Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually, of which, about two-thirds are successful. Altitude-related problems is the most common reason climbers turn back. We partner with experienced guides and well organized crew who ensures that you as a climber deals well acclimatization related problems. We can’t pledge 100% chance for you to summit but, your chances are rather high when you climb with us!
Almost every kind of ecological system is found on the mountain: cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit. Our experienced guides will show you around and help you see while yet experience all these kinds of ecological systems.
The dates listed coincide with the Safari and Zanzibar trip, making for a great way to experience many of the wonders this area has to offer. This excursion can also easily be booked on it’s own at any point in time. Simply email us with your preferred dates and we’ll get back to with availability and next steps.
This six-day hike allows for extra time to climatize, take in amazing scenery, and requires strong mental and physical endurance. The feeling of accomplishment once summiting Uhuru Peak, nearly 20,000 feet in the air, is on that can’t be put into words.
As with any of our excursions, feel free to arrive earlier/stay later to enjoy and explore on your own, or plan additional excursions with us.
Arrive to JRO Airport where your tour guide will greet you. A 30-minute ride to Arusha allows for shopping, money exchange, and review of your inventory to ensure you're 100% ready for the hike. If rental equipment is needed, you'll make a visit to the shop to pick out what you need. Conclude with dinner at the hotel.
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame, located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. The trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. Continue a short distance to Machame Camp.
After breakfast, leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing a small valley along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.
From the Shira Plateau, continue toward the peak of Kibo. Then, head Southeast toward the Lava Tower, called "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, come to the second junction up the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. Continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. 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.
Today is a long hiking day. Stay strong! After breakfast, leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, leave Karanga and connect with the Mweka Trail, up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles including the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
Today is tough, keep mind and body strong and you will accomplish summit. Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), begin the trek to summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers through heavy screed towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), stop for a short rest and a magnificent sunrise. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow on the remaining 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, descend down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down, also to make it easier on the knees. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Enjoy the last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
After breakfast, continue the descent down to Mweka Park Gate to receive your 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, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi. Enjoy a shower and bed.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel as this portion of your travels conclude. Perhaps you're joining the Safari & Zanzibar Experience or departing on your own ways. Either way, you are sure to be leaving a stronger, more confident version of you with an incredible appreciation for the planet earth.
Interested in a private tour, alternate dates from what’s listed, or other questions or inquiries? We’d love to help!