Wilderness Travel does not
summit Kili from Barafu (15,311'), as most other companies do! The bleak and crowded Barafu campsite is packed tent-to-tent with climbers who begin their 9-hour summit day at midnight
, climbing through the dark on a crowded path. Our Lemosho-Crater Camp Route avoids this by camping at Crater Camp (18,500'), beside the spectacular glaciers at Kili’s crater rim, making our summit climb short—just 840 feet! Check out Choosing the Best Route
for more details.
We’ve perfected the climb to the celebrated “snows of Kilimanjaro” on the stunning Lemosho-Crater Camp Route, a beautiful, uncrowded trail on Kili’s remote southwest flanks. With seven days on the ascent for maximum acclimatization, you’ll have the best chance of “peak” success—plus a short climb to the summit to view the sunrise (not the grueling 9-hour climb in the dark required on other routes!). Our camps have the finest amenities on the mountain, and for extra security we always carry oxygen and a Gamow bag. Our legendary, highly skilled guides and crew make this an unforgettable experience.
Wilderness Travel's route up Kilimanjaro was far better, more interesting than the major highways used by most trekkers. We were the only group at many campsites and felt like we were the only people on that magnificent mountain.
— Trenholm W., Charleston, SC
Arusha National Park / Acclimatization
Enjoy a game drive en route to our private camp at 6,500 feet in Arusha National Park. Our acclimatization hike offers a chance to see bushbuck, giraffe, a host of avian life, and the unique black-and-white colobus monkeys of the park.
Kilimanjaro / Lemosho-Crater Camp Route / Summit Day
From the Lemosho trailhead, trek through forests, heath, and moorland zones to the rim of the Shira Plateau, an immense crater and World Heritage Site with glorious views of Kili’s glaciated southern face. Ascend through the alpine desert zone to Crater Camp (18,500'), an extraordinary spot by the Furtwangler Glacier (an optional hike brings you right to the rim of Kili’s inner crater). From camp, your summit climb is short and dramatic (just 840 feet!), bringing you to Uhuru Peak (19,340'). On a clear day, the sunrise views are surreal, with the vast African plains spread beneath your feet. A quick descent along the Mweka Route brings you back to our lodge for a well-deserved shower and victory celebration with your fellow trekkers. Depart in the evening of Day 11, or join our post-climb safari extensions.