Kilimanjaro Itineraries

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Machame Route - 7 Days
We would like to advise you to use Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania for your Arrival. You will met you driver and guide at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to the your hotel for the night.

Day - 1
Arusha/Kilimanjaro/Machame Camp. (10000ft)
After breakfast depart at 8:30am for the Machame gate where you begin trek. You will walk for about two to three hours trekking through dense forest of fig and rubber trees, begonia flowers and other tropical vegetation. A stop for lunch will be taken half way to this evening campsite. As you continue to ascent the tropical forest has given away to tall grasses and giant Heather. Arrive at Machame Camp is usually 5:00Pm and 6:pm. Your camp is set up near some old metal huts, which were once used for shelter and it is now for use of ranger station.

Day - 2
Machame Camp/Shira Camp.(12800ft)
On this and subsequently morning wake up call at 6:30am. You will be greeted with steaming cup of coffee or tea, and weather permitting, by a wonderful view of Uhuru Peak. You will encounter giant ground-cell, tall grasses, volcanic rock and bearded heather as you hike through ghostly landscape of volcanic lava, caves and foamy streams. Lunch will be taken just below the Shira Plateau about three to four hours from Shira Camp. Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp site.

Day - 3
Shira Camp/Barranco Camp. (13000ft)
The entire Shira Plateau greets you this morning. A stead walk takes you up to the pass of Lava Tower 15000ft where you will stop for lunch. Crossing the Bastain Stream, you will begin to descend toward Barranco Valley Camp site. The descend takes you along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco Valley. Today's trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.

Day - 4
Barranco Camp/Karranga Camp. (13000ft)
This morning you will begin your hike to Karanga Camp which is on the same altitude as Barranco Camp. You will encounter a bit of your climb at Barranco Cliff and spend the rest of the trek climb up and down the slope of the mountain most of the way to Camp. Arrive at camp in time for lunch, at approximately 12:30pm or 1:00pm having trekked for about four hours. Enjoy afternoon hours at camp or you can take a little hike around the camp for the best acclimatization.

Day - 5
Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp(15600ft)
The scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on a moraine with view of Mawenzi Peak towering majestically to the right, and overhead Kibo Peak seemingly just out of reach. The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few Lichens and Mosses. Lunch will be taken at Barafu Camp. As we have choose to ascend to the peak you will go to bed early tonight preparing for the last difficult climb to Uhuru Peak. You will encounter cold here at this camp and you will need to wear virtually every items of clothing that you have brought along for the climb if you want to sleep comfortable. It is advised to keep your camera in your sleeping bag to keep it warm and against freezing.

Day - 6
Barafu Camp/Summit(19340ft)/Mweka Camp(10000ft)
Awaken at midnight and after light breakfast, start climbing at around 12:30 or 1:00am. It is at the stage that the climb becomes a bit difficult, today most climbers suffer from altitude sickness in some form or another. You should carry as little as possible in this part of the climb. The temperature will range from -4 to -5 Fahrenheit. Making your way up a path that is flanked by the ratzel and rebman glaciers, you will climb for about six to seven hours before reaching the edge of crater, between Stella Point and Hans Meyer Point. Another hour or two of climb takes you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa standing at 19340ft.

The descend is no easier than the ascending. You will reach back to Barfu Camp in about three hours after summit.

You will be given time to rest, having lunch, and refreshments before continuing on to the Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight stay. Today you have trekked a total of 13 hours.

Day - 7
Mweka Camp to the Gate/Arusha
On the final day of your journey, you will descend from Mweka Camp to the base. The descend to the gate will take approximately five hours and climbers usually arrive before Noon. Upon arrival at the gate, you will be rewarded with certificate attesting your success at climbing mountain Kilimanjaro. Drive back to Arusha to your hotel. End of you climb and you can continue with your next program.
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Lemosho Route - 8 Days
This route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger as the forests around Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game animals.

Arrival day, meet your driver and mountain guide at Kilimanjaro international airport. Transfer to the hotel booked for you. Make a short discussion with your guide about your climb information.

Day - 1
Drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Park Gate (2250m, 2 hours). From here a forest track requiring a 4wd vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m,11km,45 minutes) and a possible campsite (park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along forest trails to Mt Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3 hours).

Day - 2
The trail gradually steepness and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed, then it gains the Shira Ridge at about 3600m and drops gently down to Shira 1 Camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau (3500m,, 5 hours). This campsite could be omitted.

Day - 3
A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 Camp on moorland meadows by a stream (3850m, 1.5 hours). A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day.

Day - 4
Continue east towards Kibo passing the junction, then east towards the Lava Tower.

Day - 5
Have an extra day here at lava tower for acclimatization, here you can have a nice work-out to climb lava tower rock is 15,000ft.and then back down to the camp.

Day - 6
Today is the shortest day and actually you have covered enough acclimatization
physiologically. After your breakfast descend to Barranco hut (3940m, 4 hours)

Day - 7
A short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco, then a traverse over scree and
ridges to the Karanga Valley (4000m, 3 hours), beneath the icefalls of the Heim,
Kersten and Decken Glaciers. After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail
ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600m,
(3 hours walking)

At midnight wake up and start attempting to Uhuru. It will take almost 7 to 8 hrs
climb to Uhuru Peak. On the roof of Africa we spend a few minutes for the magical
moment of Kodak pictures. Descending 3 to 4 hrs to Barafu for lunch, little rest
continuing later down to Mweka amp for overnight and dinner.

Day - 8
A 3 - 4 hour descent through beautiful forest brings you to the Park Gate after
signing out of the park you will be rewarded with certificates to those torched null
peak. End of your Kilimanjaro climb trip, and your transport waits you. Drive back
to the hotel and continue with your next day program.
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Marangu Route - 6 Days
This is a tough walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. An extra day for acclimatization to the altitude can be spent at Horombo. From Horombo there are various walks to enjoy.

Arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport. Meet your driver and mountain guide .Transfer to your hotel. Give an opportunity to your guide for a brief information about your itinerary or questions you might have. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day - 1
Drive to Marangu Gate. Walk through the rain forest to Mandara hut (2743m), about 3 hours

Day - 2
Leave the forest and trek across open moorland to Horombo hut (3760m)

Day - 3
Rest and acclimatization day at Horombo Hut. Day walk to Zebra Rocks or to Mawenzi Hut. This is your acclimatization day to get used to high allititude.

Day - 4
Walk through moorland then alpine desert to "The Saddle" between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you will walk for about an hour to reach Kibo hut (4730m).
Very early at midnight start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman's Point (5681m) which is on the crater rim.
Continue around the rim (which will take about two hours if you are fit) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) the highest point in Africa.

Day - 5
Descend to Kibo Hut for a little nap and hot lunch. Then down to the thicker air a relative warmth of Horombo hut.

Day - 6
Descend to Marangu Gate. Drive back to the hotel. This will be the end of your Kilimanjaro climb trip.
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Rongai Route - 5 Days
Arrival day, you will meet your driver and mountain guide at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to the hotel. At this time your guide would like to make a quick briefing with information for your climb. At this time please ask questions you might have.

Day - 1
Drive to Rongai Gate. Walk through the rain forest to Camp 1.

Day - 2
Walk up to Camp 2 - near Kikelewa Cave.

Day - 3
Walk through moorland followed by alpine desert to "The Saddle" between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you will walk for about an hour to reach Kibo Hut (4730m). Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman's Point (5681m) which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim (which will take about two hours if you are fit) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) the highest point in Africa.

Day - 4
Descend to Kibo Hut for tea and biscuits or soup and then down to the thicker air and relative warmth of Horombo Hut.

Day - 5
Descend to Marangu gate. That is the end of your Kilimanjaro climb tour. Drive back to the hotel.
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Umbwe Route - 6 Days
Arrival day, meet your driver and mountain guide at Kilimanjaro International airport, transfer to your hotel.
Your mountain guide will provide you with a briefly information of your Trip to Kilimanjaro. It is a good idea at this time to ask as many questions as you might have.

Day - 1
Drive to the Umbwe Road head at 1800m. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepness to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers. The first campsite is in the forest by some rock overhangs at 2940m, (5-6 hours walking).

Day - 2
Shortly after leaving the camp the forest ends, and the path continues along a narrow spectacular ridge. Above, the sheer 1000m of the Breach Wall appears and disappears as the afternoon mists rolls up the Great Barranco. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco Hut and our camp is in the valley floor at 3900m, (5-6 hours walking)

Day - 3
A short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4000m, 3 hours), beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers.

Day - 4
After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600m, (3 hours walking)
AND IT IS YOUR SUMMIT DAY...An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, (4 hours) the last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance. From here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east.

Day - 5
After a short time on the summit you descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch before continuing on down to camp at Mweka Hut in the giant heather zone on the Mweka route.

Day - 6
A 3 - 4 hour descent through beautiful forest brings you to the Park gate and your waiting transport. Drive back to the hotel in Arusha.

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