Real Life Adventure Travel

Climbing Adventures

3 Peaks

3 Peaks in 3 weeks! Give yourself the ultimate African climbing challenge Mt. Kenya, Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro all in one adventure!

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Day 1: Arrival Nairobi to Nanyuki
Leave Nairobi airport by private transportation and accompanied by our mountain guide. Overnight at a hotel in Nanyuki. 

Day 2: Old Moses (3300m)
Transfer from your Nanyuki hotel after breakfast to the Sirimon gate where the climbing starts. Walk through the rain forest for 9 kms (5 hours walk) to the first mountain hut - Old Moses (3,300m) for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Shipton Hut (4200m)
After breakfast in Old Moses, continue climbing through Mackinders Valley to the second hut, Shipton Hut (4,200m) for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Old Moses (3300m)
Early in the morning, we climb to Point Lenana (4,985m). On a very clear day, we should be able to see Mount Kilimanjaro in the South, Mount Elgon on the West and Indian Ocean to the east. We descend to Shipton Hut for main breakfast and soon after, and descend to Old Moses for the night.

Day 5: Nairobi
After breakfast, leave Old Moses and head towards park gate.  Take transport to Nairobi where you will Stay the night.

Day 6: Nairobi to Moshi
After breakfast, depart Nairobi via overland transport to Moshi.  Overnight in Moshi, Tanzania.

Day 7: Momella Gate to Mariakamba Hut (3500m)
Depart from Moshi to Momella Gate on the other side of the park. Walking through the park with armed ranger, game viewing en-route heading to Mariakamba Hut, about 3,500m above the sea level.

Day 8: Mariakamba Hut to Saddle then Little Meru (3820m)
Leaving Mariakamba Hut early in the morning (probably 7:30 am) winding up to Saddle Hut, approximately 3,500m; Have a break for lunch and gathering momentum, and then trek to the Little Meru 3,820 m summit. After drinks and photos starts the journey back to Saddle Hut.
Day 9: Saddle Hut to the Summit 4,566m to Marikamba Hut (3500m)
Early morning (probably 3:00am) climbing towards the summit of Meru Mountain 4,566m this is the place to take photos of Mount Kilimanjaro. Back to Saddle Hut for breakfast and lunch. After lunch descend to Marikamba hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Mariakamba Hut to Momella Gate
After stretching and relaxing your painful muscles overnight start descending after breakfast. We have two options on this day: (1) Take the long route and pass the waterfalls or (2) Take the short route and do a short game drive on your way out of the Arusha National Park. Transport back to your hotel in Moshi.

Day 11: Moshi/Rest Day
Today will be a rest day and repacking for your Mt. Kilimanjaro climb.

Day 12: Machame Camp (3010m)
After breakfast drive to Machame gate to meet your guides and porters.  You are ready to start the climb. Machame gate to Machame Camp is about 3000m. Hiking time is 5-7 hours through the thick tropical forest.

Day 13: Shira Camp (3845m)
Today is an easy paced acclimatization day. You will hike over streams, a river gorge, and moorlands. Camp is located on the Shira Plateau, providing views of Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Hiking time is 4-5 hours.

Day 14: Shira 2 Camp (3900m)
Today is an easy paced acclimatization day. It is a gentle walk across the Shira Plateau into the Moorland of Kilimanjaro.  Hiking time is 4 to 5 hours.

Day 15: Lava Tower (4640m)
We have a mostly uphill climb today of 5 hours to the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather. After an early afternoon rest we will take a 2 hour roundtrip acclimatization climb up the Lava Tower. This scramble will help prepare us for the ascent up the Western Breach.

Day 16: Arrow Glacier Camp (4830m)
Today you will continue the climb toward the Western Breach ascent route. Rather than traversing farther around the southern slopes of the mountain we ascend up and slightly westward, climbing easy terrain through scree and rocky ridges. The ascent gives us stunning views of the Western Breach wall and the Breach Icicle. As we near the Arrow Glacier and our campsite, the views open toward the west and the entire Shira Plateau lies below us.

Day 17: Uhuru Peak (5895m)/Mweka High Camp (3790m)
All the preparation, acclimatization, and hiking we’ve done to prepare for the Kilimanjaro climb will be put to the test today as we ascend the Great Western Breach, an imposing, steep wall of rock leading to the edge of Kibo’s Crater on your way to Uhuru Peak. You will reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet, around 8 a.m. At this early hour, before the clouds close in, we have spectacular views of Africa in all directions. The hiking time is 7 to 8 hours.  You then head back down, via the Mweka route, where your tents will be pitched for the last time. The section from Uhuru down to Barafu (4 hours) is scree (as on the way up), then you head down through the various vegetation zones, on a continual downhill, into Mweka which is located on the edge of the rainforest area (3-4 hours). At an altitude of approx 3100meters, it’s nice to have some ‘air’ to ‘breathe! It is a long descent and trekking poles are recommended. Congratulations, you made it to the Roof of Africa!

Day 18: Moshi
Our last hike of 3 to 4 hours is a descent of 3,500 feet to the trailhead at Mweka Gate. The hike is steep in places and may be slippery if wet. Again we recommend that you use trekking poles. At the gate you will say goodbye to your mountain crew and enjoy a picnic lunch. The trip leaders will take you back to your hotel in Moshi for a much needed shower and celebration dinner.

Day 19: Moshi
For those returning home you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch your flight. Those continuing on safari or to Zanzibar you will be picked up at your hotel for the continuation of your Real Life African adventure.