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This adventure is one of our most ambitious, and reaches its literal peak in time to watch the sun rise over the African plains below. On the climb, we’ll take the lesser travelled, but exceedingly spectacular, Lemosho Route, which also gives your body more time to acclimatize (and results in a higher summit success rate). Starting in dense rainforest, we’ll encounter six different ecological zones en route to our summit, followed by a two-day descent. As a group, we’ll take it step-by-step, supporting and encouraging each other the entire way.
To treat yourself after this tour, consider joining our Gay Serengeti Safari which kicks off just as this tour concludes.
Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania. Our trip begins with a group meeting at 4PM. Get to know your fellow travellers and Chief Mountain Guide while we discuss the epic climb ahead. We’ll then enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Following an early breakfast, we’ll have a 2-hour transfer to Londorossi Gate for registration, which could take a few hours. Then on to the Lemosho starting point (2,424m/7,952ft) where we’ll start our trek to the Big Tree Camp (2,785m/9,135ft) for our first night on the mountain. We may spot antelope unique to the Lemosho and Rongai routes, so keep your eyes peeled.
Approximate hiking time: 3-4 hours
Rise and shine! After breakfast, we trek for about an hour to the end of the forest. Here, the trail steepens and we enter the giant heather moorland zone, crossing several streams en route. We continue to Shira 1 Camp (3,504m/11,496ft), on the western edge of the Shira Plateau, where lunch awaits and we’ll camp for the night. This afternoon, there will be an optional acclimatization ascent of Shira Ridge, which serves up the finest views of Kibo, one of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones.
Approximate hiking time: 5-6 hours
Today we trek across the Shira Plateau to Moir Hut (4,166m/13,700ft), where we’ll break for lunch. Onwards and upwards, weather permitting, you have the option of a breathtaking sunset acclimatisation climb just before dinner (4,305m/14,125ft).
Distance: 9.7 km/6mi
Approximate hiking time: 3-4 hours
We’ve got a 17km/10.5mi trek ahead of us today, moving clockwise around the mountain’s northern slopes via Pofu (4,040m/13,250ft), to Third Caves Camp (3,971m/13,000ft). Along the way we’ll enjoy impressive views to the Northwest, North, and Northeast. While the day may be long, we’ll take it slow and steady enjoying the countless lookouts.
Approximate hiking time: 6-7 hours
Today we trek upwards to School Hut (4,722m/15,500ft). While the journey is a ‘mere’ 4.9km/3mi, we’ll gain 780m/2,560ft in altitude. Dinner will be served early, as we’re off to sleep at 6PM. ‘Tomorrow’ begins with an 11PM-12AM wake-up call for our final midnight assault. Porridge and tea will be served to help get us going.
Approximate hiking time: 3-4 hours
While it actually begins in the middle of the night, this is the day we’ve been waiting for. We’ll trek to Gilman’s Point (5,708m/18,700ft) in the dark, on switchback trails, where we’ll pause to enjoy the majesty of the sun rising above the clouds. We’ll then work our way around the crater to Stella Point (5,756m/18,885ft), before reaching our final summit: Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft). After realizing you’ve just climbed Kilimanjaro, feel free to shed a few tears, snap some photos, and bask in the well-deserved glory with your fellow climbers. This is an incredibly long and difficult day, so we may only make it to Millenium Camp.
Approximate hiking time: 12-14 hours (4-6 hours to the summit rim, 1-2 hours to reach the summit, 2-3 hours descending from the summit to Barafu Huts with a 1 hour rest, then 2 hours to Millennium Camp).
This morning we continue our descent to Mweka Gate (1,633m/5400ft), where we’ll sign the summit register to make it official. A vehicle will be waiting to take us to a local restaurant for a casual burger and beer before heading back to our hotel where we can freshen up – in real showers – before our Farewell Dinner.
Approximate hiking time: 8- 10 hours
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. Your trip includes a complimentary departure transfer which will be confirmed by your group leader.
If you are joining our Tanzania: Gay Serengeti Safari, rest easy and enjoy a free day before you start searching for The Big Five tomorrow. Please speak to an Out Adventures Specialist about booking an extra night of accommodation for tonight.
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Well organized. So fun travelling with like-minded people. Also takes away some of the stress of other tours where you are not sure if other travellers will be gay accepting/friendly.
Get ready for something life-changing. Honestly the hardest trip I’ve done physically mentally and emotionally, that paid off physically mentally and emotionally. If you’re willing to put in the effort you’ll reap the rewards.
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All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.
3-Star Hotel: Clean and comfortable rooms along with basic amenities such as a simple restaurant/breakfast area, some featuring spas. Customer service is good, but offers no frills.
Kilimanjaro Camping: This trip has six nights of camping. All tents are set up by guides/porters, sleeping pads are provided, and there is a private dining tent with a fully supported cooking staff that provides three meals per day. For more details about camping, refer to the more information section on this page.
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