Trek to the Summit of Africa’s Highest Mountain

Why Climb Kilimanjaro with WT?

Important Note:
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.

Overview

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 altitude acclimatization, you’ll have the best chance of peak success—plus just a short climb to the summit to view the sunrise (not the grueling 9-hour climb in the dark required on other routes!). On our route, we also have the opportunity to hike right to the rim of Kili’s astonishing inner crater, a surreal moonscape. 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 bring experience, camaraderie, and fun to your climb.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Arusha National Park / Acclimatization

We start our Kilimanjaro climb the perfect way—with two overnights at our private camp at 6,500 feet on Mount Meru in Arusha National Park. This allows us to acclimatize to the altitude, take warm-up hikes, and look for bushbuck, giraffe, and black-and-white colobus monkeys.

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Days 3-5
Kilimanjaro / Shira Plateau

At the trailhead at 7,500 feet, we meet our porters and trail guides and hike through dense montane forest festooned with lichens. We’ll keep an eye out for a colorful array of birdlife and evidence of forest elephant. Ascending through the giant heath zone where Kili’s ancient lava flows are still visible, we move up to Shira Ridge Camp (11,500'), then Moir Camp (13,100'), set on a bluff on the immense crater of the Shira Plateau.

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Days 6-11
Lava Tower Camp / Crater Camp / Summit Day

Entering Kili’s alpine desert zone, we have an important acclimatization day at Lava Tower Camp (15,240'). An extra day at this elevation is essential to getting us used to the altitude. From Crater Camp (18,500'), our extraordinary camp by the Furtwangler Glacier, we can explore the inner crater and Ash Pit on an optional hike. The next day, our two-hour climb from Crater Camp is short, bringing us to Uhuru Peak (19,341'), Kili’s true summit, the roof of Africa. We’ll be on the summit for sunrise, with surreal views of the vast African plains spread beneath our feet before the daytime clouds arrive. A descent along the Mweka Route brings us back to our lodge for a well-deserved shower and victory celebration. Depart in the evening of Day 11, or join one of our post-climb extensions.

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Highlights

Highlights

Climb the best route to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain!
Uncrowded trails, no retracing of steps, vital extra days for maximum acclimatization
Sunrise on the summit of Africa, unique alpine flora (five eco-zones!), camp by the glaciers on Kili’s crater rim
Led by the most experienced guides, with specialized high-altitude training
Porter gratuities included

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $5395  
Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 8 nights mountain camps, 2 nights private acclimatization camp
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Physically demanding 9-day trek to 19,341 feet, difficult terrain including scree (loose rock) and snow, extreme altitudes