- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
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 in Tanzania. There is nothing like the exhilaration of reaching the summit!
We have chosen to trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro using the Lemosho Route. The success rate of summiting for many trek companies is very low, because the route offered and time allocated is not sufficient.
Back Track has never had a trekker fail to summit due to poor acclimatisation. We have explored and travelled all routes to the summit over many years and Lemosho is our choice because –
- It is breathtakingly scenic
- It offers an excellent chance to acclimatise safely and sensibly. It is a long way to travel from Australia. It is best you plan to give yourself every possible chance for success.
Normally this trek is done over eight days; Back Track takes nine days. We have also 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. It will still be a wonderful adventure and challenge, guaranteed.
But this trek is not all mountain walking. Why go to Africa and not see the amazing wildlife? After your summit success, relax and enjoy a spectacular Wildlife Safari exploring the world-famous Serengeti National Park, Oldupai Gorge, Tarangire National Park and so much more.
This trip links our Kilimanjaro Trek Itinerary and our Wildlife safari itinerary. This price reflects a significant discount, as two trips are combined.
Meals included as indicated: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
Day 1Meet in Moshi, the commencement point for both the Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro ascents. This pleasant town to the south of Kilimanjaro is an ideal place to spend time before and after your trek. There’s an abundance of cafes, restaurants, bars, and comfortable accommodation. You’ll find numerous shops to purchase souvenirs and there’s also a couple of places hiring and selling trekking equipment. In Moshi, we stay at the comfortable, Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel.
COMMENCE CLIMB OF MT KILIMANJARO CAMP AT MTI MKUBWA (2820M) (BLD)
Day 2Kilimanjaro, 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.
SHIRA 1 (3840M) (BLD)
Day 3The 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.
MOIR HUT (4140M) (BLD)
Day 4Today 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.
MOIR HUT (4140M) (BLD)
Day 5As 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.
BARRANCO CAMP (3950M) (BLD)
Day 6A 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.
KARANGA CAMP (4000M) (BLD)
Day 7Today 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.
DAY 8: BARAFU CAMP (4600M) (BLD)
Day 8In the morning trek to Barafu. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the mountain. Overnight Barafu Camp.
MWEKA HUT (3100M) (BLD)
Day 9At 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.
Day 10Covering 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 Moshi. Overnight in Moshi at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel.
Day 11Today will be a rest day in Moshi. There is plenty to see and do in Moshi. Souvenir shopping is superb.
ON SAFARI - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (BLD)
Day 12Transfer 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 kms 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.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (BLD)
Day 13Full day game driving in the Serengeti. Stay overnight at Serengeti Heritage Camp.
NGORONGORO CRATER (BLD)
Day 14Morning 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 and enroute visit Oldupai Gorge Museum displaying fossil evidence of our earliest human ancestors. Stay overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge overlooking the Crater. From the crater rim there are magnificent views down into the caldera.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK (BLD)
Day 15Descend 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.
MOSHI GAME DRIVE IN TARANGIRI (BL)
Day 16Tarangire is the sixth largest national park and covers an area of approximately 2,850 sq kms. 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 Moshi. Stay overnight at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel.
YOUR ADVENTURE ENDS IN MOSHI. (B)
Day 17You will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
We are delighted to offer the following inclusions:
- Australian trek leader for Kilimanjaro trek and a local Safari Guide for Wildlife safari;
- Arrival & departure transfer in Moshi on group flight;
- Moshi accommodation and lodge accommodation on Wildlife Safari;
- All park fees;
- All ground transportation;
- All Kilimanjaro camping fees;
- All camping equipment including sleeping bag;
- Services of local crew – cook, porters and guides;
- Tips for Kilimanjaro trekking crew;
- 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners as shown on the itinerary.
- International flights (we can arrange your international flights; please contact us for the best airfares)
- Any meals not shown on itinerary
- Alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Personal spending
- Any medical and vaccination costs. Please refer to Booking Terms and Conditions regarding pricing.
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