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climb Kilimanjaro
for St Andrew's Hospice

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure from the UK

We meet our group at Edinburgh airport before departing to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam.

DAY 2

Moshi / Arusha

After a free morning we have a welcome lunch and meet our guides who will be leading the climb. In the afternoon there is the chance to relax by the pool before the welcome briefing and kit check. This evening we enjoy an evening meal together.

DAY 3

Machame Camp 3000 m - 5-6 hours trekking

After a good breakfast we make the ½ hour road transfer to the Machame Gate and start trekking through the lush vegetation of the rainforest. In the afternoon we reach the camp, enjoy dinner and settle down to our first night under canvas.

DAY 4

Shira Camp 3,840 m - 6-7 hours trekking

Our route takes us through ever changing scenery as there is a steep ascent up through heather and moorland to the Shira Plateau. We continue across the plateau to our camp for the evening to relax and enjoy the fabulous views.

DAY 5

Barranco Camp 3,950 m - 6-7 hours trekking

Trekking east across beautiful barren moonlike landscape, reaching the Lava Tower, with a stop for lunch, then descend through the surrounding ravines to our camp by late afternoon. The descent aids the acclimatisation process and allows our bodies to adjust to the ever changing altitude.

DAY 6

Barafu Camp - 6-7 hours trekking

Leaving camp early for a short climb and scramble over the volcanic rock to the Barranco Wall. From here we have fantastic views over to Barafu. For the rest of the day we make the steady climb to our camp positioned on a ridge overlooking the south east valley.

DAY 7

Summit Day 5,895 m - 12-14 hours trekking

Awaking just before midnight, we climb for about 6 hours, with the steepest and most demanding part of the route by torchlight, to reach Stella Point at the crater rim. Then, our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African Continent, at 5895m. The morning sunlight gives us spectacular views across the plains below and of Mount Meru in the distance. After a tough descent to Barafu camp, we stop for a well-earned breakfast, before continuing on to Millennium Camp.

DAY 8

Moshi / Arusha - 3-4 hours trekking

After breakfast we continue our descent back through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. A short transfer by bus takes us to our hotel. Here we can finally take off our walking boots and enjoy our first hot shower in almost a week! We have the afternoon to relax by the pool with a drink and this evening we enjoy a fantastic gala dinner to celebrate our remarkable achievements and for those who have the energy we can party into the night!

DAY 9

Free Morning in Moshi

Today we have some free time to explore the local area before boarding our flight back to the UK.

DAY 10

Arrive in the UK

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