Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi

    Our guide driver will warmly meet you upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer you to Moshi. Check-in at the Parkview Inn. Enjoy overnight. You are booked on bed and breakfast.

  • Day 2: Machame Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,800ft)

    Elevation Gain:  1,200 metres / 3,900 feet      

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Your head guide will meet you for a transfer from Moshi to the Machame Gate (approximately 45min).  After registration, begin climbing along a winding trail through beautiful and lush forest.  Since this is the zone which experiences the most rainfall on the mountain you should be prepared for afternoon showers.  These can make the trail slippery at times!  The climb is steady, gradually easing as you approach camp at Machame Hut (9,800ft).  The camp is located on the edge of the forest and giant heather zones.  Approximately 6-7 hours of walking today.

  • Day 3: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,800ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)

    Elevation Gain:  840 metres / 2,800 feet         

    Today is a little shorter, beginning by climbing a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo, the summit cone of Kilimanjaro, and the jagged rim of the Shira Plateau.  Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones. It is filled with the lava flow from Kibo and its rim has eroded and been blasted away by weather and volcanic action.  Once on the plateau the trail becomes gentler as you continue your climb to Shira Camp.  On a clear day the views from here are spectacular.  Approximately 5-6 hours of walking.

  • Day 4: Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,650ft) via Lava Tower (4,550m/14,900ft)

    Elevation Gain:  710 metres / 2,300 feet

    Elevation Loss:  700 metres / 2,250 feet

    Your climb today will take you steadily up and over the expansive ridgelines of high desert to Lava Tower. The trek to the base of Lava Tower is about 4 hours.  This tower is a 300 foot high volcanic plug.  If time and energy allow, you can scramble to the top of Lava Tower for fabulous panoramic views.  From Lava Tower we begin our steep descent into the Barranco Valley, passing large flowering plants which actually look like trees, the scenecios.  This is good practice for your descent from the summit in a few days time and will take 1-2 hours.  Although you will end your day at almost the same elevation as you started, today is very important for acclimatisation and will help your body prepare for summit day.  Barranco Camp is in a beautiful, sheltered valley below the imposing Barranco Wall.

  • Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,600ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

    Elevation Gain:  750 metres / 2,500 feet

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco Camp and begin our climb up the Barranco Wall.  This is an impressive scramble where you will be rewarded with fantastic views back towards camp.  The porters climbing the wall are also an impressive sight.  From the top, at 4,200m, you will follow an undulating path around the mountain side.  On a clear day there are spectacular views of Kibo to your left and Mount Meru to your right.  After descending into the Karranga Valley your climb takes you through Karranga Camp and steadily on to Barafu.  This is located on the ridge below the summit cone.  You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At Barafu we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this position.

  • Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,300ft) then descending to Mweka Camp (3,110m/10,200ft)

    Elevation Gain:  1,295 metres / 4,200 feet

    Elevation Loss:  2,785 metres / 9,100 feet

    In the early hours of the morning you will begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak.  This part of the climb takes approximately 6-8 hours. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day and therefore you will want clothing for both extremes. Just when you think you’ve had enough of climbing in the dark the sun will rise and you will be rewarded with a rich red sky framing Mawenzi.  At Stella Point (5,750m) you join the crater rim.  From here, climb gently to Uhuru Peak which is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.  From the summit the descent will take you straight down to Mweka Hut, with lunch served on the way.  This part of the descent takes about 6 hours.  Later in the evening enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,110m/10,200ft) to Mweka Gate (1,830m/6,000ft)

    Elevation Loss:  1,280 metres / 4,220 feet

    Descend straight to the gate through lush forest (2-3 hours), looking for monkeys along the way.  Return to Moshi from Mweka Village. Our guide driver will drop you at the Park View Inn for the day at leisure. Lunch and dinner are on own arrangements. You are booked on bed and breakfast.

  • Day 8: Departure

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Our guide driver will pick and transfer you to the Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your departure flight. Alternatively, you may opt to enjoy a safari to some of Tanzania’s finest game parks or to the Zanzibar Island for a beach holiday.