CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO

At a height of 5895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is indeed one of the world’s most accessible high peaks and a popular attraction for tourists from around the world. The crater rim can easily be reached by many with a walking stick, suitable clothing and sheer determination. The actual summit is Uhuru Point or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater and those who reach this will deservedly have earned a Kilimanjaro Climbing Certificate.

Kilimanjaro’s snowy peak reaches well above the northern plateau and hills of Tanzania with its slopes and glaciers sparkling above the surrounding clouds. Mount Kilimanjaro is located near the town of Moshi and is a protected area that is carefully regulated for tourists to enjoy their climb without leaving any traces of their presence. The environment and ecosystem throughout the mountain are diverse and remarkably beautiful. On the lower slopes the mountain consists of farmland with coffee beans, bananas, cassava and maize that are grown for a livelihood by the local community.

Inside the lowland boundaries of the Kilimanjaro National Park are thick luscious forests that break into alpine grasslands once the air begins to thin. Towards the peak, the landscape is rocky, harsh and barren together with snow or ice that forms the predominant features above a breathtaking African view.

There are several routes that have been officially identified for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro including Machame, Marangu, Rongai, Londorossi Lemosho, Umbwe, Shira and Mweka (descent only).

This splendid mountain is commonly referred to as the “Rooftop of Africa” and is recommended for tourists who can endure the climb and is definitely an attraction for seasoned trekkers as well as new climbers. The awe-inspiring views that tourists can avail from their ascent and descent consist of the Amboseli National Park, Rift Valley and the Masai Steppe.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO via LEMOSHO ROUTE

The Lemosho Route is known to be the longest route and popular due to the fact that it is a beautiful route to ascend this mountain. You will see some of the most extraordinary scenery with well-preserved forests, sweeping moorland, heather forests and high desert. Lemosho Route allows for easy walking and provides plenty of opportunity for altitude adjustment

The route approaches the summit from the west via the Londorossi Gate and one of the most remote quarters of the region.

DAY START ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) FINISH ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) TIME DISTANCE DISTANCE
1 Machame Gate 2,360 7,742 Machame Gate 2,895 9,498 3-4 6 4
2 Machame Camp 2,895 9,498 Machame Camp 3,505 11,500 5-6 8 5
3 Shira 2 Camp 3,505 11,500 Shira 2 Camp 3,810 12,500 3-4 10 6
4 Lava Tower 3,810 12,500 Lava Tower 3,810 12,500 3-4 10 6
5 Barranco Camp 1,200 13,800 Barranco Camp 4,630 15,190 2-3 4 2
6 Karanga Camp 4,630 15,190 Karanga Camp 3,976 13,044 2-3 3 2
7 Barafu Camp 3,976 13,044 Barafu Camp 3,995 13,106 4-5 5 3
8 Uhuru Peak 3,995 13,106 Uhuru Peak 4,673 15,331 4-5 4 2
9 Mweka Camp 4,673 15,331 Mweka Camp 5,895 19,341 7-8 5 3
10 Uhuru Peak 5,895 19,341 Uhuru Peak 3,068 10,065 4-6 12 7
11 Mweka Camp 3,068 10,065 Mweka Camp 1,640 5,380 3-4 10 6
Total 70 42

8 Day Lemosho Itinerary

The 8 day Lemosho route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.

Day - 01

  • Overnight MOSHI (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 02

  • After breakfast, we head out on a 5 hour drive to the Londorossi Park Gate at 2,200m. After completing park formalities, we drive for a further 11km to the Lemosho Glades. From here, we trek about 3 hours to the camp site. overnight MTI MKUBWA CAMP

Day - 03

  • After breaking camp, we begin the hike up towards Shira Camp 1. located near a stream. We head through moorland shrub taking in view of Mt Meru in the distance. Overnight SHIRA 1 CAMP

Day - 04

  • Today we head out on a relatively easy day across the plateau that leads to Shira Camp 2 on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day. Overnight SHIRA 2 CAMP

Day - 05

  • After breakfast, you will quickly leave the moorland scrub behind and enter into a moonscape of semi-alpine desert, while you hike constantly upwards toward Lava Tower. At around 4,200m, you may start to feel the effects of altitude with shortness of breath and irritability, assuming it had not taken effect earlier on the climb.  After Lava Tower , your route will head down by almost 680m to the Baranco camp. This is the day where you will follow the principle of climb high and sleep low. Overnight BARANCO CAMP

Day - 06

  • Extra day for acclimatization. You will Stay overnight at KARANGA VALLEY (3,950m) – (OPTIONAL- Extra Charge applicable)

Day - 07

  • The path climbs up steeply out of the Barranco Valley, crosses the turning North to reach BARAFU CAMP (15,500ft./4,600m.). Camp overnight.

Day - 08

  • A long day and an early start to reach the crater rim at Stella Point in time for sunrise. Then continue to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft./5,896m). The highest Point in Africa. Afterwards descend to Barafu and on down to MWEKA CAMP (10,300ft/3,100m). Camp overnight.

Day - 09

  • The day spent in descending down to Mweka Park Gate from where you will be transferred to/for overnight AMEG LODGE (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 10

  • Breakfast.  End of your tour

MOUNT KILIMANJARO via MACHAME ROUTE

The Machame route, known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the most popular route on the mountain.

Machame approaches from the southwest and descends using Mweka, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco Wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice field. The descent occurs on the Mweka route.

Climbers sleep in supplied tents at designated campsites, and eat meals either outdoors or inside a large dining tent. Our staff prepare all meals and sets up the tents.

DAY START ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) FINISH ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) TIME DISTANCE DISTANCE
1 Machame Gate 1,640 5,380 Machame Gate 2,850 9,350 5-7 11 7
2 Machame Camp 2,850 9,350 Machame Camp 3,810 12,500 4-6 5 3
3 Shira 2 Camp 3,810 12,500 Shira 2 Camp 4,630 15,190 4-5 7 4
4 Lava Tower 4,630 15,190 Lava Tower 3,976 13,044 2-3 3 2
5 Barranco Camp 3,976 13,044 Barranco Camp 3,995 13,106 4-5 5 3
6 Karanga Camp 3,995 13,106 Karanga Camp 4,673 15,331 4-5 4 2
7 Barafu Camp 4,673 15,331 Barafu Camp 5,895 19,341 7-8 5 3
8 Uhuru Peak 5,895 19,341 Uhuru Peak 3,068 10,065 4-6 12 7
9 Mweka Camp 3,068 10,065 Mweka Camp 1,640 5,380 3-4 10 6
Total 62 37

7 Day Machame Itinerary

The 7 day Machame route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.

Day - 01

  • Overnight MOSHI (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 02

  • Transfer to Gate at Machame. From here trek through the lush forest to MACHAME CAMP. Camp overnight.

Day - 03

  •  Leaving the forest, the path follows a steep ridge, passing through heather and open moorlands, and crossing a large gorge to Reach SHIRA CAMP. Camp Overnight.

Day - 04

  • Turn Eastwards and continue ascending through the dry landscape before dropping again to reach BARRANCO CAMP. Camp Overnight.

Day - 05

  • Extra day for acclimatization. You will Stay overnight at KARANGA VALLEY – (OPTIONAL- Extra Charge applicable)

Day - 06

  • The path climbs up steeply out of the Barranco Valley, crosses the turning North to reach BARAFU CAMP. Camp overnight.

Day - 07

  • A long day and an early start to reach the crater rim at Stella Point in time for sunrise. Then continue to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft./5,895m). The highest Point in Africa. Afterwards descend to Barafu and on down to MWEKA CAMP. Camp overnight.

Day - 08

  • The day spent in descending down to Mweka Park Gate from where you will be transferred to/for overnight MOSHI (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 09

  • End of your tour

MOUNT KILIMANJARO via MARANGU ROUTE

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. It is the oldest, most well established route.

Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path.

Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.

Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Also available for consumption are soft drinks, bottled water, and beer (not included in price hereunder).

DAY START ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) FINISH ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) TIME DISTANCE DISTANCE
1 Machame Gate 1,843 1,843 Machame Gate 1,843 1,843 1-2 4 4
2 Mandara Hut 2,700 2,700 Mandara Hut 2,700 2,700 4 2 2
3 Horombo Hut 3,720 3,720 Horombo Hut 3,720 3,720 3 3 3
4 Mawenzi Hut 4,315 4,315 Mawenzi Hut 4,315 4,315 3 4 4
5 Kibo Huy 3,720 3,720 Kibo Huy 3,720 3,720 2 6 6
6 Uhuru Hut 4,703 4,703 Uhuru Hut 4,703 4,703 1 7 7
7 Horomo Hut 5,895 5,895 Horomo Hut 5,895 5,895 4 8 8
Total 82 50

6 Day Marangu Itinerary

The 6 day Marangu route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.

Day - 01

  • Overnight MOSHI (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 02

  • Drive to Marangu Gate. Commence ascending walking through the lush rain forest to MANDARA  HUT.

Day - 03

  • Leave the glades of forest and follow an ascending path through the open grassy moorlands to HOROMBO HUT. Stay overnight.

Day - 04

  • Extra day for acclimatization. This extra day is taken at Horombo Hut to help your body acclimatize to the high altitude and also to observe the beautiful scenery. There is an optional trek to the base of Mawenzi reaching nearly 14,160 feet (4,315 Mt.). Along the way you will pass Zebra Rock, and the striking landscape of the moorland zone. Stay overnight at HOROMBO HUT – (OPTIONAL – Extra Charge applicable)

Day - 05

  • Ascending you pass the “Last Water” point walking on to the saddle a dry area between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi arriving at KIBO HUT Stay overnight.

Day - 06

  • EARLY start for the summit on steep and heavy scree up to Gilman’s Point at 18,640ft./ 5,681m. in time for sunrise. Which is on the greater rim. Ascending up to UHURU PEAK. The highest Pont in Africa at 19,341ft./5,895m. From here you descend going straight down to HOROMBO HUT stay overnight.

Day - 07

  • The day spent in descending down to Marangu Park Gate. Transfer to/for overnight MOSHI (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 08

  • Breakfast.  End of your tour

MOUNT KILIMANJARO via RONGAI ROUTE

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border.

Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, the Rongai route still experiences low traffic.

Rongai is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation).

DAY START ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) FINISH ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) TIME DISTANCE DISTANCE
1 Rongai Gate 1,950 6,398 Rongai Gate 2,830 9,300 4 7 4
2 Rongai Cave 2,830 9,300 Rongai Cave 3,450 11,300 3-4 6 4
3 2nd Cave 3,450 11,300 2nd Cave 3,600 11,811 3-4 3 2
4 Kikelewa Cave 3,600 11,811 Kikelewa Cave 4,315 14,160 4 6 4
5 Mawanzi Tam 4,315 14,160 Mawanzi Tam 4,703 15,430 2-3 4 2
6 Kibo Hut 4,703 15,430 Kibo Hut 4,315 14,160 1-2 4 2
7 Mawenzi Tam 4,315 14,160 Mawenzi Tam 4,703 15,430 5-6 9 6
8 Uhuru Peak 5,895 19,341 Uhuru Peak 3,720 12,205 4-5 16 10
9 Horombo Hut 3,720 12,205 Horombo Hut 1,843 6,046 5-7 20 12
Total 81 50

7 Day Rongai Itinerary

The 7 day Rongai route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.

Day - 01

  • Overnight AMEG LODGE (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 02

  • Transfer from hotel to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains of Tsavo and Amboseli. Overnight MOORLAND CAMP

Day - 03

  • Today the morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, you leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi to arrive at 3rd cave. Overnight KILELEWA CAVE CAMP

Day - 04

  • Extra day for acclimatization. A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb all-around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. You will Stay overnight at MAWENZI CAMP – (OPTIONAL- Extra Charge applicable)

Day - 05

  • Continue to ascend to Kibo hut. You cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School campsite. At the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! Overnight KIBO CAMP

Day - 06

  • You will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. You walk very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) You will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft / 5,895m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshments, you will continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo. Stay overnight at HOROMBO CAMP

Day - 07

  • A steady descent down through moorland to Mandara Hut, the first stopping place at the Marangu Route.  Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu. From here you will be transferred to/for overnight AMEG LODGE (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 08

  • Breakfast.  End of your tour

MOUNT KILIMANJARO via SHIRA ROUTE

The Shira route is a path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation.

While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route bypasses this walk by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.

On the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from 11,800 feet (3,600 m) and spend their first night at the same elevation at Simba Camp. Then, the route merges with Lemosho at Shira 2 and follows the southern circuit route, traversing beneath the Southern Ice fields before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made on the Mweka route.

DAY START ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) FINISH ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) TIME DISTANCE DISTANCE
1 Shira Gate 3,600 11,800 Shira Gate 3,600 11,800 1-2 4 2
2 Simba Camp 3,600 11,800 Simba Camp 3,810 12,500 2 6 4
3 Shira 2 Camp 3,810 12,500 Shira 2 Camp 4,630 15,190 4-5 7 4
4 Lava Tower 4,630 15,190 Lava Tower 3,976 13,044 2-3 3 2
5 Barranco Camp 3,976 13,044 Barranco Camp 3,995 13,106 4-5 5 3
6 Karanga Camp 3,995 13,106 Karanga Camp 4,673 15,331 4-5 4 2
7 Barafu Camp 4,673 15,331 Barafu Camp 5,895 19,341 7-8 5 3
8 Uhuru Peak 5,895 19,341 Uhuru Peak 3,068 10,065 4-6 12 7
9 Mweka Camp 3,068 10,065 Mweka Camp 1,640 5,380 3-4 10 6
Total 56 33

7 Day Shira Itinerary

The 7 day Shira route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.

Day - 01

  • Overnight MOSHI (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 02

  • Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Londorossi for the first section of the climb through the lush forest to reach forest campsite close to the gate. Overnight FOREST CAMP

Day - 03

  • Continue through the forest on to the Shira Plateau to reach Shira campsite for overnight SHIRA CAMP

Day - 04

  •  Heading eastwards and leaving the forest, continue ascending through the dry landscape following the ridge and passing through heather and open moorlands before reaching Barranco campsite for overnight BARRANCO CAMP

Day - 05

  • Extra day for acclimatization. You will Stay overnight at KARANGA VALLEY – (OPTIONAL- Extra Charge applicable)

Day - 06

  • The path climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley, turns north to reach Barafu campsite. Overnight BARAFU CAMP

Day - 07

  • A long day and an early start to reach the crater rim at Stella Point in time for sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak at 19,341ft/5,895m the highest point in Africa. Descend to Mweka campsite for overnight MWEKA CAMP

Day - 08

  • Descend through the forest to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College to be met and transferred back to/for overnight MOSHI (Bed & Breakfast)

Day - 09

  • Breakfast.  End of your tour

MOUNT KILIMANJARO via UMBWE ROUTE

The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb.

After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail follows the southern circuit to the summit. The descent is done via the Mweka route.

Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route – one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to altitude.

DAY START ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) FINISH ALTITUDE (m) ALTITUDE (ft) TIME DISTANCE DISTANCE
1 Umbwe Gate 1,600 5,249 Shira Gate 2,900 9,514 5-7 11 7
2 Umbwe Camp 2,900 9,514 Umbwe Camp 3,976 13,044 4-5 6 4
3 Barranco Camp 3,976 13,044 Barranco Camp 3,995 13,106 4-5 5 3
4 Karanga Camp 3,995 13,106 Karanga Camp 4,673 15,331 4-5 4 2
5 Barafu Camp 4,673 15,331 Barafu Camp 5,895 19,341 7-8 5 3
6 Uhuru Peak 5,895 19,341 Uhuru Peak 3,068 10,065 4-6 12 7
7 Mweka Camp 3,068 10,065 Mweka Camp 1,640 5,380 3-4 10 6
Total 53 32

6 Day Umbwe Itinerary

The 6 day Umbwe route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.

Day - 01

  • Overnight AMEG LODGE (Bed & breakfast)

Day - 02

  • Transfer from hotel to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Umbwe. From here you trek a narrow ridge between Lonzo and Umbwe rivers to reach Bivouac No. 1 (also called Forest Camp). Stay overnight at BIVOUAC No. 1 CAMP

Day - 03

  • Leaving the forest, the path continues to follow the ridge, passing through heather and open moorlands to reach Barranco Camp. Overnight stay at BARRANCO CAMP

Day - 04

  • Instead of travelling direct to Barafu, you split the climb to overnight at the Karanga Valley. The Karanga valley is a little deeper than those you have crossed during today’s climb, but smaller than the Barranco valley.  Stay overnight at KARANGA CAMP

Day - 05

  • Extra day for acclimatization. The day spent at Karanga Valley. Overnight camp KARANGA VALLEY – (OPTIONAL- Extra Charge applicable)

Day - 06

  • From here the path turns north to reach Barafu Camp. Overnight stay at BARAFU CAMP.

Day - 07

  • A long day and an early start to reach the crater rim at Stella Point in time for sunrise. Then continue on to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft./5,895m), the highest point in Africa. After a short jubilant moments you will descend to Barranco and down on to Mweka. Overnight stay at MWEKA CAMP

Day - 08

  • Descend through the forest to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College to be met and transferred back to/for overnight MOSHI (Bed & Breakfast)

Day - 09

  • Breakfast.  End of your tour