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BMS27: Marangu Route (6 Nights / 7 Days)
Day 1 Kilimanjaro – Moshi.
Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport. Transfer to Moshi Town. Early evening pre-climb briefing about the trek Dinner and overnight at Mountain Inn (HB).

Day 2 Moshi – Mandara Hut.
After breakfast depart for Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu. Start the first section of the climb through the mountain forest to Mandara Hut at 9000ft/ 2750m. Ascend for about 3 to 4 hours. Meals and overnight Mandara hut.

Day 3 Horombo Hut
Leaving the forest after breakfast, you trek along a good path through open grassy moorland to reach Horombo Hut at 12000ft/3700m. 5 to 7 hours trek. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight Horombo hut

Day 4 Kibo Hut
Continue ascending past the last water point traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi to Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m. Walking takes approximately 5 to 7 hours. Dinner and overnight Kibo hut.

Day 5 Summit – Horombo.
A very early start for the summit on steep and heavy scree up to Gilman's point at 18640ft / 5681m till you arrive on the crater rim by sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340ft / 5896m. Descend to Horombo Hut for overnight taking 7 to 8 hours ascent and 4 to 7 hours descent. Meals and overnight Horombo hut.

Day 6 Descent to gate.
After breakfast descend the mountain to the park Gate ( 5 to 7 hours). Met by your driver-guide then transferred to Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7 Departure
After breakfast transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight.
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BMS28: Machame Route (7 Nights / 8 Days).
Day 1 Kilimanjaro - Moshi. Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport. Transfer to Moshi Town. Early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Inn (HB.

Day 2 Moshi – Machame
after breakfast transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Machame. Start the first section of the climb through the mountain forest to Machame Campsite at 10000ft/3000m. Approximate walking time is 5 to 7 hours. Meals and overnight at Machame camp.

Day 3 Shira Camp,
follow the steep ridge across heath and moorland to picnic rock and the Shira plateau, to Shira Campsite at 12500ft/3800m (approx. 5 to 7 hours). Meals and overnight at Shira camp.

Day 4 Barranco,
Depart towards Kibo crossing a broad valley then climb to a ridge crest, later cross the scree slopes and a river valley to reach Barranco Campsite 13000ft/3900m. (5-7 hours) Meals and overnight Barranco camp.

Day 5 Barafu Camp,
After breakfast cross the floor of the Great Barranco Valley, over the Barranco wall to the Karanga River - the last water point on this route. A steep climb over rocky slabs to Barafu Campsite at 15500ft/ 4600m. (8-9 hours). Dinner and overnight at Barafu camp.

Day 6 Mweka Camp,
An early start for the summit - Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa at 19340ft/5896m (6 to 7 hours. Descend via Barafu Campsite through the forest to Mweka Campsite at 10000ft/3000m. Meals and overnight at Mweka Camp.

Day 7 Descend to gate, after breakfast descend through to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College (3 to 4 hrs). Met and transferred to Moshi Town. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Inn (HB). Day 8 Departure, Breakfast at Mountain Inn. Later transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight.

Mr Luis Ibagues and his wife on top of Mt Meru in 2011. Mt Meru is the third highest peak in Africa after Mr Kilimanjaro and Mr Kenya.
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BMS29: Umbwe Route 8 days
Day 1: Arrive Africa-Overnight at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge.
BMS Safaris takes pride in providing gourmet food and comfortable camps throughout the climb, and porters will carry your equipment. All of these factors combine to maintain our high success rate--98%. After the climb we descend to the comforts of the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge set among the beautiful Coffee garden. The hotel has 139 rooms including: 30 chalets with 60 rooms, 72 rooms in the main building, 7 presidential suites. Accommodating up to 350 guests, all rooms have spacious en suite bathrooms, telephones and most of them have Jacuzzis. The luxury rooms comprise of spacious beds, with some rooms having a magnificent view of both Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. All the rooms have mini bars, satellite TV's, tea/coffee making facilities, safe deposit lockers. Some rooms can comfortably accommodate disabled guests and are close to the reception and public areas.

Day 3: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp 9,700ft 5 hours.
The majority of the hike on this first day is through the Montaine Forest. Lush vegetation with very old trees and lilts of ferns and mosses mark this as an area that gets reliable rain year round. The forest abounds with wildlife; small bushbuck & duikers as well as monkeys. There is also rich and varied bird life. The first three hours or so is on gently rising land before steepening for the last two hours. The camp for the night is in a small clearing on the trail.

Day 4: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp 13,000ft 4 hours.
Shortly after starting the hike the forest gradually gives away to the giant heath. The trail has been following a ridge for some time and as it ascends through the heath land the ridge narrows and sharpens, finally becoming knife edge with steep drops on each side. As the height of the heath reduces there are stunning views of both Kilimanjaro’s southern flank and across the Mount Meru some 50 miles away. Wildlife changes with the vegetation, jackals may be heard barking and the huge Lammergeyer seen circling overhead. The camp is overlooking the Barranco Valley with views up towards Arrow Glacier.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp.Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m. Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft. Distance: 7 km. Hiking Time: 4 hours. Habitat: Alpine Desert. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

Day 6:Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. Elevation (m) 4,630. Hiking time 4-5hrs. From Karanga the tour heads up a morraine ridge taking your time and going slowly. The views here can be spectacular on the southern glaciers and of the glacial valleys that snake their way down the mountain. The final stage to Barafu is quite steep, and as always it's taken it very slowly. As with the day before you reach camp by around lunch time leaving lots of time to prepare and relax. In the evening your guide briefs you for the final ascent. (Full board).

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut. Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m). Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft). Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent. Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent. Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit. 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.

Day 8 Mweka Camp to Arusha. Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m. Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft. Distance: 15 km. Hiking Time: 3-4 hours. Habitat: Forest. 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 hotel.
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BMS30: Lemosho Route - 10 Days
Day 1: Arrive Africa overnight at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge. The Lemosho Glades route via the Western Breach is among the least used combination of routes on Kilimanjaro. The trail leads up to the western edge of the Shira Plateau, and the hike across the plateau is said to be one of the most stunningly beautiful hikes in Africa. With 7 nights on the mountain, your chances of reaching the “Roof of Africa” are very good. Standout-Adventures takes pride in providing gourmet food and comfortable camps throughout the climb, and porters will carry your equipment. All of these factors combine to maintain our high success rate--98%. After the climb we descend to the comforts of the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge set among the beautiful Coffee garden. The hotel has 139 rooms including: 30 chalets with 60 rooms, 72 rooms in the main building, 7 presidential suites. Accommodating up to 350 guests, all rooms have spacious en suite bathrooms, telephones and most of them have Jacuzzis. The luxury rooms comprise of spacious beds, with some rooms having a magnificent view of both Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. All the rooms have mini bars, satellite TV's, tea/coffee making facilities, safe deposit lockers. Some rooms can comfortably accommodate disabled guests and are close to the reception and public areas.

Day 2: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK. A day to acclimatize to the time zone, on this day we recommend our clients to go to Arusha National Park, for a guarder walk by game rangers. Nothing strenuous by a chance to enjoy game while walking in the National Park with picnic lunch boxes from Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge. Back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: FOREST CAMP. Depart Arusha at 7:30a.m. for Londorossi gate, about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp--about 3-4 hours of trekking. Overnight at Forest Camp (Mti Mkubwa Camp).

Day 4: SHIRA 1 CAMP. Once out of the forest, take a steep track into a Savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. Ascend through the lush rolling hills below the Shira plateau, finally reaching camp at the edge of the plateau, a day of 5-6 hours trekking. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Day 5: SHIRA 2 CAMP. Full day exploration of the Shira plateau; Trek east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes. Arrive at Shira 2 camp (Fischers’s Camp), at 12,600 ft. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth. Trekking time without the optional excursions is about 3 hours. Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m. Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft. Distance: 7 km. Hiking Time: 4 hours. Habitat: Alpine Desert. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

DAY 6 Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp. Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m. Elevation (ft): 12,950ft. Walking Time: 6-7 hours. Habitat: Alpine desert. 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. There are many senecio and lobelia plants around the camp site which make this camp site unique.

DAY 7 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp. Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m. Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft. Distance: 7 km. Hiking Time: 4 hours. Habitat: Alpine Desert. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

DAY 8 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. Elevation (m) 4,630. Hiking time 4-5hrs. From Karanga the tour heads up a morraine ridge taking your time and going slowly. The views here can be spectacular on the southern glaciers and of the glacial valleys that snake their way down the mountain. The final stage to Barafu is quite steep, and as always it's taken it very slowly. As with the day before you reach camp by around lunch time leaving lots of time to prepare and relax. In the evening your guide briefs you for the final ascent. (Full board).

Day 9: Barafu / Summit. Rise early to watch the sunrise from the summit, which will take about 1.5 hours from Crater Camp. After a short time at the summit, descend along the gently sloping crater rim to Stella Point (on the crater rim, at 19,000 feet (5,790 mt.)), then descend the Mweka Route down a steep scree slope to Barafu Camp (15,100 ft. / 4,600 mt.) for lunch. In the afternoon continue the descent into the Heather Zone to Mweka Camp for the night. Total trekking time is from 8-10 hours. Day 10: Mweka Camp-Mweka gate. From the camp to the gate, you'll have 4 to 5 hours of walking. Upon your arrival at the gate you'll have lunch and then will be transferred to Arusha
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