Without a doubt, Tanzania’s best-known mountain and also the highest mountain in Africa is Mt Kilimanjaro with its peak at 5,895 m. There are six official climbing routes to the top and trekking durations vary from five to ten days. We specialise in four of the six routes: Marangu, Machame, Lemosho and Rongai.

Less known but just as attractive as Mt Kilimanjaro is its “smaller brother” Mt Meru which is located in the Arusha National Park. Mt Meru’s peak rises to a height of 4,566 m and is only 80 km away from Mt Kilimanjaro. The mountain slopes offer natural shelter to numerous animal species such as elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, baboons, colobus monkeys and antelopes, making your trek an adventurous one.

Itineraries

In a country crowned by the tallest free-standing volcano in the world and almost bisected by chains of ancient mountain ranges, hiking takes on a high profile. Stunning scenery and rugged terrain combine with a fascinating cultural backdrop to create several challenging and adventurous routes. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Lemosho route is considered like the most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro. The lemosho route is Widely considered to be the best route on mount kilimanjaro. It is for physically fit people with hiking experience.

Day 1: arusha – Forest Camp (2820m)

We depart arusha heading to moshi, then for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry registration forms. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site. Hiking is 3-4 hours. 

Day 2 : Forest camp (2820m) to Shira 1 Camp (3505 m)

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing. Hiking is 5-6 hours. 

Day 3 : Shira 1 Camp (3505 m) – Shira 2 Camp (3810 m) – Moir Huts Campsite (4200m)

We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth. Hiking is 5-7 hours.

 

Day 4 : Moir Huts Campsite (4200 m) – Lava Tower (4630 m) – Barranco Huts Campsite (3975 m)

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 the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second 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. 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. Hiking is 4-6 hours. 

Day 5 : Barranco Huts (3975 m) to Karanga Camp (4050 m)

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization. Hiking is 4-5 hours. 

Day 6 : Karanga Camp (4050 m) to Barafu Camp (4681m)

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. Hiking is 4-5 hours. 

Day 7 : Barafu Camp (4681 m) – summit (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3100 m)

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You 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.

At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. 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, we now make our descent continuing straight 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. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. Hiking 7-8 hours,and descending is 4-6 hours

Day 8 : Mweka Camp (3100 m) to Arusha

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help.

From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in arusha or to Kilimanjaro airport for drop off.

 

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Items included Items excluded
˖ Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary˖ Professional English speaking guide

˖ Mountain crew (cook & porters)

˖ Meals according to the itinerary

˖ Drinking water

˖ Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, table)

˖ All national park fees

˖ All mentioned transfers

˖ One night accomodation before the climb

˖ Flights˖ Optional activities

˖ Alcoholic and soft drinks

˖ Visa fees

˖ Tips

˖ Personal spending money for souvenirs

˖ Travel Insurance

 

This is the most popular, easiest, and quickest route up Kilimanjaro, sometimes known as the “Coca-Cola” route. You spend each night in comfortable huts and you will have bathrooms and running water available. So is for the persons who are not confident in their ability to hike, or for the persons who want more comfort.

Day 1 Marangu gate (1,860 m) – Mandara Hut (2,700 m)

After breakfast you will be taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at 1,840 m. Upon completion of the necessary paper work, your trek commences and soon you will be hiking through the dense rainforest of Marangu. Looking up, you might have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the thumbless black and white colobus monkeys. After you have reached the Mandara Hut (2,700 m) in approximately 4-5 hours and you have had some time to catch your breath, you will have the option to join a walk to the Maundi Crater where you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Kenyan interior, as well as of the gleaming lakes which share the border between Kenya and Tanzania. You will stay the evening at Mandara Hut for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2 Mandara Hut (2,700 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

An early breakfast strengthens you for the trek ahead and shortly after leaving Mandara Hut you will reach the cross roads between Horombo Hut and Maundi Crater. Heading in the direction of Horombu Hut the vegetation will change to shrubs and you will cross the open moor land reaching your destination in approximately 6-8 hours. Looking back your path will already be shrouded in clouds and looking forward you will catch glimpses of Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Masai steppe. After your evening meal you will drift off to sleep at the Horombu Hut for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Zebra Rocks is on the agenda today, in order for your body to acclimatize to the altitude. Acclimatization plays an important role in improving your chances to reach the summit and this 2-4 hour trek offers you the opportunity to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh air. Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) is named after the distinct black and white stripes covering the rock formation. A hot lunch will await you on your return and the rest of the afternoon is for you to enjoy the spectacular views around you and regain your strength for tomorrow’s hike. You will stay another night at Horombu Hut for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4 Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

After breakfast a long and tough journey to Kibo Hut awaits you. The vegetation slowly changes into alpine desert and you will pass the “last waterpoint” on your way to the so-called “saddle”, a plateau situated between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. You will arrive at the Kibo Hut in about 6-8 hours for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5 Kibo Hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

The summit day has finally arrived and at around midnight, when the lava ash is still frozen, you will start your ascent. Your path will be strenuous with only your headlight to light the way. You will pass the Hans Meyer Cave at 5,200 m and slowly make your way up. Gilman’s Point at 5,715 m will be reached as the sun rises over the crater rim. You will arrive at Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) in 6-8 hours. The cold is soon forgotten as you stand on the “Roof of Africa”, basking in the rays of the morning light. After well-deserved photo opportunity you will descend along the same path. The lava ash will now have thawed, allowing for a faster descent with a break at Kibo Hut for a warm meal. Before you continue down to the Horombu Hut where you will stay the night. The descent is approximatively 4-5 hours.

 

Day 6 Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Arusha

The surrounding vegetation becomes greener as you continue to  descent and soon you will arrive at the Mandara Hut (2,700 m). The journey back to the park gate gives you another chance to observe the beautiful tropical rainforest and spot anything you have missed on the way up, like the Impatiens Kilimanjari Flower, which is endemic to the rainforest on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Arriving at the gate after 5-7 hours you will say goodbye to your mountain crew and tipping. At the hotel you can enjoy a shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

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Items included Items excluded
˖ Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary˖ Professional English speaking guide

˖ Mountain crew (cook & porters)

˖ Meals according to the itinerary

˖ Drinking water

˖ Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, table)

˖ All national park fees

˖ All mentioned transfers

˖ One night accomodation before the climb

˖ Flights˖ Optional activities

˖ Alcoholic and soft drinks

˖ Visa fees

˖ Tips

˖ Personal spending money for souvenirs

˖ Travel Insurance

 

Machame route is the most popular. It is also known as the whiskey route as it is considered to be more difficult than the Marangu (Coca-Cola) route.

 

Day 1: Arrival day into Arusha

Arrive Arusha where a friendly Warrior Trails representative will greet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to the African Tulip for overnight.

 

Day 2: Machame Gate (1800m) – Machame Camp (3000m)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Machame Gate where you will meet your guide and porters. Following registration, you start your climb, stopping for a picnic lunch.

After a 5-7 hour hike, you will arrive at Machame Camp. In the afternoon, you will climb a little higher for acclimatization before returning to Machame Camp for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3: Machame Camp (3000m) – Shira Camp (3800m)

Start your 4-6 hour climb after breakfast, stopping for a picnic lunch. Arrive in the afternoon at Shira Camp for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4: Shira (3800m) – Baranco Camp (3950m)

Breakfast is following by a slow 6-7 hour walk with packed lunches. Arrive at Baranco Camp for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5: Baranco Camp (3950m) – Barafu Camp (4600m)

With picnic lunch en route, climb for approximately 8-9 hours before arriving at Barafu Camp for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6: Barafu (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3100m)

An early morning wake up call just after midnight is followed by a light breakfast before starting the final ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Stell Point can be reached in about 7-8 hours, with a further ascent to the Uhuru Peak, reached in about 45 minutes. After a short rest, begin your descent via the Gilman’s Point down to Mweka Camp in about 4-6 hours for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7: Mweka (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1600m) – Arusha

After breakfast, make your final descent ot Mweka gate in about 3-4 hours for private transfer to Arusha. Spend your afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in arusha.

 

 

personal/sharing
Items included Items excluded
˖ Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary˖ Professional English speaking guide

˖ Mountain crew (cook & porters)

˖ Meals according to the itinerary

˖ Drinking water

˖ Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, table)

˖ All national park fees

˖ All mentioned transfers

˖ One night accomodation before the climb

˖ Flights˖ Optional activities

˖ Alcoholic and soft drinks

˖ Visa fees

˖ Tips

˖ Personal spending money for souvenirs

˖ Travel Insurance