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8 Days Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Western Breach Route

8 Days Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Western Breach Route

8 Days Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Western Breach Route
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Embark on an Epic Journey: Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and conquer Mount Kilimanjaro via the private 8-day Western Breach Route climb. Renowned as the toughest and most challenging route, the Western Breach promises unparalleled beauty and unique experiences for the daring few who dare to tread its path. Unlike any other route, it approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, leading you to the volcano's crater and the majestic Furtwangler Glacier, with an unforgettable overnight stay at Crater Camp.

Starting from Moshi and venturing through Londorossi Gate, the journey traverses the stunning Shira Plateau before ascending to Lava Tower. Following an overnight rest at Lava Tower, the route continues towards Arrow Glacier Camp, passing through a perilous danger zone navigable only at night when temperatures plummet to safe levels. This route mandates helmets for safety, navigating through a constantly shifting rock slide. As you leave the danger zone behind, breathtaking vistas of Mount Meru and the colossal glacier on Kilimanjaro unfold before you.

A defining feature of the Western Breach is its unique opportunity for an overnight stay at Crater Camp, allowing climbers to stand at the very edge of Kilimanjaro's heart—the crater—before summiting Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meters. Those who choose the Western Breach route witness the full spectrum of Mount Kilimanjaro's miracles.

While the Western Breach presents challenges and necessitates stringent safety measures, Berngo Safaris takes pride in offering this extraordinary route to ambitious and adventurous climbers. Contact us today for further information and embark on an unforgettable ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our team will warmly welcome you and facilitate your transfer to your hotel in Moshi town. 

At the hotel, you'll meet your experienced guide who will provide you with a comprehensive briefing about your upcoming trek. Together, you'll conduct an equipment check to ensure you have all the necessary gear for your mountain adventure. Any missing equipment can be conveniently rented on this day.

Transport Details:

- Driving Distance: Approximately 55 kilometers

- Driving Time: Around 1 hour

- Habitat: Cultivated Zone

- Accommodation:** Bed and Breakfast at your hotel in Moshi town

Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey as you settle in and prepare for the thrilling days ahead.

Day 2: Moshi to Lemosho Gate & Big Tree Camp

Embark on a thrilling journey from Moshi to the captivating landscapes of Kilimanjaro National Park, where your adventure truly begins.

Altitude:

- Start: 6,890 feet / 2,100 meters

- End: 8,695 feet / 2,650 meters

Distance: 

- 4 miles / 7 kilometer

Estimated Time:

- 4-6 hours

Climate Zone:

- Rainforest

After a hearty breakfast, you'll depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park. Upon arrival at the gate, our experienced crew will finalize the packing process, ensuring everything is set for the journey ahead. Once the formalities are complete, you'll return to your vehicle for a short journey of approximately 30 minutes to the start of the Lemosho Trail.

Today's hike takes you through the lush and vibrant afromontane forest, characterized by its verdant foliage and diverse flora and fauna. While the trail may be steep in places, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking scenery and the soothing sounds of nature accompanying you along the way. 

A delightful picnic lunch is typically enjoyed on the trail, providing a rejuvenating break amidst the natural splendor. Finally, as the day draws to a close, you'll arrive at Forest Camp, where you'll spend the night surrounded by the serene beauty of the rainforest.

Day 3 – Shira Camp 1

Altitude:

Driving Distance: Approximately 55 kilometers Moshi tguide, whenown50 meters)

End: 11,844 feet (3,610 meters)

Distance: 

4 miles / 7 kilometers

Estimated Time: 

5-7 hours

Climate Zone:

- Heath

Embark on an exhilarating ascent from the forested slopes of Lemosho, gradually transitioning through diverse ecosystems on your journey to Shira Camp 1.

Your adventure begins as you ascend through the enchanting Podocarpus and Juniper forest, enveloped by the lush greenery and tranquil ambiance of the wilderness. Breaking free from the confines of the forest, you emerge into the expansive heath zone and onto the awe-inspiring Shira Plateau.

At Shira Camp 1, a sumptuous hot lunch awaits, providing a welcome respite amidst the rugged terrain. Spend the remainder of the afternoon unwinding and acclimatizing to the newfound environment, soaking in the panoramic vistas and immersing yourself in the natural splendor that surrounds you.

Day 4: Shira Camp 2

Altitude:

Start: 11,844 feet (3,610 meters)

End: 13,780 feet (4,200 meters)

Distance: 

6 miles / 10 kilometers

Estimated Time: 

4-5 hours

Climate Zone:

Alpine Desert

Embark on a captivating journey across the Shira Plateau, immersing yourself in its breathtaking scenery and unparalleled beauty.

As you traverse the expansive Shira plateau, you'll be treated to some of the most awe-inspiring vistas of your trek. The landscape unfolds before you, revealing sweeping panoramas of rugged terrain and distant horizons.

This morning's hike spans approximately 4–5 hours, leading you to Moir Camp, where a delectable lunch awaits. Following your midday meal, take the opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude and rejuvenate your spirits.

For those seeking an extra adventure, an invigorating hike to a nearby viewpoint in the late afternoon is highly recommended. This not only keeps the blood flowing but also offers a chance to witness the ethereal beauty of the surrounding landscape as the sun casts its golden hues across the rugged terrain.

Day 5: Moir Camp

Altitude:

Start: 13,780 feet (4,200 meters)

End: 15,093 feet (4,600 meters)

Distance: 

4 miles / 7 kilometers

Estimated Time: 

4-6 hours

Climate Zone:

Alpine Desert

Today offers a leisurely journey across the glacial valleys of the western slopes of the mountain, providing ample time for acclimatization and appreciation of the surrounding natural wonders.

With a focus on enhancing acclimatization, today's ascent is intentionally moderate, allowing your body to adjust gradually to the altitude. This thoughtful approach ensures a smoother transition as you continue your ascent towards the summit.

As you traverse the rugged terrain of the alpine desert, take in the stunning vistas that unfold before you, each step bringing you closer to the towering peak of Kilimanjaro. A midday break at camp provides an opportunity to replenish your energy with a hearty lunch.

In the afternoon, embrace the chance to further acclimate with a leisurely walk amidst the captivating landscapes that surround Moir Camp. As the day draws to a close, gather for a satisfying dinner, reflecting on the remarkable experiences of the day amidst the tranquil beauty of the mountains.

Day 6: Lava Tower

Altitude:

Start & End: 15,093 feet (4,600 meters)

Distance: 

4 miles / 8 kilometers

Estimated Time: 

5-6 hours

Climate Zone: 

Alpine Desert

As many groups typically pass through the area for a brief lunch stop, our journey offers a unique opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the captivating landscape surrounding the iconic Lava Tower.

Today's itinerary allows for a more relaxed start, providing ample time to savor the breathtaking scenery and explore the remarkable features of this rugged terrain. Upon reaching Lava Tower, we will set up camp, allowing us to fully appreciate the awe-inspiring surroundings.

After enjoying a late lunch amidst the dramatic backdrop of Lava Tower, we'll embark on an afternoon exploration of the area. A recommended highlight is the remnants of the Penck glacier's snout, where the enduring legacy of repeated glaciations has sculpted striking moraine features.

With plenty of time to delve into the natural wonders of the landscape, this leisurely afternoon hike promises to be a memorable experience, offering insights into the geological history and ecological diversity of the region.

Day 7: Arrow Glacier Camp

Altitude:

Start: 15,093 feet (4,600 meters)

End: 16,087 feet (4,903 meters)

Distance: 

0.6 miles per 1 kilometer

Estimated Time: 

2 hours

Climate Zone: 

- Arctic

Today's ascent to Arrow Glacier is relatively brief, allowing for ample time to relax and rejuvenate for the day ahead. With only a short distance to cover, you'll have the opportunity to fully appreciate the stunning surroundings and take in the awe-inspiring vistas of the Great Barranco Wall and the remnants of ancient glaciers that once adorned the landscape.

Guided walks led by our experienced team provide the perfect opportunity to explore the area and soak in the breathtaking views before returning to camp for a well-deserved dinner and an early night. As the day draws to a close, take time to reflect on the incredible journey so far and prepare for the challenges and adventures that lie ahead.

Day 8: Summit Day & Descent to Millennium Camp

Uhuru Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro

Start: 18,866 feet (5,750 meters)

End: 12,960 feet (3,950 meters)

Distance: 

8 miles / 13 kilometers

Estimated Time:

12–14 hours

Climate Zone: 

Arctic, Alpine Desert, Heath

Embark on the ultimate challenge as we begin our summit attempt under the starlit sky at midnight, ascending toward the majestic crater of Uhuru Peak. The initial leg of the journey takes approximately 4 hours, leading us to the rim of the crater. Here, we pause briefly to replenish our energy and savor the ethereal beauty of the surrounding landscape before pushing onward to the summit itself. With the first light of dawn painting the sky in hues of gold and crimson, we reach the pinnacle of Africa—Uhuru Peak, standing proudly at 19,341 feet (5,895 meters) above sea level.

After basking in the glory of our achievement and capturing unforgettable memories, we begin our descent via Stella Point, tracing our footsteps back to Barafu Camp. Here, amidst the rugged terrain, we take a moment to rest and recharge before continuing our journey to Millennium Camp, where we'll spend our final evening on the mountain. As the sun sets on this remarkable day, we reflect on the triumphs and challenges of our ascent, knowing that the memories forged on Kilimanjaro will endure for a lifetime.

Day 9: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

Start: 12,960 feet (3,950 meters) (Millennium Camp)  

End: 5,381 feet (1,640 meters) 

Distance: 8 miles / 14 kilometers  

Time: 5–6 hours  

Climate Zone: Heath, Rainforest

After enjoying a hearty breakfast amidst the tranquil surroundings of Millennium Camp, it's time to bid farewell to the towering peaks of Kilimanjaro and begin our descent. 

As we descend through the lush rainforest, we immerse ourselves once again in the verdant beauty of this diverse ecosystem. The trail winds its way down through the emerald canopy, offering glimpses of sunlight filtering through the dense foliage. 

As midday approaches, we reach the Mweka Gate, where we bid a fond farewell to our dedicated crew, who have supported us throughout our unforgettable journey. 

With hearts full of gratitude and memories to last a lifetime, we board our transport and journey back to our lodge. Here, a well-deserved shower awaits, offering a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation after our epic adventure. 

Later in the evening, a representative from Tanzania Horizon Safaris pays a visit to congratulate us on our remarkable achievement and ensure our comfortable accommodation. As we reflect on our incredible journey, we're filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that we've conquered Africa's highest peak and forged unforgettable memories along the way.

Day 10: Departure Day

Location: Moshi Town, Mount Kilimanjaro

As your unforgettable adventure draws to a close, today is a day to savor the final moments of your journey before bidding farewell to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

With no scheduled activities, you have the freedom to unwind and reflect on your incredible experiences. Take this opportunity to explore the vibrant streets of Moshi Town, soaking in the local culture and perhaps indulging in a delicious cup of freshly brewed coffee, renowned for its rich flavors and aromatic notes.

Browse through the bustling markets, where a myriad of colorful souvenirs await, offering the perfect mementos to commemorate your expedition to Africa's highest peak.

As the day progresses, make your way to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) for your onward journey. Whether you depart with a heart full of memories or dreams of returning one day, your time spent amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of Kilimanjaro will forever remain etched in your mind.

Meals: Breakfast Included

PRICE OVERVIEW

Group Size |Price per Person (USD)

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1 person | 2490

2-3 people | 2390

4-5 people | 2350

6-7 people | 2300

8–9 people | 2250

10–12 people | 2190

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, cooksand 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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