Day 1: Machame Gate ( 1490 meters) to Machame Camp ( 2980 meters) 6-7 hours
After arriving at the Gate where you will register you will start your ascend with you guides.
The trail will take you trough the rain forest.
Trek to Machame Camp, through the dense mountain forest along a ridge, rising steadily with a small opening in the trees known as Halfway Clearing, a good place for a rest. The incline eases as the forest merges into giant heather, and the path leads easily to Machame Camp. Clouds permitting, the summit of Kibo may be visible beyond the foothills.
On the campsite the porters will have put up the tents and you will enjoy your dinner freshly prepared by the cook.
Night temperatures can drop below zero on the campsite.
Day 2: Machame Camp ( 2980 meters ) to Shira Camp ( 3840 meters ) 4-5 hours
From Machame Camp, follow the clear path up the steep rocky ridge, crossing and re-crossing the crest a few times. You'll rest at Picnic Rock, where you can view the Shira Plateau. You pass through patches of grass sand, and ash. Then you reach Shira Cave. Beyond the cave the path leads over a small ridge, then drops across a stream before another small rise up to Shira Camp.
You will enjoy your dinner and overnight on a campsite
Day 3: Shira Camp ( 3840 meters ) to Barranco Camp ( 3950 meters ) 5- 6 hours
From Shira Camp, the path is clear as it climbs gradually in an easterly direction towards the main peak of Kibo. The northern path passes Moyr Hut, the start of the northern circuit path dropping sleepily down the side of the ridge to reach Barranco Camp.
This will be the toughest day so far and some climbers will experience some of the high altitude signs like headaches and shortness of breath. The scenery this day is amazing and you will have ample opportunity to take very nice photographs.
Dinner an overnight on a campsite in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall
Day 4: Barranco Camp ( 3950 meters ) to Barafu Camp ( 4550 meters ) 7 hours
You will leave Barranco Camp and walk to the junction where you ascend up to the Barafu Hut for camping. If you took one extra acclimatization day, your walk today will start from Karanga Valley (4 km; 2-3 hours).
Dinner and overnight will be on a campsite.
You will get to bed early to get enough rest because the final ascent to the Summit will take place the same night.
Day 5: Barafu Camp ( 4550 meters ) to Uhuru Peak ( 5896 meters ) to Mweka Camp ( 3100 meters ) 15 - 16 hours
Barafu Hut - Uhuru Peak (5896m); 5 km; 6-7 hours walk.
Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp (3100m); 16 km; 6-7 hours walk.
The trek involves between 10-15 hrs of walking, which is made even more strenuous by the effects of altitude and extreme cold.
You begin the trekking just before midnight to see the sunrise at the crater rim the next morning and to try to avoid the mist.
Sunrise is at about 6.00 am
It takes 5-6 hours to get from Barafu Hut to the rim of Stella Point (5700m), and this part is considered by most climbers as the toughest part of the whole climb, plus another 1.5 hrs to Uhuru Peak.
The route from Barafu Hut joins the route from Gillman's Point, continue westward round the Kibo rim to reach Uhuru Peak.
Dinner and overnight on a campsite at Mweka Camp.
Day 6: Mweka Camp ( 3100 meters ) to Mweka Gate ( 1980 meters ) 3- 4 hours
The final descend, steeply through forest, on a narrow path along the crest on a broad ridge between two river valleys down to Mweka gate. Here the staff will have their small celebration ritual with singing and dancing.
An almost perfectly shaped volcano, which rises from the plains, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the continent's most magnificent sights. Snow-capped at 5895m, it is the highest peak in Africa. From cultivated farmlands on the lower level, it rises through lush rainforest onto alpine meadows and finally across a barren lunar landscape to the snow and ice capped summit. The rain forest is home to many animals like buffalo, eland, antelope and the black and white colobus monkey.
When to undertake the climb
Although the mountain can be climbed throughout the year, it is worth avoiding the two rainy seasons of late March to mid-June and October to beginning of December, when the routes become slippery. Probably the best time to visit is January/February and from September to October, when visibility is best.
Officially anyone from 12 years of age on may attempt the climb; however it is not that easy. The important thing to remember is to come prepared and to take it slowly. Being well equipped will also increase your chances of succeeding in reaching the summit. In particular, be sure you have a warm sleeping bag (-10°C), insulating mat, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hat, sunglasses or snow goggles, sun cream, a large water bottle and a first aid kit. Altitude sickness is often a problem while climbing Kilimanjaro. If you know you are susceptible to this you are advised not to attempt the climb. Symptoms include bad headache, nausea, vomiting, and severe fatigue. This can be avoided by ascending slowly, and if at all possible spending an extra day half way up to acclimatize.
Option for this climb:
You can add an extra acclimatization day :
You will walk to Karanga Valley (6 km, 2-3 hours walk) and rest in the afternoon for acclimatization. Overnight spent in Karanga Valley.
We also can arrange your airport transfers and your accommodation before and after the climb at additional surcharge.
Price (minimum 2 persons):
- 6 DAYS : 1725,- USD per person
- 7 DAYS : 1845,- USD per person
- National park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees
- English speaking guide(s), cook and porters
- Full camping accommodation during the climb
- Mineral water for the first day, boiled and filtered water on the other days
- All camping material
- chemical toilet
- * supplementary oxygen cylinder
- Transfer to the gate and return to Arusha
- Sleeping bags and climbing gear can be rented on request.
2 climbers 1 guide / 5-6 porters / 1 cook / 1
3 climbers 2 guides / 8- 11 porters / 1 cook / 1
4 climbers 2 guides / 11-13 porters / 2 cook / 2
5 climbers 3 guides / 14-15 porters / 2-3 cook /
2-3 assistant guides
6 climbers 3-4 guides / 17-18 porters / 2-3 cook /
2-3 assistant guides
Guide: $15-25 from the group per day
Cook: $15-20 from the group per day
Assistant Guide: $10-15 from the group per day
Porters: $6-10 per porter, from the group per day
Average 3 to 4 porters per climber