Trekking

Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Africa

Adventure of a Lifetime!

Images of the towering snow-covered cone rising majestically from fertile green foothills have become a powerful motif of Tanzania’s extraordinary extremes. Few could deny a very distinct sense of awe when the cloud clears to reveal a glimpse of the towering peaks, shining bright in the equatorial sun. What can be more personally satisfying than standing atop the highest peak in Africa? We outfit these climbs with the very best equipment and our guides and porters will give you the best chance of reaching the summit. We specialize in the less frequented, more scenic routes such as the Machame, Lemosho or Rongai, but are also more than happy to organize a Marangu ascent as well! There is no guarantee of success but our percentage of climbers to reach the summit is amongst the best.

Why climbing with us?
*We provide you with a comprehensive pre-climb briefing by one of our professional safari and trekking consultants.
Your safety is our number one concern, and our guides are in 24-hour contact with our base, in the event of an emergency, we can act immediately.
Our guides are all born and raised on the mountain. They are all KINAPA trained and licensed (www.tanzaniaparks.com), and specifically chosen for their upbeat and adaptable personalities. More importantly, they know the importance of acclimatization and will make sure you trek “pole pole”, giving you the best chance of summiting the mountain.
Our cooks know how important their role is and will provide you with a healthy, carbohydrate rich diet, one that is not only nourishing but delicious.
Our tents are top quality high-altitude tents. Our equipment is of the best standard and regularly maintained and replaced. Upon request we provide comfortable foam mattresses and complimentary four-season sleeping bags
*We will provide you with all the necessary Pre-Departure information to ensure you are well prepared for your journey. Equipment lists, tips for the mountain, what to expect, how to trek safely, and various questions and answers are all supplied for your benefit. We are looking forward to your questions!

Mt. Kilimanjaro MACHAME ROUTE including Pick up and Hotel/Accommodation) Machame approaches from the Western side of the mountain, climbing through rainforest to reach the Shira Plateau, before following a spectacular three day circuit of the Kibo Massif, the final push to Stella Point and on to Uhuru Peak. The less frequented Machame route includes six days of actual climbing, allowing additional time for altitude acclimatization. Climbers ascend and descend by a different route, encountering more wild and varied scenery along the way. Additionally, climbing the route does not present any particular technical difficulties.

Day 1 We pick you up from Intl. Kilimanjaro Airport and bring you to the Hotel in Arusha. Meeting with our Mountain Guide for Pre-Climb Briefing.
Day 2 Machame Camp (1.800m – 2.980m) After breakfast you depart at approximately 8:30 am for the Machame village where you start the trek. From the park entrance gate (Machame) you will walk for about two to three hours trek through a dense forest of fig and rubber trees, begonia flowers, and other tropical vegatation. A stop for lunch will be made halfway to this evening`s campsite. As you continue your ascent, you will find that the tropical forest has given way to tall grasses and giant heather. You will be walking on a ridge, to the left of which is the Semira stream, and on the right, the Weru Weru. Depending on the pace of the climbers, arrival at Machame Camp is usually between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Day 3 Shira Camp (3.840m) On this and subsequent mornings, wake-up call is at around 6:00am. You will be greeted with a steaming cup of tea or coffee, and weather permitting it by a fabulous view of Uhuru peak. Toady`s trek takes you up a steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, volcanic rock and beardet heather. You will encounter giant groundsels as you hike through a ghostly landscape of volcanic lava, caves and foamy streams. Lunch will be taken just below the Shira Plateau, about three to four hours from Shira Camp. The hike to the next campsite takes approx. six hours and you should arrive between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Most climbers tend to pace themselves, walking slowly and resting about every half-hour as there is little to do once reaching the camp.
Day 4 Barranco Camp (3.950m ) The entire Shira Plateau greets you this morning. A steady walk takes you up to the pass at Lava Tower (15,000 ft), where you stop to have lunch. Crossing the Bastains stream, you will begin to descend towards Barranco Camp. The descent takes you along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco. Along the way you will see numerous waterfalls which are fed by streams coming from the mountain, converging here to form the Umbwe River. Your camp is set at almost the same altitude as the night before. Today`s trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.
Day 5 Karanga Camp ( 3.980m) This morning you begin your hike to Karanga Camp which is on the same altitude as Barranco Camp. You will encounter a bit of a climb at Barranco Cliff and spend the rest of the rek climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain most of the way to the camp. The climbing is not considered difficult and you should arrive in time for lunch (approx. 1:00pm) having trekked for about four hours. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to hike in the Karanga Valley where giant scenecio and lobelia grow; however, you are well advised to rest as much as you possibly can to prepare yourself for the climb ahead.
Day 6 Barafu Camp ( 4.550 m) The scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on a moraine with a view of Mawenzi peak towering majestically to the right and overhead Kibo peak seemingly just out of reach. The lpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few lichens and mosses. Lunch will be taken along the way and climbers arrive at Barafu Camp at around 2:30pm.Climbers who choose to ascend the peak will got to bed very early this night as the next day is the longest one.
Day 7 Ascent to the Summit (5.896m )/Descent to Mweka Camp (3.100m ) You will be awakended at around 11.p.m. and after a light breakfast you start climbing . It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult. Here very few will not be suffering from altitude sickness in some form or another and climbers should carry as little as possible on this portion of the climb. Temperatures will range from -4 degrees to 5degrees Fahrenheit. Making your way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater between Stella and Hans Meyer points. Another hour of climbing brings you to the Summit. Uhuru stands at 5.896m and is the highest point on the continent of Africa. The track around the edge of the crater is rocky and icy. Concentrate on your feet and follow your guide very closely for this portion of the journey. The descent is no easier than the ascent. You will reach Kibo Hut after about three hours (around 11:30am). Climbers will be given the opportunity to rest and have some refreshments before continuing on to Mweka Camp for the night. Arriving into camp at around 5:00pm you will have trekked a total of thirteen hours today.
Day 8 Mweka (3.100m) to the Gate (1.800m) On the final day of the journey climbers descend from Mweka camp to the base. The descent to the gate will take approx. 5 hours and climbers usually arrive before noon. Upon arrival at the gate climbers will be rewarded with certificates attesting their success at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We are happy to have you back.

Day 7 –
Other routes to Uhuru Peak:

Machame Route in 7 days and 6 nights
Marangu Route in 6 days and 5 nights
Lemosho Route in 7days and 6 nights
Rongai Route in 6 days and 5 nights

Mt. Kilimanjaro Rongai Route (including Pick up and Hotel/Accommodation) Rongai Route is much drier than the southern routes. Elephants and colobus monkeys can be found on the way. As the ascent continues, climbers can enjoy spectacular views over the immense Maasai plains of Kenya. The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. Experienced guides consider the Rongai route to be both easier and more scenic than the Marangu Trail. Summit attempts begin in the pre-dawn hours, with climbers usually reaching Gillman’s Point at sunrise. For those who feel strong enough, an approximately three hour round trip hike will take you from Gillman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. Accommodation on the mountain is in tents (even on descent) which the porters will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas.

Day 1 Arusha- We pick you up at Int. Kilimanjaro Airport and bring you to your Hotel. Meeting with our Mountain Guide for Pre-Climb Briefing.
Day 2 Rongai Gate (1950m) – 1st Caves camp (2600m)Hiking time: 5 hours. Register at the Marangu park gate with a transfer (approximately 2 ½ hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night’s camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 metres. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave.
Day 3 1st Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m) Hiking time: 6-7 hours . The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelewa Cave at about 3600metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).
Day 4 Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) Hiking time: 3-4 hours. A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Day 5 Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4700m)Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours .Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp.
Day 6 SUMMIT ATTEMPT Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) Horombo hut (3720m). Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent You will wake up around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. 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 a 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 can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will 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 well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Day 7 Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m) .Hiking time: 6hours Distance: About 27 km’s. After breakfast you continue your descent (6hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. Here is where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi or Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!

Machame Route in 6 days and 5 nights
Machame Route in 7 days and 6 nights
Marangu Route in 6 days and 5 nights
Lemosho Route in 7days and 6 nights

Mt. Kilimanjaro LEMOSHO Route (including Pick up and Hotel/Accommodation)

Day 1 We pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and bring you to Arusha into your hotel. Meeting with our Mountain Guide for Pre-Climb Briefing.
Day 2 We will drive you to Londorossi Gate in the early morning and introduce you to your guides, the cook and the porters. The rain forest makes a beautiful start to our trek towards Kibo. We’ll walk with the sounds of birds and Colobus monkeys thronging the canopies above the trail. We might spot some wild buffalo and elephant further down as we climb up to Mti Mkubwa Camp. We will have walked for about 4 hours and up to 2.810m by then.
Day 3 As it will be a long day of trekking we make an early start ascending through the rain forest towards the moorland zone. We take lunch in a beautiful valley just outside of Shira Crater before crossing into the Shira Caldera, a rarely visited high altitude desert plateau. The afternoon is dominated by the first views of Kibo, the lesser summit of Kilimanjaro. We stay overnight at Shira 1 campsite. We will have walked for 6-7 hours and up to 3504m by then.
Day 4 A gentle day to assist with your acclimatization. Our trek continues east, crossing the Shira Plateau to take in the geological features of Shira cathedral and Shira needle before slowly ascending to Shira 2 Camp. The Western Breach – your route to the summit – with its stunning glaciers looms into view as we approach the camp. It’s nestled on a ridge and offers beautiful views: we have Kibo, Shira ridge and Shira plateau in front of us. We will have walked for 4-5 hours and up to 3873m by then.
Day 5 A tough acclimatization day. After breakfast we leave the moorlands behind us and enter the alpine zone – a barren moonscape of semi desert where only some grasses and a few lichens survive. Trekking on rocky trails, the way ahead looks daunting as we draw closer to the Western Breach. We are on our way to a molten rock formation known as Lava Tower. As the first effects of high altitude start to materialize, we descend. Walking through Giant Lobelia and Senecia plants we reach Baranco valley. It’s a beautiful place, Baranco Camp is nestled dramatically beneath the Great Baranco wall with Kibo rearing up above us. We will have trekked for 7-8 hours and up to 3985m by then.
Day 6 We retrace our steps back up the other side of the Baranco Valley. Climbing up Lava tower is very challenging. Our camp site will be at Arrow Glaciers at the base of the Western Breach. Above us the
glaciers glisten and the sounds of occasional rock falls are the only sounds to disturb the silence. We are in preparation for our summit attempt the next day.
We will have climbed for 5-6 hours and up to 4985m by then Summit Day 6 Rising round midnight, there is enough time for a light breakfast before heading off to tackle the forbidding slopes of the Western
Breach. This is mentally and physically the most challenging part of the climb – a 6 to 7 hour trek up loose and rocky trails under torchlight, with the effect of the altitude weighing heavily upon you, until finally reaching the crater rim in time for sunrise. From here, it is a further 1 to 2 hour ascent to the summit – an exhilarating achievement that will be with you for the rest of your life. Congratulations!
You are now at Uhuru Peak, at 5895m. Another three hours will see you back at a comparatively safe
altitude of 3.800m for a short rest and lunch before we continue down the easy path to Mweka, our last camp on the mountain in the fringes of the forest. We will have trekked for 9 hours and be back at 3095m at the end of the day.
Day 7 Feeling surprisingly fit and strong as we descend the mountain, we trek back through the rain forest. We’ll walk for about 4 hours and have our last lunc h on the mountain. Time to bid farewell to your
porters and guide team. Back at the gate you will be rewarded with a certificate attesting your success at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. There will be our car waiting for you and we’ll bring you back to the comforts of your hotel in Arusha and a dinner hosted in celebration of your achievement.

Other routes to Uhuru Peak:
MACHAME ROUTE in 7 days and 6 nights
MACHAME ROUTE in 6days and 5 nights
MARANGU ROUTE in 6 days and 5 nights
RONGAI ROUTE in 6 days and 5 nights

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Routes

From left to right:

“Shira & Lemosho” Route (West Kilimanjaro)

“Machame Route” in 6 or 7 days.

“Umbwe Route”

“Marangu Route”

“Rongai Route” (East Kilimanjaro), not in the map

Foto: Guenther Kirchmayr
The guides and porters are the Masters of the Mountain

For the duration of your Kilimanjaro trek, your guide will be your advisor, he will lead you to the summit, and he will bring down safely again. It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.
The guide recruits the porters and trains up a team which he himself will lead. Just before moving off, he spreads the loads between them not more than 15kgs for each porter. He accompanies the climbers during the entire trek and can generally answer any questions about plants and wildlife. On the camp group, guide and porters make the camping arrangements and prepare meals. Their day’s work begins before the climbers wake up and ends late with lengthy conversations and card games long into the night.

Good equipment is vital to a safe and enjoyable climb. Sure, in superb weather conditions you could climb the mountain in a pair of old trainers, your oldest pair of long trousers and with a couple of sweaters thrown in you will only suffer badly during the last night of the ascent. However, let the weather change for the worse, a couple of hours driving rain soon after setting off from the , and you could be dead from hypothermia very rapidly.
Qualified and experienced guides

All our treks up the mountain are lead by highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the Kilimanjaro National Parks Board. Each of our guides has been selected over years, based on experience, safety record and through feedback from previous clients.
Support staff ratios

The average ratio of our support staff to climbers is 2-3 porters per climber, a cook and one guide . This excellent staff to clients ratio, bolstered by our superior support equipment, will ensure your safety and enjoyment on the mountain.

Porters and cook

The porters do not only transport your gear and the supplies up and down the mountain. Arriving at every mountain hut or camp site long before you, they will have already erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening they will also boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner of a quality that has surprised many previous clients.

Weight limits for porters

Remember that there is a weight limit of 15 kg (30 lbs) per climber, on the gear of each climber to be portaged. A soft duffel bag (barrel type) is preferred – or a waterproof rucksack!

All climbs include a team of mountain guides, cooks and porters, typically …

2 climbers : 1 guide, 1 assistant guide, 4 porters and 1 cook
3 climbers : 1 guide, 1 assistant guide, 5-6 porters and 1 cook
5 climbers : 1 guide, 2 assistant guides, 12-13 porters and 1 cook

Even with porters, it is recommended that each member of the party carry a light weight day pack containing at the very least a waterproof jacket, nibbles to eat on the walk, a 1 liter bottle of water and a warm pullover to put on at rest stops. Plus of course camera and valuables.

Tipping

Rate of pay varies with the route you take to go up the mountain, we would suggest that you evaluate the tipping not only by how efficiently the porters carry your own equipment but also for services rendered, such as getting you a better place in the huts and how good the food was etc plus of course whether or not your guide has been / is generally informative about the mountain in all its aspects.
You could have a look to a latest edition of a Mountain Guide Book or take following figures as a guideline: (2010) The tipping is to be divided between the group.
Mountain Guide 100 – 120 USD

Assistant Guide 80 USD

Cook 80 – 100 USD

Per each porter 30-50 USD

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