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This route is highly recommended and it is the most beautiful routes on all of Kilimanjaro.  Although it takes more days to reach the summit, this route requires a Park Ranger to escort us for 2 days due to the animals.  Buffalo and elephants are here and can be dangerous.   This route has few people.   

DAY 1   Your guide will meet you at  your hotel about 7:30 AM and we  will proceed to the Londorrosi Gate (7,415 feet), where we will sign in and continue in our 4 wheel drive vehicle to Lemosho Glade.  From here we start hiking along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa Campsite (9186 feet).  We will set up camp, have dinner and retire to our tents. 

DAY 2  After breakfast, we will continue ascending through the beautiful rainforest.  Soon we will reach a wide moorland zone and we will cross many streams before reaching the Shira Ridge.  We will descend a little to Shira I Camp (11,840), which is located near a stream on the Shira Plateau.  Here we will meet up with many other hiking teams for the night.  Dinner and overnight.  lala salama.

DAY 3    After breakfast we will begin hiking across the Shira Plateau, the flat caldera of the volcano that was actually was bigger and much older than Kilimanjaro.  The plateau is one of the highest on the earth (12,500ft).  We will complete our day hiking to Shira Camp 2 (12,600ft).  Again, you will be greeted by your crews and guided to your camp site.  After a short rest (there will be an opportunity to clean up a little) and lunch, we will organize a guided tour pointing out the unusual flora and fauna.  Be sure to bring your camera.  Dinner and overnight.  Don’t forget to take a little time to write in your journal. 

DAY 4    Today will be an easier day.  After breakfast, we will have a short half day of hiking through the traverse across valleys which have been gouged out by glaciers.  We will be traveling at a slower pace in order to allow for gradual acclimatization.  We will reach our next camp at Lava Tower (15,000ft) around lunch time.  After lunch, we will take a short rest, and then climb to the top of the Lava Tower.  The views from the top are unbelievably spectacular.  If you choose, you can ascend to Arrow Glacier (15,600ft) for further acclimatization. We will return to the dining hall for dinner, then to bed for lala.  Lala salama.  (OPTION) You can descend to Baranco campsite in 2 hours but you may lose some acclimatization benefits.

Day 5     This day, we will continue to Barafu Camp, (15,088 ft) passing through the desert zone and seeing the closest view yet of the great mountain.  On the way, we will cross easy rocks and snow (winter season).  We will have a nice lunch at the camp followed by a short trek in the area.  We will have an early dinner after which your guide will tell you what to expect on the final ascent to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft).   You will have time to ask questions before heading for bed.  Lala salama.

Day 6     We will wake you at 11 PM with some hot tea and cookies as you prepare for your final ascent.  We will all gather at the assigned site at midnight to begin our hike.  Do not forget to take a good long look at the night sky as the stars are the big attraction at the beginning.  You will be excited as you make your way up through the cold mountain air.  As the sun rises, your views of Mt Meru and Mawenzi Peak will be spectacular over the summit with Kili’s huge glacier.  We have completer the final ascent to Uhuru Peak.  After a short stay there, we will descend to Barafu Camp where we will stop for a lunch of hot soup, bread, fruit and juice.  You will have enough time for a short rest.  We will resume our hike to overnight in Mweka camp (10,168 ft).  This is a long day of hiking and you will be rewarded with a hot meal and long awaited sleep. 

Day 7     After breakfast, we will be descending through the beautiful rain forest (be sure to look for the famous blue and colobus monkeys.)   Also be sure your guide points out the famous Kilimanjaro Everlasting, which is one of the most beautiful flowers on earth.  Our trek will end when we arrive at the Mt Kilimanjaro National Park Gate to receive your certificate.  Congradulations!!! You have accomplished one of the greatest adventures in the world.  After lunch, you will return to your hotel for your long awaited hot shower.

DAY 8  Early in the morning (about 4 AM) your guide will wake you and be sure you will be ready to begin the ascent to Uhuru Peak (19,500ft).  We will climb the side of the crater and should reach the top in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  You will witness the spectacular sunrise and take many photos of your accomplishment.  We cannot stay here very long due to atmospheric conditions and extreme temperatures.  We will return directly to Barafu Campsite for lunch.  Shortly after, we will continue to Mweka Campsite (10,168 ft).  Dinner followed by Success party with cake, snacks, and drinks provided).  Sleep tight.  Lala salama

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