Kilimanjaro Lemosho Western Breach via Crater Camp | Meru | Ol Doinyo Lengai

5th -21st October 2019 : £3,995

Day 1: Arrival Day - Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport

The adventure begins! You will be met and picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to our hotel in Arusha.  Spend the afternoon relaxing before meeting in the evening for introductions, a briefing, kit check ahead of an exciting two weeks. 

Peak 1: Ol Doinyo Lengai (3,188m)

Ol Doinyo Lengai, the 'holy Maasai' mountain is an active cone shaped volcano, surrounded by multiple small craters near the Ngorongoro Highlands and Lake Natron.  Lake Natron is a natural salt and soda lake and attracts an abundance of birdlife including thousands of flamingos.  

Day 2: transfer to Engaresero village

After breakfast, we depart Arusha for the 5 hour drive to Engareso Village near Lake Natron.  After setting up camp, we have the opportunity to visit Lake Natron in the evening before dinner and its head down for an early night's rest before our climb tomorrow.  Our wake up call is at 10.30pm where we have some tea and coffee and some biscuits before we drive for 45 minutes to an hour to the base of Ol Doinyo Lengai.  Our summit hike begins at 12am sharp.  [Breakfast - B, Lunch - L, Dinner - D]

Day 3: Ol doinyo climb and Summit (3,188m) - 9-10 hours hiking

By 6.30am, everyone will be standing on the top of Ol Doinyo Lengai for a perfect sunrise over the African Savannah.  After celebrating our summit success, we start our decent to the cars which will take approximately 3-4 hours.  We return to camp in time for lunch and after an hour's rest, we begin our return journey to Arusha.  We expect to reach Arusha for 6pm, in time for dinner, a briefing and a kit check for Meru the next day.  [B, L, D]


Peak 2: Mt Meru (4,565m)

Arusha National Park

Mt Meru lies in the heart of Arusha National Park, an area of outstanding beauty encompassing a wide variety of habitats and teeming with a magnificent array of animals including elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalo, zebra, antelope, blue monkeys, black and white Colombus monkeys, hyenas and even the elusive leopard.  

Day 4: Momella Gate (1,500m) to Miriakamba Hut (2,515m)

4-6 hours hiking, elevation gain: 1,015 metres

After breakfast, orientation and a kit check we leave at 9am for Arusha National Park, reaching the climb registration gate at approximately 10:30am before we begin our ascent of Meru.  We trek through the rainforest which covers the foothills of Meru, home to a vast array of birds and other animals.  After a relatively easy first day of ascent we reach our destination for the day, the Miriakamba Hut.  Located deep in the forest, it offers beautiful views of the U-shaped Meru crater, the ash cone and the towering cliffs that make up Meru's crater walls.  [B, L, D]

Day 5: Miriakamba Hut (2,515M) to Saddle Hut (3,570m).  acclimitisation little meru (3,820m) 

3-5 hours hiking, elevation gain: 1,055 metres

 We leave the Miriakamba hut after breakfast and walk along flat land before entering the Montane forest. We continue hiking until we reach a brief opening in the woods called Elephant Ridge before arriving at Saddle Hut. The normal cloud cover of Arusha National Park burns off at about 3,200 meters, with Saddle Hut sitting at 3,570 meters, we will be able to take in the views above the clouds.

Those of us who are feeling more energetic can take the short climb to summit Little Meru (3,820m) in the afternoon for breathtaking views of Meru and Kilimanjaro. The hike should take one to two hours. [B, L, D]

Day 6: Mt meru summit climb: Saddle hut (3,570M) to socialist peak (big Meru) (4,565m) to miriakamba hut (2,515m)

8-10 hours hiking, elevation gain: 996 metres

 After a light breakfast at midnight, we begin the hike to Mount Meru's summit, Socialist Peak.  We start with a steep climb up to Rhino Point (3,800m), descending to cross a small rock bridge, and then continue going up and down over the mix of rocky and sandy trail.  The trail involves rock scrambling and there are steep drops to either side of the trail in some places. 

 We reach the crater rim around sunrise and continue to Meru’s peak. The views are spectacular all the way to the summit, offering a close look at the crater's sheer walls, the ash cone, cloud formations and the surrounding park.

 The hike to the summit can be slow-going due to the sandy trail conditions, high winds and altitude, however the effort is well rewarded with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro from the summit.  After some mini-celebrations at the top and the obligatory photo taking, we descend to the Saddle Hut for brunch and continue on to Miriakamba Hut for dinner and rest overnight.  [B, L, D]

Day 7: Miriakamba Hut (2,515m) to Momella Gate and Arusha (1,500m)

2-4 hours hiking, elevation loss: 1,015 metres

After breakfast we descend to Momella Gate from Miriakamba Hut.  The descent is usually fast unless it has rained on the trail and we pass first through scrubland, then into the Montane forest and finally into the open grassland. If the trail is wet, the road might be used instead for the descent.  Upon reaching the gate, we receive our certificates for reaching the summits of Mount Meru and Little Meru before transferring back to the hotel.  [B, L, D]

DAY 8: REST DAY

Spend the day at leisure, rest & relax at the hotel before the last of your three peaks, Mt Kilimanjaro.  Or why not arrange an optional excursion to visit Ngorongoro Crater for the day.  Contact us for details.  

Regroup at dinner for your Mt Kilimanjaro briefing [B, L, D]


Peak 3: Mt Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Western Breach via Crater Camp (5,895m)

Day 9: Londorossi gate (2,360m) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,895M)

4-5 hours hiking, elevation gain: 396 metres, distance: 6 km

We start the day with a kit check and then you will be taken from your hotel to the Londorossi Gate on the Western side of Mt Kilimanjaro.  On arrival, we will register at the gate while our porters and guides make the final preparations.  After a picnic lunch, we set a leisurely pace into the Montane Forest arriving into camp approximately mid-afternoon. [B, L, D]

Day 10: Mti mkubwa Camp (2,895m) to Shira Camp 1 (3,505m)

6-8 hours hiking, elevation gain: 719 metres, distance: 8 km

We continue on the trail leading out of the Montane Forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards.  We catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.  This is a good acclimatisation hike, as we ascend and descend up and down several ridges along the way to reach our highest point of the day before we descend to Shira Camp 1 for the night.  [B, L, D]

Day 11: Shira Camp 1 (3,505m) to Moir hut (4,200m)

6-7 hours hiking, elevation gain: 701 metres, distance: 11 km

We explore the Shira plateau all day traversing the heath zone before climbing the western slope of the Kibo Massif.  We stop for a picnic lunch at the Scott Fischer Memorial Camp and then continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of the Lent Hills.  Depending on the weather and timing, acclimatisation hikes can be arranged for late afternoon. [B, L, D]

Day 12: Moir hut (4,200m) to Lava Tower (4,600m)

4-5 hours hiking, elevation gain: 732 metres, distance: 7 km

We begin the day climbing up a ridge, entering the Alpine vegetation zone - a rocky and volcanic landscape.  We head to Lava Tower, a 300ft tall volcanic rock formation which also forms camp for the night.  Here the Western Breach will be visible to us in all its imposing glory.  Depending on and energy levels timing in the afternoon, a scramble up the tower may be possible. [B, L, D]

Day 13: Lava tower (4,600m) to arrow glacier (4,871m) 

1-2 hours hiking, elevation gain: 244 metres, distance: 2.5 km

After our morning coffee, we will gather around our safety experts and guides for a safety equipment demonstration, including a hyperbaric chamber, oxygen and pulse oximeter as well as a group first aid kit.  We then hike to Arrow Glacier Camp.  The ascent to Arrow Glacier is relatively short leaving us plenty of time to explore the camp and take photos at sunset.  

Exploring camp will help us to acclimatise and improve our performance for tomorrow.  [B, L, D]

Day 14: arrow glacier (4,871m) to crater camp (5,729m) via western breach

7-9 hours hiking, elevation gain: 858 metres, distance 3-4 km

After an early start at 5am, we will wind our way up slowly up the Western Breach route to the crater rim of Kilimanjaro.  This will take approximately 7-8 hours of hiking due to the altitude despite the short distance.  Though the Western Breach is not technical, it has areas of scrambling up steep rocky terrain.  Ideally individuals doing this route should have some scrambling experience or should be comfortable on uneven terrain.  If individuals don't have this experience, an appropriate training plan and advice can be provided to help you best prepare.  

Once at the crater, if time and energy permits, we might explore the inner crater and ash pit [B,L,D]

Day 15: Crater Camp (5,729m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Mweka Camp (3,100m)

8-11 hours hiking, elevation gain: 166 metres, elevation loss: 2,795 metres, distance 14 km (approx)

The day has finally arrived!  Summit day.  Unlike the other routes that typically see you summit at night, the route is actually a daylight summit.  We will start our ascent around 6am just as it is getting light and walk around to the summit and Uhuru Peak in about 1.5-2 hours.  On reaching the summit, take in the stunning views of the mountains, crater, clouds and glaciers, take some photos and reflect with pride on what you’ve achieved over the last two weeks.

We then start our descent via the scree to Mweka Camp via Barafu Ridge where we will stop for breakfast and a short break.  Take a very well deserved rest overnight before we are on the home stretch tomorrow. 

This will quite possibly be the toughest day that you will have with the 11-15 hours of walking.  But it will also be the day you reached the top of Africa! [B, L, D]

Day 14: Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,500m)

3-4 hours hiking, elevation loss: 1,600 metres, distance: 10 km

After breakfast, we finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery.  Reaching the gate you can look forward to your certificate and a celebratory Kilimanjaro beer or two before our vehicles take us back to the hotel. 

After a long awaited shower, it’ll be time for our celebration dinner and drinks together. [B]

Day 15: Departure Day - Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport or extensions

Today is our last day and group transfers will be available to take you back to Kilimanjaro International Airport. 

You are of course more than welcome to extend your stay with us after your challenge.  Safaris and excursions can be arranged.  Please contact us for details. 

*Itinerary is indicative and may be subject to some small changes.  Hiking times are also approximate and will depend on the group.

Exclusions

  • Flights (approx £400/500 if booked in advance)

  • Tanzanian Visa Fees

  • Travel Insurance and Mountain Insurance (see insurance)

  • Optional trips and excursions

  • Dinner on Day 1

  • Lunch and Dinner in Arusha and Moshi on Day 16 (to give you the opportunity to sample some local cuisine)

  • Drinks [apart from on the mountain]

  • Bar bills and laundry

  • Tips for hotel/drivers

  • Tips for mountain crew (approx US$430 - US$660 for 13 days on the mountain)

  • Personal hiking and expedition kit

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposits: Please note that all deposits are non-refundable

  • Cancellations: We strongly suggest that you take out trip cancellation/travel insurance. Due to our small size, cancellations affect us greatly. Trips cancelled between 90 and 65 days prior to the expedition start date will incur a 25% cancellation fee. 50% of the total expedition price will be charged for cancellations between 64 and 30 days. No portion of the total expedition price will be reimbursed for cancellations within 30 days of the trip start date.

  • Discounts on future trips: Provided the trip is cancelled more than 90 days before the start date, the £250 deposit may be applied to a future trip if booked within 365 days, at the discretion of the company.

  • Final Payments: Final balances are due 90 days prior to the trip start date.

 

 

Price and Dates - Challenging Route

2019 Full Expedition Cost: £3,995 [£235 per day]

  • 5th to 21st October 2019

Average Group Size: 6 - 12

Minimum Group Size: 6

Inclusions

  • 17 days with other like-minded adventurous individuals climbing the Three Peaks in Tanzania!

  • National Park fees, camping, lodge and administrative fees

  • Group airport transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport

  • All transfers between hotel and national parks

  • Accommodation including camping equipment [5 nights hotel, 7 nights camping, 3 nights hut] (Single supplements available at extra cost)

  • Meals [Breakfasts - 16, Lunches - 14, Dinners - 14] (dietary requirements are catered for - please let us know)

  • Filtered drinking water on the mountain

  • Selection of expedition freebies from our corporate partners including Craghoppers and Water-to-Go

  • All costs for professional guides (Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace), cooks, porters and mountain crew (salaries paid in accordance with the National Park and KPAP recommendations)

  • Baggage porterage (max 12kg per person)

  • Emergency oxygen and equipment for Kilimanjaro

  • Immediate emergency medical evacuation cover from AMREF Flying doctors (*note - individuals still require appropriate insurance)

  • Dedicated UK expedition and support team to help best prepare for your expedition. This including a pre-expedition training weekend run by Love Adventures, expedition training plans and talks on kit and equipment

  • 15% off class credits at Digme Fitness, UK's premier Spin and HIIT fitness studios across London and Oxford


 

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DAvid Love - UK Expedition Leader

David is an adventurer, qualified professional mountaineer and expedition leader, principally in support of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  He is also an Instructor with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy and a Commissioned Officer in the British Army.

At the age of 18, despite no previous mountaineering experience, he made a solo and unguided ascent of Mont Blanc that ignited his life-long flame for adventure.  He has undertaken numerous expeditions across the world, travelling to some of the most volatile countries including Afghanistan, North & South Sudan and other swathes of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.  In 2005, he spent several weeks in Tanzania summiting Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro as well as spending time with the local Maasai and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  He has climbed throughout the European Alps including multiple ascents of some of Europe's iconic peaks including the Matterhorn and the Eiger.  In early 2017, he made the first recorded solo winter traverse of the Transylvanian Alps to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Romania. 


Ready to book? Great!

The deposit for this trip is £250.

Your full balance is due 90 days prior to the expedition start date.  If you book within 90 days of departure then the full balance will be due at the time of booking.  If you have any queries please contact info@threepeaksafrica.com

We look forward to having you on board!