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Kilimanjaro Hiking Challenge

Conquer Africa's highest mountain.

Day 1 Leave London Heathrow for Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day 2 Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport-Moshi

Upon arrival we transfer to a hotel in Moshi town where we relax after our long flight. Tonight we will sort out our kit ready for tomorrow's trek.

Day 3 Moshi-Machamé Camp

We drive to our starting point at Machamé Gate where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start our trek. The path winds its way through magnificent forest where the air is noticeably humid, however the climb is a steady one and takes us to our first camp at 3,100m.

Trekking time approximately five-seven hours.

Day 4 Machamé Camp-Shira Plateau

We continue up, out of the jungle forest with a steep climb up to more open moorland. After lunch we head for Shira Plateau and our campsite at 3,800m. Here we are greeted with amazing views of both the summit of Kili and Mount Meru.

Trekking time approximately four-six hours.

Day 5 Shira Plateau-Barranco Camp

Now Trekking on high moorland, the landscape changes dramatically as the lush forests are left behind. Traversing the southwest side of Kilimanjaro we climb up to heights of 4,600m before passing under the Lava Tower and descending towards our camp at Barranco at 3,900m.

Trekking time approximately six-seven hours.

Day 6 Barranco Camp-Karanga Valley

Today is a shorter day but begins with a steep ascent up the Barranco Wall which divides us from the slopes of Kibo, Kilimanjaro's neighbouring peak. The climb isn't technical but can be long and tiring. We pass under magnificent glaciers as our route takes us through the Karanga Valley to our camp at 3,963m. For those feeling strong the afternoon can be spent on a further acclimatisation trek up to 4,200m.

Trekking time approximately five-seven hours.

Day 7 Karanga Valley-Barafu Camp

After a good night's rest we set off on our walk to Barafu Camp at 4,600m. The climb takes us across desolate scree and the lack of vegetation is evident. The walk is tough and steep, but we arrive at camp early and spend the afternoon resting ahead of the long night and day ahead. At 11.00pm we'll set off for the final climb to the summit.

Trekking time approximately five hours.

ay 8 Barafu Camp-Millennium Camp

Our night-time trek enables us to avoid Trekking for too long in the heat of the sun but temperatures will be below freezing. Our progress will appear slow over the scree but we gain height rapidly over a short distance. As day breaks and we approach Stellar Point the views of the ice cliffs within the crater and the African plains in the distance are breathtaking. Another hour's trekking takes us to the summit Uhuru (5,896m), the highest point in Africa. We leave the freezing crater rim and descend on scree to Millennium Camp at 3,900m.

Trekking time approximately 12-14 hours.

Day 9 Millennium Camp-Moshi

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate where we complete park formalities and say goodbye to the mountain. Awaiting vehicles take us back to our hotel in Moshi where a welcome shower and celebration meal awaits.

Trekking time approximately four-five hours.

Day 10 Fly from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi

Day 11 Arrive back in London