Summary of Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Moshi
  • Day 2: Start the hike
  • Day 3: Up to Shira Plateau
  • Day 4: Baranco Hut
  • Day 5: Up the Branco Wall
  • Day 6: To Barafu (Ice) Hut
  • Day 7: Summit Night

Highlights

The best elephant viewing in TZ.

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A birdwatchers paradise.

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Large number of lion found here.

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General Info

We think this is the most beautiful route for reaching Mt Kilimanjaro’s Peak.

Moshi, the starting point for most treks up Mount Kilimanjaro, is just a short drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

We offer trips up all routes to the summit (Uhuru Peak). Alternative activities around Kilimanjaro include: mountain biking, horse riding and cultural tours.

START/RETURN LOCATION Moshi
START DETAILS The day before the start of the climb, you’ll check into your hotel in Moshi
END DETAILS You’ll get off the mountain in the afternoon of day 6 ofrthe climb and spend the night at your hotel in Moshi
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen. A full kit list we be sent to you, and anything you don’t have you can hire the night before the climb
INCLUDED
Guides, porters, cooks Ample food/water on the mountain
Hotel at the start and end on a B&B basis Transportation to and from the trail
Equipment – tents, etc Park fees
NOT INCLUDED
Meals in MOshi
Tips

Mount Kilimanjaro was formed about a million years ago by the East African Rift Valley volcanic activity, Kilimanjaro first erupted about one million years ago. As you climb this spectacular mountain there are five vegetation zones to walk through with numerous wild flowers and endemic plants. The Mountain is consistently inspiring from its superb forested lower slopes to the glacier and volcanic scenery of the higher slopes.

Additional information

Duration7 Days
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Day 0: Overnight Moshi

When you arrive in Moshi, you’ll check in at you hotel. After dinner, the guie will visit you at your hotel and give yo ua pre trip briefing. If you’re hiring kit, they’ll also have lot of items to try.
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Day 1: Start the hike

The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

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Day 2: Up to Shira Plateau

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

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Day 3: Baranco Hut

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

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Day 4: Up the Branco Wall

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

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Day 5: To Barafu (Ice) Hut

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

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Day 6: Summit Night

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

At Stella Point (18,600 ft), 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 may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

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.

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Day 7: The End

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).

From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

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Day 1

Machame Gate to Machame Camp
•Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
•Distance: 11 km
•Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest

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Day 2

Machame Camp to Shira Camp
•Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
•Habitat: Moorland

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Day 3

Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
•Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
•Habitat: Semi Desert

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Day 4

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert

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Day 5

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
•Distance: 4 km
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert

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Day 6

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
•Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
•Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
•Habitat: Arctic

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Day 7

Mweka Camp to Moshi
•Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest

Mikumi Lion Kill
Mikumi Lions feeding
Mikumi Lion Kill With Cubs
Mikumi Buffalo Kill
Mikumi National Park Lions Feeding
Lion Family Mikumi National Park
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Female Lion Mikumi National Park
Lionesses hunting in Mikumi National Park
Buffalo herd in Mikumi National Park
Sunset Hippo Pools, Mikumi National Park
Birds In Mikumi National Park