Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, 11km/7 miles
We will give a briefing about the details of the trek, our guides will check your trekking gear before we depart.
Then the adventure begins with a 1-hour drive, the journey passes through
Machame village which is located on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro mountain.
We will arrive at the Machame Gate, where we register and start the climb.
Our journey begins while we are walking through the mystical rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge.
As the forest gets thinner, the tall grasses and wildflowers will appear. At lower elevations,
the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are advised here.
We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp at 3000 meters.
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, 5km/3 miles
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path,
crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. Notice the change in vegetation as you gain altitude.
The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite at 3840 meters.
Here we take our lunch, the rest of the day will be spent resting and acclimatizing.
Optional hike up to the Shira Crater where the lava flow of Kibo filled the Shira Crater.
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, 10km/6 miles
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo with its barren landscape.
As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” at 4650 meters.
Shortly after the tower, we will follow the trail to the Arrow Glacier.
We will descent down to the Barranco Camp at 3950 meters where take our dinner and rest.
Although you end the day by gaining only 110 meters,
this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours, 9km/6 miles
We leave Barranco Camp behind and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall at 4250 meters.
This will take us 1.5 hours to get reach the top of the wall.
We reach a more level terrain and hike towards the steep descent into the Karanga Valley at 4050 meters.
Here we come across the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit,
which offers views of the summit and glaciers from different angles. Here we set up camp with views of the summit in the distance.
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up to summit / 5-6 hours down to Mweka Camp, 5km/3 miles up and 13km/8 miles down
At midnight around 2 am in morning, we continue our way to the summit of Uhuru Peak , between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers.
This part of the hike is done in the dark and requires a headlamp.
You ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit.
Once at Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters, you have reached the highest point of Kilimanjaro and Africa!
From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch.
You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down.
We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, 10km/6 miles
After breakfast at 3090 meters, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates.
Our vehicle will be waiting for you at the Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel.
Solo TrekkerUSD 1986 per person group of 2USD 1851
per personGroup of 3USD 1898 per person group of 4USD 1886 per person group of 5USD 1883
per personGroup of 6USD 1881 per person group of 7USD 1877 per person group of 8USD 1876 per person group
of 9USD 1867 per person group of 10 and aboveUSD 1865 per person
High quality mountain sleeping tents
2 Nights accommodation (hotel ,Moshi)
Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
All Park fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Arrival and Departure transfers
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
Clean, purified drinking water:
Crisis management and safety procedures:
Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
Tanzania Visa: $50 / $100 (American residents) per person on arrival at airport
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
Tips and any items of personal nature.
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