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Day 1

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to a hotel near the Machame Park Gate.

Day 2

From the Machame Park Gate start the hike through the Montane Forest; it will take about 6 hours to reach our camp on the upper forest edge.

Day 3

ABOVE EAST SHIRA PLATEAU (12,300' The hike today will be about 5 hours. Ascend to the Machame route climbing above the old Shira Hut. Camp will be in the upper heath zone.

Day 4

BARRANCO CAMP (13,000') A hike of about 6 hours will take us up to 14,000 feet just below Lava Tower and then back down to the camp in the Great Barranco Valley. The views of the Great Breach Wall are better from this camp than anywhere on the mountain.

Day 5

KARANGA VALLEY (13,000’) ) The 3 hr hike today climbs out of the Barranco Valley and ascends to over 14,000 feet. The traverse under the glaciers of the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro before we descend into Karanga Valley for the night.

Day 6

BARAFU CAMP (15,500') Traverse from Karanga valley and have close-up views of the mountain's Southern Glaciers. Traverse for a couple of hours before we begin at 1,600 foot ascent to Barafu Hut.

Day 7

MWEKA CAMP (10,500') Summit day. Start ascent to the summit (19,340') very early in the morning while it is still dark. This will allow time to be near the crater rim as the morning sun is rising. After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak then begin the long descent back to Barafu Hut and on down to Mweka Hut.

Day 8

A final morning's descent of 4,500 feet brings us to the road. We will have lunch and transfer to the lodge freshen up and re-pack. Transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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