Arriving to Kilimanjaro International airport (Tanzania). Transfer to hotel 3* in Moshi.
Info briefing at hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
From Machame Gates to Machame Camp (2834 m).
Elevations: Machame Gates (1634 m) – Machame Camp (2834 m)
Trekking route distance: 5 km
Duration of trekking: 3-4 hours
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the Northern Entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park – the Machame Gate. After the park permits are arranged, and the crew is registered with the emergency service, the group treks through the tropical forest to the first check point – Machame Camp (2980 m). Trekking to the Machame Camp takes approximately 3 hours, and it commences your gradual acclimatization process. The camp will be organized by our guides before your arrival, and the cook will take care of the warm drinks. Overnight at tents.
From Machame (2834 m) to Shira Camp (3 8 40 m).
Elevations: Machame Camp (2834 m) – Shira Camp (3 840 m)
Trekking route distance: 10 km
Duration of trekking: 5-6 hours
You rise early at Machame camp, and after breakfast, climb for an hour to the top of the forest, then for 2 hours through a gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. You are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. After a short hike west, you reach the Shira campsite. The porters will boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing. Overnight at tents.
From Shira Camp (3 8 40 m) to Barranco Camp (3 950 m)
Elevations: Shira Camp (3840 m) – Lava Tower (4630 m) – Barranco Camp (3950 m)
Trekking route distance: 15 km
Duration of trekking: 6-8 hours
After breakfast, you will hike east up asteepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass.After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominentlandmark called LavaTower at 4,630 m/15,190ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is severalhundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, thesure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower,descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and BreachWall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photoopportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice.Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, whichshould provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. Onthis day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. Overnight at tents.
TREKKING FROM BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP
Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano. Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then descent back down to the camp.
Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp:
Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) — Karanga Camp (4,035 m)
Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Destination point en route to Barafu Camp (4,270 m)
Hiking distance: 2.5 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours
TREKKING FROM KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP
In the morning after breakfast you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting.
Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp:
Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
Hiking distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Kosovo Camp (4,800 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours
Summiting on Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp
Summiting starts around midnight from 4,635 m, ending on Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. While the trek itself is fairly simple, rarified mountain air does does pose a challenge. Therefore, a guide who will monitor their condition throughout the climb shall accompany every two climbers ensuring safety above all. Upon summiting, you shall have an opportunity to walk on the nearby glacier.
The descent to 3,820 m at Millennium Camp starts after a two-hour rest back at Barafu Camp.
NB: Descent is deceptively easy with treacherous footing and results in 90% of accidents. Mind your feet if you want to avoid falling and damaged toenails!
Altitude: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Millennium Camp (3,820 m)
Distance: 15.5 km
Time: 7–12 hrs.
Descent From Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate
This last camp’s position being far lower at the forest line will afford you a good night’s sleep further enhanced by thoughts of having reached the top. Breakfast will be followed by the return to 1,650 m at the final point in this adventure- Mweka Gate. After a short celebration with the whole of the climb crew and arrival at our offices, you will receive your climb certificates, followed by the drive to your lodge.
Altitude: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m)
Distance: 12 km
Time: 4–5 hrs.
Kilimanjaro is 5895 meters high an extinct volcano, with 3 peaks: Kibo, Shira and Mawenzi ! The highest summit of Africa is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The mountain is situated completely in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is a non technical mountain that can be climbed by anyone with a fair good condition and patience. There are many different routes, each passing rainforest, moorland and glaciers. Most people seize the opportunity of being in wildlife paradise and couple a safari to their trip as well.
Location: 3°04' South Latitude, 37°21' East longitude.
Kili is the easiest of all the 7 Summis, so the most popular. Our route goes up moderate slopes and is provided with rather comfortable huts (with dormitories and dining rooms).
Choosing Machame route for your Kilimanjaro hike means smooth acclimatization and amazing views. This option is the second in popularity among the climbers, and the number of other climbers may be high.
Tips guidelines (important information!)
You entrust your life, health, your time and money to the guides. And the guides take this responsibility for you and for the success of the whole trip. They are doing this 24 hours.
Necessary travel papers (documents)
Tanzanian visa (if necessary: depends on your citizenship)
By air and by land
You can get to Kilimanjaro by several different air companies: KLM, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Quatar Airlines
Hotel 3*before and after climbing (twin accommodation), twin tent during climbing
Full board on the mountain, breakfasts only in hotels
Local mountain guides, assistants, cook, porters on the mountain
There are two rain seasons in East Africa. Though the dates are not fixed, roughly the first one is between late March and early June and the second comes usually in November or December.
- visa fee (50-100 usd depend on citizenship)
- tips (200-250 usd from each person)
- Sngl accommodation
- dinner in hotel
- extra excursions
- medical insurance
• Small backpack (35-40 °C liters) for your personal belongings
• Daypack that the porters carry (limited to 15 kg)
• Sleeping bag (-15 °C comfort)
• Waterproof poncho (it must cover you and your backpack)
• High-altitude trekking boots with waterproof protector
• Light trekking boots
• Trekking snickers
• Light trekking trousers for the first days
• Trekking poles
• Warm fleece jacket (-15 °C) for summiting
• Waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
• Waterproof trousers (Gore-Tex or similar)
• Thermal underwear
• Gloves (-15°C)
• Fleece hat
• High altitude trekking gaiters
• Baseball hat/cap/cowboy hat
• T-shirt with long sleeves
• Trekking socks (3-4)
• High trekking glasses (a good one!)
• Thermos (1 liter)
• Flask (1 liter)
• Hygienic lipstick
• Towel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush,
• Personal medical kit
• Camera with a supply of batteries
• Book, cards, walkman, reading stuff etc