One acclimatization day the day after arrival with excursion. 6 days trekking on Machame route and one overnight at Kia Lodge after the trekking. Full board all days. The program can be extended with safari days and beach relaxation. .
DAY 1 – Arrival Kilimanjaro
Pick up from the airport. Depending on the time of arrival you can have a relaxing afternoon/evening at Karama Lodge in Arusha. During the day you will have a walkthrough of the coming days’ program and we will also go through your equipment for the trekking. You can rent sleeping bags, mattress and walking sticks from us for 35 USD/person.
DAY 2 – Excursion to Kinukamori waterfalls
A relaxing day with an excursion to Kinukamori waterfall which is located near the entrance of one of the most frequent used routes, Marangu. . You will also have time to see the beautiful surroundings. Dinner and accommodation at Karama Lodge.
DAY 3 – Machame Park Gate
You leave the hotel after breakfast and approximately 30 minutes to Machame Park Gate which is on 1 800 metres. After registration at the park gate, which can take some time, you will have a quite comfortable trek through the rain forest. Mist and cloud are commin in the late morning to mid-afternoon and when you arrive at the Machame Camp you may not see so much. Early mornings are better for views at this height. Always locate your torch before darkness falls.
The first day’s trek takes on average 5 to 7 hours and you will gain an altitude of 1 200 metres. The path is a bit rough with many tree roots and can be slippery and muddy when wet.
DAY 4 – Shira Cave (3 840 m)
An early breakfast before you continue toward Shira Plateau. The past is mostly good but with one scramble, the rocky ridge leading to shira plateau. Once you have passed the rocky ridge you continue north, away from Kibo. Shira plateau has many interesting features and minerals. Continuing north you are soon reaching the first of the three campsites. From here you may have splendid views of the Shira ridge to the west and far away, to the south west, you might even see Mount Meru.
Today’s trek will normally take between 5 and 7 hours and altitude gained is 850 metres. It is recommended to have an extra 30 minute walk from the campsite for better acclimatisation since it is easier to acclimatise if you camp at a lower altitude. Night-temperatures usually stay a few degrees above freezing, but the wind makes it feel much colder. The first symptoms of altitude sickness begin to appear here.
DAY 5 – Barranco Camp (3 950 m)
This day it will be some steep sections and a quite rough path. You climb steadily to a high point of 4 530 metres which is close to the Lava Tower. There are impressive cliffs and rock formations all the way. Today’s trek takes between 5 and 6 hours and you will gain 680 metres before you descend to the camp which is 100 metres higher compared to the previous day. The last few hours of the day are spent descending steeply into Barranco valley.
Although steep, only a few stretches of Barranco wall require hands-and-feet climbing. At the top, there is a great view of the Heim, Kersten and Decken glaciers. If you have an extra acclimatization day this day is split in two with an overnight halfway in the Karanga valley camp.
Karanga Valley (4 000 m) is the last water point. The campsite is rocky so it is important to familiarize with the terrain before dark falls. There have been a number of accidents at Barafu over the years and it is therefore recommended to go to sleep no later than sunset.
Today’s trek is between 7 and 8 hours and altitude gained is 380 metres at Barranco Wall before falls a bit before rises again to Barafu which is 650 metres gained compared to the day before. There is a great view of Mawenzi Peak from the campsite.
You will be woken around midnight to walk through the night. You need the early start to try to reach the summit and still have time to descend in daylight. The summit day is also the most exhausting. The terrain is a steep, rough ascent to the crater rim and more gradual thereafter. The climb to Stella Point is a bit difficult due to the altitude and darkness but there are no technical difficulties. As you reach Stella Point the sun rises. From Stella Point it takes another hour to Uhuru Peak along an ice covered trail.
Heading back down, most people reach Barafu Camp around 9-11 AM, where an hour’s rest is followed by a long hike down along Mweka route. The average time to the summit is 6 to 10 hours and then approximately another 7 hours for descending to Mweka Hut on 3 100 metres.
DAY 8 – Moshi
After breakfast you continue some few hours of relatively easy downhill walking. When you reach Mweka Gate you will get your certificates of your achievement. You will be picked up at Mweka Gate and then go to Kia Lodge which is near Kilimanjaro International Airport. Here you will find friendly service, Zanzibar style at the reception, Makonde woodcarvings in the rooms and the famous Tinga Tinga paintings in our tropical restaurant. The open bar gives you the opportunity to drink a cold Kilimanjaro Beer while looking at the Kilimanjaro. You can also choose to relax at our hilltop swimming pool with view of Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, the Blue Mountains and the Masaai plains.
DAY 9 – Flight
Transport to the airport. It is possible to combine the trek with safari and/or Zanzibar or Bagamoyo.