Itinerary for Kilimanjaro Summit (Tanzania)
Day 1 Sunday: Arrival and transfer to beautifully landscaped Protea
Aisha Hotel. Those participating in optional safari continue on (with an
overnight bag) to bungalow campsite near Ngorongoro Canyon.
Day 2 Monday: Morning safari, early afternoon return by plane to
Arusha. Rest and organization at Protea Aisha Hotel.
Day 3 Tuesday: 2˝ -hour drive to trailhead. We begin our trek at 7,600
feet, and hike through farmland and forest to Forest Camp at 9,000 feet. Easy
terrain (though occasionally muddy), with a moderate ascent. Approximately 4-6
Day 4 Wednesday: A 3-4 hour morning hike across the lava-filled Shira
Crater, lunch at Simba Camp, and then a 4-hour hike out of the crater to Shira
Hut at 12,500 feet, where we'll spend the night.
Day 5 Thursday: Acclimatization day – Shira Hut to Barranco Camp (via
Lava Tower) .We enter the alpine desert zone as we hike 3-4 hours to Lava Tower
at 15,000 feet, and then descend 2-3 hours to Barranco (12800 ft.)This “climb
high, sleep low” method is a key to acclimatization.
Day 6 Friday: We climb (slowly) up the Barranco Wall, then down into a
valley then up again to Karanga Camp (4000 meters). The 3-4 hour hike gives us
plenty of time to prepare for Shabbat. We build our amazing high-altitude eruv
as Tanzanian porters watch in bewildered amusement. Showers available (in the
Day 6 Shabbat: Acclimatization day. The highest Shabbat you or (likely
anyone else) will spend on the planet. Optional afternoon shbatzir (stroll).
Day 8 Sunday: Moderate 4-hour climb to Barafu Camp at 15,600 feet. The
air is colder and thinner. Afternoon rest in preparation for tomorrow. Visible
below are the light-dotted villages to the south of the mountain, and above, the
richly star-dotted southern hemisphere sky. No trees up here – just lots of
Day 9 Monday: Summit day – the most difficult day - but for which
we're well prepared. Dawn departure for approximately 7-8 hours of ascent. On
the way, the towering spires and majestic pillars of rock above, and the
brilliant, never-ending African sky and plain below are simply unforgettable.
We'll most likely be traversing some snow and ice, so the going will be quite
slow. Once we've reached the crater rim, we'll get a close-up view of the
disappearing glaciers, and of the mountain's dormant volcanic area - ash pits,
sulphur deposits, etc. – Sometime after midday we reach Uhuru Peak at 19,160
feet, the "Top of Africa". Photos, celebration – and then a 4-hour descent back
to our previous night’s campsite at Barafu Camp. A hot dinner, and then a
Day 10 Tuesday: Early departure and down, down, down about 7-8 hours
all the way out to Mweka Gate. The air is unbelievably thick and much warmer
than it was at 4 am. Transfer back to hotel for hot showers, rest and a
Day 11 Wednesday: Morning bus ride to Moshi for a couple of hours to
walk around, buy souvenirs, etc. Back to the hotel to pick up luggage and on to
the airport for the flight home. It’s been fun – and amazing.