Day 1 Arusha –Londorossi Gate (2,360 masl ) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2700 masl).
On this first day of your hike, Genius Expedition Safaris team will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning after breakfast and drive you for about 2 hours to Londorossi Gate within Kilimanjaro National Park. At the gate you will complete formal registrations with the Park authorities. You will be served with lunch at the Londorossi Gate before being driven to the Lemosho gate to begin your hike. The hike takes you through a dense rain forest zone where you will have a chance to spot colobus monkeys up on the tree branches. You will arrive at Mti Mkubwa Camp in the early evening. This is where you will spend your first night on the mountain. Genius Expedition Safaris team will have arrived at the Camp ahead of you and will have set up the Camp ready to receive you. You will be provided with warm water to freshen up. Dinner will be served. After dinner you will be briefed about the following day. You will then retire to your tent for the night.
Day 2 Mti Mkubwa (2,700 masl) – Shira Camp 1 (3500 masl)
On day 2 Genius Expedition Safaris team will wake you up in the morning and provide with warm water to freshen up before being served with breakfast. The 2nd day’s destination is Shira Camp 1. The hike from Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1 will take 5-6 hours to complete. The hike will take you through rain forest zone which will thin out into heather and volcanic rock zone. You will hike through Shira Ridge then drop gently to Shira Camp 1. Genius Expedition Safaris team will have set up the camp in readiness for your arrival. You will spend the night at this camp. After dinner you will be briefed about the following day’s hike.
Day 3 Shira Camp 1 (3500 masl) – Shira Camp 2 (3840 masl)
On day 3 you will leave Shira Camp 1 early in the morning after having breakfast. The hike will take 3-4 hours to the destination Shira Camp 2. On this day you will cross Shira Ridge with its rocky ground, low grasses and shrubs. You will climb about 400 metres high to Shira Camp 2. On arrival at the Camp you will have lunch after which Genius Expedition Safaris team will brief you about the following day’s hike. You will spend the rest of the day resting before dinner. You will spend the night at this cap. The view of Kibo peak from this camp is breathtaking.
Day 4 Shira Camp 2 (3,840 masl) – Lava Tower (4,600 masl) – Barranco Camp (3950 masl)
After breakfast on day 4, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of hiking, you will reach the Lava Tower at 4640 metres above sea level. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to experience effects of the altitude. These include headaches, shortness of breath and nausea. Near Lava Tower Lemosho route joins Machame route.
Genius Expedition Safaris team will serve you lunch at Lava Tower before you start your descent to Barranco Camp which is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall. The descent will take about 2 hours. The effects of altitude will decrease as you descend allowing your body to adjust to the conditions. This climbing high and sleeping low allows for acclimatization. At Barranco Camp you will be served with dinner after which Genius Expedition Safaris guides will brief you about the following day’s hike before you retire for the night.
Day 5 Barranco Camp (3950 masl) – Karanga Camp (4050 masl)
On day 5, the hike is a short one. This day is meant for acclimatization. After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. The destination is Karanga Camp where you will spend the night. On arrival at the Camp you will enjoy lunch and rest for the remainder of the day. You will be served with dinner in the evening and receive briefing from Genius Expedition Safaris team before retiring for the night. The view of Kibo is amazing from Karanga Camp. The Peak looks so near that it feels like one can actually touch it!
Day 6 Karanga Camp (4050 masl) – Barafu Camp (4600 masl).
After breakfast, you will begin your ascent. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for about 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Barafu Camp which is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks. You will familiarize yourself with the campsite before it gets dark. In the early evening you will have your dinner and rest before attempting the summit the same night. Genius Expedition Safaris team will brief you in detail on how to prepare for the summit night.
Day 7 Barafu Camp (4600 masl) –Uhuru Peak (5,895masl) – Mweka Camp (3,100 masl)
At around midnight Genius Expedition Safaris team will wake you up with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. Your headlamps, and moonlight on a lucky day, will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point at 5,730 metres above sea level, reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. In another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak where you can enjoy the sun rising over the roof of Africa. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp. Genius Expedition Safaris team will be waiting for you with some snacks and refreshments. You will rest in your tents before making your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa. Dinner will be served at Mweka Camp after which you will retire for the night.
Day 8 Mweka Camp (3,100 masl) -Mweka Gate (1,830 masl) – Arusha
Day 8 is your last day of this fantastic adventure with Genius Expedition Safaris. The day begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from our team. The descent will take 2 to 3 hours from Mweka Camp at 3,080 metres above sea level to Mweka Gate 1,830 metres above sea level. At the gate you will sign out of the park then have lunch before you are driven back to your hotel in Arusha for rest and overnight stay.