11 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking the Western Breach Route

Day 1: Arrival and hotel transfer.
On arrival, you will be met and warmly received by your driver guide from African Crane Safaris who will then brief you as he transfers you to your hotel for overnight (depending on arrival time)

Day 2: After breakfast you will depart Arusha to Machame gate (5,900 ft) to begin your climb. The hike takes about 5-6 hours taking you through the beautiful dense rainforest home to the black colobus monkey, blue monkey and a variety of exotic bird species. You will stay overnight at Machame Camp (9,850 ft).

Day 3: Today from Machame, we proceed about 5 - 7 hours hike through the Moorland. with spectacular views of the Shira Plateau and the plains to the west, however, these views depend on the weather conditions at the time. Overnight at Shira camp (12,600 ft)

Day 4: Today you will hike 5 - 6 hours across the high desert of the great Shira ridge. You will stop for lunch as you pass below the Lava Tower located at 15, 000 ft. You will then proceed and descend into the Great Barranco Valley a midst the giant groundsels and the hanging glaciers. The scenery here is amazing! Overnight at Barranco camp (12,950ft).

Day 5: On this day, you will stay at Barranco Camp for a relaxed day and acclimatization. You can optionally hike into the Great Barranco Valley or take your time absorbing the spectacular scenery here.

Day 6: Today you will ascend the valley hiking about 3 - 4 hours to Lava Tower arriving about 12:00pm. You may climb to the top of Lava Tower for breath taking views of the Western Breach. Overnight at Lava Tower camp (15,100 ft).

Day 7: On this day, you will hike for 3 - 4 hours into the barren upper reaches of Kibo's glacier slopes. Overnight at the Arrow Glacier Camp (16,000 ft).

Day 8: Today, you will brace yourself with a challenging hike as you ascend 3,000 ft of Western Breach arriving at the crater. This is an amazing place to explore the inner crater and ash pit in the afternoon. Overnight at Crater camp (18,750 ft).

Day 9: On this day, after an early morning breakfast, you will proceed to the last 600 ft to Uhuru peak at 19,340 ft with spectacular views! After enjoying the beauties of the ascending peak, you will descend to Mweka camp for overnight (11,000 ft). This is a long day hiking taking about, 9 - 10 hours.

Day 10: On this day, you will descend for about 3 - 4 hours to Mweka park gate where you will be received by your driver guide who will then transfer you to Arusha for a rewarding and deserved rest/relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Airport transfer.
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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