Western Breach

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

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 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 walking by 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 that 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 required expertise and requirements to the mountain guides. Tanzania Horizon Safaris is proud to offer this challenging route to ambitious and adventurous climbers. Please contact us for further information.

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

After breakfast in the morning we will drive for 2 to 3 hours to Londorosi gate where we will do registrations and get entrance permit then we will drive again for 1 hour to Lemosho starting point where we will get off from our jeep and have picnic lunch.

After lunch we will meet all our crew including the rest of guides, cook and porters and we will start our hike crossing rainforest for about 3 to 4 hours to cover the distance of 7km to Mti Mkubwa camp. On the way we will see a lot of beautiful flowers like impatiens Kilimanjari and if you will be lucky you might see black and white Colobus monkeys and other forest wildlife.

Today it will be one of our beautiful hike about 6 to 7 hours including lunch stop to cover the distance of 7km and after 2 hours walk we will be in the moorland zone on the west side of Shira plateaus where you will be able to see old lava flows and we will enjoying the sun and walking slowly more breaks for acclimatize until we arrive at our camp for overnight.

Today we will hike for 4 to 6 hours to cover the distance of 9km. Also we will cross the middle of Shira plateau, a world heritage site for our picnic lunch at fishers point. After lunch we will walk for 1-2 hours hiking through the moorland zone and arriving at our beautiful overnight camp located at the base of massive lava flow.

Today we will be on a short hike about 3 to 4 hours walking for a while before getting to alpine desert then lava tower, a 150m high volcanic lava plug that juts out of the side of mountain. We will arrive at lava tower for lunch and after lunch we can rest for a few hours before waking up earlier in the evening for acclimatization walk and back to our camp for early evening appetizing hot drinks and snacks before dinner and overnight.

Today is a very short day about 2 to 3 hours to cover the distance of 3km we will climb to the base of the route where we will camp near Arrow Glacier. Today we will spent mostly resting and conserving strength, but we will also do an afternoon hike part way along the final climbing ascent route thus will get us to high elevations for better acclimatization and give us a chance to familiarize ourselves with the beginning of the toughest hiking day of the whole climb.

Today we will wake up early in the morning for breakfast and be ready to start hiking by 5pm. We will wind our way up the western breach non-technical climbing route. The first part is covered with a lot of screed or loose rock with the final part of the trail being steep rocky slopes which you will need to use your hands to navigate the sections and using rocks for hands hold.

We will spend 6 to 7 hours to crater camp where we will have hot lunch and rest for few hours, We will have an optional hike to explore the inner crater and ash pit, this is raised circular inner rim, the inside of which slopes down to a flat floor and then 200m deep inverted cone at the very center of the volcano also Kilimanjaro has one of the mostly perfectly formed volcanic ash pit of any mountain in the world.

Today we will have early breakfast and start our ascent to the summit early enough in the morning to be on the summit by sunrise. This final ascent to the summit is about 195m but very tiring .The beginning part of the trail is very soft, loose, dusty screed and very few steep rocky scrambling to the top, followed by relatively flat terrain about 250 yards to Uhuru sign. This quite difference compare to 1200m long required to summit from other base camp, the reward of seeing the summit crater glaciers and standing of Africa highest peak are well worth the efforts. At the summit we will spend 10 to 15 minutes for view and pictures before start 2 to 3 hours descend to Stella point then Barafu camp where we will stop for resting and brunch then we descend to over night at Mweka hut.

Today after breakfast you will meet your crew for Kilimanjaro pictures and group photo, afterwards we will start descending down via rainforest about 3 to 4 hours to cover the distance of 10km, also if we will be lucky we might see blue monkeys and black and white Colobus monkeys as well. At Mweka gate we will Sing out in Kilimanjaro national park log book and collect our certificate and drive to your hotel in Moshi for a long hot shower.

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

*Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.

● Meals: Breakfast Included

• 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, cook 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

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

From the trekking group (not per climber):

• Guides: $20/day/guide
• Cook: $15/day
• Porter: $10/day/porter

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Hikers at the summit sign of Uhuru Peak, Kibo, Kilimanjaro at 5895m amsl in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Sunrise, people in shadow, not recognizable. Photo cross processed.
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