July 15 Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania. You'll be met onarrival and transferred to River Trees Lodge for overnight.
July 16 After breakfast depart for an excursion through Arusha National Park, home of elephants, giraffes, buffalo and myriad antelope. Continue on to Simba Farm, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, for overnight.
July 18 Hike 5 to 6 hours through the tall heather forest and moorland meadows across the Shira Plateau to Shira 1 campsite, at 11,000’. Views of the Western Breach and its stunning glaciers.
July 19 Hike 6 hours across the Shira Caldera to Moir Hut at 13,500'. Shira is the oldest and lowest of the three calderas that comprise the Kilimanjaro massif. We have clear views of the Arrow Glacier from here.
July 22 Hike 5 hours up through rocky ground onto the Saddle and to the School Hut at 15,200’. Kilimanjaro looms in the foreground.
July 23 Starting for the summit at midnight we hope to top out at Uhuru Point, 19,340’, soon after dawn. Descend via Stella Point to Barafu for lunch, then down to the Millenium Camp at 12,000'.
July 24 Descend 4 hours along the Mweka Route to the trailhead at 5900' Mweka Gate. Drive 3 hours to Arusha for overnight at River Trees Lodge.
July 25 Morning drive into Lake Manyara National Park. This stunning park stretches along the shores of Lake Manyara at the base of the Great Rift Escarpment. Lunch in the Park, then drive to Tarangire Safari Lodge for overnight.
July 27 Drive back to Arusha with time to do some good shopping, then transferto Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for flights home.
July 28 Arrive home.