Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro – Western Breach

The most adventurous trek over Mt. Kilimanjaro visiting huge glaciers and sleeping at one of the highest camps on the mountain. Explore the many variations in landscape and climate on the way up the mountain and spend time capturing breath-taking photos of your surroundings as you move from jungle, to high desert, to snowy terrain on the Western Breach, one of the more advanced routes on the mountain, but still manageable by the average adventurer.

Must have previous mountain climbing experience in order to qualify for this route.

Trip Highlights

  • Test your strength and stamina as you trek a more strenuous route up Kilimanjaro
  • Experience a remarkable crew of guides and porters, rated as some of the best on Kilimanjaro; most have more than 300 summits
  • Take the only route on the mountain that takes you on an exploration of the vast crater
  • Climb with a company that specializes in Lemosho Route, Western Breach and Crater Camp
  • Climb with Embark; which actively supports the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, paying fair wages!
  • Embark's owners used to live on Mt. Kilimanjaro at 5,000 ft in last village that borders the national park
  • Get access to our exclusive resources, curated over years of experience trekking Kilimanjaro. Includes a custom 4 month training plan

Trip Summary

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Day 1
Arrive Moshi​

Welcome to Moshi- the more quaint, laid-back of the small towns sitting at the base of the famed Mount Kilimanjaro! Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro International airport you will be met by our Embark representatives, who will provide transportation to your hotel. No activities are planned for the day. You are free to explore picturesque downtown Moshi.

Day 2
Free in Moshi. Overnight in hotel

Group briefing and pre-trip discussion. You will be introduced to your trekking guide, have a comprehensive gear check. You are free to explore some more, take part in informal group tour around town; visit the market or a local coffee shop for lunch. Moshi is a relatively small, comfortable city that has a reputation for being somewhat laid-back compared to it's sister city of Arusha so fee free to wander. There will also be time to do last-minute shopping for the trek if needed.

Difficulty: Easy
Day 3
Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. With flora and fauna heavier and richer here than on any other route through the thick rainforest, the trail cuts through underbrush that is so untouched it at times grows right across the narrow trail. After 3 to 4 hours, we'll reach our camp, Mti Mkubwa, which means "Big Tree" in Kiswahili.

Day 4
Mti Mkubwa to Shira Camp 1

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. Ascending through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Day 5
Shira Camp 1 to Moir Hut

We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau, which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 6
Moir Hut to Lava Tower

Today is one of the most important days for acclimatization; we head to Lava Tower, around the southern flank of Kibo near the start of the Western Breach. We have a mostly uphill climb today of 5 hours to the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses heather.

Difficulty: Easy
Day 7
Lava Tower

Full day spent at Lava Tower for acclimatization. We will take an optional 2-hour round trip acclimatization climb up to Arrow Glacier camp. This scramble will help prepare us for the ascent up the Western Breach.

Day 8
Lava Tower to Arrow Glacier Camp

All the preparation, acclimatization and hiking we’ve done to prepare for the Kilimanjaro climb will be put to the test today as we ascend the Great Western Breach; an imposing, steep wall of rock leading to the edge of Kibo’s Crater. Rather than traversing farther around the southern slopes of the mountain we ascend up and slightly westward, climbing easy terrain through the scree and rocky ridges. The ascent gives us stunning views of the Western Breach Wall and the Breach Icicle. As we near the Arrow Glacier and our campsite, the view
opens toward the west. The entire Shira Plateau lies below us.

Day 9
Arrow Glacier to Summit to Mweka Hut

We wake late in the night/early morning for our ascent to Uhuru Peak, we will reach the summit around 7am. At this early hour, before the clouds close in, the views are incredible. Africa’s highest point is also the world’s highest solitary peak. The view cannot be topped anywhere on the continent! From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want
gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 10
Mweka Camp to Gate

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Day 11

Departure for airport for international flight home or add-on safari.

Difficulty: Easy

Dates & Pricing


Double Occupancy
  • Sep 9
    Sep 19
    $3795 USD
  • Oct 1
    Oct 10
    $3795 USD

Above Costs Include:

  • All international and domestic airport transfers
  • Moshi to Londorossi gate drive by private vehicle
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Moshi and breakfasts while at the hotel
  • Park fees- Kilimanjaro National Park Trekking Permit
  • All meals and accommodations while on climb
  • Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment, transportation and allowances of guide and porter
  • Fairs wages for the porters!

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Lunch and dinner in Moshi prior and post-climb
  • Any sightseeing tours in Moshi
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks)
  • Your travel insurance and overseas medical insurance coverage
  • Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
  • Tanzania visa

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