Mt. Kilimanjaro “The roof of Africa”

Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed most of the year, although it is inadvisable during the rainy season, which is April and May, and during the short rains in November. The summit of Kilimanjaro is definitely a challenge, and there are risks involved, but any reasonably fit person who enjoys hiking can reach it. Reaching the summit will be an experience of a lifetime. The youngest person to make it was seven years old and the oldest, seventy-eight!

Above the gently rolling hills and plateaux of northern Tanzania rises the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, it’s slopes and glaciers shimmering above the rising clouds. Kilimanjaro is located near the town of Moshi and is a protected area, carefully regulated for climbers to enjoy without leaving a trace of their presence. The mountain’s ecosystems are as strikingly beautiful as they are varied and diverse. On the lowland slopes, much of the mountain is farmland, with coffee, banana, cassava, and maize crops grown for subsistence and cash sale. A few larger coffee farms still exist on the lower slopes, but much of the area outside the national park has been subdivided into small plots. Once inside the park, thick lowland forest covers the lower altitudes and breaks into alpine meadows once the air begins to thin. Near the peak, the landscape is harsh and barren, with rocks and ice the predominant features above a breathtaking African view.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the grandeur, the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe, that belongs to Kilimanjaro. Hiking on the ‘rooftop of Africa’ — the highest point on the continent at 5896 metres — is the adventure of a lifetime, especially because, if paced well, everyone from seasoned trekkers to first-time enthusiasts can scale the snowy peak. Please choose your favourite route among the listed below, if you are not familiar to different routes please contact us.

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Please choose your favourite route among the listed below, if you are not familiar to different routes please contact us.
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  • MOUNT KILIMANJARO TREKKING ROUTES ARE DESCRIBED BELOW;
MACHAME ROUTE ACCOMODATION IN TENT CAMPING ROUTE

The route is named after the village of Machame. In recent years, the Machame route has grown greatly in population. It is widely regarded to be most Scenic viable ascent route, with great views across to Mount Meru and as a whole it is relatively gradual, requiring at least six, seven and eight days for the full ascent and descent. Short section are steeper and slightly most difficult than any part of the Marangu route but this is compensated for the longer for acclimatization

MACHAME ROUTE 7 DAYS 6 NIGHT

DAY 1
Depart from loasis lodge at 7:30A.M. with lunch box to Machame gate, then start your trekking through the green rain forest 6-7 hours 18km Dinner and overnight at Machame camp 3100mt.

DAY 2
After breakfast continue to Shira plateau is steep passing through ridges in 4-5 hours you will reach Shira camp at 3850mt. for Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3
After breakfast trek to Baranco camp-Via Lava tower 5-6. Lunch on the way.
Baranco 3950mt for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4
After breakfast leave to Karanga Valley for dinner and overnight. Altitude is 4300mt

DAY 5
After breakfast around 9/10am hike to Barafu Camp for 3 hours. Altitude 4600mt for dinner and overnight. 6:30pm is time for last dinner. Shortly mid night start summit up Via Stella point 4/5hours where you meet sunrise. Then it take 1:30 hours going up and down to the highest point of Africa or the roof of Africa Uhuru Pick 5895mt.

DAY 6
Take picture for 15 to 20 minutes then the descend down for 2:30/3hours to Barafu Camp, then sleep for 1:30 to 2 hours. Then wakeup have breakfast or lunch, after descend down to Mweka camp for dinner and over night 3 up to 4 hours.

DAY 7
After breakfast descend down through the rain forest down to Mweka gate 3/3:30hrs then where you will meet the car and transfer you back to Arusha. Altitude 1700mt

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DAY 1
Leave Arusha/Moshi and Drive to Marangu gate Via Moshi, 2:30 hrs. After official signing then start your trekking Via green rain forest Lunch at half way. After lunch continue trekking to mandara hut at the altitude of 2700m. for dinner and overnight 9km 2:30 – 3hrs.

DAY 2
After breakfast around 7:30 – 8:15 leave Mandara to Horombo 15km through alpine forest, is a bit steep up 4-5 hrs you will reach Horombo hut at altitude of 3720 m. for dinner and overnight

DAY 3
Wake up at 7.30am and have your break fast then Ascend up to Mawenzi turn hut for one and half hour .then Descend down slowly back to Horombo for hot lunch and late evening have diner overnight at the same hut Horombo altitude 3720m.

DAY 4
Wake up at 7.00am and have your break fast ,pack your staff and continue trekking to kibo hut via last water point and sadlle this part is open and sometimes is windly so put in wind prove trouser and jacket, in 4-5 hrs you will reach kibo hut at the altitude of 4703m,then after lunch sleep,late evening around 6.30pm have dinner and sleep again, shortly mid night,wake up and have a cup of tea and some groundnuts biscuit and get well equipped ready to conquer the highiest peak in Africa uhuru peak.

In 5 – 6Hrs you will reach gillmans point were you will meet sun rise if the weather is clear. In 1.30 hrs you will reach Uhuru peak at 5895m around 6am or 7am,take picture for 15-20mnt then descend down to kibo for 2.30-3 hrs, Then sleep for 1.30-2 hrs, then weak up have your breakfast or lunch.

DAY 5
Descend from Kibo to Horombo 3hsr for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6
Wake up around 6:30 and have your breakfast. After descend down to Mandara for Lunch, then continue descending down to Marangu gate, if you did all the way up to the summit or gillmans point you will get a diploma. After board your car and transfer to Arusha.

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DAY 1 – FOREST CAMP:
After early breakfast at L’oasis Lodge then kilimanjaro briefing and checking your mountain personal equipments before transfer to kilimanjaro
entrance gate with picnic lunches.After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National park gate e start climbing
through the forest up to the forest camp-a gentle walk of a few hours to stretch our legs in anticipation of the long climb ahead.
Dinner and overnight at FOREST CAMP ALTITUDE 2780M.

DAY 2 – SHIRA 1 CAMP:
After breakfast in the chattering forest,we start a slow walk to aid acclimatasation through the forest and into the Hagenia zone,where the
vegetation begins to thin out as we approach the Shira Plateau.Shira is one of the three craters of the Kilimanjaro volcanic massif,the others
being Mawenzi and Kibo and from our camp we have great views of the Shira needles and the distant form of the Mount Meru.
Dinner and overnight at SHIRA 1 CAMP 3500M.

DAY 3 – SHIRA 2 CAMP
After breakfast,a spectacular sunrise that reveals the magnitutude of the distant snow-capped crater,we slowly climb into the alpine heather zone,
approching the Kibo massif from the west to our camp.Today is a shorter walk allowing for further exploration of the lobelias,senecio and other
endemic plant on an acclimatising walk for those inclined.
Dinner and overnight at SHIRA 2 VAMP 3950m.

DAY 4 – LAVA TOWER CAMP:
Have breakfast,a morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views,walk on lava ridges beneth the glaciers of the western breach.After lunch at our Lava Tawer campsite there is a steep and spectacular afternoon walk on the rocky lower slopes of the Western breach to reach the ruins of the old hut at Arrow Glacier.This afternoon excursion is highly recommended both for acclimatization purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the breach.
Dinner and overnight at LAVA TOWER CAMP 4640m

DAY 5 – ARROW GRACIER CAMP:
In the early morning we have sweeping views of Meru,Kibo massif and the western breach the imposing wall,which constitutes our climb over the
next two days.In order to aid acclimatisation ,we slow down the pace and walk a short distance to the base of the breach where we make our camp at Arrow Glacier.The afternoon is free for a short walk in the name of walk high sleep low,philosophy of sound acclimatization.
As the temperature drops we are treated to one of the first sunsets in africa before we climb into our tents for sleep.
Dinner and overnight at ARROW GLACIER CAMP 4830m.

DAY 6 – CRATER CAMP:
Another early start after a cold night and we face up to the imposing western breach that looms above us.We take the non-technical ascent route
climbing slowly for six hours,our path sometimes covered in the famous snow of kilimanjaro,as we reach the top of the wall, we slowly tranverse a crater before arriving at our own special camp far higher than any other on the mountain.Here we rest up and prepare for the final push tomorrow.
Dinner and overnight at CRATER CAMP 5730m.

DAY 7 – SUMMIT/MWEKA CAMP
Withour careful acclimatization and slow ascent to this final camp ,we are closer to the summit than any of the other climbers and do not have a
gruelling final day with only a final two hours hike to the crater summit and a ten minute final stretch to UHURU SUMMIT 5895M,THE ROOF OF AFRICA.
Arriving at the summit for sunrise were we will be captiveted by sweeping vistas in all directions,we are done to the highiest peak in africa uhuru
peak after two hours,take pictures for someminutes,after we follow the mweka descend path feeling the air thicken as we descend ,as we reach mweka camp after a tiring but rewarding seven hours trek and descent ,here we celebrate our achivements amidst the thick forest reviling one of
the definitive momemts of your life.
Dinner and overnigt at MWEKA CAMP 3080m.

DAY 8 – MWEKA GATE-ARUSHA:
After breakfast then continue descent down to mweka gate 1630m where you sign your name and details in a register,this is also where succeful climbers receive their summit certificates,those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates aand those who reached UHURU PEAK, receive gold certificates.
You wil by a driver guide and drive to your lodge in Arusha,that will be a welcome treat to take a hot shower and celebrate your climb.

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After early breakfast at 6am you will be collected from Loasis lodge and transferred to marangu gate with packed lunch box, after comleting the necessary registration formalities at Marangu gate ,we transfer by our vehicle to rongai,the climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1950m) on the small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the forest,the track then start to climb consistenly,but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife including the beautiful kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys. These monkeys are black with long capes’ of white hair and a flowing white tail.The forest begin to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone(2600m),with extensive views over the kenyan plains of Tsavo and Amboseli. Dinner and overnight at FIRST CAMP,approx; 3-4 hours walking.

DAY 2:
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the second cave (3450m) with superb views of kibo and the eastern icefields on the crater rim.After ,lunch we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on the smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi .Our campsite nestles in a sheltered valley of giant Senecios near Kikelelwa caves (3600m). Dinner and overnight at KIKELELWA CAMP,APPROX 6-7 hours walking.

DAY 3:
Ashort but steep climb up grassy slopes is rearded by the supurb sweeping vista and a tangible sense of wilderness, we leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next campat Mawenzi Tarn hut (4330m),a spectacularly situated on the cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi .The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the sorrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. Dinner and overnight MAWENZI TARN CAMP.Approx : 3-5 hours walking.

DAY 4:
We cross the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School campsite(4750m) 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. Dinner and overnigt at KIBO CAMP approx:4-5 hours walking.

DAY 5:
Start around 1am ,reaching Gillman’s point (5685m)at sunrise The path from kibo to gillman’s is the most demanding 4 hours on the whole climb ,continue another 2 hours to the roof of Africa,Uhuru peak (5895m),take pictures and after descent to kibo camp for hot lunch then to horombo hut,meals and overnight at horombo camp (3720m)

DAY 6:
After breakfast you will hike back to the marangu gate and park’s headquarter.At marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register,this is also where succeful climbers receive their summit certificates,those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point are issued with green certificates and those who reacherd UHURU PEAK (5895m) receive gold certificates. You will meet by a driver and with packed lunch and drive back to sleep in a bed at L’oasis lodge,take a hot shower and celebrate.

Dinner and overnight at L’oasis Lodge.

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DAY 1
Leave Arusha/Moshi with lunch box to Machame gate, then start your trekking through the green rain forest 6-7 hours 18km Dinner and overnight at Machame camp 3100mm.

DAY 2
After breakfast continue to Shira platen is steep passing into ridges in 4-5 hours you will reach Shira camp at 3850mm. for Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3
After breakfast like to Baranco camp-Via Lava tower. Lunch on the way. Baranco 3950mm for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4
Early morning around 7:00am take your breakfast then continue through the great Baranco wall to Karanga valley for lunch there after continue to Barafu camp at 4600M for dinner and overnight. Shortly mid night start summit up via stella point sun rise at the highest peak 5895mm.

DAY 5
After taking picture descend down slowly to Barafu camp then steep for 2 hours, later take either breakfast/lunch, after descend down to Mweka camp 2-3hours D/O altitude 3100mm

DAY 6
After breakfast descend down through the rain forest down to Mweka gate where you will meet the car and transfer you back to Arusha.
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DAY 1
Leave Arusha/Moshi and Drive to Marangu gate Via Moshi, 2:30 hrs. After official signing then start your trekking Via green rain forest Lunch at half way. After lunch continue trekking to mandara hut at the altitude of 2700m. for dinner and overnight 9km 2:30 – 3hrs.

DAY 2
After breakfast around 7:30 – 8:15 leave Mandara to Horombo 15km through alpine forest, is a bit steep up 4-5 hrs you will reach Horombo hut at altitude of 3720 m. for dinner and overnight

DAY 3
Wake up at 7.30am and have your break fast then Ascend up to Mawenzi turn hut for one and half hour .then Descend down slowly back to Horombo for hot lunch and late evening have diner overnight at the same hut Horombo altitude 3720m.

DAY 4
Wake up at 7.00am and have your break fast ,pack your staff and continue trekking to kibo hut via last water point and sadlle this part is open and sometimes is windly so put in wind prove trouser and jacket, in 4-5 hrs you will reach kibo hut at the altitude of 4703m,then after lunch sleep,late evening around 6.30pm have dinner and sleep again, shortly mid night,wake up and have a cup of tea and some groundnuts biscuit and get well equipped ready to conquer the highiest peak in Africa uhuru peak.

In 5 – 6Hrs you will reach gillmans point were you will meet sun rise if the weather is clear. In 1.30 hrs you will reach Uhuru peak at 5895m around 6am or 7am,take picture for 15-20mnt then descend down to kibo for 2.30-3 hrs, Then sleep for 1.30-2 hrs, then weak up have your breakfast or lunch.

DAY 5
Descend from Kibo to Horombo 3hsr for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6
Wake up around 6:30 and have your breakfast. After descend down to Mandara for Lunch, then continue descending down to Marangu gate, if you did all the way up to the summit or gillmans point you will get a diploma. After board your car and transfer to Arusha.

END OF TREKKING

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