Machame Camp - Shira Camp
Today we will wake early at Machame Camp, eat breakfast, and hike for an hour to the top of the forest, then hike 2 hours through a gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, we will 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. After a short hike west, we will reach the Shira Camp. 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.
Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp
After breakfast, we will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro. After several hours, we will reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, we will descend for 2 hours to the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall, before arriving at Barranco Camp where we will eat dinner and spend the night.
Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp
Today we will begin their hike from Barranco Camp to just below the Heim Glacier where we can admire just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. Next, we will begin their descent about an hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice." We will pitch a tent on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge.
**It is essential that guests familiarize themselves with the terrain before dark to avoid accidents. Additionally, guests should prepare equipment and wear warm clothing for the summit climb, and drink plenty of fluids.
After an early dinner, we will have the chance to relax and enjoy a few hours of precious sleep.
Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp
After a breakfast of tea and biscuits, we will begin the 6-hour climb to the summit at approximately 11:30 p.m. Heading northwest, through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, we will arrive at the most challenging portion of the route at Stella Point. Here, we will stop for a short rest and a chance to see a breathtaking sunrise. From Stella Point, we journey to the top of Marangu Route to Uhuru Peak. At the top of the summit, we can take in the surrounding scenery, and enjoy a deep sense of satisfaction and personal accomplishing from the mountain tops.
After the 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, we will take a short rest and collect our gear before hiking into the forest to Mweka Camp. Located in the upper forest, we can expect mist or rainfall in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared and we can purchase drinking water, soft drinks, chocolate and beer at the camp office. We will spend the night at Mweka Camp.
Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi
After a well-deserved breakfast, we will take a 3-hour hike back to the Mweka Gate. Here we will have an opportunity to sign their name and add details to the park register, and successful climbers will receive summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point will be issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak will receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, we will continue down to the Mweka Village (if the road is deemed too muddy for vehicles, we will be required to hike 1-hour to Mweka Village). Here, we can enjoy a hot lunch. Finally, we will be driven back to their hotel in Moshi where we can enjoy an overdue hot shower and comfortable accommodations for the evening.
Note: Guests are encouraged to wait until all of their gear has arrived at the Mweka Gate before tipping park staff.
Moshi, in the very northeast of Tanzania, sits on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and a dormant volcano. Many hikers and climbers stay in Moshi before exploring the famous mountain on which is resides.