Mt Kilimanjaro Climb
Mt Kilimanjaro Climb Machame and Marangu Routes
Have one week break from home routines. Climb to Mt Kilimanjaro channeling the travel income to develop the community and sports programs. The cost is EUR 1500 per person for the program below. We tailor and assist you to select before and after the climb accommodation and additional travel options as safari or Zanzibar beach stay.
We do not have any COVID-19 restrictions in Tanzania so you can travel and join the climbs at any time your home country terms accept traveling.
The most beautiful route is Machame and it is based on tent accommodation. The route is going up and down helping the acclimatization.
Marangu route is based on hut accommodation and easier trekking.
Tour package includes:
- Pick up from your hotel at Moshi.
- Route trek as itinerary below describes
- Full board accommodation whilst on the climb
- Meals plan: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- All park entrance fees including rescue package
- Service of an English-speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook
- Treated water on the trek
- Laundry, sleeping bags, personal drinks and climbing gears
- Medical evacuation (included to the Kilimanjaro National Park fees and is their responsibility)
- Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above
- Tipping. The Porter’s Union demands USD 150 per climber tip to the climbing team.
Your personal climbing bag should include:
Sleeping bag, Mt Boots, Anorak, Warm jackets, Balaclava (Ski Mask), Sweater, Warm Trouser, Raincoat/trouser, Gloves, Walking sticks, Pair of socks, Water Bottle.
Day 1: Machame Gate (1490m) to Machame camp (2980m)
Hiking time: 7 hours | Distance: About 18 km’s | Habitat: Mountain forest | –,-,D
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi (910m) to the Machame village (1490m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1-hour to complete.
After registering at the gate office, we start ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy, and slippery experience. You will have lunch stop about halfway and we will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.
Day 2: Machame camp (2980m) Shira camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 9 km | Habitat: Moorland | B,L,D
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Day 3: Shira (3840m) Lava Tower (4630m) Barranco camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 7 hours | Distance: About 15 km Habitat: Semi desert | B,L,D
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This is definitely, the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.
Day 4: Barranco camp (3950m) Barafu camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 7 hours | Distance: About 13 km | Habitat: Alpine desert | B, L, D
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.
The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents.
The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick, and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at around 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.
Day 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT
Barafu camp (4550m) Uhuru Peak (5895m) Mweka (3100m) Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak | 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka | Distance: About 7 km ascent – 23 km descent | Habitat: Stone and ice-capped summit | B,L,D
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life.
The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.
Day 6: Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 3 hours | Distance: About 15 km | Habitat: Forest | B,-,D
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.
Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down back to Moshi town.
Day 1: Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m)
Hiking time: 5 hours | Distance: About 12 km | Habitat: Montane Forest | Food: -,-,D
The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb.
Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack, and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers.
Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail branches off to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1½ hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.)
Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 80 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.
Day 2: Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 km | Habitat: Moorland | Food: B,L,D
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of the forest then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 6m! After about 6 hours from here, you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal, and overnight.
Day 3: Horombo hut (3720m) – Acclimatization day
**Not part of the 5 Day Climb** | Food: B,L,D
Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 160 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo are for additional acclimatization.
A hike towards the Mawenzi-Saddle, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night’s rest.
Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 km | Habitat: Alpine desert | Food: B,L,D
After breakfast, you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right-hand fork) and a lower route (left-hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right-hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded.
The recommended lower route (left-hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night’s time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build blockhouse that has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office.
There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick, and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 18h00 to 19h00 and try to get as much sleep as possible.
Day 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT
Kibo hut (4700m) Uhuru Peak (5895m) Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours to Uhuru-Peak – 4 hours to descend to Horombo | Distance: 6 km ascent – 9 kmdescent | Habitat: Stone and ice-capped summit | B,L,D
You will rise around midnight, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.
From Gillman’s Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it! Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest, you gather all the gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day.
Later in the evening, you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Day 6: Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours | Distance: About 18 km | B,-,D
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate, you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.
Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued a green certificate and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. Drive back to Moshi.