Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the mountain, only the name Kipoo (now known as Kibo) stands for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, the overseer of the continent this is truly the summit of Africa.
Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation is around 900 meters rising to an imperious 5,895 meters (19,336 feet).
Routes & Itinerary
6 Days Marangu Route
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will be welcomed by staff who will be waiting and you will be taken to Moshi town for your overnight in the hotel / lodge.
From Towm to Entrance gate,to Mandara Huts 2,740m/9,000ft.
After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, leave Moshi town at 9 AM, drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park, and begin hiking at 10:30 AM. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will be advantageous. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Stop halfway for lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at 2 or 3 PM. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee. A 15 minute side trip to Maundy Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 PM. Bathrooms with running water are available.
Mandara Huts (2,740 m/9,000 ft)to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)11 km.
Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast, and pack for your next trek. Break camp by 8:30 AM, hike for an hour through rainforest glade, then follow an ascending path through moorland where you can look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3 PM, where you can see Kibo summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available.
You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.
Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)to Kibo Huts (4,695 m/15,400 ft)10 km, 6-8 hours Alpine Desert.
Wake to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heath land that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice altitude discomfort that may occur to some of us, including norse bleeding due to internal pressure exceeding the external. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.
Summit Day! Kibo Huts(4,695 m/15,400 ft)to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft)to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)4 km up 14 km down10-15 hoursAlpine Desert.
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for your summit climb. The goal is to climb before crack of dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep hoarfrost or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!
You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft)to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft)18 km, 5-7 hours
Wake as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. Remember to tip your guides,coock,and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to the Hotel or Lodge of your choice in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration and /or further arrangements!
Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region. (Time for you to leave recommendation for your Climb)
7 Days Machame Route
This day is the day that you will meet us after plane landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Tanzania, Or directly Moshi town where you will spend your first night at your choice hotel/lodge in the home town of Kilimanjaro mountain. When in town if early arrived and no cloud barrier, you may see the beautiful mountain snow caped “that is Kilimanjaro Mountain”.
Day 01 : Moshi town to Machame Camp.
Early in the morning after breakfast at your lodge/hotel, you will be picked up by our driver and transferred to Machamme Gate lying at 1,815 mt/ 5,950 ft. You will go through the registration formalities as the porters assigned the luggage amongst themselves for you start on your first day of trekking. This day sight of a lot of exotic birds will be seen, and the Sykes monkeys as well as the black and white colubus monkeys on the canopies of the trees as they go on their daily life. In about 6 – 7 hours you will be at the camp for the first mountain night, the Machame Camp that sits at just above the forests zone aprrox 9,850 feet. This day’s trek is a long one but gentle. Your porters surprisingly will be much ahead of you and on your arrival you will most probably find them having pitched tents and coffee is ready for you.
Day 02: Machame Camp to Shira Camp,
After breakfast in the morning through the savannah grasses we will pass across the beautiful heather land and alpine moorland all the way with wonderful views of the Kilimanjaro Peak one of the rewards of this route is that it filled with views . As we go the ascent begins to steepen and we scramble around some boulders as we enter this moor land zone which is typically marked with presence rocks draped by lichen beards which apparently protect the wild alpine flowers from growing at their bases. This day’s night will be spent at Shira Camp that lies at 12,600 feet. We will have walked about 4-5.5 hours today and fatigue is gripping in slowly. After meals we will rest to our tents for overnight.
Day 03: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
Having slept early the previous night we wake up early this day and after breakfast off we are on our way up and as we get closer to the lava tower the peak is drawn even nearer. More sensible the trekking becomes this day but this day is treated as the acclimatization day. The lava tower is a 300 ft tall volcanic plug that marks an exposed pass at 1500ft. After having reached at the Lava tower we start descending down the steep track into the Valley of Barranco where we shall camp for the night. The Barranco camp lies at 12950 feet and is set on a flat area that is enclosed by steep valley walls and the Kibo massif. Stunning view of hanging glacier.
Day 04: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp
Hoping to have now acclimatized enough we start our day by ascending into the gorge before we descend its eastern wall enjoying views of Kilimanjaro’ since field that seem to defy the norms of the equatorials. We will continue ascending this day is steeper but we walk for fewer hours about 4-5 hours until we reach Karanga Valley Camp our home for the day. The camp stands at apprx 13,900 feet.
Day 05: – Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp
This day we shall trek up Karanga Valley, as the trail turns steadily uphill, and following the lava ridge we proceed towards the Barafu camp. As we approach the Barafu Camp the temperatures are now colder that this night will use your most warming gears. The Camp is on a ridge, small exposed flat area, at 15,200 feet, that will act as a base camp from where we shall attempt to summit later on at midnight. This day we shall have walked 6-7 hours.
Day 06: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
After having had enough rest we wake up just after midnight and start our last but challenging trek attempt the summiting. At around 12:30 to 1.00am we embark on our way up passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers and over to the rim at Stella Point. Temperatures are now below freezing point and as it dawns we’ll summit at the Uhuru Peak, which is the highest peak in Africa standing at 5895 m /19,340 feet, The excitement and satisfaction is just an amazing feeling up the rooftop of Africa. Jubilation rules the air and after a session of photos you will begin your way down 3-4 hours to Mweka Camp lies at 9,840 feet where you will spend the night. You will have stopped at Barafu briefly to take your breakfast.
Day 07: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate
Approximately 3 hours after breakfast you will descend down from Mweka camp to the Mweka Gate where you will sing out and bid farewell to your crew who accompany you to made it. Persons who have made it to the Gillman’s point receive Green Certificates and the conquerors of Uhuru Peak 5895 m /19,340 feet will get a Gold Certificate. You will have a waiting vehicle which will take you back to hotel in Moshi or Arusha depends on your plan. This day is also a recommendation day.
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6 Days Rongai Route
Trek Africa’s highest mountain on the quiet and less demanding Rongai Route
The Rongai Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and retains a sense of untouched wilderness lost on the crowded Marangu and Machame trails. The ‘easiest’ of all the Kilimanjaro climb routes, it has a relatively gentle gradient and short daily stages as it winds its way from the starting point just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border. It passes through farmland, forest, and Alpine moorland on its way to the beautiful summit cone. There are magnificent views throughout, with possibilities for wildlife viewing, and an extra day to aid acclimatization as the trail climbs beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The final ascent is arduous and made in darkness, but the reward is a spectacular dawn view of the glaciers and ice cliffs of the summit, and across the East African plains far below. Descending through lush forest, there is time to relax and recover before the flight home.
Day 1: Transfer to KilimanjaroClimb Rongai Route
Rongai gate – (1,950m) – Simba camp (First Cave) (2,880m) – (6,400ft – 9,450ft)
Transfer by our vehicle to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru. After the park formalities you will begin hiking on a wide path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone.
Day 2: First cave (2,880m) – Second cave (3450m) – (9,450ft to 11,320ft)
The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. 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 3: Second cave (3450m) – Third cave (3870m) – (11,319ft to 12,700ft)
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 4: Third cave (3870m) – Kibo hut – camp (4750m) – (12,713ft to 15,600ft)
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 5: Kibo hut – camp (4,750m) – Summit (5,895m) & Horombo Hut (3720m) – (15,600ft to 19,340ft) (down 12,200ft)
In the midnight you will be awaken by your guide for a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate with a piece of bread and biscuit. After warm up you will stand the most demanding part of the Kilimanjaro around 1 a.m. With your flash light, sun glass, walking stick, camera, drinking water, warm layers the trail will take you to Gilman’s point (5,685m/18,650ft). Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Don’t rest for to long as it will ruin your ability to finalize to the summit the Uhuru peak at (5895m). After taking some pictures you will descend to Kibo hut have some breakfast and a rest before proceeding to Horombo Hut – camping for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Horombo Hut – Camping (3,720m) – Marangu gate (1,700m) (12,200ft to 5,500ft) To Moshi/Arusha
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m / 8,858 ft), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu. A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
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7 Days Lemosho Route
7Days Kilimanjaro climb Lemosho route.
The 7days Kilimanjaro climb Lemosho route itinerary is an unspoilt, remote, little used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are inhabited by buffalo, elephant and other wildlife.
The minimum duration for the Lemosho route is 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days. The additional 7th day will give your body more time to acclimatize, reducing the effects of altitude sickness and give you more time to rest before attempting the summit.
DAY 1: Londorosi gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp 7days Kilimanjaro climb lemosho route itinerary
Breakfast, Drive to the gate of Londorosi for a few minute of registration and other formalities. The 4WD will take you further up to Lemosho glades, thereafter you can walk for about 4hrs to Mti Mkubwa Campsite (9,200ft) Dinner and overnight at the camp.
DAY 2: Mti-Mkubwa Camp – Shira I Camp
Breakfast, leave the Mti Mkubwa campsite for Shira plateau (11,550ft), walking through the moorland steepenning track. Dinner and Overnight at the Shira I Camp.
DAY 3: Shira I Camp – Shira II Camp
Breakfast, hike across the high desert to Shira II camp (12,220ft) with significant acclimatization effect as we goes up the mountain.
DAY 4: Shira II Camp – Baranco Hut
After breakfast, we leave Shira II for Baranco hut (13,100ft). We will pass through the last water drop at Karanga valley on the way up. Overnight Baranco hut.
DAY 5: Baranco Hut – Barafu Hut
After breakfast, we leave Baranco hut for Barafu hut (14,910ft). We will pass through the last water drop at Karanga valley on the way up. Overnight Barafu hut.
DAY 6: Barafu Hut – Stell Point – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Hut
Wake up at midnight, and after a small snack, start ascending to Uhuru Peak through the Stella point (18,640ft), then after reaching the summit, we will head down to Mweka hut (10,100ft) for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Mweka Hut – Mweka gate
After breakfast, we will head down to Mweka gate with picnic lunch box, and our representative will be waiting for clearance from park authority and thereafter transfer you to a hotel in Moshi.
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7 Days Shira Route
Kilimanjaro Climbing Shira Route
7days is a trail that approaches the south west side of the mountain. This route converges at a junction on the Shira plateau and continues on the same path to the summit.
Day 1: Early in the morning after breakfast you will be briefed about the Mount Kilimanjaro with the guide before the departure to the Londrosi gate about three and half hours. After all park registration formalities we proceed driving to near Simba campsite. Then lunch afterwards you start trekking through heather and moorland to the first camp (about 1-2 hrs) to Shira 1 camp (3505 m) for dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 2: After breakfast we continue walking towards the Shira Hut for lunch 3926 m. The day is spent acclimatizing. A visit can be made to the Plats Cone on the ridge. Dinner and overnight at the campsite
Day 3: In the morning after breakfast from the Shira Plateau we continue to the East passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue our direction changes to South East towards the Lava Tower, shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which divides away to Arrow Glacier and Barranco. We have now reached an altitude of (4876 m). We now continue down to the Barranco hut at an altitude of (3860 m). Dinner and camp overnight.
Day 4: Barranco Hut (3950 m) to Karanga Valley Camp (4200 m). The morning starts with a scramble up the almost vertical Barranco Wall to an altitude of about 4 200m. After lunch the climbers are advised to take a rest at this point. Dinner / Overnight.
Day 5: Karanga Valley (4200 m) to Barafu Hut (4600 m). From here there is no water, so take care to stock them for there is no water at Barafu Hut. It is recommended that the climbers must familiarize with the camp before dark because of this camp is situated on an exposed and precarious ridge.
Day 6: An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, four hours from here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak (5985 m). Descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch before continuing on down to camp at Mweka Hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: After breakfast we continue the descent (3-4 hours) down to the Mweka Park gate and then drive back to Moshi. Overnight at hotel or depending with the program transfer to the airport back home but you should also think of having an amazing sighting of the Tanzania wildlife and birdlife parks.
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