Tear it up in Tanzania

Itinerary subject to slight variations

Day 1
Arrive in Moshi 
Settle into accommodations
Free time to shop, site see, entertainment
Dinner with full crew and adventurers together for orientation

Day 2-6
Visit the orphanage and begin working on the sustainable garden and chicken coop under the guidance of our team 
We will work with the orphans to teach them the process, as well as how to care for it after we leave.
final dinner followed by Kilimanjaro briefing at night

Day 7
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.  We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.  Distance: 18km Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Day 8
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite. Distance: 9km Walking Time: 4-6 hours

Day 9
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.  Distance: 15 km Walking Time: 5-7 hours

Day 10
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut.  You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles.   Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.  Distance: 13km Hiking Time: 8 hours

Day 11
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.  At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft),you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit.  At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you.  From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.  Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent  Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent 

Day 12
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.  Distance: 15 km  Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Day 13
Relaxing morning and sleeping in
free day to rest, explore and check on the garden at the orphanage
buy chickens for the recycled bottle chicken coop you helped build

Day 14
10:00 – 5:00 see caves from slave trade, tribal war, local markets, traditional homes, waterfalls

Picnic lunch
Cultural dinner
Evening local entertainment 

Day 15
Safari trip to the National Park with the kids

Day 16
Cultural day with sight seeing options
Shopping opportunities for souvenirs 
Goodbye dinner with the orphanage

Day 17
Breakfast, goodbye’s and travel day


** Optional with additional fee for park entrance and transportation **