–6 hours

Day 8
Trekking from 3rd cave Camp to School Hut

On this day you will be trekking to the School Hut Summit Camp (4,750 m). The actual trekking is not very hard, so remember to just choose an appropriate pace in order to keep your strength up for the next day. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid strenuous activity and drink as many fluids as you can, because tomorrow you will manage the trekking to the crater.

Change in Elevation: 3rd Cave Camp (3,870 m) — School Hut (4,750 m)

Hiking distance: 5 km

Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Day 9
Trekking from School Hut to Crater Camp

This day will be one of the toughest on your route. The cooks will make a warm breakfast for you to reinforce your energy. Reaching the crater rim requires much dedication. Reaching the crater, you will be astonished by the ancient glaciers and snow. If you want, you may further climb to the Ash Pit (it takes some 90 minutes), or leave this exploit for the next day. It is very cold at the campsite, and the possibility of snowing during the night is high. If you are in the crater, you are among the few who did it. Warm dinner and supper will energize you, but try reducing your physical activities to the utmost.

Elevations: School Hut (4,750 m) — Crater Camp (5,700 m)

Trekking distance: 5 km

Duration of trekking: 4-6 hours

Day 10
Trekking from Crater Camp to Uhuru Peak and down to Mellennium Camp

Waking up around 5:30 you will have a rich, nutrional breakfast and enter the darkness. The chances that you will be striding in the snow are very big. Technically, this leg of your journey is not difficult, but high altitude is really a challenge. A guide will accompany each couple of the climbers. He will monitor your stamina and health. Within two hours you will reach the Uhuru Peak, where you will see one of the most amazing sunrises. Summit time depends on the weather conditions, but do not stay there for long – starting again may be very difficult because of coldness and fatigue.

Then, you will start descending to Millenium Camp through Barafu.

Elevations: Crater Camp (5,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Millennium Camp (3,820 m)

Trekking distance: 16 km

Duration of trekking: 5–6 hours

Day 11
Descent from Mellennium Camp to Mweka Gate

The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit: Mweka Gate (1,650 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates in our office and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.

Change in Elevation: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m)

Hiking distance: 12 km

Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Day 12
Departure

Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

NB: Hotel check-out starts at 11:00 hrs. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

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