In preparation for future high altitude climbs (like Annapurna), I decided to start planning for my Kilimanjaro solo trek. I settled on TrekkingHero as my expedition guides, so the day planning pretty much follows their planning. So here’s the day planning for my Kilimanjaro solo trek.
I am continuously updating this post as I am planning to summit Mount Kilimanjaro October 2019.
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Day 1 – Brussels to Amsterdam to Nairobi
Day 1 is a long day of travel. From Brussels to Amsterdam to Nairobi. Arriving late in the evening in Nairobi in Kenya, I am eyeing a stay at the local Intercontinental Nairobi to get a good night
Day 2 – Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi
After an early morning flight from Nairobi, I will arrive around
Moshi is known as the gateway to Kilimanjaro. Meeting the guide and reviewing equipment in the evening in preparation for the trek the following day.
Day 3 – Mti Mkubwa Camp
(2900 m), 6 km (3 to 4 hours)
And then it starts. It is between 3 and 4 hours of driving to reach Londorossi Gate the starting point for the climb. It’s an interesting drive with some opportunity to see wildlife. Another few hours of formalities with the park rangers at the gate – and off on the trail. The trail goes through the lowland forests first where large Colobus monkeys are fairly common.
Day 4 – Shira 2
(3875 m), 16 km (7 to 8 hours)
The first part of the
Day 5 – Barranco Camp
(3,983 m), 10km (5 to 8 hours)
Leaving Shira 2 in the morning – climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. The trail ascends to the Lava Tower site (4600m) before descending back down into Barranco Valley. The area before the campsite is known as the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many huge
Day 6 – Karanga Camp
(3,983 m), 5 km (4 to 5 hours)
A challenging climb up the steep Barranco wall (some scrambling but not technically difficult), easily one of the highlights of the trek. Some
Day 7 – Barafu High Camp
(4,645 m), 5 km (4 to 5 hours)
Push to Base Camp, arriving
Day 8 – Uhuru Peak
(5895 m) Walking Distance: 5 km ascent + 12 km descent (10-16 hours)
The day starts at midnight with the final push to the summit. It’s a cold and grueling
One of the reasons for such a long day of trekking is to avoid problems with acclimatization (I am really curious to see how my body will react – in preparation of future hikes) and get back down to a lower elevation quickly.
Day 9 – Mweka Campsite to Moshi
(3068m) Walking Distance: 10 km (3 to 4 hours)
From Mweka campsite it is a 4 to 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate to collect certificates and get back to
Return to Moshi for the night and to have a final farewell dinner with the team.
Day 10 – Moshi, Nairobi
After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport from Moshi. After a short one hour flight, arriving in Nairobi. Spending some time at the pool in my hotel Nairobi with some cocktails to relax after the trek.
Day 11 – Brussels
Early morning rise, arrival in Brussels around 18h00 in the evening after transfer in Amsterdam.