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Kilimanjaro climb (Rongai Routes 7days)

Day 1: KILIMANJARO – RONGAI

In the morning you drive around Kilimanjaro to the Eastern side to Nale Moru to register at the gate. Hiking is through farm and pine plantations and then through afromontane forest. Overnight Simba Camp (full board).

Day 2: KILIMANJARO – CAVES

Ascent to Second Cave (3450) with views of the Eastern icefields. After lunch leave main trail and head towards Mawenzi. Kikelewa caves campsite is in sheltered valley. Overnight Kikelewa Caves Camp (full board).

Day 3: KILIMANJARO – MAWENZI

Hike up close to Mawenzi tarn (4330) located in a cirque beneath Mawenzi. In the afternoon you head out for an acclimatisation walk with your guide. Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Camp (full board).

Day 4: KILIMANJARO – MAWENZI

Today is an acclimatisation and rest day. Your guide takes you on a hike which normally lasts for around 4 hours. Overnight Mawenzi Tarn Hut (full board).

Day 5: KILIMANJARO – KIBO

Today you cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo in the alpine desert zone. The camp is situated at 4700 meters. In the afternoon it is time to prepare for the night ascent and then an early dinner and to bed for a few hours. Overnight Kibo Camp (full board).

Day 6: KILIMANJARO – HOROMBO

An early start is required to arrive in time for a dawn on the roof of Africa! You ascend Kibo volcano via Gilman’s point (5685m) which takes around 6 to 7 hours. It is then a further 11/2 to 2 hours to the summit and then descent to Kibo for refreshment and refuel and then continue down to Horomob camp. Overnight Horombo Camp (full board).

Day 7: KILIMANJARO – END

The final section descends to Marangu hut via Mandara hut to Marangu gate where you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved shower!

Kilimanjaro Climb (8 days Lemosho Route)

Day 1– KILIMANJARO – FOREST

From Arusha we set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon. Overnight Forest Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner).

Day 2 – KILIMANJARO – SHIRA 1

From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon. Overnight Shira 1 Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner).

Day 3 – KILIMANJARO- MOIR

Crossing the Shira plateau can be one of the most scenic parts of the trip and this morning we hike for around 3-4 hours to the lunch point. After lunch we ascend to Moir camp, arriving in the mid afternoon. For those with the energy a hike in the late afternoon is possible. dinner & overnight Moir Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner).

Day 4 – KILIMANJARO – BARRANCO

From Moir we traverse across the slopes of Kibo. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. Lunch is normally taken close to Lava Tower and for those that feel very strong there is an optional ascent of Lava Tower before descending down to Barranco camp in the afternoon. Dinner & overnight Barranco camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner).

Day 5 – KILIMANJARO – KARANGA

An early start is recommended to hike the Barranco wall. After about 2 hours you reach the top and then hike over glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you. Overnight Karanga Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner).

Day 6 – KILIMANJARO – BARAFU

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi volcano are the norm. Overnight Barafu Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner).

Day 7 – KILIMANJARO – SUMMIT / MWEKA

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp. Overnight Mweka Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner).

Day 8 – ARUSHA

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your lodge for a well deserved shower! Overnight Lodge (breakfast – lunch – dinner).

Kilimanjaro Climb (Machame 7 days)

Day 1 KILIMANJARO – MACHAME

After breakfast you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate your crew finalise packing and after finishing with formalities you start of from Machame gate. Today’s hiking is through verdant afromontane forest to Machame camp and on route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a graduation of forest zones! Overnight Machame Camp (full board).

 

Day 2 KILIMANJARO – SHIRA

From Machame camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys. Overnight Shira Camp (full board).

Day 3 KILIMANJARO – BARRANCO

Today is a walk high sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before deScending to Barranco camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is long day but note that the next time you head to this altitude is in two days time – great acclimatisation day! Overnight Barranco Camp (full board).

Day 4. KILIMANJARO – KARANGA

From Barranco camp, famous for its’ giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Overnight Karanga Camp (full board).

 

Day 5. KILIMANJARO- BARAFU

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp (full board).

 

Day 6.  KILIMANJARO – SUMMIT / MWEKA

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a realtively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp . Overnight Mweka Camp (full board).

Day 7.Mweka   – ARUSHA

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your lodge for a well deserved shower! Overnight Lodge (breakfast – lunch – dinner)

Mt Kilimanjaro in 6 or 7 days

Machame route - 6 or 7 days

This is one of the highly recommended routes climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. The trail on this route passes through some of the mountain’s different climate zones including montane rain forest, moorland/heather zone, alpine desert, and arctic zone (the ice cap).

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This climb can be done in 6 or 7days. The difference is that in the 7 days climb day 4 is spread out on 2 days. If you have the time this will be less stressing.

Prices from USD 1700 per person per trip for 5 persons or more.

MtKilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro reaches the greatest height at 19,340 feet (5,895 m) at Uhuru Peak. Uhuru is the highest point of Kilimanjaro’s three peaks.

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut

Godson will pick you up from your hotel and drive you all the way to Machame Gate (1800 masl = meters over sea level) where you will meet with our crew (porters, guides and the cook). As your Chief Guide, Godson will deal with all the paper work as well as park fees payment (which is included in the price). He will also assist you on the registration. Once everything is done you will start your ascent to Machame Hut (3000 masl).

Climbers

Note, that your Chief Guide will be giving you a briefing every day after dinner about next day’s plans. He will also be the one to brief you one day before the climb, and we do go through your mountain gears just to make sure you do have everything in advance.

During the long days we will have lunch on the trail. Some days the hikes are shorter which means that these days we will have hot lunch at the camp.

It is about 11km from Machame gate to Machame hut (diner and overnight at Machame hut (We will be camping).

Day 2: Machame Hut to Shira Camp

Early after breakfast we leave the camp and continue with our ascent to Shira Camp (3840 masl) for hot lunch. This is a 4 to 5 hours hike. After lunch you will have some rest. Later in the afternoon the Climbing manager will take you for a short hike for acclimatization and then you will get back to the camp for dinner and overnight at Shira Camp (3840 masl).

Day 3: Shira Camp to Baranco Camp

Day 3 is the longest day and it is a challenging day, too, as you may start to feel the altitude. On the other hand it is one of the best days for acclimatization. It is a day where we will ascend higher and sleep lower.

The second night on Machame route we sleep at at 3840 masl. On the third day you will ascend all the way to Lava Tower at 4600 masl where you will spend one hour or more getting lunch, and after lunch you will descend to Baranco Camp (3950 masl) for dinner and overnight.

As you see we ascend and descend for a better acclimatization of your body. This is essential for the success of the climb and for your health.

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Day 4: Baranco Camp to Barafu Hut

Day 4 is also a long day if you are doing six days because you have to go all the way to the base camp and we do suggest that you start earlier than any day you have been on the mountain, and you can discuss this with your guide as well.
Day four is one of the best day one the mountain as you have the Baranco wall to climb just after breakfast and this wall is now known as Breakfast wall.
It may take you 1 to 2hours to climb this wall and once you get to the top of it you won’t believe yourself, but it is true, You are moving and you can touch her (Kibo), after the wall you will have some up and down crossing some valley before reaching Karanga camp where you will stop for lunch (, But for the one who are doing seven days will overnight here and they will go up to Barafu camp the next day).For the ones who are doing six days after lunch they will continue with the ascent to Barafu Hut where they will some rest and also an early dinner because they will be doing the final ascent at midnight.

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Day 5: Barafu – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp 

Day five start at midnight just after a cup of coffee or tea you will start your final ascent via Stella point all the way to Uhuru Peak (5895 masl) called The Roof of Africa. This may take six to seven hours, which means you may get there for the sunrise.
Note that you Climbing manager will be the one to make the decision about how much time we stay at the Summit. It depends on how your health conditions are – remember our
number one concern is YOUR SAFETY. And the decision is not negotiable.

At-the-top

“What goes Up…, Must Come Down”
Once you reach the top of any mountain it means that you are half way of the climb. 😉 We will descend down the same way we came up – from Uhuru Peak via Stella Point and as always let your guide lead your way.

Once we get back from the Summit (Uhuru Peak) and reach Barafu Camp, your camp will still be there. We will have some time to take off some layers of clothes and pack our stuff. We will go to the Mess Tents to get some food/fuel and shortly after the food we will continue with the descent to Mweka camp (3100 masl) for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

After breakfast at Mweka Camp you will get time to say some farewell words to the crew members (porters, cooks, assistant guide) who made your dream come true. You may want to take photos with them.

Once you are done with that the descend will continue for about 3+ hours to Mweka Gate where your Chief Guide will take you to the check out office to sign out, and he will also collect the Certificates and handle them to the group members who made it to Uhuru Peak to proof “YES – you made it.”

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After all of that business you will get into the vehicles and your driver will drive you all the way to your hotel for a hot shower, we guess – and maybe a cold beer?

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Other routes

We have long experience in climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with tourists. Godson himself have been more than 200 times on the top. The iteneraries on this website are examples. We organize other routes on climbing Kilimanjaro like Lemosho Route, Umbwe Route, and Rongai Route. It all depends on your choice and capabilities. Contact us for a discussion about your plans.

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Mt Kilimanjaro in 5 or 6 days

The Marangu Route - 5 or 6 days

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro reaches the greatest height at 19,340 feet (5,895 m) at Uhuru Peak. Uhuru is the highest point of Kilimanjaro’s three peaks.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Prices from USD 1580 per person per trip for (5 persons or more).

Day 1: Marangu gate to Mandara hut

We pick you up from your hotel and we go to Marangu gate 1900 meters above sealevel (masl),where the registration process will take place. This will take some time depending on when we get there. (The sooner the better.) After the registration the hike will start where you will go through the Montane rain forest and after 8km you will reach Mandara hut 2700 masl for dinner and
overnight. Full board is included on the whole trip.

Mandara-Huts - Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 2: Mandara hut to Horombo hut

Early after breakfast you will depart with your mountain guide leaving the other crew members (cooks and porters) to clean up the huts. In one hour you will say goodbye to the forest and get into the second zone of this mountain – moorland/heather zone and if the weather is clear you will get your first really really good look of the twins peaks of Kilimanjaro (Mawenzi and Kibo). We will stop for lunch on the half way and after 12 km we will reach Horombo huts, 3720masl.
Dinner and overnight at Horombo hut.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day

If we do the 6 days climb the third day will be our acclimatization hike by gaining some altitude (an extra 800 masl-1000 masl) and then descend back to the camp for hot lunch. We will spend the rest of the day doing some short hikes. Dinner and overnight at Horombo hut.

Dreamteam - Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 4: Horombo hut to Kibo hut, 4700 masl

But if we do the 5 days climb on the Marangu route it means that we will have to leave Horombo hut early in the morning with our picnic lunch boxes and ascend to Kibo Hut for some rest and preparation for the final ascent.
Dinner will take place early as you will need to go to bed early.

Day 5: Kibo hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo hut

Day five starts at midnight. We will always give you a day-to-day briefing from the day one and we will always discuss with you about what time to start every day. It will be the same with the final ascent. After waking up ready for the summit you will get a cup of tea or coffee and some snacks. After warming up we will start the ascent to Uhuru peak via Gillmans point. We cross Stella point and once we rich Stella we will need an hour from there to Uhuru peak at 5895 masl.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Your guide will be the one to decide how much time we will need to stay at the summit depending on your health condition.
Once you are ready after the celebration and photos remember you are just half way of the climb!
Now we start the descending hike back to Kibo hut for some fuel and for packing the equipment before heading back to Horombo hut for the final night on the mountain. Here we will have dinner and overnight.

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Day 6: Horombo hut to Marangu Gate

Early morning after breakfast you will continue with the descend via Mandara hut all the way to Marangu Gate where we will find our driver guide ready to pick us up and drive you to your hotel for a deserved shower.

Note that if we do the 5 days climb only the different will be skipping the 3rd day,and instead you will go up to Kibo hut on that day and you will summit the same night.

Note also: Unless you are on Marangu Route, accommodation on the mountain will be in TENTS brought up by your porters.
On Marangu Route camping is forbidden and instead people have to sleep in huts along the route (You will only see people camping on this route but they are trekkers who took the Rongai Route to ascend and note that if you ascend through Rongai route you will descend through Marangu Route.
The Sleeping arrangements in these huts are usually dormitory-style,with anything from four to twenty beds per room.

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Mt Meru – climb it in 3 or 4 days

Mt Meru is the second tallest mountain in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro. The challenge is just as hard, but we climb it in 3 or 4 days. Meru is just outside Arusha, and the beautiful mountain is visible from the town – when it is visible!

Mt. Meru: 3 days or 4 days of climbing

There is only one main route up Meru. The routes from Momella gate 1597 masl – meters above sea level to the Summit is punctuated by two sets of accommodation huts, Miriakamba Huts 2500 masl is the first Hut,and the Second is Saddle Huts 3500 masl.

Prices from USD 600 per person per trip (for 5 persons or more).

Day 1

The driver will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. We go to Momella Gate which is the starting point of your climb.
Here is where you will meet your crew, (guides, porters and the Ranger who will accompany you all the way to the summit of Mt. Meru (The socialist peak).
After all the registration and park fees payment (included in the price) you will start your hike with your guide and the ranger. But bare in mind that there are two ways to take you to Miriakamba hut (2500 masl) the first one is the long one which follows a 4WD and it is about 12km. This one is great and very recommended because it is very good for acclimatization.
The second option is the trail which is the direct path and short way to rich Miriakamba hut and it is also steep, and we do recommend that you better start with the long way on the first day and do the shorter trail on the descent day.

Day 2

Early after breakfast you will continue with your ascent via Mgongo wa Tembo Ridge (Elephant Ridge) to Saddle Hut for hot lunch.
After Lunch you will have some rest and then later in the afternoon you will do the acclimatization hike to Little Meru (3800 masl). After the hike you will descend back to the Saddle hut for dinner and overnight.

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Day 3

Day three begin at midnight with a cup of tea or coffee and some snacks. After that you will start you final ascent of mount Meru via Rhino point all the way to the socialist peak 4565 masl, for the sunrise and some photos as well as celebration. We are not going to be for hours at the top, and shortly after de arrival we will start our descent. And remember – whenever you reach the summit of any mountain you are just the half way of the climb, so once you are done you will descend to the saddle hut for some food (it can be breakfast or brunch depending on the time that we get back to the hut.

Mount_Meru

Note: If you are doing the three days trip, you will continue with the descent all the way to Momella gate after packing everything. Here you will be picked up and your driver will take you to your hotel for a deserved shower.

But if you are doing the 4 days trip you will descend to the first hut Miriakamba hut for dinner and overnight.

Balance

Day 4

After breakfast you will continue with your descent to Momella Gate via the short trail where you will meet your driver guide who will take you to your hotel for a hot shower and celebration.

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