Day 1: Londorossi Park Gate - Mti Mkubwa. Drive to Londorossi Park Gate then on to the Lemosho Glades (2100 m, 3 h.). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750 m, 3 h.)
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa - Shira Plateau. The trail steepens and crosses several streams in the giant heather zone. The Shira Ridge is crossed (3600 m) to the Shira Plateau, camp by stream. (3500 m, 5 h.).
Day 3: Shira Plateau - Shira Hut. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira Hut camp on moorland meadows by a stream (3840 m, 1 h 30 min.). A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatisation day.
Day 4: Shira Hut - Barranco. A rocky path leads east up towards the Lava Tower. Shortly beyond this, you descend to Barranco campsite (3950 m, 4-5 h).
Day 5: Barranco - Karanga Valley. Scramble easily to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over screes and ridges to the Karanga Valley campsite (3 h, 4000 m.), beneath the icefalls of the Southern Glaciers.
Day 6: Karanga Valley - Barafu Hut. The trail ascends a ridge to a campsite by the Barafu Hut, an airy location with little vegetation (3 h, 4600 m.).
Day 7: Barafu Hut - Stella Point - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Hut. Start just after midnight for the ascent of the screes leading to Stella Point (6 h, 5725 m.). From here a further 40 mins. leads to Uhuru Peak. Descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and brunch before continuing down to camp at Mweka Hut at 3100 m, (11-14 h total walking time).
Day 8: Mweka Hut - Park Gate. A 3-4 hour descent through beautiful forest brings you to the Park Gate.
Option: It is possible to do this route in just 7 days by skipping the acclimatisation day.
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