Day 1: Pick up from the Kilimanjaro Airport and drive to hotel in Arusha.
Day 2: Set off climbing gently through the south-western slopes of the mountain. This is old growth montane forest, carpeted with unique “busy lizzie” flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp among the giant heather at 9840 feet. A 3,936 ft ascent and 6 hours walking.
Day 3: Emerge from the forest into the giant heather zone and onto fine open moorland. There are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera. After 3,000 ft ascent and 4-6 hours walking, the team will arrive at camp 2 by the Shira Cave at 12,500 ft.
Day 4: On this day, the team will climb to almost 16,000 ft. but will end the day around the same elevation they started. This helps with acclimatization. They will climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders.
Day 5: Climb steep to the Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and then drop down again to the Karanga Valley.
Day 6: Climb above Barafu Hut perched high on a rocky bluff at 15,580 ft. There will be fantastic views of Mawenzi peak in the distance.
Day 7: An early 2-3am alpine start to climb the steep frozen scree. They will aim to reach Stella point 18,600 ft. on the crater rim for a rest and hopefully sunrise, then continue another 1 hour to the highest point on the continent 19,345 ft. usually in warm sunshine.
Day 8: A descent of approximately 4,600 ft 4-5 hours through the forest to Mweka Gate.