January 19: Rest day. Get ready to climb, recover from your flight and meet your local guides at the L'Oasis Hotel in Arushu
January 20: Arusha — Machame: The climb starts at the Machame gate and ends at Machame Camp. In between the two, you will experience a rich, forested area of the mountain featuring a variety of plants and some animals.
January 21: Machame — Shira: A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. We camp near Shira Hut which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro.
January 22 - Shira — Barranco: A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley for camp.
January 23 - (Day 4 of climb) Barranco — Karanga: A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the southeastern flank of Kibo, with superb views of the Southern Icefields. From here the trail gradually ascends and descends until we reach Karanga camp.
January 24 - (Day 5 of climb) Karanga — Barafu: A short but steep climb out of Karanga up to the Barafu Campsite. The remainder of the day is spent resting and preparing for our midnight summit attempt.
January 25 - (Day 6 of climb) Barafu — Summit — Mweka: We will start our ascent by headlamp at about 12 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The climb over volcanic scree has some well-graded zig zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. From here we’ll continue along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka forest camp.
January 26 - (Day 7 of climb) Mweka — Arusha: A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate. From here will be transferred to our hotel in Arusha where we’ll spend the afternoon resting poolside.
January 27 - Depart for Njabini, Kenya to meet up with group who have come in for service and safari segment of trip. Spend the day settling into our site at the foothills of the Aberdare mountains (see link). Those who wish can partake in a light hike (our home is at 8,000 ft altitude). Family Meeting with the students at Flying Kites. Bonfire and S’mores.
January 28 - Day of service options include: helping children paint bedrooms, building new shelves for dorms, cultivating the farm, one-on-one tutoring (English/reading/writing), computer help, delivering meals to outreach families, assisting chef/matrons. Afternoon: trip to river, family dinner and meeting (our students love to hear about visitors’ home countries, careers and hobbies, so if you are willing, please bring photos and share you story during our family meeting!)
January 29 - Second day of service/volunteering
January 30 - February 2 - Early morning pick up at Flying Kites and transfer to Karen Blixen Safari Camp (see link) via a short domestic flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi (45 minute flight). Enjoy world class game drives in the Maasai Mara, Africa's greatest wildlife reserve. See elephant, giraffe, lion, zebra, hyena, cheetah, leopard, and if you're lucky- rhino, in their natural habit. Enjoy gourmet food and luxury in tented safari camps.
February 3 - Transfer to Nairobi from Safari via short domestic flight and depart for home from Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi.
The Kilimanjaro climbers will want to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) in Tanzania -- arriving no later than January 19th. If you want to have a rest day, you maybe choose to arrive the morning of the 19th or the night before (we can arrange for you to check into the hotel on the 18th, but this isn't covered in the trip fees). We will provide transport from Arusha to Nairobi (via van -- which is a 7 hour drive). If you would prefer to fly between the two, we can arrange that as well. We will arrange for the flights to and from your safari. You will want to book to depart from Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya to fly home on February 3rd in the evening (most flights depart in the evening so this shouldn't be a problem, but please just confirm times with us before booking).
Will need to book flights to arrive (Jomo Kenyatta Airport) in Nairobi no later than January 27th (as ever, we can make arrangements in hotels for anyone who wants or needs to arrive prior to the 27th). They will depart on February 3rd, same as Kilimanjaro Climbers.