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The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 2 hours. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
Deep in mountain rainforest are ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. If we’re lucky we could see the black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. Our first day of climbing will end at Machame Camp where we will have dinner and overnight.

  • Elevation (ft.): 5,400ft to 9,400ft.
    •Distance: 11 km.
    •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    •Accommodation: Machame camp


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 heath. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

•Elevation (ft.): 9,400ft to 12,500ft.
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-6 hours.
•Accommodation: Shira camp

 DAY 3

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up, 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.

•Elevation (ft.): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
•Accommodation: Barranco Hut


 DAY 4 – Camping

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.

•Elevation (ft.): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Accommodation: Karanga camp

Day 5

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, we have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

•Elevation (ft.): 13,100ft to 15,300ft.
•Distance: 4 km
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours.

  • Accommodation: Barafu camp


Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. 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 the 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. We then descend 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. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • 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
    •Accommodation: Mweka camp


 DAY 7 – Mweka Camp to Arusha

After breakfast, we continue down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive 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, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka village to drive us back to hotel in Arusha.