Itinerary

Day 1 / ARUSHA

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you are met and transferred to your lodge in Arusha. 

Overnight Ilboru Safari Lodge (Dinner)

 

Day 2 / ARUSHA

Spend the day seeing TFFT's mission in action by meet TFFT scholars, staff, and alumni. You are given a full briefing and equipment check with the Climbs Manager and your guide. 

Overnight Ilboru Safari Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

 

Day 3 / KILIMANJARO / MACHAME

After breakfast you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate your crew finalize packing and after finishing with formalities you start off from Machame gate. Today's hiking is through verdant afromontane forest to Machame camp and on route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a gradation of forest zones!

Overnight Machame Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 / KILIMANJARO / SHIRA

From Machame camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive Helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys.

Overnight Shira Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 5 / KILIMANJARO / BARRANCO

Today is a walk high sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower befor descending to Barranco camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is a long day but note that the next time you head to this altitude is in two days time - great acclimatisation day!

Overnight Barranco Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 6 / KILIMANJARO / KARANGA

You now have a relatively short day to Karanga Camp, after conquering the Barranco Wall. The selection of Karanga Camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you.

Overnight Karanga Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 7 / KILIMANJARO / BARAFU

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.

Overnight Barafu Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 8 / KILIMANJARO / SUMMIT / MWEKA

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp before dusk.

Overnight Mweka Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 9 / KILIMANJARO / OUT / ARUSHA

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your hotel for a well-deserved shower and celebratory dinner!

Overnight Ilboru Safari Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 10 / DEPART

Today you are transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for departures.

(Breakfast)

 

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Some people choose to extend their stay by lounging on a beach in Zanzibar or going on safari for a couple of extra days. If this is an option for you, we highly recommend it! Sunshine and relaxation will feel great! We are happy to offer recommendations and put you in touch with a travel agent to explore your options.

 

Accommodations

 

ILBORU SAFARI LODGE

Harmoniously woven into African Heritage, resting at the base of Mt Meru among banana fields and Maasai tribes. The quaint family run establishment is comfortable and the staff extremely friendly. Only minutes away from Arusha centre, but far enough to be in a sanctuary of gardens, where many endemic bird species fly by. Local charm blends with International conveniences and a pool!

 

KILIMANJARO PRIVATE CAMP

Taken down and set up every step of the way and ready for when you arrive at camp in the afternoon. A mess tent contains a table, chairs, and all cutlery. Guest tents fit 2 people comfortably. A portable toilet is set up for cleaner facilities.

 

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