Treks & Climbs
TREKS AND CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO AND MERU
Mount Kilimanjaro, a giant massif of three extinct volcanoes rising to a height of 19,340 feet (5895 meters) above sea level, can be climbed by many routes. The climb, when undertaken by any of the routes we offer is non-technical in nature (no technical equipment or experience necessary) and is more accurately regarded as a strenuous trek. Trekking to the summit is still considered a climb in most circles because of the extreme altitude involved. Four climate zones, from Forest to Alpine are crossed in route to the summit. Almost any healthy person in good physical condition can reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. But do not be lulled to complacency by this statement. It is a strenuous adventure and you must prepared to train for it.
Shira (also called "Forest" or "Western Breach") - 8 or 9 Climb days
Machame - 7 or 8 Climb days
Marangu (also called "Tourist" or " Coca-Cola(TM)") - 5 or 6 Climb days
Rongai / Loitoktok - 5 to 7 Climb days
Kibo Dome Circuit - 11 or 12 Climb days
Mount Meru Climb - 4 Climb days
Meru & Kilimanjaro Combination Climb - 9 to 12 Climb days
Each route differs in length, personality, scenery and relative degree of difficulty. At EAO Adventures, we offer you the choice of any of the above routes. The route we highly recommend is the Shira or "Forest" route, also known as the Western Breach route. The reason for this is that it is a slightly longer, overall less steep approach. Aside from the push to Crater Camp on the day before summit day, this route allows for a slower ascent and more time to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. In addition, because you spend the night before your summit push (and the subsequent 7,000 ft. descent to the final night's camp) in the outer volcanic crater at 18,500 ft. asl, the push to the summit is only an 840 ft., approximately one hour climb. As a result, the Forest/Shira route offers the greatest rate of success. It is also very beautiful. This is the route we include in our standard CLIMB AND SAFARI package.
Most other routes require you to rise on summit day around midnight and hike for approximately 8 to 9 hours to reach the summit, then descend 7,000 - 9,000 ft. to your final camp, all in the same day. The full Shira/Forest/Western Breach route description and itinerary follows:
MT. KILIMANJARO CLIMB - 8 days / 7 nights VIA STANDARD SHIRA / FOREST / WESTERN BREACH ROUTE
ITINERARY AND DESCRIPTION
Day 1 - ENTRANCE GATE TO FOREST CAMP 9400 ft, 4-5 hours
After an early start and a good breakfast, we drive to Londorosi gate at 7,200 ft. and sign in, then drive to the trail head starting point, 7,000 ft.. Picnic lunch along the trail. Trek through beautiful mountain forest. Upon arrival in camp an orientation to camping facilities will be carried out. Tea, popcorn and snacks will be provided and then we rest for remainder of the afternoon before an early dinner.
Day 2 - SHIRA CAMP ONE 11,400 ft, 6-8 hours
Leave the forest behind and enter the heather zone, picnic lunch along the trail. The camp is on east side of the Shira Plateau and the magnificent Kibo peak is in view when the weather is clear.
Day 3 - SHIRA CAMP TWO 12,600 ft, 3-4 hours
Moorland zone. It is a short day and lunch is served after reaching camp. We’ll take a short evening hike for better acclimatization. Early dinner and bed for ample rest.
Day 4 - LAVA TOWER 14,700, 4-5 hours
Alpine Desert. Trekking through bare land to Lava tower camp gives a very impressive view of the country and the lower landscape. A short acclimatization evening hike and lava tower summit attempt are optional after a short siesta. Early dinner and bed.
Day 5 - ARROW GLACIER CAMP 16,000 ft, 11/2 - 2 hours
The shortest and but steep hike takes you to your camp right at the base of the massive and magnificent Kibo...THE DORMANT GIANT... and face to face with the greater and lesser western breach walls. The Arrow glacier is hardly seen due to soil and debris from above covering its surface. Climb higher and sleep lower, plus trail acquaintance, are done from this camp for better acclimatization.
Day 6 - CRATER CAMP 18,500 ft, 7-9 hours
Steep and strenuous trekking. Leave early after breakfast eat picnic lunch along the trail. It is a combination of trekking and, in a couple of places, scrambling through and over the rocks. Crater camp is next to the gigantic Furterngler glacier centrally placed in the crater.
Day 7 - SUMMIT ASSAULT & MILLENNIUM CAMP 12,600 ft, 9-10 hours
The BIG DAY! Leave for the summit after breakfast. It takes 1-2 hours to conquer Uhuru point... the summit of Kibo Peak and the highest point on the African continent. After photo ops, we start descending for Millennium camp with a picnic lunch along the trail at 15,600 ft. about 3-4 hours from the summit. Continue down another 3-4 hours to Millennium camp. Spend the last evening on Kilimanjaro taking pictures of both Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Clean up and dinner. After dinner farewells and gratitude’s to our guides, cooks and porters as the next morning’s departure is an early one.
Day 8 - MWEKA GATE pick-up point, 7-9 hours
The walk out on the last day is a long one, so we must leave Millennium Camp very early in the morning. On arrival at the gate you will be met by a wonderful, well deserved picnic lunch. We'll then sign out and drive to the lodge. Dinner and certificate presentation ceremony.
lunch spot+mt-meru.jpgA nice place to stop for lunch.
The view of Mt. Meru from Kilimanjaro.
From approximately 17,500 ft. above sea level
between Arrow Glacier and Crater Camp,
along the Shira/Forest route.
Lava Tower is in center, foreground.
MOUNT MERU TREK - 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS - ROUTE DESCRIPTION AND ITINERARY
Mount Meru rises from the Great Rift Valley floor to an altitude of 16,000' above sea level. This trek can be done either on it's own, in conjunction with a Climb and Safari package or as a conditioning hike in preparation for Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 1 - MIRIAKAMBA HUT 8,500 ft., 4-6 Hours
After early breakfast, depart the lodge and drive to the Momella main gate where you sign in and leave thereafter. An armed ranger will accompany the party throughout the trip. This is just a mandatory, precautionary measure for protection from dangerous wild animals. Trekking starts from the gate 4,500 ft and we will picnic lunch along the trail. On arrival at the hut, tea and a snack will be served and we will rest the last few hours before dinner at 6:30 pm.
Day 2 - SADDLE HUT 11,700ft, 3-4 Hours
After breakfast we depart for Saddle hut leaving behind the mountain forest and getting into beautiful heather vegetation. We will lunch after arrival at the hut, take a siesta and later hike to little Meru peak 12,400 ft. 11/2 hours there and back. If weather is cooperative, excellent views of the peaks of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, plus lower surrounding areas, can be seen from the hut. After dinner we will retire to bed early in preparation for the summit assault departing early morning at 3:30 am.
Day 3 - SUMMIT DAY 16,000 ft. / MIRIAKAMBA HUT 8,500ft, 12-13 Hours
Rise at 2:00 am and leave thereafter for the summit. It takes 6 hours to reach the summit and 3 hours to get back to Saddle hut. On the way to the summit we’ll watch the beautiful sunrise from East where the giant Kili comes into view above the clouds. After reaching the summit a wonderful, well deserved lunch will be served. We’ll take a little rest before descending 3-4 hours from Saddle hut to Miriakamba hut for the night.
Day 4- OUT AND BACK TO LODGE, 2-3 Hours
Breakfast and depart Miriakamba hut 8,500 ft for Momella main gate and sign out. After picnic lunch and farewells and gratitude’s to guides, cooks and porters from the gate, drive back to lodge for dinner, certificate presentations and congratulations.
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