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7 Days Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Western Breach Route

7 Days Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Western Breach Route

7 Days Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Western Breach Route
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The Western Breach is considered to be the toughest and most challenging route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. But for the very few climbers that are willing to take this challenge, it beholds its very unique beauty and offers aspects of the mountain that no other route has to offer. It is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and leads you to the crater of the volcano and to the Furtwangler Glacier with an overnight stay at Crater Camp.

Starting from Moshi to Londorossi Gate, the route traverses the Shira Plateau and then follows other routes up to Lava Tower. After an overnight at Lava Tower, the route is heading towards Arrow Glacier Camp through a danger zone that is only passable at night when temperatures are low enough. It’s the only route which requires helmets for safety. The breach itself is a rock slide that is constantly moving. After leaving the danger zone, climbers are rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Meru and the massive glacier on Kilimanjaro. Another unique highlight of this route is that it is the only route that allows an overnight at Crater Camp and to actually stand at the edge of the heart of the mountain, the Kilimanjaro crater, before summiting Uhuru Peak at 5.895 m. Climbers who have chosen Western Breach have really seen all the miracles that Mount Kilimanjaro has to offer.

The Western Breach is a route that not many companies offer due to special safety restrictions and the required expertise and requirements for mountain guides. Berngo Safaris is proud to offer this challenging route to ambitious and adventurous climbers. Please contact us for further information.

Day 1: Arrival Day

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our team will be there to greet you warmly. You'll then be whisked away to your hotel in the vibrant town of Moshi.

In the comfort of your accommodation, you'll meet with your knowledgeable guide, who will provide a detailed briefing on the thrilling adventure that lies ahead. Together, you'll conduct an equipment check to ensure you have all the necessary gear for your trek. Don't worry if you're missing anything; additional equipment can be rented on this day, ensuring you're fully prepared for the journey ahead.

Logistics:

Driving Distance: 55 km (approximately)

Driving Time: 1 hour

Habitat: Cultivated Zone

Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast

As you settle in and prepare for the days ahead, let the anticipation of the adventure ahead fill you with excitement and anticipation. Your Kilimanjaro journey is about to begin in earnest.

Day 2: Moshi to Lemosho Gate & Big Tree Camp

Altitude: START: 6,890 6,890FT (2100 m); END: 8,695 8,695FT (2650 m). 

Distance: 4 Miles (7 km) 

Time: 4-6 Hours  

Climate Zone: Rainforest  

After a hearty breakfast, embark on an exhilarating journey as you depart from Moshi towards Kilimanjaro National Park. Upon arrival at the gate, your expert crew will finalize packing while you complete necessary formalities. Once ready, hop back into your vehicle for a scenic 30-minute drive to the start of the Lemosho Trail.

Today's hike takes you through lush aforested forest, characterized by its rich biodiversity and towering trees. Be prepared for some steep sections along the way as you ascend through this verdant paradise. As you trek, take a break for a delightful picnic lunch amidst the natural beauty of the trail.

Eventually, you'll arrive at Big Tree Camp, your sanctuary for the night. Nestled amidst the forest canopy, this camp offers a serene retreat where you can rest and rejuvenate, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rainforest.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature and relish the sense of accomplishment as you settle in for the evening, anticipating the adventures that lie ahead.

Highlights:  

Trekking through the Avonontane Forest 

scenic picnic lunch on the trail  

Arrival at Big Tree Camp 

 Day 3: Shira Camp 1

Altitude: START: 8,695 8,695FT (2650 m), END: 11,844 11,844FT (3610 m). 

Distance: 4 Miles (7 km) 

Time: 5-7 Hours  

Climate Zone: Heath  

Nestled amidst the rugged terrain of Mount Kilimanjaro, Shira Camp 1 offers trekkers a breathtaking vantage point to admire the panoramic beauty of their surroundings. Serving as a vital resting point, this high-altitude base camp marks a significant milestone in your ascent up the mountain.

From the forested slopes of Lemosho, your journey continues as you ascend through a diverse landscape of Podocarpus and Juniper forests. Breaking free from the confines of the forest, you emerge onto the expansive Shira Plateau, entering the heath zone. Here, the air is crisp and the vistas stretch out before you in all directions.

Upon reaching Shira Camp 1, take respite from your trek and indulge in a hearty hot lunch, replenishing your energy for the adventures ahead. Spend the remainder of the afternoon relaxing and acclimatizing to the new altitude, allowing your body to adjust to the changing environment.

As you soak in the serenity of your surroundings, take a moment to appreciate the journey you've undertaken and the remarkable landscapes that lie ahead on your Kilimanjaro expedition.

Highlights:  

ascending through diverse forested slopes  

Emerging onto the expansive Shira Plateau  

Enjoying a hot lunch at Shira Camp 1  

Relaxing and acclimatizing amidst the mountain's beauty

Day 4: Moir Camp

Altitude: START: 11,844 FT/3610 m; END: 13,780 FT/4200 m 

Distance: 6 Miles (10 km) 

Time: 4-5 Hours  

Climate Zone: Alpine Desert  

As you continue your ascent on Mount Kilimanjaro, today's journey takes you across the breathtaking Shira Plateau, offering unparalleled vistas of the surrounding landscapes.

Morning Exploration:  

Embark on a scenic hike through the captivating Shira plateau, a highlight of your trek. Over the course of 4-5 hours, traverse this stunning terrain, immersing yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Marvel at the rugged landscapes and expansive vistas that unfold before your eyes as you make your way towards Moir Camp.

Lunch at Moir Camp: 

Upon reaching Moir Camp, enjoy a delicious lunch, replenishing your energy for the adventures ahead. Take this opportunity to refuel and recharge amidst the tranquility of the mountain.

Afternoon Acclimatization:  

The afternoon presents the perfect opportunity for acclimatization. Take time to adjust to the altitude and rest your weary muscles. For those feeling adventurous and energetic, a hike to a nearby viewpoint is highly recommended. This excursion not only offers spectacular views but also helps keep your blood flowing, aiding in acclimatization.

As the day draws to a close, relish in the sense of accomplishment from your day's journey and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Highlights:  

scenic hike across the Shira Plateau  

Lunch at Moir Camp  

Afternoon acclimatization and optional viewpoint hike  

Stunning vistas of the surrounding landscapes

Day 5: Lava Tower

Altitude: START: 13,780 13,780FT (4200 m); END: 15,093 15,093FT (4600 m). 

Distance: 4 Miles (7 km) 

Time: 4-6 Hours  

Climate Zone: Alpine Desert  

Prepare to encounter the remarkable Lava Tower, a striking testament to the volcanic history of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Exploring the Lava Tower:  

Rising imposingly from the rugged terrain, the Lava Tower stands as a stark reminder of the mountain's volcanic origins. Formed from ancient volcanic rock, this black tower commands attention and awe as you approach its formidable presence.

Ascend and Acclimatize:  

Today's trek takes you across glacial valleys on the western slopes of the mountain. With a focus on gradual ascent, you allow your body ample time for acclimatization, ensuring a safe and successful journey to higher altitudes.

Half-Day Trek:  

Embark on a half-day trek, balancing the need for acclimatization with the desire to press onward. Take time to soak in the rugged beauty of your surroundings as you traverse the landscape, with lunch served at camp.

Acclimatization Walk:  

In the afternoon, take advantage of the opportunity for an acclimatization walk. This gentle excursion allows you to stretch your legs and adjust to the altitude, further preparing your body for the challenges ahead.

Evening Respite:  

As the day draws to a close, enjoy a well-deserved rest and refuel with a hearty dinner. Reflect on the day's adventures and the awe-inspiring sights you've encountered on your journey to the Lava Tower.

Highlights:  

Encounter the imposing Lava Tower  

Trek across glacial valleys  

Focus on gradual ascent for acclimatization  

Enjoy an afternoon acclimatization walk  

Reflect and recharge amidst the beauty of the mountain landscape

Day 6: Arrow Glacier Camp

Altitude: START: 15,093 15,093FT (4600 m), END: 16,087 16,087FT (490 m) 

Distance: 0.6 Miles (1 km) 

Time: 1-2 Hours  

Climate Zone: Arctic  

Prepare for a tranquil day as you ascend to Arrow Glacier Camp, taking in the breathtaking vistas and remnants of Kilimanjaro's majestic glaciers.

Ascend to Arrow Glacier:  

Embark on a relatively short ascent to Arrow Glacier Camp, allowing ample time for rest and relaxation amidst the pristine alpine environment. The trail leads you through stunning landscapes, offering glimpses of the iconic Great Barranco Wall and the awe-inspiring remnants of the glacier-clad terrain.

Leisurely Exploration: 

Upon reaching Arrow Glacier Camp, take advantage of the leisurely pace to explore the surrounding area. Your knowledgeable guides will lead short walks, providing opportunities to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region and capture stunning panoramic views.

Savor the Serenity:  

As the day unfolds, savor moments of tranquility and solitude amidst the vast expanse of the mountain landscape. Reflect on the journey thus far and revel in the sense of accomplishment as you prepare for the challenges ahead.

Dinner and Early Rest:  

Indulge in a nourishing dinner served at camp, replenishing your energy reserves for the days ahead. With the evening setting in, retire early to your accommodations, embracing the peace and stillness of the mountain night.

Highlights:  

Ascend to Arrow Glacier Camp amidst breathtaking scenery  

Enjoy leisurely exploration and short walks led by knowledgeable guides  

Marvel at views of the Great Barranco Wall and glacier remnants  

Savor moments of tranquility and reflection  

Prepare for the next leg of the journey with a nourishing dinner and early rest

Day 7: Summit & Millennium Camp

Altitude: START: 15,093 15,093FT (4600 m); END: 12,960 12,960FT (3,950 m). 

Distance: 8 Miles (14 km) 

Time: 12–14 Hours  

Climate Zone: Arctic, Alpine Desert, Heath  

Prepare for the ultimate challenge as you embark on the exhilarating journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with Tanzania Horizon Safaris.

Midnight Ascent:  

Under the cover of darkness, we commence our ascent to the summit, setting out from our camp at midnight. The trail winds its way through the rugged terrain, illuminated by the soft glow of our headlamps. As we climb higher, the air grows thinner, and each step brings us closer to our ultimate goal.

Crater Rest:  

After approximately 4 hours of hiking, we reach the crater rim. Here, we take a brief respite to catch our breath and replenish our energy supplies. With the breathtaking expanse of the crater before us, we prepare for the final push to the summit.

Final Push to Uhuru Peak:  

With renewed determination, we embark on the last leg of our journey, ascending towards Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet (5895 meters). The final hour of the hike is both challenging and exhilarating, as we push ourselves to reach the summit just as the first rays of dawn paint the sky in hues of gold and pink.

Sunrise Spectacle:  

Arriving at Uhuru Peak, we are greeted by the awe-inspiring spectacle of the sunrise from the "Roof of Africa." The panoramic views stretch as far as the eye can see, offering a moment of unparalleled beauty and triumph.

Descent to Millennium Camp:  

Descending via Stella Point, we make our way back to Barafu Camp, where we pause for a well-deserved rest. From there, we continue our descent to Millennium Camp, our final stop on the mountain. As the day draws to a close, we reflect on the incredible journey we have undertaken and celebrate our achievement together.

Highlights:  

midnight ascent to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro  

brief rest at the crater rim before the final push  

Final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa  

spectacular sunrise from the summit  

Descent to Millennium Camp for a well-earned rest and celebration

Day 8: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

Altitude: START: 12,960FT/3950M; END: 5,381FT/1640M  

Distance: 8 Miles (14 km) 

Time: 5–6 Hours  

Climate Zone: Heath, Rainforest  

As your remarkable journey on Mount Kilimanjaro draws to a close, you embark on the final leg of your descent from Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate.

Descending Through the Rainforest:  

After enjoying a hearty breakfast amidst the tranquil surroundings of Millennium Camp, you begin your descent through the lush rainforest. The trail meanders gently downhill, offering glimpses of the vibrant flora and fauna that thrive in this verdant ecosystem.

Farewell to Your Crew:  

In the early afternoon, you bid a fond farewell to your dedicated crew, who have supported you every step of the way. With heartfelt gratitude, you exchange farewells and expressions of appreciation before continuing your journey.

Certificate Ceremony:  

Upon reaching Mweka Gate, the official endpoint of your trek, you are greeted with a sense of accomplishment and pride. Here, you receive your well-deserved certificates commemorating your successful ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. It's a moment to cherish and reflect on the challenges you've overcome and the memories you've created.

Transfer to Accommodation:  

With the trek officially concluded, you are whisked away to your accommodation, where a refreshing shower and comfortable surroundings await. Take this opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after your exhilarating adventure, savoring the memories of your epic Kilimanjaro climb.

Celebrating Your Achievement:  

As evening falls, you may choose to gather with fellow trekkers to share stories and experiences from your journey. Raise a toast to your accomplishments and the bonds forged along the way, celebrating the spirit of adventure and camaraderie that defines the Kilimanjaro experience.

Reflecting on Your Journey:  

As you retire for the night, take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey you've undertaken. From the rugged slopes of the mountain to the summit's lofty heights, each step has been a testament to your courage, resilience, and determination. Let the memories of your Kilimanjaro adventure inspire and motivate you for the adventures that lie ahead.

DEPARTURE

After your exhilarating hike, you have a day to unwind before your departure flight. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the charm of Moshi town. Perhaps indulge in a delightful cup of freshly brewed Kilimanjaro coffee or stroll through local markets to collect some souvenirs to cherish your memories. 

If time permits, consider extending your adventure with exciting add-ons like a safari or a visit to Zanzibar, allowing you to explore more of Tanzania's wonders.

Note: Safari, Zanzibar, and other add-ons are available upon request.

Meals: Breakfast Included

DAY 11: DESCENT TO MWEKA GATE

START: 15,333FT / 4673M, Barafu Camp  

END: 5,381FT / 1640M, Mweka Gate  

DISTANCE: 8 MILES / 13KM  

TIME: 5–6 HRS  

CLIMATE ZONE: HEATH, RAINFOREST 

After a hearty breakfast, you embark on the final leg of your descent, traversing once more through the lush rainforest. Around midday, bid farewell to your dedicated crew, expressing gratitude for their support throughout the journey. Soon after, you'll be whisked away to your lodge, eagerly anticipating a well-deserved shower to refresh your spirit.

Later in the evening, a representative from Tanzania Horizon Safaris will visit to extend congratulations on your remarkable achievement and ensure your comfort at your accommodation.

PRICE OVERVIEW

Experience our tailored pricing based on group size:

1 person: USD 2250/person

2-3 people: USD 2190/person

4-5 people: USD 2150/person

6-7 people: USD 2125/person

8–9 people: USD 2100/person

10–12 people: USD 2075/person

Price includes

 • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi 

• 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi 

• Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate 

• Park entry fees

 • Camping fees

 • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees

 • 18% VAT on tour fees & services 

• Mountain tents

 • Sleeping Mats 

• Friendly and professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters 

• 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain

 • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek

 • Hot water for washing

 • Fair wages for the mountain crew 

• Government taxes

 • Emergency first-aid kit

Price excludes

 Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.

travel insurance 

A Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 80 for the entire trek. 

– Flights 

Laundry (Available at hotel)

 Personal items and toiletries

 Tips for guides, porters and cooks (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain)

Tipping

 Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber):

 • Main Guide: $20/day/guide

 • Assistant Guide: $15/day/guide 

• Cook: $12/day 

• Porter: $8/day/porter

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