The highest point in Africa is just three degrees below the equator and its two breathtaking peaks, Kibo ( 5,893m) and Mawenzi (5149m ) are permanently snow capped. Ascent and descent times vary by route. Kilimanjaro can be climbed by any fit person in good health with the assistance of experienced mountain guides and porters. It can be climbed at any time of the year.
1. LEMOSHO ROUTE -9 DAYS The Lemosho route is a newer route on Kilimanjaro. It comes from the west instead of the south and eventually meets up with the popular Machame route. Before meeting up with Machame, though, climbers experience few crowds and amazing panoramic views of the mountain. It has a higher summit success rate.
DAY 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to Kijenge Guesthouse in Arusha.
DAY 2: Breakfast, Drive to the gate of Londorosi for a few minutes of registration and other formalities. The 4WD landrover or van will take you further up to Lemosho glades. From there you can walk for about 4hrs to Mti Mkubwa Campsite (9,200ft). Dinner and overnight at the camp, B.L.D.
DAY 3: Breakfast, leave the Mti Mkubwa campsite for Shira plateau (11,550ft), walking through the moorland. The track steepens at this point. Dinner and Overnight at the Shira I Camp, B.L.D.
DAY 4: Breakfast, hike across the high desert to the Shira II camp (12,220ft) with significant acclimatization effect as we goes up the mountain. It is important to not rush as your body becomes acclimatized to the higher altitude. B, L, D.
DAY 5: After breakfast, we leave Shira II camp for Baranco hut (13,100ft). We will pass through the last water drop at Karanga valley on the way up. Overnight at the Baranco hut, B, L, D.
DAY 6: After breakfast, we leave Baranco hut for Barafu hut (14,910ft). Overnight Barafu hut, B, L, D.
DAY 7: 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, B, L, D.
DAY 8: After breakfast, we will head down to Mweka gate with lunch packet, and the waiting vehicle will take you to Kijenge guesthouse in Arusha, Dinner and Overnight.
DAY 9: Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
2. MARANGU ROUTE – 7 DAYS
The Marangu route up Mt Kilimanjaro is known as the “Coca Cola” route. It is considered the least difficult and fastest of the routes up the mountain. Because of the option of indoor sleeping, it is a popular route during rainy season.
Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to Kijenge Guesthouse in Arusha.
DAY 2: Breakfast then drive from your guesthouse to Marangu gate. We will spend about two hours for registration, payments of fees and final parking. Start climbing through dense semi-tropical forest to the first hut- Mandara hut (9,000ft). Dinner and an overnight stay at Mandara hut, B.L.D.
DAY 3: Breakfast, ascend through the alpine meadow, grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Horombo hut, B.L.D.
DAY 4: Breakfast, further ascending to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. At this point in the climb there is spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia. Dinner and an overnight stay at Kibo hut, B.L.D.
DAY 5: Wake up at midnight and, after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and 1-2 hours from Gilman’s point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft). You will reach the peak in the early morning of the fifth day and start descending after taking photos of you on the highest point in Africa! You will descend to Horombo hut for dinner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo hut, B.L.D.
DAY 6: Breakfast, Descend from Horombo hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take you to Kijenge Guesthouse in Arusha, B.L.
DAY7: Transfer to the airport for your return flight, B.
Option: You may choose 6days/5nights, with an extra day for acclimatization at Horombo hut, which will increase your chance of reaching the top.
3.: MACHAME ROUTE -8DAYS
Machame is called the “Whiskey” route by the guides and has become one of the most popular routes on the mountain. There will be more time walking per day and steeper inclines than on the Marangu route so people considering this route should have more hiking/backpacking experience to ensure they make it to the top.
Day 1. Arusha: Arrival JRO transfer to Kijenge Guesthouse. B/B
Day 2. Drive from Arusha to Machame Village. The climb begins at the end of the tarmac road. We walk for about 6 hrs, gradually ascending through the forested hills onwards to Machame Hut (3000m). Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 3. Early in the morning, you will cross a valley and stream before ascending a steep ridge. The path then drops into a river gorge before you climb more gently onto the moorland of the Shira plateau – 3,800m. Total climbing time is about 6hrs. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4. The path continues directly up the ridge towards Kibo, then turns right and descends into Barranco gorge. Climb to Barranco hut at 3940m shortly after. Total climbing time is about 6 hrs. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5. Crossing the Barranco Valley, climb the Barranco wall (not technically climbing), then follow the Kibo South Circuit. You will then turn left and climb up a ridge for about 2 hours to Barafu hut at 4,600m . Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6. Very early start for the summit, first to Stella Point and then Uhuru Peak at 5895m. After sunrise, descend down to Mweka hut, which takes about 6 hrs. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7.This is the last day of your climb. You will descend to Mweka Gate where you will be met our vehicles and taken to Kijenge Guesthouse in Arusha. (B,L)
Day 8: Departure. (B)
Our land arrangements INCLUDE:
Arrival and departure airport transfers.
2 night accommodations in our guesthouse, before and after the climb.
Accommodation in mountain tents/huts.
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, and government taxes.
Services of our own experienced English-speaking mountain guide, a skilled cook; plus enough porters for your luggage, food, water, and a dining tent.
Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your hotel
Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, traveler’s insurance, medical evacuation insurance (a 50$ value).
Tips to guides and porters.