Mt. Kilimanjaro


"About 6000 meters above the sea level"

Fulfil a dream – climbing up the highest and most famous summit in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro stands almost 6000 meters above sea level, but one does not need to be an experienced mountain climber to reach its peak. To climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, you need to be in a fit and healthy state with a good all-round condition, strong will power and a little bit of luck. All you really need is the ambition – we will do the rest.

What to expect when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

Before you embark on your trekking adventure, you will meet with our Trekking representative for an extensive briefing. Route, safety procedures and health issues will be discussed in detail and you have enough time to ask any remaining questions. Your trekking gear will be inspected to ensure that you have everything you need to be safe and comfortable. If you are missing any gear, you can rent it from us.

Our Safari Packages

6 Days - Rongai Route

7 Days Machame Route

5or 6 Days - Marangu Route

8 Days - Lemosho Route

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"Some places are simply the greatest natural life reserves on the continent, not to forget The Serengeti migrations, without question a must-see while in Africa."

The Kilimanjaro Rongai Route is not a very difficult route and has very few people on it. It also provides spectacular views.

DAY 1: Nale Moru Village - First Cave

After breakfast, at 9am, meet the climbing team (guides, porters) and transfer to Marangu Gate (120km) reaching an altitude of 1600masl. After permit formalities, transfer (approximately 2 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.

Rongai Route

DAY 2: First Cave - Second Cave - Kikelwa Cave

The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. 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 (Kikelwa Caves).

DAY 3: Kikelwa Caves - Mawenzi

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 4: Mawenzi - Kibo

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 5: Kibo - Hans Meyer Cave - Gillman's point - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Hut

You will rise 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. This is 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 6: Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate

After breakfast, at 7am, with box lunch, take a walk down to Marangu gate.

The Kilimanjaro Machame Route is sometimes called the "Whiskey Route" because it is considered more difficult than the Marangu Route. It passes through the cloud forest, Shira Plateau and Lava Tower while providing beautiful scenery and different habitats.

DAY 1: Arusha - Machame Village - Machame

We will drive from Arusha to Machame Village and then walk to Machame Camp.
2 hours drive, 5-7 hours hike (10km). 1200 meters ascent to an altitude of 3000 meters.
Dinner/Overnight at Machame camp.

Machame Route

DAY 2: Machame - Shira

Today we have a 6km hike, during 5 to 7 hours. We will have a 840 meters ascent and reach the 3840 meters of altitude. Dinner/Overnight at Shira camp.

DAY 3: Shira - Barranco

Today we have a long hike of 10km (5 to 7 hours) but with a small ascent of just 110 meters. By night, we'll be sleeping at 3950 meters.
Dinner/Overnight at Barranco camp.

DAY 4: Barranco Hut - Karanga Valley

4.5km hike during just 3 hours. We will finally be sleeping above 4000 meters, at 4200 meters above see level (250 meters ascent).
Dinner/Overnight at Karanga Valley camp.

DAY 5: Karanga - Barafu

Again, 4.5km hike during just 3 hours. Today we'll reach an altitude of 4700 meters (500 meters ascent) for the highest night of your journey.
Dinner/Overnight at Barafu camp.

DAY 6: Barafu - Uhuru Peak - Mweka

This will be the toughest but also the most rewarding day. We will wake up very very early, during the night, in order to arrive to the peak at sunrise. This will just be a 5 kilometers hike but due to the altitude and steepness (1186 meters ascent) it will take 6 to 7 hours to do. When you reach the summit, you will be at 5986 meters and have the best views of your entire life. You will never in your life forget this moment and it will make you a better person.
After some time at the summit, we'll start our descent to Mweka. Again, we'll walk for 5 to 7 hours, for a total of 12 kilometers, in order to sleep at a much more comfortable altitude of 3096 meters.
Dinner/Overnight at Mweka Camp.

DAY 7: Mweka - Mweka Village - Arusha

In our last day, we'll have a 3/4 hours hike of 10 kilometers (to an altitude of 1600 meters) before driving for a couple of hours to Arusha.

Option: It is possible to do this route in just six days by doing day 4 and 5 in one single day

The Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is a popular route on which nights are spent in huts, and meals taken in dining halls. The only route that ascends and descends using the same path. Often referred to as the "Coca-Cola Route."

DAY 1:

After breakfast proceed to Marangu gate (drive from Arusha or Moshi. Town or Marangu). Start trekking up to Mandara Hut (2700 m). It takes 2 hrs.

Marangu Route

DAY 2:

Trek from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut altitude 3700 m and it takes 4 - 5 hrs.

DAY 3:

Climb from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut altitude 4700 m. It takes 5 hrs for the 13 km walk.

DAY 4:

First hours of morning around 1.00 a.m is spent by trekking to Gilmans Point 5681 m (5hrs). Then another 1.30 hrs to Uhuru Peak. After some time in the summit, descend down to Horombo Hut.

DAY 5:

After breakfast descend down to Marangu Gate and then transferred to Hotel in Marangu or Moshi Town.

Option: Spend an Extra day at Horombo Hut (3700m) for better acclimatization.

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is an unspoilt, remote, less-used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. Trekkers sometimes use it to ascend the Western Breach route, or follow it with the Kibo South Circuit to ascend by the easier Barafu Route. The first day of the route is rich in game animals, and armed rangers may accompany a group temporarily.

DAY 1: Londorossi Park Gate - Mti Mkubwa

Drive to Londorossi Park Gate then on to the Lemosho Glades (2100m, 3h.). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3h.)

Lemosho Route

DAY 2: Mti Mkubwa - Shira Plateau

The trail steepens and crosses several streams in the giant heather zone. The Shira Ridge is crossed (3600m) to the Shira Plateau, camp by stream. (3500m, 5 h.).

DAY 3: Shira Plateau - Shira Hut

A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira Hut camp on moorland meadows by a stream (3840m, 1h30min.). A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatisation day.

DAY 4: Shira Hut - Barranco

A rocky path leads east up towards the Lava Tower. Shortly beyond this, you descend to Barranco campsite (3950m, 4-5h).

DAY 5: Barranco - Karanga Valley

Scramble easily to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over screes and ridges to the Karanga Valley campsite (3h, 4000m.), beneath the icefalls of the Southern Glaciers.

DAY 6: Karanga Valley - Barafu Hut

The trail ascends a ridge to a campsite by the Barafu Hut, an airy location with little vegetation (3h, 4600m.),

DAY 7: Barafu Hut - Stella Point - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Hut

Start just after midnight for the ascent of the screes leading to Stella Point (6h, 5725m.). From here a further 40mins. leads to Uhuru Peak. Descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and brunch before continuing down to camp at Mweka Hut at 3100m, (11-14h total walking time).

DAY 8: Mweka Hut - Park Gate

A 3-4 hour descent through beautiful forest brings you to the Park Gate.

Option: It is possible to do this route in just 7 days by skipping the acclimatization day.