10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike Tour (Lemosho-Crater Route) Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Safari In Tanzania

10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike Tour

Hikers moving up the mountain

This 10 days Kilimanjaro hike tour (Lemosho Route -Crater Route) Safari in Tanzania is a nine-night, 10 days Kilimanjaro hiking tour, offering a breathtaking climb up to the snow-capped summit of Africa’s tallest mountain (5,895 meters / 19341 feet).

 

Your 10 days Kilimanjaro hiking tour is the extended version of the lesser-used and scenic Lemosho route, with two extra days for sufficient acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp (5790m), near Mount Kilimanjaro summit. It is the highest overnight possible at the Equator, so, we will do our best to make your 10 days Kilimanjaro hike tour comfortable, as well as unforgettable.

The Crater Camp is possibly the most bizarre place you will ever see, it is visited by less than 5% of the 40,000 to 50,000 people who annually ascent Kilimanjaro on distinct mountain routes in northern Tanzania.

You can book or customize this 10 days Kilimanjaro hike tour to your Mount Kilimanjaro safari in Tanzania interests

10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike TourPRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  • Climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain
  • Hike past wonderful forests, moorland, and high-alpine deserts
  • See ancient equatorial glaciers and snow
  • Traverse the spectacular Shira Plateau
  • Enjoy wild mountain camping in magnificent, scenic locations
  • Watch stunning sunrise from Uhuru Peak

10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike TourSAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2,200m) to Big Tree Camp (2,780m).

Day 2: Hike to Shira 1 Camp (3,505m).

Day 3: Hike to Shira 2 Camp (3,900m).

Day 4: Ascend to Lava Tower (4,630m) & Descent to Moir Hut (4,200m).

Day 5: Hike to Buffalo Camp (4,020m).

Day 6: Hike to 3rd Cave Camp (3,870m).

Day 7: Hike to School Hut (4,750m).

Day 8: Hike to Crater Camp (5,700m).

Day 9: Ascend Uhuru Peak (5,895m) & Descend to Millennium Camp (3,820m).

Day 10: Descend to Mweka Gate (1,650m)

10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike TourDETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2,200m) To Big Tree Camp (2,780m)

On day 1 of your 10 days Kilimanjaro hike tour, begin your climb to Africa’s highest peak. Your guide and mountain support crew will meet you at your Arusha hotel in the morning and give you a quick briefing.

Then, you’ll be driven (roughly 1½ hours) to the western entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park: Londorossi Gate at about 2,200m. Here, you’ll get your Kilimanjaro trekking permit and register with the search and rescue service.

After that, you begin a gradual trek and a slight descent into the Lemosho Glades. Head into the lush forest. Listen to the sounds of many exotic birds and keep an eye out for the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys.

Spend the day exploring the gorgeous and fascinating forested slopes of Kili, most of which are classified as a rainforest zone.

When you arrive at Big Tree Camp, our professional mountain crew will have prepared everything you need, set up the tent, and cooked lunch for you. After lunch, go on an acclimatization climb towards Shira 1 Camp, which includes a 300m altitude gain. Then, descend to Big Tree Camp, where a delicious hot dinner awaits.

Accommodation: Big Tree Camp

Meal Plan: – Lunch, & Dinner

Climb: – 895 meters

Descend: – 315 meters

Hiking Distance: – 2 kilometers

Hiking Time: – 4-6 hours

Difficulty: – Low

Habitat: – Rainforest

Day 2: Hike to Shira 1 Camp (3,505m)

Have an early breakfast at Big Tree Camp (2,780m) on day two of your 10 days Kilimanjaro hike tour.

Then hike out of the rainforest zone and onto the heath (scrub) and moorland zone, where Erica and Lobelia plants start to dominate the landscape. Walk across the Shira ridge, where on a clear day, you can see the snow-capped summit of Kibo peak, the adventure’s ultimate goal.

Descend to the Shira plateau and continue to Shira 1 Camp, situated near a stream. Your professional crew will prepare lunch for you and you will have to rest in your tent or walk around the surrounding area. This will allow you to gradually begin the acclimatization process, which is essential for good mountain hiking.

Accommodation: – Shira 1 Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Climb: – 725 meters

Hiking Distance: – 5 kilometers

Hiking Time: 5 – 6 hours

Difficulty: – Low

Habitat: – Moorland

Day 3: Hike to Shira 2 Camp (3,900m)

After 2 fairly easy trekking days, the third day of your 10 days Kilimanjaro hike adventure sees you undertaking another easy hike from Shira 1 Camp (3,505m) towards Shira 2 Camp (3,900m).

You will cross the Shira plateau and climb gradually into the lower alpine moorland, which is known for its gorgeous wild alpine flowers as well as the rare gigantic lobelia and giant groundsel plants.

You will arrive in time for lunch at Shira 2 Camp. After lunch, have a 2-hour break before taking time to acclimatize to the reduced oxygen levels by hiking towards Lava Tower Camp, which includes a 370m gain in altitude. Return to Shira 2 Camp for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation: – Shira 2 Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Climb: – 765 meters

Descend: – 370 meters

Hiking Distance: 9 kilometers

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Difficulty: – Low

Habitat: – Moorland

Day 4: Ascend Lava Tower (4,630m). Descent to Moir Hut (4,200m)

Today, climb gently via the rocky terrain from Shira 2 Camp (3,900m) to the Lava Tower (4630m). The trail becomes relatively difficult and steep. You might begin to feel weak or short of breath as a result of the altitude, so hike slowly or ‘pole pole’ as they say in Swahili so as not to worsen the symptoms.

You’ll spend 1-2 hours here to effectively adapt to the altitude, therefore this is where lunch will be served. After lunch, climb a bit higher, before descending gradually to Moir Hut. The hut is situated on the way to the northern part of Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation: – Moir Hut

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Climb: – 820 meters

Descend: – 430 meters

Hiking Distance: – 14 kilometers

Hiking Time: – 5-7 hours

Difficulty: – Medium

Habitat: – Moorland

Day 5: Hike to Buffalo Camp (4,020m).

On day 5 of your 10 days Kilimanjaro hike tour, have a rather lengthy easy trek. After a brief steep hike out of Moir Valley, begin a trek around Kili’s northern slope and the trail will also be full of highs and lows, with no steep gains in altitude. This path passes near the Kenyan border, so you will be treated to great views of the Tsavo and Amboseli Valleys.

Accommodation: – Buffalo Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Descend: – 180 meters

Hiking Distance: – 12 kilometers

Hiking Time: – 5-6 hours

Difficulty: – Medium

Habitat: – Moorland

Day 6: Hike to 3rd Cave Camp (3,870m)

On day 6 of your 10 days Kilimanjaro climb tour, finish hiking up Kilimanjaro’s northern slope and spend the night in 3rd Cave Camp, where the trail meets the traditional Rongai route. Unlike the previous day, the trekking will be shorter and by this point, your body will already have become completely adapted to an altitude of 4,000m, which will add to your overall feelings of well-being.

Accommodation: – 3rd Cave Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Descend: – 150 meters

Hiking Distance: – 8 kilometers

Hiking Time: – 4-6 hours

Difficulty: – Low

Habitat: – Moorland

Day 7: Hike to School Hut (4,750m)

Youll be hiking to the School Hut Summit Camp on day 7 of the 10 days Kilimanjaro hike tour. The hike itself is not difficult, so just trek at the right pace to keep your strength up for tomorrow. When you get to the camp, you should rest well, avoid strenuous activities, and drink enough fluids, because tomorrow you’ll be trekking to the crater camp which is 5,700 meters above sea level.

Accommodation: – School Hut

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Climb: – 880 meters

Hiking Distance: – 5 kilometers

Hiking Time: – 4-5 hours

Difficulty: – Medium

Habitat: – Arctic desert

Day 8: Hike to Crater Camp (5,700m)

Day 8 of your 10 days Kilimanjaro hike tour will be one of the most difficult. Your cooks will prepare a warm hearty breakfast to boost your energy levels, as it takes a lot of effort to get to the crater rim. After reaching the crater, you will be stunned by the ancient glaciers and snow. If you like, you may take a hike of about 1½ hours to the Ash Pit, or you can save this adventure for the following day.

The campsite is quite cold, and the likelihood of snow falling during the night is high. If you’re in the crater, you’re one of the lucky few. A warm dinner will energize you, but try to limit your physical activity to the absolute minimum.

Accommodation: – Crater Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Climb: – 950 meters

Hiking Distance: – 5 kilometers

Hiking Time: – 4-6 hours

Difficulty: – High

Habitat: – Alpine

Day 9: Ascend Uhuru Peak (5,895m). Descend to Millennium Camp (3,820m)

Have a rich, nutritional breakfast at about 5.30 am and then enter the darkness. The high possibility you will be walking in the snow. Technically, this section of the hike is not hard, but high altitude is really a challenge. A guide will accompany each pair of trekkers, monitoring your strengths and health. Within2hours, you will arrive at Uhuru Peak, where you will see one of the most spectacular sunrises on the planet.

You’re now on the “Roof of Africa”. The time at the summit depends on the weather conditions, but do not stay there for long – starting again may be difficult because of coldness and fatigue. Descend to Barafu Camp, where the cook is waiting for you with tasty dishes. After a warm meal, you can rest for 1 to 2 hours and then descend to Millennium Camp, where dinner and a well-deserved break await you.

Accommodation: – Crater Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Climb: – 195m

Descend: – 2075

Hiking Distance: – 16km

Hiking Time: – 5-6 hours

Difficulty: – High

Habitat: – Alpine

Day 10: Descend to Mweka Gate (1,650m).

On the tenth day of your 10 days Kilimanjaro hike, you enjoy your final mountain breakfast. Then, descend through the lush rainforest to the park’s exit: Mweka Gate.

Following your descent, the entire group will congratulate you, and you’ll be given the opportunity to record your thoughts on the Kilimanjaro climb in the guestbook. Finally, you are given a commemorative certificate and driven back to your hotel in Arusha for a soft bed and warm showers, and a blissful overnight stay.

Please note: An affordable Tanzania wildlife safari and/or Zanzibar Beach Holiday can easily be added to your booking as an extension to your 10 days Kilimanjaro Hike tour. Also, extensions to Uganda or Rwanda for gorilla trekking or a safari to Kenya parks can easily be arranged. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.

End of the 10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike Tour

10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike Tour − SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • All Kilimanjaro National Park fees.
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern comfortable 4-season North Face VE-25 tents).
  • All meals on the hike.
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water).
  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery, and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits including Diamox.
  • Professional guides licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
  • Taxes: 18% VAT, 1% TDL and 0.3% Service Levy.

10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike Tour − SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff,
  • Laundry Services
  • Visa fee
  • Optional Activity fees
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Arusha (can be arranged on request)
  • Personal gear rentals
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the climb)
  • Portable toilets (if required – 250 USD per unit, one can be shared between 3-4 people).
  • Mountaineering insurance. You’ll need special insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro that covers high-altitude trekking up to 6000m.