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Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5895 metres, is the highest mountain on the African continent. This snow-covered summit soars high above the plains of East Africa. There is nothing like the exhilaration of reaching the summit! We have chosen to trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro using the Lemosho Route.

Normally this is done over seven or eight days; Back Track takes nine days. We have added an extra acclimatisation day to maximise your chance of a successful summit bid. You will be well prepared and ready for your conquest of Kilimanjaro in 2019.

But this trip is not all mountain walking. Why go to Africa and not see the wildlife? After the summit, relax and enjoy a safari through the Serengeti National Park, visiting Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge and Tarangire National Park and so much more.

Meals included as indicated: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Itineraries

Arusha, Tanzania

Day 1

Meet in Arusha, the commencement point for both the Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro ascents. This thriving town sits in the lush countryside at the foot of Mt Meru (4556m). The town’s market is alive with colour, its stalls piled high with fresh fruit and vegetables. The craft shops offer a range of superb ebony Makonde carvings, malachite jewellery and bright local fabrics. In Arusha, we stay at the comfortable, Outpost Safari Lodge. (B)

Arusha

Day 2

Free day in Arusha. In the morning the trek leader will take you on an orientation walk into the town centre. We have the opportunity to visit the local market and the Masai Market if anyone wishes to purchase locally made souvenirs. There will be a pre-trek briefing in the afternoon. (BLD)

Commence climb of Mt Kilimanjaro Camp at Mti Mkubwa (2820m)

Day 3

Kilimanjaro, at 5896m, is the highest peak in Africa and one of the highest volcanoes on earth. There is no need for ropes or technical equipment to reach the summit. This imposing mountain is revered by the local Chagga people and our chosen route on Kili is the Lemosho/ Mweka trail. This is the most scenic trail and passes through Kili’s complete range of landscape and vegetation types. It is also quieter than the usual tourist trail. The Lemosho route is normally done over 7 nights. We are doing it over 8 nights to allow for extra acclimatisation. Drive to Londorossi Gate (2100m) and commence trekking through a lush forested zone to our first camp at Mti Mkubwa. (BLD)

Shira 1 (3840m)

Day 4

The trail ascends through the forest and emerges onto a zone of heathland scrub, tall grass and moss covered volcanic rock. After crossing a number of streams the trail meets Shira Ridge and our first view of Kilimanjaro. Camp at Shira 1. (BLD)

Moir Hut (4140m)

Day 5

Today we ascend gradually across the moorland of Shira Plateau. Time permitting, we can divert off the trail to visit spectacular viewpoints. Our destination is Moir Hut, 30 minutes off the trail and one of the least used campsites on Kilimanjaro. This is our base for two nights. (BLD)

Moir Hut (4140m)

Day 6

As part of our acclimatisation, we spend a second night at Moir Hut. This also gives us the opportunity for exploration of the nearby Lent Hills (4700m). Trekking up to this high altitude and returning to sleep at a lower altitude will greatly enhance our acclimatisation. (BLD)

Barranco Camp (3950m)

Day 7

A long trek to Barranco. After leaving camp we rejoin the main trail. We stop for lunch at the spectacular rock outcrop of Lava Tower (4600m). This camp lies in a sheltered area below the spectacular cliffs of the Breach Wall. The Breach Wall, the dome of Uhuru and the edge of the Heim Glacier dominate the head of the valley. Overnight at Barranco Camp. (BLD)

Karanga Camp

Day 8

Today is an integral part of our acclimatisation program. By only moving camp a little higher we greatly increase our chances of a successful summit bid. Here is our last water point. (BLD)

Barafu Camp (4600m)

Day 9

In the morning trek to Barafu. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the mountain. Overnight Barafu Camp. (BLD)

Mweka Hut (3100m)

Day 10

At midnight, the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Stella Point. Walk steadily up the ridge and around the crater to reach Uhuru peak at 5895m. From the summit, the trek descends to overnight at Mweka Hut. (BLD)

Arusha

Day 11

Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the gate where our vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Arusha. Overnight in Arusha at the Outpost Safari Lodge. (BL)

Arusha

Day 12

Today will be a rest day in Arusha, where there is plenty to see and do. Souvenir shopping is superb. (B)

On Safari - Serengeti National Park

Day 13

Transfer to Arusha Airport and fly to the Serengeti National Park. Meet with your driver guide at Seronera Air Strip then spend the full day game driving in Serengeti National Park. At 14,763sq km the Serengeti is the largest of all the parks in Tanzania, famous for both its migratory and resident animal population. We spend two days exploring the vast grassy plains, rocky outcrops and sparsely wooded river valleys of this incomparable park where lion, cheetah, leopard, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, elephant, and Cape Buffalo can be seen. In general, you search for the animals in the early morning and late afternoon, while you follow the animal’s example and rest during the heat of the day. Stay overnight at Serengeti Heritage Camp. (BLD)

Serengeti National Park

Day 14

Full day game driving in the Serengeti. Stay overnight at Serengeti Heritage Camp.

Ngorongoro Crater

Day 15

Morning game drive in the Serengeti or an optional balloon flight which includes a champagne breakfast (*this must be pre-booked well in advance and is at your own expense). Contact the Back Track office for details). In the afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Stay overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge overlooking the Crater. From the crater rim, there are magnificent views down into the caldera. (BLD)

Tarangire National Park

Day 16

Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive. This 100 square-mile natural amphitheatre is host to an astonishing array of wildlife. You may be lucky enough to see rhino, elephant and lion, as well as large herds of zebra and wildebeest. There is excellent game viewing with 30,000 resident animals and the photographic opportunities are unrivalled. This is one of the best places to see the endangered Black Rhino. A picnic lunch will be taken in the crater. Afternoon exit the crater and drive to Tarangire National Park. Stay overnight at Tarangire Simba Lodge. (BLD)

Tarangire National Park

Day 17

Game drive in Tarangire. Tarangire is the sixth largest national park and covers an area of approximately 2,850 sq km. Tarangire is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing African pythons. Depart from Tarangire after lunch and drive back to Arusha. Stay overnight at Outpost Safari Lodge. (BLD)

Arusha

Day 18

You will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Australian trek leader;
  • Arrival & departure transfer in Arusha on group flight;
  • Arusha accommodation;
  • All camping fees;
  • All camping equipment including sleeping bag;
  • Services of the local crew – cook, porters and guides;
  • Tips for trekking crew;
  • 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners as shown on the itinerary.
  • A Safari Guide with you from Arusha;
  • Arrival & departure transfer in Arusha on group flight;
  • Serengeti flight;
  • All park fees and ground transportation;
  • Services of the safari vehicle, driver/guide on safari;
  • International flights (we can arrange your international flights; please contact us for the best airfares)
  • Any meals not shown on the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  • Visa fees tips for safari guide (budget USD$60)