9-Day Western Approach

2015 - 2017

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Our Southern Circuit Acclimatization Route

Climb Kilimanjaro with us, and you’ll journey through lush rainforests, across the Shira Plateau, up past Lava Tower, and into the stunning Barranco Valley with spectacular scenery at every turn. On this less-traveled route you’ll experience Kilimanjaro’s wilderness, breathtaking views of the disappearing glaciers, and a unique, daytime hike to the Kilimanjaro summit.

Trip Highlights:

  • 98% summit success rate
  • Advantageous daytime summit
  • Extra hikes for better acclimatization
  • Phenomenal views on less-traveled trails
  • Featured in The New York Times, on CBS News, and on MTV

 

Western Approach Route Map

Days 1-2
Depart North America / Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to your scenic lodge, just a short drive away.

Overnight: KIA Lodge (2,930’)

 

Day 3
Acclimatization Day at Ndarakwai Ranch

After breakfast and a trek briefing with your guide, depart for a private conservation area. Spend the day admiring soaring views of open savannah, lush forests, and rolling hills. Catch your first glimpses of local wildlife on leisurely hikes through the grounds as you acclimatize to the higher altitude.

Overnight: Ndarakwai Ranch (4,200’)

 

Day 4
Begin Trek to Forest Camp

Accompanied by expert porters, fully outfitted in all-weather uniforms, you’ll make your way to your first mountain camp, located in the rainforest. On the way, see rare black and white Colobus monkeys swing from the canopy … hear vibrant birdcalls among the treetops … marvel at exotic flowers under your feet. Once at camp, enjoy a hot dinner with your fellow trekkers.

Overnight: Forest Camp (9,281’)
Hours trekking: 3-4

 

Day 5
Forest Camp to Shira 1 Camp

Out of the rainforest and into the heath, where you’ll journey through tall grass, fragrant heather, and volcanic rock draped in bearded lichen. Trek across the Shira Plateau, catching your first views of the summit from above the clouds.

Overnight: Shira 1 Camp (11,499’)
Hours trekking: 5-6  

 

Day 6
Shira 1 to Shira 2 Camp

Enjoy an acclimatization day with little altitude gain as you explore the 12,500-foot Shira Plateau, one of the highest plateaus in the world. Look to the west for breathtaking views of Mt. Meru and Mt. Longido.

Overnight: Shira 2 Camp (12,795’)
Hours trekking: 3-4

 

Day 7
Shira 2 to Lava Tower Camp

Pole, pole (slowly, slowly). That’s how you’ll move today as you delve deep into the alpine desert. Vegetation thins and colossal boulders reign near our camp, next to the impressive Lava Tower, which is set amidst this striking, lunar-like landscape.

Overnight: Lava Tower Camp (15,213’)
Hours trekking: 4-6

 

Day 8
Lava Tower to Karanga Camp

This morning you’ll descend into the Great Barranco Valley. Hike in this spectacular world of gleaming glaciers, towering cliffs, and sloping valleys. After lunch, scramble up the steep Barranco Wall, enjoying gorgeous views of the glaciers of Kibo, the first of Mt. Kili’s volcanic cones.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231’)
Hours trekking: 6-7

 

Day 9
Karanga to Barafu Camp

Onward and upward you go. Temperatures decline and landscapes grow sparse as you hike a steady incline to Barafu Camp. Located on an exposed ridge, this dramatic camp is the staging point from which you traverse into the arctic summit zone tomorrow morning.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331’)
Hours trekking: 3-4

 

Day 10
Barafu to Summit

Just as dawn breaks, you set out for the glacier zone atop Kilimanjaro. Climbing roughly 3,000 feet today, you’ll have countless opportunities to marvel at Mawenzi, Kili’s second volcanic cone. At Stella Point, continue about an hour on easy terrain for an afternoon summit. Stand at Uhuru Peak—the highest point in Africa – when you may be the only group there. Take time to celebrate with your fellow trekkers, and snap once-in-a-lifetime photos before descending to your next camp, either overnighting at Barafu or the crater’s soft sands on select departures.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331’)
Overnight on select departures: Crater Camp (18,802’), offering two daytime summit bid options 

Hours trekking: 8-10

 

Day 11

Barafu or Crater Camp / Mweka Millennium Camp

After breakfast trek out of the glacier zone and begin your descent. On select departures staying in Crater Camp, hikers will explore the glaciers and ash pit in the crater or summit for a second time!  Hike down through the alpine desert to your final camp for your last night on the mountain.

Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500’)
Hours trekking: 4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp
Hours trekking on select departures: 1-2 to summit / 4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp

Days 12-13
Complete Trek / Return to North America

Enjoy your final day of trekking through thick forests to the park gate, where you’ll bid farewell to your guides and porters. Transfer to a day room to take a well-earned shower and relax before your evening flight home.

Day room: KIA Lodge
Hours trekking: 4-6

 

Looking to continue your adventure in Tanzania? Add a 5- or 7-day safari extension, starting from Arusha (details below) or add on one of our exciting, trip extensions to exotic Zanzibar, chimpanzee colonies in Mahale, one of Tanzania’s many stunning national parks, and more.


Add a Safari

Learn more about our 5-Day Wildlife Highlights Safari extension.

Learn more about our 7-Day Classic Safari extension.

Kia Lodge

Located right outside Arusha, Kia Lodge offers the perfect location near Kilimanjaro’s airport. Your cozy bungalow sits among lush gardens. Sip a cocktail on the veranda as a cool breeze whispers by … take an evening dip in the pool … dry off by a crackling fire pit and admire sunset views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Ndarakwai Ranch

A trekker’s haven and private conservation refuge, Ndarakwai Ranch offers more than 11,000 acres of open savannah. Hike among giant fig trees, view local wildlife, and sleep under the stars in thatched-roof tents. Ensuite bathrooms with showers and a dining tent offer a comfortable wilderness experience.

Mountain Camps

A comfortable yet rugged experience on your way to the roof of Africa …

A challenging journey deserves specialized accommodations. Your mountain camps include double-occupancy all-weather tents, with customized fly-sheets, upgraded zippers, and full-ground pads. Camps are set up and broken down each day by your expert porters. Private toilet tents, solar-lit dining tents with tables and chairs, and hot basins of water are all provided daily.

After full trekking days, savor hot meals prepared by the camp’s chef, expertly trained in hygienic food preparation. In the afternoons, piping tea and hearty snacks will be waiting for you. And there’s nothing quite like starting each day with a breath of crisp mountain air.

Season 2015 - 2016

Return from Trek
Depart North America Trek Only + 5-Day Safari + 7-Day Safari Notes
  • 2015
    • Jun 20
      Jul 02
      $5,690
      Jul 07
      $8,980
      Jul 09
      $9,980
      SOLD OUT
    • Jun 27
      Jul 09
      $5,990
      Jul 14
      $9,280
      Jul 16
      $10,280
      SOLD OUT
    • Jul 09
      Jul 21
      $5,990
      Jul 26
      $9,280
      Jul 28
      $10,280
      LIMITED AVAILABILITY
    • Jul 16
      Jul 28
      $5,690
      Aug 02
      $8,980
      Aug 04
      $9,980
    • Jul 22
      Aug 03
      $5,990
      Aug 08
      $9,280
      Aug 10
      $10,280
      LIMITED AVAILABILITY
    • Aug 02
      Aug 14
      $5,690
      Aug 19
      $8,980
      Aug 21
      $9,980
      LIMITED AVAILABILITY
    • Aug 09
      Aug 21
      $5,690
      Aug 26
      $8,980
      Aug 28
      $9,980
    • Aug 16
      Aug 28
      $5,690
      Sep 02
      $8,980
      Sep 04
      $9,980
      LIMITED AVAILABILITY
    • Aug 21
      Sep 02
      $5,990
      Sep 07
      $9,280
      Sep 09
      $10,280
      SOLD OUT
    • Aug 29
      Sep 10
      $5,990
      Sep 15
      $9,280
      Sep 17
      $10,280
    • Sep 04
      Sep 16
      $5,690
      Sep 21
      $8,980
      Sep 23
      $9,980
      LIMITED AVAILABILITY
    • Sep 15
      Sep 27
      $5,990
      Oct 02
      $9,280
      Oct 04
      $10,280
      LIMITED AVAILABILITY
    • Sep 20
      Oct 02
      $5,690
      Oct 07
      $8,980
      Oct 09
      $9,980
      LIMITED AVAILABILITY
    • Sep 28
      Oct 10
      $5,990
      Oct 15
      $9,280
      Oct 17
      $10,280
    • Oct 04
      Oct 16
      $5,690
      Oct 21
      $8,980
      Oct 23
      $9,980
      LIMITED AVAILABILITY
    • Oct 15
      Oct 27
      $5,690
      Nov 01
      $8,980
      Nov 03
      $9,980
    • Dec 13
      Dec 25
      $5,990
      Dec 30
      $9,280
      Jan 01
      $10,280
    • Dec 21
      Jan 02
      $5,690
      Jan 07
      $8,980
      Jan 09
      $9,980
    • Dec 26
      Jan 07
      $5,990
      Jan 12
      $9,280
      Jan 14
      $10,280
  • 2016
    • Jan 01
      Jan 13
      $5,990
      Jan 18
      $9,280
      Jan 20
      $10,280
      LIMITED AVAILABILITY
    • Jan 08
      Jan 20
      $5,690
      Jan 25
      $8,980
      Jan 27
      $9,980
    • Jan 15
      Jan 27
      $5,990
      Feb 01
      $9,280
      Feb 03
      $10,280
    • Jan 23
      Feb 04
      $5,690
      Feb 09
      $8,980
      Feb 11
      $9,980
    • Feb 04
      Feb 16
      $5,990
      Feb 21
      $9,280
      Feb 23
      $10,280
    • Feb 11
      Feb 23
      $5,690
      Feb 28
      $8,980
      Mar 01
      $9,980
    • Feb 18
      Mar 01
      $5,690
      Mar 06
      $8,980
      Mar 08
      $9,980
    • Feb 26
      Mar 09
      $5,990
      Mar 14
      $9,280
      Mar 16
      $10,280
    • Mar 05
      Mar 17
      $5,690
      Mar 22
      $8,980
      Mar 24
      $9,980
    • Mar 16
      Mar 28
      $5,690
      Apr 02
      $8,980
      Apr 04
      $9,980

Season 2016 - 2017

Return from Trek
Depart North America Trek Only + 3-Day Safari + 5-Day Safari Notes
  • 2016
    • Jun 04
      Jun 16
      $5,690
      Jun 19
      $8,480
      Jun 21
      $9,440
      Save $500
    • Jun 24
      Jul 06
      $5,990
      Jul 09
      $8,780
      Jul 11
      $9,740
      Save $500
    • Jul 09
      Jul 21
      $5,990
      Jul 24
      $8,780
      Jul 26
      $9,740
      Save $500
    • Jul 21
      Aug 02
      $5,690
      Aug 05
      $8,480
      Aug 07
      $9,440
      Save $500
    • Aug 02
      Aug 14
      $5,990
      Aug 17
      $8,780
      Aug 19
      $9,740
      Save $500
    • Aug 13
      Aug 25
      $5,690
      Aug 28
      $8,480
      Aug 30
      $9,440
      Save $500
    • Sep 01
      Sep 13
      $5,990
      Sep 16
      $8,780
      Sep 18
      $9,740
      Save $500
    • Sep 16
      Sep 28
      $5,990
      Oct 01
      $8,780
      Oct 03
      $9,740
      Save $500
    • Oct 02
      Oct 14
      $5,690
      Oct 17
      $8,480
      Oct 19
      $9,440
      Save $500
    • Dec 20
      Jan 01
      $5,990
      Jan 04
      $8,780
      Jan 06
      $9,740
      Save $500
    • Dec 26
      Jan 07
      $5,690
      Jan 10
      $8,480
      Jan 12
      $9,440
      Save $500
  • 2017
    • Jan 07
      Jan 19
      $5,990
      Jan 22
      $8,780
      Jan 24
      $9,740
      Save $500
    • Jan 19
      Jan 31
      $5,690
      Feb 03
      $8,480
      Feb 05
      $9,440
      Save $500
    • Feb 02
      Feb 14
      $5,990
      Feb 17
      $8,780
      Feb 19
      $9,740
      Save $500
    • Feb 16
      Feb 28
      $5,690
      Mar 03
      $8,480
      Mar 05
      $9,440
      Save $500
    • Mar 02
      Mar 14
      $5,990
      Mar 17
      $8,780
      Mar 19
      $9,740
      Save $500

 

Per Person Double Occupancy Land Packages:

 

May 2015-March 2017:

Western Approach Route Trek: $5690
Western Approach Route Trek, Crater Camp & Two Summit Bids: $5990*

5-Day Wildlife Safari Extension: $3290
7-Day Classic Wildlife Safari Extension: $4290

Single Accommodations:
– Western Approach Route Trek: $490
– 5 or 7-Day Wildlife Safari Extension: $550

Upgrades:
– Personal Porter: $495
– Serengeti Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Safari: $540

 

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