The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a drive from Moshi or Arusha to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route. It is also the route with sufficient acclimatization opportunities and you go high and sleep low on the third day.
DAY 0: Arrival in Arusha / Moshi Town
You will be picked up from the airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport/ Arusha Airport) and be transferred to your hotel in the town of your choice where you will rest and have a short pre-climb briefing from your Guide who will as well check your gears.
DAY 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning by your driver and some porters. The porters will load your bags into the car ready for a big adventure ahead of you. You will have a few stops on the way for shopping and there after you head straight to the gate. As you check in, the porters will be weighing the luggage. After registration completion you start hiking through a lush green tropical rain forest. Congratulations! Your adventure has just begun.
DAY 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Distance: 5 km
Time: 4-6 hours
We wake up early in the morning for breakfast. We then leave around 7am heading to Shira camp. After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path walking along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Once we arrive we set camp and rest. The guide will then take you to Shira caves for a short excursion. If the sky is clear we are going to have a good view of the mountain from the camp.
DAY 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to a junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight sleep. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
DAY 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation: 13,000ft – 13,000ft
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, this is where you will come across the famous “kissing rock”. At the top you will be rewarded with perfect picture opportunities. Congratulations! You are now above the clouds! We thereafter head to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
DAY 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,000ft – 15,300ft
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
DAY 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
Distance: 5km ascent/12km descent
Time: 7-8hrs ascent/4-6hrs descent
In the midnight, we leave Barafu and continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. From Stella it takes 45min-1hr to Uhuru peak. Congratulations! You are now at Uhuru peak! We then head down to Barafu camp where the porters will be waiting to congratulate us. We rest, have a hot meal and head down to Mweka camp for an overnight sleep.
DAY 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Town (Arusha/Moshi)
We start our descent after breakfast in the morning to the Mweka Park Gate to receive the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy) .From the gate our driver will pick us up and drive us to Moshi or Arusha depending on the location of your hotel.
DAY 8: Departure
This is the end of your trip in Tanzania. You can proceed with any other excursions as per your interest and booking. Otherwise your driver will drive you back to the airport a couple of hours before your flight departures. We are glad to have spent time with you. Thank you and we hope to see you again!
In this package the following are:
- All Park and Conservancy Fees
- 2 Nights’ accommodation (Bed & Breakfast Basis)in a Standard Hotel in Arusha or Moshi Town
- All meals while on the mountain in Full Board Basis
- Rescue & Evacuation Procedures from the Flying Doctors
- Camping Equipment’s like Four Seasonal Tents, Mattress, Tables & Chairs
- 2 Round way Airport Transfers
- Transport from the Hotel to the Mountain and Back
- Professional Crew of Guides, Cook and Porters.
- Tips and gratuities
- Expenses of Personal nature like Telephones, laundry, beverages etc.
- Meals and drinks at the hotel (Lunch & Dinner)
- Town tours and private excursions
- Hiring hiking gears
- Flight tickets and purchase of souvenir