Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing routes

Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing routes

There are different routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro amoung them being Machame route, Rongai route, Marangu route and Lemosho route.

KILIMANJARO CLIMB ROUTES
Machame route
Route duration: six days
Total hiking distance: Approximately 100 kms
This is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are
portered and a cook prepares all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is
in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame (also referred to as
the “Whiskey route”) better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding
him with a scenic splendour such as not seen on the Marangu route. From late afternoon
sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Machame
route offers the adventurous hiker a stunning scenic “slide show” over 6 days. The Machame
route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days. There is an added benefit to this, as you
are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain – acclimatisation. The Machame
route takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on the day 3 and brings you down by nearly
700m for an overnight at Barranco camp (3950m). This is the secret to successful
acclimatization.
Day one
Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame camp (2980m)
Hiking time: 7h
Distance: Approximately 18kms
Habitat: Montane forest
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi
(910m) to the Machame village (1490m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the
supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also
buy mineral water in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive
from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour
to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest
almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the
trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop
about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.
Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have erected your tent on your
arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will
prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already
drop to freezing point at this campsite.
Day two
Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 9 kms
Habitat: Moorland
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the
forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short
lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able
to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due
west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters
will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp
will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below
freezing.
Day three
Shira (at 3840m) to Lava Tower (at 4630m) to Barranco camp (at 3950m)
Hiking time: 7h
Distance: Approximately 15 kms
Habitat: Semi-desert
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower,
where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a
designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This is
definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time,
some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After
lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the
high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes
clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take
some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a
valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a
memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.
Day four
Barranco camp (3950m) – Barafu camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 7h
Distance: Approximately 13 kms
Habitat: Alpine desert
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make
your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than
what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how
beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over
intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred
route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or
so, you reach Barafu Hut.
The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp.
Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend
the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony,
and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to
avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final
ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit
attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make
sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your
water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and
sleep.
Day five
(Summit attempt) Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You
will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on
the crater rim. For many climbers, this 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically
the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and
will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather
permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour
ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather
conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to
cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live.
The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well
earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear. The route is not difficult and will take
you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp
is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner
and washing water will be prepared.
Day six
Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the
Park gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your
gear have reached the gate safely.. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a
register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those
climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who
reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will
continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka
village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! You now drive back to Moshi for a long
overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!
$ 1900 per person for six day
Price include:-
– Transportation to the gate way
– National park fees /risqué fees
– Meals for all days
– Camping equipment gas, tents, water
– Salary for crews, potters,cook,guide
Not Included Lodge:-
– Personal items like alcohol
– Tipping (we recommend $————–per person per day
Marangu route
Route duration: five to six days
Total hiking distance: Approximately 96 kms (excludes acclimatisation hikes
on day three)
Affectionately known as the “Coca-Cola route”, Marangu is by far the most popular route to
the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the
least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route
in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier than on the Machame route. This is
not always the best way due to a shorter acclimatisation period. The Marangu route does
however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain. This
extends the route to a 6-day march, greatly increasing your chances of success. Hut
accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the
other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire
route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this
route. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals.
6 day – Itinerary for the Marangu route
For the 5-day route, simply exclude the additional acclimatisation day at Horombo hut – day 3
on the itinerary below.
Day one
Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m)
Hiking time: 5h
Distance: Approximately 12kms
Habitat: Montane forest
The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The
journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the
mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office
and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading
their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make
sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack
and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides
will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now
leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest,
suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s
animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail branches off to the left
a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth
and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either after 1.5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before
Mandara hut.)
Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing.
Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the
camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush
toilets behind the main hut.
Day two
Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 15kms
Habitat: Moorland
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the
Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well
worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really
impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance,
showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you
will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant
lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which
can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where
you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.
Day three
Horombo hut (3720m) – Acclimatization day
Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to
Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Horombo is normally bustling with hikers,
guides and porters, with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both
ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional
acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about
3 hours up and 1,5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with
the process of acclimatisation. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals
for the day are provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night’s rest.
Day four
Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 15kms
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo
there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of
Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork)
to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have
climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The
recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour shorter and it
also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all
the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night’s time (unless you are
willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to slow down and drink
enough water!!
Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has
bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy
mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. There are platform toilets behind the hut. The
summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night.
Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should
include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a
spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal
flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.
Day five
(Summit Attempt) Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 8h to Uhuru, 6h to get to Horombo
Distance: Approximately 6kms ascent, 21kms descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and
this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path
to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to
Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a
lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most
demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.
From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak
(5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it.
Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking
photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your
gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your
overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The
total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day.
Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp
office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Day six
Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the
Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all
your gear have reached the gate safely. Click here for more info on tips. At Marangu gate you
sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their
summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with
green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You
now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!
$ 1900 for all day
Price include:-
– Transportation to the gate way
– National park fees /risqué fees
– Meals for all days
– Camping equipment gas, tents, water
– Salary for crews, poters,cook,guide
Not Included Lodge:-
– Personal items like alcohol
– Tipping (we recommend $———————per person per day
Lemosho route
Duration of climb: eight days
DAY 1– FOREST CAMP 2780M
Morning drive to Kilimanjaro entrance gate with picnic lunches after registration formalities
start climbing through the forest up to the forest camp a gentle walk of a few hour to
stretch our legs in anticipation of the long climb ahead. Dinner and Overnight at FOREST
CAMP.
DAY 2 – SHIRA 1 CAMP 3500 M
After breakfast we start a slow walk to aid acclimatization through the forest and into the
Hagenia zone, where the vegetation begins for thin out as we approach the Shira Plateau.
Shira is one of the three craters of the Kilimanjaro volcanic Massif, from our camp we have
great views of the Shira needless and Mount Meru.Dinner and overnight at SHIRA 1 CAMP.
DAY 3 — SHIRA 2 CAMP 3900M
After a spectacular sunrise that reveals the magnitude of the distant snow – capped crater, we
slowly climb into the alpine heather zone approaching the Kibo massif from the west, to over
camp. Today is a shorter walk allowing to further exploration of the Lobelias, Senecios and
other endemic plant. Dinner and Overnight at SHIRA 2 CAMP.
DAY 4 –LAVA TOWER CAMP 4640M
After breakfast morning walking on lava ridges, beneath the glaciers of western Breach. After
lunch at Lava tower campsite, walk of the rocky lower slopes of the western breach to reach
the ruins of the old hut at Arrow Glacier. This afternoon is recommended for acclimatization.
Dinner and Overnight at LAVA TOWER CAMP.
DAY 5 — ARROW GLACIER CAMP 4830M
Morning in order to aid acclimatization, we slow down the pace and walk a short distance to
the base of the breach where we make our camp at Arrow Glacier, the afternoon in free for a
short walk for acclimatization. As temperature drops we are treated to one of the finest sunsets
in Africa. Dinner and Overnight at ARROW GLACIER CAMP.
DAY 6 — CRATER CAMP 5730M
Another early start after a cold night and we face up to the imposting western Breach that
loons above us. We take ascent route climbing slowly for six hours. our path sometimes
covered in the famous snow of Kilimanjaro. As we reach the top of the wall we slowly
traverse a crater before arriving at our special camp, for high her than any other on the
Mountain. Here we rest up for the final push tomorrow.Dinner and Overnight at CRATER
CAMP
DAY 7 — SUMMIT/ MWEKA CAMP
Thanks to our careful acclimatization and slow ascent to this final comp, we are closer to the
summit than any of the other climbers and do not lave a gruelling final day with only a final
two hour hike to the cater summit and a ten minute final stretch to Uhuru Summit 5895M
arriving at the summit for sunrise. After a thrilling scree run for two hrs we follow the Mweka
descend, after we reach Mweka camp here we at celebrate our achievements the definitive
moments of our life. Dinner and overnight MWEKA CAMP 3080M.
DAY 8 —
After breakfast then continue to go down to Mweka gate 1630m were you sign your
name and details and register – here successful climbers receiver their summit certificates.
After transfer to Hotels for resting.
END OF TREKKING
$ 1856 for all day
Price include:-
– Transportation to the gate way
– National park fees
– Meals for all days
– Camping equipment gas, tents, water
– Salary for crews, potters,cook,guide
Not Included Lodge:-
– Personal items like alcohol
– Tipping (we recommend $——————————per person per day
Rongai route
Duration: six days
The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the
border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and
offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.
Day one
Rongai Gate (1950m) – 1st Caves camp (2600m)
Hiking time: 5h
Distance: Approximately 8 kms
Habitat: Forest (Montane)
Register at the Marangu park gate, after which you transfer (approximately 2 ½ hours) to the
Rongai trailhead. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru
village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then
climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through
beautiful country. The first night’s camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 meters. There is a
toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail
below First Cave.
Day two
1st Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m)
Hiking time: 6 – 7hrs
Habitat: Moorlands
The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching
Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 meters. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re
on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might
have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).
Day three
Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)
Hiking time: 3 – 4h
Habitat: Moorlands
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The
vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly
situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and
exploring the area.
Day four
Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 4 – 5h
Habitat: Alpine desert
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo
taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation
for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp.
Day five
(Summit Attempt) Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 8h to Uhuru, 6h to Horombo
Habitat: Stone scree / ice-cap summit
Distance: Approximately 6 kms ascent, 21 kms descent
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This
is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to
the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to
Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a
lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most
demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s
Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest
point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the
summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour
descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head
down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will
seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is
around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last
dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and well-earned
sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Day six
Horombo hut (at 3720m) to Marangu Gate (at 1980m)
Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 27 kms
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the
Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all
your gear have reached the gate safely. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a
register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those
climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those
who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi for
a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
$1900 per person for all days
Price include:-
– Transportation to the gate way
– National park fees
– Meals for all days
– Camping equipment gas, tents, water
– Salary for crews, potters,cook,guide
Not Included Lodge:-
– Personal items like alcohol
– Tipping (we recommend $—–person per day
Umbwe route via Arrow Glacier
Duration: six days
The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western
Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing,
primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful.
Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit
hikers. Add to your experience – OVERNIGHT IN THE CRATER!! Be one of a few
fortunate people to spend a night in Africa’s largest volcano. This option is highly
recommended, as this will be the only opportunity to get close to the beautiful and fascinating
glaciers of Kilimanjaro and to be able to visit the ash pit.
Day one
Umbwe Gate (1800m) – Bivouac (first) camp (2940m)
Hiking time: 5h
After breakfast you will be driven to the Umbwe Gate at 1800m, passing through villages
with coffee and banana plantations. On arrival at the Parks Gate your guide and porters will
meet you. Sign the register before you enter the park for your first step to accomplishing a
life-long dream. The air is thick with moisture and the path is usually muddy. The route
initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows
and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees
surrounding you. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky,
glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between
huge trees and thick undergrowth.
Day two
Bivouac (first) camp (2940m) – Barranco camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 6h
Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain,
sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but
spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising
majestically ahead of you – etched against the blue sky. The path flattens as you approach
Barranco Valley.
From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated
in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a
memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.
Day three
Barranco camp (3950m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Arrow Glacier Camp (4800m)
Distance: Approximately kms
Habitat: Moorland / Semi desert
After breakfast you will start your hike towards Lava Tower, a famous landmark on
Kilimanjaro. The path is steep and rocky, with views of Mt. Meru, Kilimanjaro’s little sister,
punching her peak through the clouds.
From Lava Tower you turn towards the Western Breach, a steep climb to Arrow Glacier camp
(4800m). This is taxing and symptoms of altitude sickness might become noticeable. The
campsite is spectacular. Vegetation has now all but disappeared, leaving only rock and scree
in varying shades of brown and black. The campsite is very cold and you need to be prepared.
Day four
Arrow Glacier (4800m) – Crater (5700m)
Hiking time: 5h
From the Arrow Glacier camp steep scree and rocky outcrops requiring a scramble lead up the
Western Breach to the crater floor (5700m). This day will be the toughest challenge by far.
After snowfalls the route can become icy and in these conditions an ice axe or ski stick may
be required. When reaching the crater rim, you will be astonished by the view of snow and
glaciers. Visible to you left is the Northern Ice fields of Kilimanjaro with the Furtwangler
Glacier in front of you. Walk past this glacier to the Crater camp, situated at the crater rim. If
time permits, you can climb to the Ash Pit (1 ½ hour). The Ash Pit is 340m across, 120m deep
and is one of the most perfect-formed examples in the world. The campsite is very cold as
snow might occur. Be one of a fortunate few to spend a night in the inner crater of
Kilimanjaro.
Day five
(Summit attempt) Crater (5700m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m
Hiking time: 2h to Uhuru, 7-8h to Mweka
You will rise around 04:00, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the early
morning darkness. From the crater floor you will probably encounter snow all the way on
your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. Time spend on the summit will depend on the weather
conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to
cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life.
The walk to Barafu camp from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well
earned but short rest, before heading down to Millennium camp (3100m). The route is not
difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into
the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late
afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be provided as well as drinking water.
Day six
Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 3h
Habitat:
Distance: Approximately kms
Wake early to enjoy a well-deserved breakfast, and then tackle the five hour walk to the park
gate. Pay your porters only when you know you and your equipment is safe at the gate.
At Mweka Gate you receive your certificate of summit, after signing the register, and if you’ve
completed the climb successfully. Climbers who successfully got to Uhuru receive golden
certificates, while those who made it to Stella Point receive green certificates.
From Mweka Gate you walk to Mweka Village, a one hour walk through 3kms of muddiness
(usually). You receive a hot lunch at the Mweka Village, and are taken back to Moshi, where
you can celebrate your summit, and have that long-overdue hot shower.
Please note: Safety conditions or weather may cause the itinerary to change without warning.
Hike times are estimated, calculated to form a comfortable pace throughout the ascent.
Please note: The itinerary above serves only as a guide. You can add an extra day if you so
wish. You can summit Mt Kilimanjaro via Arrow Glacier or Barafu Camp with Umbwe
Route.
$ 1900 per person for all days
Price include:-
– Transportation to the gate way
– National park fees
– Meals for all days
– Camping equipment gas, tents, water
– Salary for crews, potters,cook,guide
Not Included Lodge:-
– Personal items like alcohol
– Tipping (we recommend $—–per person per day

Each safari is different in structure and cost, depending on specific individual needs, desires, interest and we are committed to being flexible, however the following terms and conditions apply.

1. Deposit
We require a 50% deposit to confirm your reservations as per requested itinerary and your acceptance that that’s what you have asked for and the balance payable 45 days prior to safari or accommodation date. If it’s a last minute booking, our reservations officer you are dealing with will advise you on the best mode of payment like you can pay a deposit to confirm and balance payable on arrival in cash; this can apply to all other bookings too..

2. Cancellation Policy
Just in case any cancellation is done, we only charge what hotels charge us and the rest returned to clients less bank transfer charges as indicated below:

If cancellation is done:
• Between 0-7 days before safari date – 100% is charged.
• Between 8 – 35 days before safari – 25% or 50% is charged depending with the lodge/camp.
• Between 36 – 60 days – 10% is charged.
• 60 days and over – full payment returned less bank charges for the transfer and 5% operation cost.

3. Method of Payment
Payments are to be made directly into our bank account through a bank transfer or through paypal account or through the website secure online payment while booking your safari. However, all payment must be made in full and free of any bank charges.

Cost includes

– Transportation to the gate way
– National park fees
– Meals for all days
– Camping equipment gas, tents, water
– Salary for crews, potters,cook,guide
Not Included Lodge:-
– Personal items like alcohol
– Tipping (we recommend $—–per person per day

Cost excludes:

  • Air fares
  • Visas (currently US$ 50 per person)
  • Tips
  • Inoculations and personal insurance
  • International flights
  • Items of personal nature such as beverages, telephone, postage etc

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