Choose your Route to Climb Kilimanjaro with Amazing Usambara Trekking and Safari Co.Ltd.

There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. There is also the Northern circuit, although this is yet to be officially designated as a route.The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain (Mweka route is used only for descent).

The Lemosho, Shira and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north.

 Kilimanjaro route map



Marangu Route

Is known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it lower budget option). It is also the only route offering accommodation on the mountain, in the huts in each station.

It is unfortunately a well-known fact, that the 5 days Marangu route has the lowest summit success rates of all the routes on the mountain. If you choose Marangu route, we strongly recommend hiking for 6 days, to increase your chance to reach the summit successfully as more time on the mountain allows a greater chance for altitude acclimatization. This is the only route, which provide comfortable sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight station.

Marangu route utilizes the same route for ascend and descend.

Marangu 5 Days Itinerary

Day 1 -- Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Depart from Moshi or Arusha for Marangu Gate.

After breakfast your guide will meet you and drive to Marangu Gate (about 1 hour) once you arrive at the park gate they will be a register section before commence your climb.
After registration walk through the rainforest to Mandara encampment. A short trip to Maundi Crater to see the surroundings in the clear day you have a great chance to view northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys

Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft; Distance: Hiking Time: 3-4 hours; • Habitat: Montane Forest; • dinner overnight.

Day 2 -- Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

After breakfast leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. On the clear day you have chance to views Mawenzi Peak and the summit of Kibo both brings you are amazing image of African Mountains. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft; • Distance: 11km/5.5mi; Hiking Time: 5-6 hours; Habitat: Heathland Meals: BLD.

Day 3 -- Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

After your second breakfast on the mountain you now ascend to the base camp walking via saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Cup of coffee on the arrival as your dinner, in this day will be save earlier to allow enough time to rest, while preparing for summit climb which will take a place right mid night at 12: Am east Africa local time.

•Elevation: 3720m/12,200ft to 4732m/15,500ft; • Distance: 9km/5.5mi; • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours; • Habitat: Alpine Desert; • Dinner overnight.

Day 4 -- Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. After the session continuing, further ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa.
There are unbelievable views at every single view you open your eyes after reached the summit you will descend back to where you’re journey began in the night for lunch and short rest at Kibo before continuous to the Horombo Hut.

The beginning of this climb may be done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need your warm layers to remain on. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly” an optimistic attitude will get you there!
Elevation: 4732m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft.
Down to 3720m/12,200ft; • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down;
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 13km/9mi down.
Habitat: Alpine Desert Dinner overnight.

Day 5 -- Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Horombo Hut descent to Marangu Gate, where you will drive to Moshi or Arusha

After breakfast, descent takes us downhill through moorland to the Mandara Hut where your lunch will be save. After lunch continue descending through lush forest path Marangu Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy in the rain season. We recommend you trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
•Elevation: 3720m/12,200ft to 1800m/5500ft; • Distance: 19km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours.
Habitat: Forest.

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Marangu 6 Days Itinerary

Day 1 Marangu Gate - Mandara Hut

Depart after breakfast from Moshi/Arusha at 9:00am to Marangu gate where the registration done before your treks begin.
The trail lead through the rainforest of Kilimanjaro picnic lunch to be save at Kisambioni, day halfway to Mandara Hut.
After lunch continue your hiking through the rainforest until Mandara Hut for leisure rest of the day late evening a short walk to Maundi crater 340Mt.
In the clear day there is a great views of the horizon east over Taveta and northwest of Mawenzi Peak are stunning on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort.
Dinner overnight Mandara hut.
Marangu gate (1,800m to Mandara Hut (2,720)
Elevation Gain: 915 meters.
Distance 7Km

Day 2 Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut

After breakfast Mandara hut depart to Horombo Hut. Most of the day's hike will be through moorland, a rocky landscape with desert-like plants.
Picnic lunch save at half way before continuing to Horombo Hut. If the weather is clear, beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks are to be seen.
Arrive at Horombo Hut at around 15hrs pm and spend the rest of the late noon leisure. Although extremely busy, the Horombo Huts are considered to be the nicest on Kilimanjaro.
The small, A-frame buildings accommodate up to eight people each and provide lodging for hikers ascending, descending and acclimatizing.
Horombo can accommodate up to one hundred hikers and many more support crew’s porters, cooks and guides.
Mandara Hut (2,720m to Horombo Hut (3,720mt
Elevation Gain: 977 meters,

Day 3 Horombo Hut - Mawenzi Hut - Horombo Hut

Leisure breakfast before starting your day for acclimatization elevation gain and Loss: 880 meters, 2,900 feet Day three is an acclimatization day.
We suggest hiking all the way to Mawenzi Hut to allow for maximum acclimatization. The hike will increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, and also reward you with magnificent views of Kibo. Return to Horombo for a late lunch. Leisure afternoon evening at Horombo.
Horombo Hut --3,720Mt to Mawenzi Hut -- 4,600Mt and return to Horombo Hut (3,720Mt.
Distance 9Km

Day 4 Horombo Hut - Kibo Hut

Depart right after breakfast Horombo Hut hike through the moorland and alpine desert upper altitudes.
After hiking for about one hour arrive at Maua River, a small mountain stream after Maua River, the terrain becomes flatter and the vegetation begins to disappear.
Lunch to be save at Middle Red Hill after lunch, continue on a steady incline for another two hours through Saddle although the environment on the way to Kibo is a bleak desert with little vegetation, you will see many stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Reach Kibo Hut around 15hrs pm leisure prepare for summit session to take a place at mid night.
Horombo Hut (3,720Mt to Kibo Hut (4,750Mt
Elevation Gain: 1,030 meters.
Distance 9.5Km

Day 5 Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Hut

At midnight, awake for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the Top of Africa.
Hike begins with a demanding five hours hike to Gillman's Point on the crater rim. Although this is considered to be the easiest of the three crater ascent paths, it is still extremely difficult.
The first major rest stop, William's Point, lies at 5000 meters and is approximately a two hour hike from Kibo Hut continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will continue to Gillman's Point (5,681 meters).
The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring.
The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take pictures of your Self and or group at the peak before beginning the descent to Kibo Hut and later further downhill Horombo Hut. On the way down from the summit, you will see all of the magnificent views you could not see on the way up. Stop for a short break and breach at Kibo Hut before continuing on to Horombo Hut after reached Horombo Hut in the afternoon rest as this is your last night on the mountain.
Kibo Hut (4,750Mt to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720Mt.
Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters.
Distance 19.5Km

Day 6 Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate

Last breakfast on the mountain before your descent begin to Marangu gate. Your last hike on is a beautiful one, passing through cloud forest watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery during rainy season your lunch will be save at Mandara hut before completing your descent by arriving Marangu Gate exit gate the vehicles will be waiting at Marangu gate for driving back to Moshi/Arusha.
Horombo Hut (3,720Mt to Marangu Gate (1,800Mt.
Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters.
Distance 18Km
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Machame Route

The Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by support crews. The Machame route is a very scenic and beautiful route, which can be completed in 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days, allowing for more time to acclimatise. The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, helping towards better acclimatisation. There are however two drawbacks on this route:

Firstly hikers will need to pass an area just before the Shira ridge and hike the Barranco Wall, both of which are physically demanding and also present a potential problem for hikers with a fear of heights.

The second problem relates to the route’s high success rate, compounded by the fact that other routes join the Machame route from day 3 onwards – higher numbers of hikers can be therefore be encountered on this route.

The route utilises the Mweka route as a descend route.

Machame 6 Days Itinerary

Day 1 Machame Gate - Machame Camp

Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

Depart after breakfast from Hotel in Moshi or Arusha to Machame gate 1800Mt.
Your hiking will begin after registration in the entrance through the rain forest on a winding trail 5-6 hours overnight at Machame campsite (3000m/9350FT)
dinner overnight.
Distance: 11Km
Time: 5-6 Hrs

Day 2 Machame Camp - Shira Camp

After Morning breakfast leave the glades of the rain forest and continue trekking crossing a little valley and along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather and turn to the river Gogre at 3658m lunch to be save on the way to shira =campsite ,Overnight at Shira campsite 3840m/ 12500Ft) 4-5hours trek dinner overnight.
Distance: 7Km
Time: 4-5 Hrs

Day 3 Shira Camp - Barranco Camp

Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)

Total Elevation Total Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,264 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 760 meters to a height of 4,600 meters at lava Tower before beginning your descent to Barranco Campsite. This day is crucial day for acclimatization.
After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching Junction between Lemosho Route and Machame Route at 4435Mt
Unction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending slowly to Barranco Camp Dinner overnight.
Gain: 760 meters, 2,264 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 760 meters to a height of 4,600 meters at lava Tower before beginning your descent to Barranco Campsite. This day is crucial day for acclimatization.
After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching Junction between Lemosho Route and Machame Route at 4435Mt
Unction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending slowly to Barranco Camp Dinner overnight.

Day 4 Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp

After breakfast depart from Barranco, Campsite walk on a steep ridge passing the Barranco wall 4200Mt to karanga valley stop for Lunch and then Continue to Barafu campsite at 4600mt (this will depend on how many days you are trekking if you are taking for 7days 6night this will be your fourth night before hike to Barafu Campsite at the following day.

After leaving Barranco campsite you will start with a wall call Barranco wall, this will bring you to 4200Mt to reach the top of barranco wall, and soon you reach this top of barranco wall you will have a short beak here for 10-15 minutes while you explore over landscape view before descending to Karanga valley “where you will have your hot lunch.
After Lunch (if you are in 6days 5nights on kili trek,) you will continue further to Barafu campsite 4600mt.
Now you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles.
Your dinner will be save earlier to allow enough time to rest before summit section commence right at mid night rest, late prepare for the summit day.
The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day 5 Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet
Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka,

Right midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.

The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring.
The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, make sure you have captured picture for your memory before beginning of the descent to Base Camp Barafu and later further to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru there is a great views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.

At Barafu Camp your Branch will be save after a short break. As you still have another three to four hours descent further to Mweka Camp dinner overnight.

Day 6 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet
hiking time: 3-4 hours
After your last breakfast on the mountain leave weka campsite hiking through rain forest to Mweka Gate where you will end up with your life time tour before transfer to a Hotel in Moshi/Arusha.

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Machame 7 Days Itinerary

Day 1 Machame Gate - Machame Camp

After breakfast in the hotel drive from Moshi to Machame gate takes about 50 minutes. Through the villages of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. After reaching Machame gate they will be a session of registration before begin with your hiking through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge.
Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery during rainy season continue a short distance until you reach Machame Campsite dinner and overnight.
Machame gate 1,800Mt to Machame Campsite 3000Mt.
Distance: 11 km.
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours;
Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 2 Machame Camp - Shira Camp

Breakfast served at 7:30Am after breakfast depart 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 and Moorland, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Leisure for rest, dinner overnight at the Shira campsite.
Machame Campsite 3000M to Shira Campsite 3840Mt Elevation
Distance: 7 km; Hiking Time: 4-5 hours.
Habitat: Heath and Moorland

Day 3 Shira Camp - Barranco Camp

Breakfast session take place at 7:30am Shira campsite depart to Barranco campsite continue east up a ridge via junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you walk, your direction change to the southeast towards Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after reaching the second junction which brings you near to Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4600Mt descent downhill to Barranco campsite at altitude of 3950Mt Although you end your day at the same elevation as you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and it will help you to prepare for the summit session.
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp; Elevation 4600Mt.
Distance: 11 km; Hiking Time: 6-7 hours;
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 4 Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

After breakfast at the camp possible in blue sky your breakfast maybe save while enjoying sun outside of the mess tent –Right after breakfast first challenge is to climb- scramble over the volcanic rock of the Barranco Wall to reach the top of Barranco Wall stand at 4200Mt where you will stop for short break may take 15-20 Minutes in blue sky you have opportunity to explore a fantastic views Base camp and Mount Meru before continue across the ridges and valleys to Karanga Valley camp this is a short day but does not means easy day it offer you a great acclimatization again after the previous one.
Barranco Camp to Karanga 3937Mt
Distance: 5Km.
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours;
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Gain 250Mt Downhill to Karanga Valley Campsite 250Mt.

Day 5 Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

Leisure breakfast at Karanga Camp before you complete your ascent to the base campsite at Barafu campsite and hit the junction which connects with Mweka Trail after this point you only have 15-20Minutes to complete your hiking day. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offer views of the summit from many different angles. Your lunch will be save at this point following by afternoon leisure, rest, enjoy early dinner, and prepare for the summit session which take place at mid night right after the o’clock change.
The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible from this campsite..
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp;
Elevation 4600Mt
Distance: 4 km;
Hiking Time: 2-3-5 hours it a shorter day by no means easy hiking.
Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Day 6 Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

In between end of you day 5 and changing in to day 6 at mid night -dress enough layers of the clothing ready to begin the final session to the summit.
You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy screen towards Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,747Mt.
This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella you will have a stop for a short rest will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see.
From Stella Point you have one hour to reaching the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
Faster hikers may see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit after Uhuru Peak session descent continuing straight downhill to Mweka Hut campsite you will take a short rest at Barafu for lunch before you departing to mweka campsite situated in the upper forest.
Your last dinner on the mountain will be save at late hours follow by well-earned sleep.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak 4,600Mt to 5,895Mt - 19,341ft.
Distance: Ascend to Uhuru pear 5Km Descent to Barafu Camp 5Km and from Barafu campsite to Mweka Campsite 11Km.
Hiking Time: 11-12 hours;
Habitat: Arctic Moorland and Forest

Day 7 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

After your last breakfast on the mountain which save in the morning leave mweka camp descent downhill via rainy forest to Mweka gate at lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate our vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to a hotel in Moshi for hot shower and leisure dinner overnight.
Mweka Camp to–Mweka gate 3100Mt-1640Mt
Distance: 10 km; Hiking
Time: 3-4 hours;
Habitat: Rain Forest.
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Lemosho Route

Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoilt route and sightings of wild game in the forest section is possible. Lemosho route even 2 years ago was known as as a lesser used route, but the number of climbers on this route has increased rapidly. We now consider this a busy route. This is compounded when the route combines with the Machame route on the 3rd day of the hike.

For those seeking a longer and scenic route, Lemosho is a good choice. Typically this route is done as a 7 or 8 day trek. Lemosho route has the same excellent pro-acclimatization features of the Machame route, which it joins just before reaching Lava Tower.

Lemosho 6 Days Itinerary

Day 1 Londerossi Gate - Big Tree Camp

Depart from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi gate, which takes about 2-3 hours’ drive, to reach the gate where you will Sign in at the entrance gate thereafter drive to Lemosho starting point trailhead -Upon arrival starting point your lunch will be save before commencing your day hiking, through undisturbed forest which leads to Big Tree campsite dinner overnight.

Distance: 6 km, •Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,
Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 2 Big Tree Camp - Shira 1 Camp

After your first breakfast on the mountain your day hike will begin again as the trail leading out of the forest into savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards.
As you ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams you will reach Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp at 3,555Mt.
The view of Kibo from across the plateau is real amazing from this point in a clear day, it is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream dinner overnight.
Distance: 18 km, Hiking Time 6-8 hours.
Habitat: Moorland

Day 3 Shira 1 Camp - Barranco Camp

: 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.

Day 4 Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp

After breakfast, depart from Barranco camp continue on a steep ridge passing via barranco wall, to Karanga valley campsite for lunch.
After lunch depart from Karanga camp to the junction which is connecting with Mweka trail.
Continue further ascend to Barafu campsite. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offer view of the summit from many different angles.
Late noon at the base camp, leisure rest, dinner overnight while preparing for the summit day commencing at mid night.
The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this direction easily in clear day.
Distance: 9km, •Hiking Time: 8-10 hours.
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5 Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Summit session (midnight at 12:00am) depart from base camp to Stella point along Rebmann Ratzel glaciers.
Direction lead northwesterly ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point 5747Mt, short rest rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way 1-hour ascent to the summit (Uhuru peak. 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 (UHURU PEAK).

From summit descent continuing straight down Mweka campsite including short break at Barafu Base camp for lunch you may need a 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. Late in the evening leisure dinner overnight at Mweka Camp with well-earned sleep after a long day.
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent, Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent

Day 6 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

Your last breakfast will be save at 7:30Am Mweka campsite before descent downhill to Mweka gate at lower elevations 1,650Mt, it can be wet and muddy during rainy season.

Keep your trekking poles with you it may be usefully on your descent part. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Once you reach Mweka gate and sign out our driver will meet you at Mweka gate drive to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
•Distance: 10 km, •Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,
•Habitat: Rain Forest.
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Lemosho 7 Days Itinerary

Day 1 Londerossi Gate - Big Tree Camp

Depart right after breakfast in Arusha or Moshi to Londorossi entrance Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities before the drive to Lemosho starting point trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, your lunch will be save before commencing the hiking to Big Tree campsite through rain-forest Dinner overnight.
Distance: 7Km
Time: 3-4 Hrs.
Habitat: Rain Forest.

Day 2 Big Tree Camp - Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast proceed with your hiking trail leading out of the forest and into savannah of tall grasses, heather Moorland, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As you ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, you will reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau it is amazing like the name of our company.
Distance: 7Km
Time: 4-5Hrs
Habitat: Moorland

Day 3 Shira 1 Camp - Shira 2 Camp

Right after leisure breakfast before explore Shira plateau for a full day it is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream.
You continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Distance: 10Km
Time: 3-4 Hrs

Day 4 Shira 2 - Barranco Camp

After breakfast depart for your daily activities from Shira Plateau, continue to the east up a ridge, via junction between Baranco camp and Lava Tower.
Continue, direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, proceed to the second junction which leading to Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4600Mt continue downhill to Barranco campsite at an altitude of 3,950Mt dinner overnight.
Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization it will help your body get prepare for the summit day.
Distance: 11Km
Time: 5-6 Hrs

Habitat: Semi Desert

Day 5 Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp

Right after breakfast, depart from Barranco campsite continue on a steep ridge passing via Barranco Wall, to Karanga Valley campsite hot lunch to save here on the arrival time.

After lunch proceed to the junction which connects with Mweka Trail Continue up to the Barafu Campsite here you have completed South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles in this area.
Earlier dinner will be save to allow enough time to rest, while you are preparing for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position in a blue Sky day evening without clear day it can be seen at a very late evening keep your eye out of the sleeping tent or Dinning tent from 18:30pm.
Distance: 5Km
Time: 2-3 Hrs
Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Day 6 Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Right mid night (midnight to 12:00Am), depart to the summit from base camp along Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers at your left side while accessing the summit.
Trail lead northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (5747Mt), a short rest before 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, (5,895Mt) you have reached the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro -continent of Africa. Faster hikers you may see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, descent continuing straight downhill Base Camp before completing your day at Mweka campsite, you will stop at the base camp Barafu for short rest and Lunch before departing.
Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon during rain season later in the evening, dinner overnight on the mountain including well-earned sleep.
Distance: 5Km
Time: 6-7 Hrs.
Habitat: Arctic.

Day 7 Mweka Camp - Mwaka Gate

Your last breakfast on the mountain will be save earlier in the morning depending on your schedule late afternoon in this day normal breakfast take a place at 7:30Am before your descent downhill to the Mweka Gate .
At lower elevations, it can be wet during rainy season keep your trekking poles will help Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
After arriving in the park gate the will be proceed signing out before the drive to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

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Lemosho 8 Days Itinerary

Day 1 Londerossi Gate - Big Tree Camp

Depart right after breakfast Moshi to Londorossi Gate, which takes about 2 hours, where you will complete entry formalities registration in the entrance gate.
Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, your lunch will be save at the starting point before commence your hiking through rain forest to the first camp site Big tree campsite dinner overnight.
Distance: 7Km
Time: 3-4 Hrs.
Habitat: Rain Forest.

Day 2 Big Tree Camp - Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast proceed continue with the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As you ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, you to reach the Shira ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
Distance: 7Km
Time: 4-5Hrs
Habitat: Moorland

Day 3 Shira 1 Camp - Shira 2 Camp

You will explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which approaches Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of lent hills. Variety of walks are available on lent making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on Earth.
Distance Habitat: Moorland
Time for this acclimatization 6Hrs in both ways.

Day 4 Shira 2 - Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, depart after breakfast continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards Baranco and Lava Tower. As you continue hiking the direction changes to the southeast towards Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after, where you will reach the second junction leading to Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4600Mt.
Proceed Downhill to Barranco Campsite at an altitude of 3950Mt although you end your day at the same elevation you started the day in the morning this day is very important for acclimatization and will help prepare for summit day.
Distance: 11Km
Time: 5-6 Hrs

Habitat: Semi Desert

Day 5 Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

Right after breakfast hit Barranco wall known as breakfast for warm up scramble over the volcanic rock of the 4200Mt to of the Barranco wall.
Reaching the top of Barranco wall it offer you a fantastic views of the country side far in the horizon this is going to take you about 15-20 minutes short break before continue across the ridges valleys to Karanga Valley campsite where you will be save a hot lunch on the arrival time after lunch afternoon leisure dinner overnight.
Distance: 5Km
Time: 2-3 Hrs
Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Day 6 Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

After breakfast depart from Karanga campsite to Barafu Campsite where these two route reach it junction which connects with Mweka Trail.
Continue few minutes further up to Base campsite where you will be save your lunch on the arrival you will have completed Southern Circuit of Mount Kilimanjaro which offer views of the summit from many different angles.
The rest of afternoon leisure while you are waiting for early dinner don’t forget to keep drink for your preparation of the summit day to begin at mid night.
The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible in the blue sky or clear day.
Distance: 5Km
Time: 2-3 Hrs
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7 Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Right mid night with it is enough layers of clothing begin your summit session to Uhuru Peak
From base camp head in northwesterly direction ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim at (5745Mt).
This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point you will have a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see out of Africa.
Thereafter from Stella Point, proceed for one hour to complete your dream trip at Uhuru Peak where you will arrive between 45Miuntes -1hrs once you have reached the highest point of Africa Continent capture picture before descend.
After Summit session descent back to base camp where you will have a short rest your branch (Lunch) will be save in order to allow you continuing descent downhill to Mweka camp site dinner overnight. 3100Mt
Distance: 5Km
Time: 6-7 Hrs.
Habitat: Arctic after summit From Base camp it will take you back to Moorland begin of the rain forest.
Distance: 17 km; Hiking Time: 11-13 hours; Habitat: Arctic –Moorland and forest.

Day 8 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

You last breakfast on the mountain will be served at 7:30am or a bit earlier. After breakfast, we descent downhill to the Mweka Gate, at lower elevations, it can be wet so it is best to have your rain gear close by.
At the exit gate you will sign out and drive to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha for overnight.
Distance: 10Km
Time: 3-4hrs.
Habitat: Rain Forest.

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Shira Route

Shira Plateau is one of the most scenic and most fascinating areas on Kilimanjaro. Depending on the weather conditions you can drive by 4 wheel drive vehicles, to within a 2 hours walk of Shira Hut (4000m).

Even this drive is very spectacular indeed and offers some magnificent views of Mt Meru and the Great Rift Valley in general. Game is often sighted and the road features some striking vegetation changes ranging from forest, grassland, heath to moorland.

The fast ascend by vehicle to about 4000m will require additional acclimatization, after which it will be possible to ascent to Uhuru Peak either via the Western Breach or via the Barafu campsite 4600Mt.

Shira route is only offered to hikers who are already acclimatized to 4 000m, by hiking either Mt Meru or Mt Kenya a few days before attempting Kilimanjaro. Depending on the weather conditions you can drive by 4 wheel drive vehicle, to within a 1 hour before walking to Shira Hut (3 840m). This drive is very spectacular and offers some magnificent views of Mt Meru and the Great Rift Valley in general. Game is often sighted and the road features some striking vegetation changes ranging from forest, grassland, heath to moorland.

The fast ascend by vehicle to about 4000m will require additional acclimatization, after which it will be possible to ascend to Uhuru Peak either via the Western Breach or via the Barafu hut.

Shira 8 Days Itinerary

Day 1 Londerossi Gate - Big Tree Camp

Lemosho is ideal for climbers seeking a more private hiking experience. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on the third evening, the first three days on the mountain are relatively quiet with few other trekking groups on the trail. On the first day, arrive at Londorossi Gate at about 11am. Spend about an hour at the gate while registers your climb while support crews and guides make their final preparations.
Please note that the arrival time at the gate may vary depending on road conditions after registering at the gate, drive to enjoy a picnic lunch before starting your trekking to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) via rain forests of Mt Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. Arrive at the campsite in the late afternoon leisure for the rest of the day.
Londorossi Gate (2,250Mt to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750Mt.
Elevation Gain: 650 meters
Distance Km 7
Habitat Forest

Day 2 Big Tree Camp - Shira 1 Camp

Your first breakfast on the mountain will take a place at 7:30am before departing through end of forest on day two you have more moorland during your hiking.
This is the day that you will enjoy the greatest variety of Kilimanjaro's wildflowers, when the trail flattens out, you will have your first views of Kibo peak.
After lunch which will be save on your way to Shira Plateau, created when Kibo's lava flows filled up the Shira crater your day will end up at Shira 1 Campsite here you will relax for the rest of the day evening leisure dinner overnight.
Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750Mt to Shira 1 Camp (3,505Mt Elevation. Gain 755Mt
Hiking 4-5Hrs
Distance 7Km

Day 3 Shira 1 Camp - Shira 2 Camp

After breakfast you begin with your day hiking with opportunity of acclimatization day that allows you to take a day hike to explore the Shira Plateau.
You will hike for a short while and gain just over 335meters in elevation look to the west at sunset and you may catch a glimpse of the twin eruptions from the craters of Ol Donyio Lengai (The Mountain of God), an active volcano 335 kilometers distant.
Shira I Camp (3,505Mt to Shira II Camp (3,840 meters) Elevation Gain: 335mt
Hiking 3-4Hrs.
Distance 10Km

Day 4 Shira 2 Camp - Barranco Camp

After breakfast depart to Barranco campsite this is up and downhill day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4600 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Campsite.
This day is crucial for acclimatization. After breakfast, continue east on the Shira Plateau for two hours before reaching the junction for Shira and Lemosho Route and continue on through the barren landscape for another thirty minutes before stopping for lunch.
Shortly after lunch continue uphill to reach the highest point of the day before descending to Barranco campsite.
From the high point, spot Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside.
Optional detour via Lava Tower. The descent to Barranco Camp will take you through a valley which is home to many unusual plants including the Senecio of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Barranco campsite is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the route it is set in a canyon among forests of Senecio Kilimanjai beneath the Heim glacier.
From the campsite, enjoy magnificent views of Mount Meru, Heim Glacier, Kibo's southern face and the imposing Barranco wall during night you will have view of Moshi town.
Shira hut campsite (3,840Mt. to Barranco Camp (3,950Mt Elevation Gain: 650Mt.
Time 6-7Hrs.
Distance 11Km

Day 5 Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

Depart after breakfast to Karanga valley the day begins with hour scramble up Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top, (4200Mt) hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into greener Karanga River Valley and ascend to Karanga Camp is located on the ridge above the river valley.
Barranco Camp (3,950mt to Karanga3937Mt
Elevation Gain: 250Mt.
Distance 5Km
Time 4-5Hrs.

Day 6 Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

Leisure breakfast before your day begin the hike to Barafu Campsite this is a relatively short climb but by no means easy.
On the way to Barafu campsite you have an opportunity to explore several views of Kibo's glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route Mweka with the Machame trail.
During this day, hike by the Heim Kersten and Decken Glaciers although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation there are stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks along the way.
Try to sleep or if you can’t sleep allow yourself to have a long rest as soon after you finish your light dinner as you will be awake before midnight for your summit ascent session.
Karanga Valley 3937Mt to Barafu Camp (4,600Mt.
Elevation Gain: 663 meters,
Time: 3-4Hrs.
Distance 4Hours.

Day 7 Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Right after the time change in to midnight, summit session begins the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world.
After begin with your hike to the summit in the next six hours hike by the light of your headlamp. Machame ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek.
This part of ascend is steep and slow step until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point the hiking from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult.
The altitude, however, makes it more challenging the crater rim hike takes approximately forty-five minutes. Upon reaching Uhuru where you will have opportunity of pictures session before your descent to base camp Barafu campsite where your summit journey bagan during the night.
Once you reach Barafu campsite you will be offered short rest following by brunch when you wake up, drink lots of tea to help your body before the descent to Mweka campsite where your last night on the mountain will be spend dinner overnight.
Barafu Camp (4,600Mt to Uhuru Peak (5,895Mt
Base Camp 4600Mt - Mweka Camp (3,100Mt.
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters.
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters.
Time from Mid night till you end your day at Mweka Campsite Including resting hrs on the Ascend and Descent 11-12Hrs.
Distance from Base Camp to Huhuru peak 5Km Descent from Summit to Base Campsite 5Km.
From Base campsite to Mweka campsite 11Km

Day 8 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

Your last breakfast on the mountain will be save at 7:30Am following by descent to Mweka Gate as this a easy descent because of the increment of oxygen available make this descent relatively easy through the beautiful forest it can be cloud forest if there is no sunshine watch your step during the descent in a rainy season as the trail can be slippery.
Once you reach exit gate you will have to sign out before our driver meet you read to drive to Moshi where you will enjoy your shower leisure overnight.
Mweka Camp (3,100Mt to Mweka Gate 1640Mt
Elevation Loss: 1,460Mt.
Time: 3-4Hrs
Distance 10Km.

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Rongai Route

Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.

Rongai route’s premier advantage is that it is one of the quietest routes on the mountain. A disadvantage is the long travel time to the starting point of the route. The route also becomes busier when it connects with the Marangu route just before reaching Kibo hut.

Rongai route descends along the Marangu route as well, however you still sleep in tents, and do not use huts of the Marangu route.

Rongai 6 Days Itinerary

Day 1 Rongai Gate - First Cave Camp

After an early breakfast in your Hotel in Moshi or Arusha drive about 3 hours from Moshi and Arusha 4hours to the Rongai Gate near Kenya border.
After registration at the entrance gate your hiking will begin through forests where you may see or hear wildlife.
You lunch will be save on the way up before reaching destination of the day.
The rongai route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the Rongai Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft); Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,000 feet; Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours. Dinner overnight Simba Camp (first Cave)

Day 2 First Cave Camp - Kikelewa Camp

First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) to Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft); Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters, 3,280 feet; hiking time: 4 – 6 hours;

After Breakfast Walk through giant heathers and moor lands to Campsite at Kikelewa campsite - near Kikelewa Cave (5-6h, 3650m) 11862Ft) this is relatively short day during the hike you have a great view of Mwawenzi in the blue sky day dinner overnight.

Day 3 Kikelewa Camp - Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft); Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,390 feet; hiking time: 4 – 6 hours. Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours.

This is leisure day with more acclimatization activities in the morning and late noon day starts with a morning hike followed by a rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep.
Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo. Dinner overnight.

Day 4 Mawenzi Tarn Camp - Kibo Camp

Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft); Elevation Gain: 420 meters/1380 feet; Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours.

This is a fairly gradual walk as it mainly follows the saddle, and it is also possible to go from Mawenzi Tarn hut to school hut 4750Mt across the lunar landscape of the saddle to the final destination( 15438Ft) and from there to Uhuru peak, Gain the Saddle and walk across this desert of screen to a camp not far from Kibo hut (3-4h, 4730m). Dinner overnight.

Day 5 Kibo Camp - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Hut

School hut or Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft); Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet; Elevation Loss:

2,175 meters, 7,140 feet; Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1.5 hours to Uhuru, 4 hours to Kibo, 4 hours to Horombo.
At midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Hike by the light of your flashlight for the next six hours.
The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.

The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring.
From crater rim it takes about two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, capture picture for memory of your life time at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

Distance: 5Km Down to Kibo from the summit, 10km down to Horombo hut.
Total 15Km.
Time: 3hrs down to Kibo hut down, Horombo Hut 3-4 hrs while you are increase Oxygen dinner overnight Horombo Hut.

Day 6 _ Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate

Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft); Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet; hiking time: 6 – 8 hours.

This is by easiest day as it is downhill and the oxygen supply increase as you go down, you will reach Mandara Hut at about lunch time where your hot lunch will be save after lunch at Mandara hut complete your descent to Marangu Gate where the driver will pick you –up at the park gate to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha (B&B).

Distance: 20Km
Time: 5-6hrs.

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Umbwe Route

Umbwe route is known for its caves. The first night you actually sleep at the Umbwe Cave Camp with two more caves that can be visited en route the following day. Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably one of the most scenic, non-technical routes on Kilimanjaro. There are however higher risks involved when attempting to summit via the Western Breach / Arrow Glacier and overnight at the Arrow Glacier camp, which include:

Safety on the Western Breach – nobody can guarantee your absolute safety, as the area is unstable and rock falls may occur at any time

During a normal summit of Kilimanjaro you will sleep at Barafu camp (4 600mt) or Kibo Hut (4 650m) before attempting the summit. By sleeping at Arrow Glacier camp (4 800) the risks for severe altitude sickness are considerably higher.

Most of Umbwe route hikes are currently re-routed, to join with the Machame route from second night on the mountain. On special request we can assist with Umbwe route hikes attempting to summit using the Western Breach / Arrow Glacier path and overnight at the Arrow Glacier camp (and the Crater camp). Please note this can only be arranged through extra charges.

Umbwe 6 Days Itinerary

Day 1 Umbwe Gate - First Camp

Depart after breakfast drive to Umbwe gaate at 1600m, passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations once you have reached the entrance gate the will be a session of registration before you entering the park for your first session to accomplishing a life-long dream. The air is thick with moisture and the path is usually in a good condition.
The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees surrounding you. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth dinner overnight.
Umbwe Gate (1600Mt) First Campsite (2940m)
Hiking time: 6-7hrs;
Distance 11Km

Day 2 First Camp - Barranco Camp

Breakfast session take place at 7:30Am after leisure breakfast leave the campsite forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you - etched against the blue sky. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley campsite for your second night on the mountain dinner overnight.
First campsite (2940Mt) - Barranco camp (3950Mt)
Hiking time: 4-5hrs
Distance 6Km

Day 3 Barranco Camp - Arrow Glacier Camp

After breakfast you will start your hike towards Lava Tower, a famous landmark on Kilimanjaro. The path is steep and rocky, with views of Mt. Meru, Kilimanjaro's little sister, punching her peak through the clouds. Tent camp on day three of the Umbwe route. From Lava Tower you turn towards the Western Breach, a steep climb to Arrow Glacier camp (4800Mt).
This is taxing and symptoms of altitude sickness might become noticeable. The campsite is spectacular. Vegetation has now all but disappeared, leaving only rock and scree in varying shades of brown and black. The campsite is very cold and you need to be prepared.
Barranco camp (3950m) - Lava Tower (4600Mt) - Arrow Glacier Camp (4800m)
Hiking time: 5hrs
Distance 7Km

Day 4 Arrow Gacier Camp - Crater Camp

From the Arrow Glacier camp steep scree and rocky outcrops requiring a scramble lead up the Western Breach to the crater floor (5700mt).
This day will be the toughest challenge by far. After snowfalls the route can become icy and in these conditions an ice axe or ski stick may be required.
When reaching the crater rim, you will be astonished by the view of snow and glaciers. Visible to you left is the Northern Ice fields of Kilimanjaro with the Furtwangler Glacier in front of you. Walk past this glacier to the Crater camp, situated at the crater rim. If time permits, you can climb to the Ash Pit (1.5 hour). The Ash Pit is 340mt across, 120mt deep is one of the most perfect-formed examples in the world. The campsite is very cold as snow might occur.
4 Arrow Glacier (4800m) – Crater rim (5700Mt)
Hiking time 5Hrs.
Distance 4KM

Day 5 Crater Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

From the rim of the crater there is 1.5hrs to reach Uhuru peak after Uhuru peak the descent will take a place via Barafu Campsite to Mweka Camp -6-8hrs to Mweka campsite.
You will rise very early in the morning, and after some early breakfast you shuffle off into the early morning darkness.
From the crater floor you will probably counter snow during rainy season all the way on your 1.5-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak.
Time spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions and yourself.
Do not recommend a long stay on the peak before start your descent, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.
Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember of your life. Group of climbers at Uhuru after successfully summiting via Umbwe route dinner overnight mweka campsite.
(Summit attempt) Crater (5700m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m hiking time 11-12hrs
Distance 21Km.

Day 6 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

Your last breakfast will be save at 7:30am in clear day you have an opportunity view of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance on your last descent via Mweka route.
Hiking time: 3hrs to Mweka Gate where you will have to sign out before the transfer to Moshi via Mweka Village Moshi/Arusha
Mweka camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1980m);
Distance 10Km
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The Northern Circuit

The Northern circuit is the area that connects the northern side of Kilimanjaro with the western side. The area is pristine with great views and very few hikers. On special request, can we arrange to include the Northern circuit in your hike. There are actually two options, starting with Rongai route and moving west and south (counter-clockwise) or starting with Lemosho route and moving north and east (clockwise):

Counterclockwise option: Start the hike on the Rongai route and instead of heading east towards Mawenzi peak, head west towards the Shira plateau where you connect with the Machame route, attempt the summit from the Barafu camp and descend via Mweka route.

Clockwise option: Start the hike on the Lemosho route and on day 3 instead of heading east towards Lava tower, head north where you will connect with the Rongai route, attempt the summit from the Kibo hut and descend via Mweka route.

Please take note that you will need to arrange between 8 to 9 days hiking to include the Northern circuit to your hike and it can only be arranged through extra Package.

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Mweka Route

This route may only be use as a descending route for all the western routes.

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Technical climbs

Technical climbs or adventure activities such as paragliding and cycling are now allowed on Mount Kilimanjaro but need special permits.

Contact us we will provide you with more details in any above you may inqure.