9-Day Western Approach Route

from $6,190 per person

9 days trekking
13 days door-to-door

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Thomson Safaris guest trekking the Western Approach Route in Tanzania Photo credit: Allison Crawford
Trekker overlooks views of Kilimanjaro on his Thomson Safaris trek

DAYS 1-2
DEPART NORTH AMERICA AND ARRIVE IN ARUSHA, TANZANIA

A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to tonight’s lodge.

Overnight: KIA Lodge

 

DAY 3
ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT NDARAKWAI RANCH (Cultivated Zone)

Warm up with leisurely nature hikes through this private conservation area, where you'll have a chance to spot elephant, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, baboon, and monkey.

Overnight: Ndarakwai Ranch (4,200’)

 

DAY 4
BEGIN TREK TO FOREST CAMP (Rainforest)

As you trek through the lush rainforest landscape, listen to the hundreds of different birdcalls and the cries of the black-and-white Colobus monkeys swinging through the trees overhead.

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

 

DAY 5
FOREST CAMP TO SHIRA 1 CAMP (Rainforest-Heath)

Journey past ancient volcanic rocks draped in bearded lichen. Trek well above the tree line and across the Shira Plateau, catching your first views of the summit high above.

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

 

DAY 6
SHIRA 1 TO SHIRA 2 CAMP (Heath)

During an acclimatization day on the Shira Plateau, you can hike to the top of Shira Cathedral, the highest point on Kili’s western shoulder.

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

 

DAY 7
SHIRA 2 TO LAVA TOWER CAMP (Heath-Alpine Desert)

Colossal boulders take the place of vegetation in this striking, lunar landscape. Before settling in for the evening, take a moment to admire the extraordinary Lava Tower rock formation.

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

 

DAY 8
LAVA TOWER TO KARANGA CAMP (Alpine Desert-Heath)

Scale the Barranco Wall, where you'll have extraordinary views of Kili's glaciers sparkling above the clouds. Then head back down to a lower altitude camp to help you acclimatize before your summit bids.

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

 

DAY 9
KARANGA TO BARAFU CAMP (Heath-Alpine Desert)            

You'll hike a meandering trail through sparse, chilly landscapes before a steady ascent to Barafu Camp, dramatically located on an exposed ridge.

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

 

DAY 10
BARAFU TO CRATER CAMP (Alpine Desert-Arctic Zone)

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, overnighting in the crater’s soft sands.

Overnight: Crater Camp (18,802’)
Hours trekking: 8-10


DAY 11
CRATER CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA MILLENNIUM CAMP (Arctic Zone-Heath)

After breakfast explore the glaciers and ash pit in the crater, or summit for a second time!  Trek out of the glacier zone and down into the alpine desert before descending to your final camp for your last night on the mountain.

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

 

DAYS 12-13
DEPART TANZANIA AND ARRIVE IN NORTH AMERICA

Enjoy your final day of trekking through thick forests to the park gate, where you will have a celebratory lunch, then bid farewell to your guides and porters. Transfer back to a day room in Arusha for a much-welcomed shower and some time to relax before your evening flight home.

Day room: KIA Lodge
Hours trekking: 4-6 

 

Continue your exploration of Tanzania with a wildlife safari extension!
View this itinerary with a 5-day or a 7-day safari add-on.

Extend your discoveries with one of our optional trip extensions. Stroll the colorful streets on the island of Zanzibar … catch intimate glimpses of gorillas in the Virunga Mountains … search for wildlife across uncharted plains in Ruaha National Park … and more.


Additional Details:

Single Accommodations: $430

Personal Porter: $420

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