6 Days, 5 Nights Trek
Our guide they will pick you from Kilimanjaro Airport to the hotel for the short briefing about hiking in the next day and also double checking up for trekking gear.
From the Hotel to Machame Gate (5,905ft / 1,800m) then start hiking to Machame Camp (9,840ft / 3,000m/) 10 kilometers. Guide will pick you from the hotel at 0900am after your breakfast to Machame gate where you will have your registration and see your porters and cook. You will start hiking through the rain-forest which is dense forest. Here you will enjoy viewing different flora and fauna. Half on the way you will have lunch and proceed to Machame camp where you will find the camp has already setup by the crews. At the camp you need to sign in and waiting for the dinner before sleep.
Machame Camp (9,840ft / 3,000m) to Shira Camp (12,600ft / 3,840m) 7 kilometers This is a shortest day but steeper one. You will wake up and get breakfast, start proceed your hiking for the second day where you will trek several uphill where there are several viewpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo peak above and also mount Meru which is the second highest mountain in Tanzania, also as you gain high altitude you will notice changes in vegetations and the trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro famous high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia deckenii. For this day you may have hot lunch at the camp or lunch box because it only three hours for the normal steps which depend on the fitness you had on the first day or the weather of that day, after eating lunch, you will get time to acclimatize and get back to Shira Camp, where you will have dinner and relax for the rest of the day.
Shira Camp (12,600ft / 3,840m) to Barranco Camp (12,960ft / 3,950m) 10 kilometers In the morning you will have breakfast and get start hiking. This day we call it acclimatization day because we have to hike to lava tower which is 14000ft/4640m before descent to Barranco camp 12960ft/3950m where you will camp and overnight. At Barranco camp you will enjoy the beautiful view of mount Kilimanjaro and also scenery of Moshi town depending on the weather day, sometimes you may fear the Barranco wall as it looks because the next day we suppose to cross there, it is simple than how you may think.
Barranco Camp 12960ft/3950m to Barafu Camp 15100ft/4600m via Karanga Valley Camp Wake up very earlier in the morning, get breakfast, and start hiking crossing Barranco Wall it will take 45 minutes to one hour. At the top of Barranco Wall you may get the nice view of the mountain, you may be interested to also get some more pictures. From there we proceed to Karanga camp where we gonna get hot lunch and continue to the base camp called Barafu Camp the last camp before summit, here we will have earlier dinner to get time for preparation of midnight hiking.
Barafu Camp (15,100ft /4,600m) to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft / 5,895m) to Mweka Camp (10,170ft / 3,100m) 18 kilometers At the mid night we wake up at 11:30pm and get a light breakfast before we start hiking to the summit. We should start at 12:00am and it will take 5 hours to reach to the Stella point 14000ft/ 5730m which is at the rim of the crater. And from Stella point to UHURU Peak the highest peak of Kilimanjaro mountain which it will take one hour hiking through the rim of the crater. Approximately we will be at the summit at the sunrise time 6:00am to 7:00am, where you will get time to enjoy and taking pictures. Afterward you will start to descent back to Barafu Camp where we will have lunch packing and keep descending to Mweka camp where you will have dinner and rest.
Mweka Camp (10,170ft / 3,100m/) to Mweka Gate (4,920ft / 1500m/) 10 kilometers After camping and overnight at Mweka Camp you will start descent to Mweka Gate crossing the rain-forest again. Watch your steps because the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to the hotel, where you can get a hot shower, relax and recover.
7 Days, 6 Nights Trek
A one-hour drive from Moshi lays the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and involves real jungle-bashing through magnificent forest. This path is less well-trodden & often wet & muddy underfoot. We camp at Machame camp (3100 m)Trekking Time: 4-6 hours | Distance: 9 km | Altitude Gain: 1210 m .
The route continues on up through the forest until we are at the steep ascent on the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt. Meru rising high above Arusha town. We camp at Shira caves (3840 m). Trekking Time: 4-6 hours | Distance: 9 km | Altitude Gain: 740 m.
Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp at Barranco camp (3900 m). The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600 m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to avoid altitude sickness by aiding our bodies in acclimatization. Trekking Time: 6-7 hours | Distance: 15 km | Altitude Gain: 60 m .
We start the day by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up what has been termed the Breakfast Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It is a climb over rocks, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga Valley (4000 m) for overnight. Trekking Time: 5-7 hours | Distance: 5 km | Altitude Gain: 100 m .
The day is characterized by a short hike on terrain formed by scree. We walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp (4600 m). Trekking Time: 2-4 hours | Distance: 4 km | Altitude Gain: 600 m .
We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting around midnight, walking steeply upwards to the Summit glaciers. You will be climbing scree for 5 to 6 hours but you gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5750 m) as the first rays of the sun emerge. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walk takes us to our goal, the summit of Uhuru (5896 m), the highest point; Uhuru means freedom in Swahili. Trekking Time: 6-8 hours | Distance: 7 km| Altitude Gain: 1296 m. We begin the descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope back to Barafu camp for breakfast and a rest before finally heading down to Millenium Camp (3000 m) for a well-earned rest. On our descent we have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi peak. Trekking Time: 6-8 hours | Distance: 12 km | Altitude Loss: 2896 m
A gentle trek takes us down through the rain-forest to the Mweka Gate (1640 m), where we complete park formalities, are met by our vehicles, receive your certificate of ascent courtesy of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority and drive back to Moshi where you can treat yourself to a well- earned shower and a cold beer or two. Trekking Time: 4-5 hours | Distance: 10 km | Altitude Loss: 1360 m .
Accommodation depending on number of days spent in the hotel/hostel in Moshi or Arusha at our Lodge with Bed & Breakfast before and after your Kilimanjaro trek,
> Professional Mountain Guide,
> Assistance Mountain Guide,
> Mountain Potters,
> Mountain Chef,
> Two person Tents,
> Food-3 meals a day,
> Park Entry Fee,
> Huts Fee,
> Rescue Fee.
> Tip to the mountain guides, porters, chef,
> Personal Mountain Gears,
> Sleeping bags and personal requirements.