Kilimanjaro the Western Breach Route
Cost = $2,100.00 per person
Day 1: After breakfast you will drive about 1 – 2 hours
from Arusha to Machame gate (5,900 ft) to begin your
climb. The hike (5-6 hours) takes you through beautiful
dense rainforest, which is home to the black colobus
monkey, blue monkey and a variety of exotic birds. You
will stay overnight at Machame Camp at 9,850 ft.
Day 2: Today the hike will be about 5 to 7 hours through
the Moorland. This day you will see spectacular views of
the Shira Plateau and the plains to the west if weather
permits. The Shira camp is situated at 12,600 ft.
Day 3: Today you will hike 5 - 6 hours across the high
desert of the great Shira ridge. You will stop for lunch
as you pass below the Lava Tower located at 15, 000 ft.
You will then proceed and descend into the Great
Barranco Valley a midst the giant groundsels and the
hanging glaciers. The scenery here is amazing! You will
stay overnight at Barranco camp at 12,950 ft.
Day 4: Stay at Barranco Camp for a rest day and
acclimatization. You can take your time absorbing the
spectacular scenery or hike into the Great Barranco
Day 5: Today you will ascend the valley and hike about 3
- 4 hours to Lava Tower arriving about noon. If you feel
like it you can climb to the top of Lava Tower for
breath taking views of the Western Breach. You will stay
overnight at Lava Tower camp located at 15,100 ft.
Day 6: Today you will hike 3 - 4 hours into the barren
upper reaches of Kibo's glacier slopes. You will stay
overnight at the Arrow Glacier Camp 16,000 ft.
Day 7: Today’s hike will be a challenge as you will
ascend 3,000 ft of Western Breach arriving at the in the
crater. This is an amazing place to explore the inner
crater and ash pit in the afternoon. The Crater camp,
where you will be staying overnight, is located at
Day 8: Today you will wake up for hot tea and breakfast
and then you will proceed your way up the last 600 ft to
Uhuru peak at 19,340 ft. Weather permitting there are
spectacular views! After enjoying the beauties of
ascending the peak you descend to Mweka camp where you
will stay the night at 11,000 ft. This is a long day of
hiking, 9 - 10 hours so you will be ready for a good
Day 9: Hike 3 to 4 hours to Mweka park gate and get
picked up and taken to Arusha for a well deserved hot
shower and meal.
Kilimanjaro the Rongai Route
Cost = $1,800.00 per person
Day 1: You will get dropped off at the gate and hike 4 -
5 hours along a small, unspoiled trail through a very
unique forest of Campar Trees, East African Pencil Cedar
and Mountain Olive. You will stay overnight at Simba
Camp located at 9,500 ft.
Day 2: Today you will continue and hike about 3 - 4
hours through the forest and then into the Moorlands. As
you hike there is spectacular scenery of Mawenzi peak.
You will stay the night at Kikelewa camp 12,375 ft.
Day 3: Today you will hike 4 - 5 hours east towards the
northern side of Mawenzi Point leaving the Moorlands
behind and entering into the Alpine Zone. You will stay
overnight at Mawenzi camp at 14,290 ft.
Day 4: Today you will take a rest day for
acclimatization. It will also be a good day to take
short hikes and explore a little bit.
Day 5: Another exciting day after a day of rest. You
will hike for about 5 hours between Kibo and Mawenzi
Peaks. The views are amazing as you continue into the
saddle between the two peaks and stay overnight at the
Third Cave Camp located at 15,500 ft.
Day 6: Today you will wake at midnight and begin you
ascent to the summit. It is a long and strenuous hike,
but a rewarding day! The guides will keep proper pace.
You will enjoy the fabulous views of Gillman's Peak at
18,700 ft. You will continue along the crater rim to the
summit at Uhuru Peak located at 19,340 ft. After summit
you will then descend and then proceed to your camp at
Horombo Hut at 12,000 ft.
Day 7: After a rewarding and exciting day you will leave
after breakfast and hike 5 - 6 hours down and across the
Moorland zones of the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro.
You will then enter into the lush equatorial rainforest.
A vehicle will pick you up at Marangu Gate located at
6,000 ft and bring you to the hotel in Arusha. Rest and
take a hot shower and get ready for the safari portion
of your trip.
Kilimanjaro the Machame Route
Cost = $1,600.00 per person
This route is the least traveled.
Day 1: Machame Camp
After breakfast you will drive about 1 – 2 hours from
Arusha to Machame gate (5,900 ft) to begin your climb.
The hike ( 5-6 hours) takes you through really beautiful
dense rainforest which is home to the black colobus
monkeys, blue monkey and variety of exotic birds. You
will stay overnight at Machame Camp at 9,850 ft.
Day 2: Shira Camp
Today the hike will be about 5 – 7 hours. You will hike
through the Moorland. This day you will see spectacular
views of the Shira Plateau and the plans to the west if
weather permits. The Shira camp is situated at 12,600
Day 3: Barranco hut
Today you will take 5 - 6 hours across the high desert
of the great Shira ridge. You will stop for luch as you
pass below the Lava Tower located at 15,000 ft. You will
then proceed and descend into the Great Barranco Valley
a midst the giant groundsels and the hanging glaciers.
The scenery here is amazing!! You will stay overnight at
Barranco camp at 12,950 ft.
Day 4: Barafu Camp / Karanga Valley
Today after breakfast you will proceed 5 – 6 hours to
Karanga Valley. The hike takes you across several
beautiful streams and throughout the floor of the
Karanga Valley. From the top of the wall you will have
excellent views of Kibo Peak to your left. You will stay
overnight in Karanga Valley at 12,000 ft.
Day 5: Barafu Camp – rest day and acclimatization
Today you will continue on a 2 – 3 hours hike to Barafu
camp. You will get to the camp early so you will have
lots of time to rest and get acclimatized before you
summit the peak the following day. The views from Barafu
camp are among the most impressive on Kilimanjaro
Day 6: Mweka Camp
Today at midnight or in the early morning you will wake
for hot tea and snack then proceed to the summit towards
Stella Point and proceed on to Uhuru Peak at 19,340 ft.
After enjoying the spectacular vies and experiencing the
summit you will descend to Mweka camp. This is a long
and strenuous day but of course extremely rewarding!!
Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha
Hike about 3 – 4 hours from Mweka camp to Mweka Gate.
You will be picked up here and taken to the hotel in
Arusha for a hot shower and a meal.
Kilimanjaro the Marangu Route
This is the most popular and oldest route.
Minimum 5 days trekking.
Cost = $1,400.00 per person
Day 1 -- Marangu Gate to Mandara hut
This is a 4 - 5 hour hike through a beautiful forest
with a wide variety of wildlife.
Day 2 -- Mandara hut to Horombo hut
About a 5 - 7 hour hike through the forest and coming up
to Moor land to a clear view of Kibo peak and Mawenzi
peak to the right.
Day 3 -- Horombo hut to Kibo hut
This is about 5 - 7 hour hike.
Day 4 -- Kibo hut to Uhuru peak, descend Horombo hut
This is a long day with about 10 hours of hiking. We
start the day early in the morning in order to see the
sunrise from the crater rim. We will walk around the
crater rim which is definitely one of the most
spectacular views on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Day 5 -- Horombo hut to Marangu gate
This takes anywhere from 4 - 7 hours.
Kilimanjaro the Ubwe Route
This is a very strenuous route that requires experienced trekkers.
Day 1 -- Umbwe Gate
to forest caves
About a 4 - 5 hours hike through a beautiful forest and then traversing
between two ridges.
Day 2 -- Forest caves to Barranco hut
This is a 2 - 4 hour hike along a forested ridge. Once you reach the Moor
land past the giant heather shrubs there is the first view of the main
Day 3 -- Barranco hut to Arrow Glacier
This hike is about a 4 - 5 hour hike on bare rock and screen. The most
distinctive features around this area is the high cliffs that form the
Day 4 -- Arrow Glacier to Uhuru peak and then descend to Mweka
or Horombo hut.
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