Once arrived at Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO), our driver-guide will pick you up from the airport arrival gate and then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. Once in the Hotel, our Kilimanjaro mountain guide will meet and pre-briefing you about your upcoming trek adventure as well as check if you have all the necessary mountain gears, unless you do not have some of the equipment then you can rent before starting the trek.
Time: 1 Hour Drive
Machame Gate to Machame Camp
After your breakfast at the hotel, the driver will be there at 10:30 to drive you to the Machame Gate which will take around 40 mins to reach the starting gate. While your guide is working on park formalities you will have time to prepare and get ready for the hike including having your lunch box. Today you will walk in the rain forest which most of the time is slippery because it always rains most of the time on the side of this mountain. Later you will have lunch and then arrive at Machame camp around 4 pm and get ready for dinner.
Time: 5-7 Hours
Distance: 11 km/7 miles
Habitat: Rain Forest
Elevation:5,400ft to 9,400ft
Machame Camp to Shira Camp 2
Early after breakfast, you continue through rain forest and moorlands and later afternoon you will arrive at Shira around 2 pm where you will have a great time exploring the stunning Plateau while observing an incredible marvellous Breach glacier which is close to the camp.
Time: 3-4 Hours
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Elevation: 9,400ft to 12,500ft
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Today after the breakfast we will start the trek through the moorlands then to the semi-desert and rocky scenery which circle the lava tower before descend down to Barranco around 4 pm and rest while observing the sunset and getting ready for your dinner. Today is the best day for acclimatization and one of the challenging part through Machame route to the top of Kilimanjaro.
Time: 6-8 Hours
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Elevation: 12,500ft to 13,000ft
Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
After finish with your breakfast, you will start following a path, which follows a gully. This path will take you up the ridge to the west until you reach the Barafu camp (4664m), this will be another relatively short but difficult 3 km walk path marked by cairns and you need to take it slowly. Once arrived at the Barafu camp which can be extremely cold then you will have your early dinner and then go for a pre-summit sleep in the night which you can start around 11 to 12 am.
Above 4000m the vegetation is alpine desert and you will be able to witness only White-necked raven going around the campsite. Not so much while arriving at the Barafu camp. No water for wash. No water streams above this elevation. By the time you arrive, you will be tired and maybe weak. The crew will already set up your tent as well as a table for dinner (you won’t feel sleepy anyway). Your guide will visit you before hit the bed for checking on your required summit clothes. It advised sleeping on 3 layers of clothes. First, because it is cold at the basecamp during the night (up to -10c). Second, it is because you have to make your layers warm as you will leave at midnight for the summit which is the exact cold. You will have your early dinner and then go for a pre-summit sleep until around 11 to 12 a.m before start trekking to Uhuru Peak.
Time: 8 Hours
Distance: 8.5 km/5.3 miles
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Elevation: 13,000 ft to 15,331 ft
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then to Mweka Camp
Before leaving to Uhuru Peak, you will have a cup of coffee and cookies or biscuits. Put on the rest of layers (summit clothes) and ready to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak). What an incredible trek. Temperatures at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the nights are really cold. In the middle of June, the thermometer can drop to – 20 C. Dress and cover yourself accordingly. Walk slowly and listen to your Guide instructions. Expert to take six to seven hours from Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak you will be amazed by the breathtaking views and incredible sunrise if the weather permits then later you will descend down after having a short time at the peak to Barafu Camp for a short break and then proceed to Mweka Camp where you will spend your night (Here is when the Tipping celebration can take place before your dinner).
Time: 14 hours
Distance: 17 km/10 miles
Habitat: Ice-capped summit
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft Ascent
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft Descent
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
After breakfast in the morning, you will then descend down to Mweka gate, once you arrived you will sign out and get presented with the certificates. The driver-guide will be there to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi Town together with the crew. (It is this moment when you can arrange with your guide if you wish to have a quick beer celebration with your crew member after arriving in town). Otherwise, you can go back to the Hotel and get ready for your flight back home or to Zanzibar or prepare for the safari trip the next day. Contact us for more details.
Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Habitat: Rain Forest
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
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