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Kilimanjaro Climbing

Please Note: Routes involving trekking through the western breach are currently closed due to safety reasons.

Marangu Route This is the most popular of the routes, dubbed as the ‘Coca Cola Route’, ascending from the eastern slopes. It is the only route to offer accommodation in mountain huts. Spending an extra day at Horombo hut for acclimatization is highly recommended.

Machame Route Machame is a challenging but a very scenic route. It is one of our most popular routes, ascending from the western slopes. This route is dubbed as the ‘Whisky route’. Trekking on this route is rather strenuous and requires some rock scrambling. However, the ascent is rather gradual unlike that on Umbwe. A 7-day trek is recommended with an extra day at either Karanga Valley or Shira Hut.

Shira Route
This is a scenic but less popular route, as the track leading to Shira hut is a long one and not in a very good condition. Walking is relatively strenuous but this route is easier to acclimatize on due to the climbs and dips. On the acclimatization day at Shira, there are sidetracks leading to the Shira Cathedral &Shira needle. (Shira route via Western breach is currently closed for safety reasons. However, the route via Barafu Hut is available).

Rongai Route This is one of our increasingly popular routes, involving a complete mountain transverse beginning from the north eastern slopes of the mountain near the border with Kenya. The trek is better than Marangu and very scenic. Whilst the most popular option is a 6-day trek, a 7-day trek is frequently recommended as it gives one the opportunity to acclimatize better.

Lemosho Route Not as popular as Machame, this route also ascends the mountain via the western slopes of Shira plateau. There are some challenging areas and some rock scrambling involved, but this is one of the most scenic routes. The route is rather strenuous but the ascent is gradual. It is recommended for people with above average levels of fitness.

Umbwe Route This is the steepest, most strenuous, albeit most direct route to Uhuru peak. Altitude gain on this route is quite rapid. This route is only recommended for more experienced trekkers provided they avoid ascending too quickly.

Brush up on your knowledge for your Kilimanjaro climb. Wanderlust Africa Safaris is here to provide you with complete information on routes and details of trekking the mountain. From the most popular routes to the steepest of all, our tour operator makes sure to take you through the best route for your trip.

So go ahead and start prepping for your Kilimanjaro climbing adventure!
Clothing
Fleece jacket
Waterproof, breathable jacket
Waterproof, breathable pants
Shorts (for first and last day only)
T-shirts (for first and last day only)
Down jacket
Thermal underwear (recommended expedition weight, especially for summit)
Balaclava (to cover face at night & on summit attempt)
Gloves/ Mittens
Sunglasses (Alpine glasses will be needed for summit)
Wool socks
Socks (liners or for sleeping)
Hiking boots (waterproof, ankle height)
Light shoes or sandals for camps
Cap/hat for sun protection and warmth
Towel/ wash cloth
Underwear

Equipment
Sleeping bag (rated 15 degree or warmer) if you can get one
Backpack or duffer bag (ideally waterproof. bags okay as many porters carry them on their heads anyway)
Day pack(large enough to hold shells, lunch, water and snacks)
Water bottles (insulated so it won’t freeze on summit and enough to carry 3 liters)
Trekking poles (especially for going downhill); highly recommended
Headlamp and enough batteries for the trip (2 or more new sets of batteries preferred Please note that batteries die fast in the cold)
Other
Camera film
Digital camera
Video Camera
Tapes
Batteries
Camera chargers
Tour Summary:
This is a 7-day Kilimanjaro hike, starting at Machame gate and ascending via Stella Point. There is a night time ascent to the summit. The trip is fully supported with spacious guest tents, mattresses and pillows, as well as a mess tent with lightweight tables, chairs and cutlery. Our trips also include a toilet tent in camp and most importantly knowledgeable professional guides who go through bi-annual training. Our logistics team at the base monitors your trip from start to finish.

The seven-day Machame variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 7-day Machame route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep-deprived, going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.

Day 1:Arusha On arrival, you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to Arusha to a well-appointed hotel. In afternoon, there is a full briefing with the climb’s manager and your guide. Dinner is included at your hotel. Overnight stay at ArushaMeru View Lodge (with dinner)

Day 2: Kilimanjaro/Machame Park Gate After breakfast, you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate, your crew finalizes packing, and after finishing with formalities you start off from Machame gate. Today’s hiking is through verdant Afromontane forest to Machame camp, and on route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty, endemic flora and a gradation of forest zones. Overnight stay at Machame Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft,
Distance: 11 km,
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain forest
The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 1 hour. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

Day 3: Kilimanjaro/Shira After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path. From Machame camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive Helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys. Overnight stay at Shira Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Day 4: Kilimanjaro/Barranco 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 then continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and stay 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
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Semi desert

Day 5: Kilimanjaro/Karanga FromBarranco camp famous for its giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In afternoon, a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the Southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Overnight stay at Karanga Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 6: Kilimanjaro/Barafu Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.
Overnight stay at Barafu Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 7: Kilimanjaro/Mweka 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 (18,600 ft), 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 the 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 late afternoon. Later in evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Overnight stay at Mweka Camp (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic,

Day 8: 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. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to the hotel in Arusha or Moshi town.
Mweka Camp to Moshi
Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain forest


Day 9: Depart Today a day room is held to allow you to relax and check out later in the day. A vehicle is on hand to transfer you to the airport to connect with your international flight, or you may connect with further programs. Day room at Meru View Lodge (breakfast – lunch)

Please note: In the event the listed accommodation is not available, alternative accommodation of a similar standard will be selected.

Climb to the Roof of Africa with Wanderlust Africa Safaris.
Starting at Machame Gate, this 7-day Kilimanjaro trekking adventure will take you to Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. From there, soak in the heavenly view of the Afromontane forest, Shira Plateau, glacial valleys and ash pit. Price include

Trained Kilimanjaro guides (1 guide to 2 clients)
All relevant Kilimanjaro park fees & rescue fees
Emergency medical evacuation
All accommodation as described in the itinerary
Transfers as described in the itinerary
Drinks on the hike (potable water, tea, coffee & hot chocolate)

Price exclude
International flights
Entry visas
Gratuities
Items of a personal nature
Alterations to this itinerary (i.e. if different accommodations and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down) Airport departure taxes (unless stated) Laundry Beverages in hotels (except those in your personal safari vehicle) Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency
Tour Summary:
The Marangu route offers a well-developed and gradual trail to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is considered to be one of the most comfortable and easiest routes, as your climb is moderate and constant with only the final leg to the summit being slightly more challenging. Overnights stay will be arranged in simple mountain huts.

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and e taken to the Bristol Cottage Hotel in Moshi Town. The rest of the day is for you to do as you please. You can opt to spend the day relaxing in the hotel or exploring the surrounding area and town (short taxi drive away). In late afternoon, you will be briefed by our team on what to expect on your upcoming trek.
The night will be spent at Bristol Cottage Hotel. Dinner included.

Day 1: Moshi – 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 rain forest of Marangu. Looking up, you might have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the thumb less black and white Columbus monkeys. After you have reached the Mandara Hut (2,700 m) in approximately 4 hours and had time to catch your breath, you will have the option to join a walk to the Maundi Crater. Here, 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.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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 crossroads 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 moorland, reaching your destination in approximately 4 – 6 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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Zebra Rocks is on the agenda today so that your body can acclimatize to the altitude. Acclimatization plays an important role in improving your chances to reach the summit, and this 2 to 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 upon returning 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.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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 water point’ 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 5 to 6 hours and go to bed straight after dinner as the summit calls for an early start at approximately 23:00 h.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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 the headlights to light our 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 continue another 1 to 2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). The cold is soon forgotten as you stand on the ‘Roof of Africa’, basking in the rays of the morning light. After a well-deserved photographing opportunity, you will descend along the same path. The lava ash will now have thawed, allowing for a faster descent. Upon your arrival at Kibo Hut, a warm meal and approximate 2 hours rest awaits you, before you continue down to the Horombu Hut where you will stay the night.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6 Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Moshi
The surrounding vegetation becomes greener as you continue your descent and soon you will arrive at the Mandara Hut (2,700 m) where a hot lunch awaits you. The journey back to the park gate gives you another chance to observe the beautiful tropical rain forest and spot anything you might have missed on the way up, like the Impatiens Kilimanjaro Flower which is endemic to the rain forest on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Arriving at the gate, you will say goodbye to your mountain crew and will be taken back to Moshi Town at Bristol Cottage Hotel. At the hotel you can enjoy a shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Dinner and overnight stay arranged at Moshi Town Bristol Cottage Hotel.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will either be taken back to Kilimanjaro Airport, or alternatively, you can continue with your travel plans, such as extending your trip to include a safari tour or a relaxing holiday on Zanzibar.

Price Include
Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
Professional English-speaking guide
Mountain crew (cook & porters)
Meals according to the itinerary
Drinking water
Overnight stays in hotels and mountain huts
All national park fees
All mentioned transfers

Price exclude
Sleeping bags
Flights
Optional activities
Alcoholic and soft drinks
Visa fees
Tips
Personal spending money
Duration: 7 days /6 nights
Best time to travel: all year round
Day 1 Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – MtiMkubwa camp (2750m)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
After eating breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive two hours from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). In the village near Londorossi Gate, you will receive a packed lunch and can buy mineral water for the hike. Then the final 45 minutes of the drive leading up to the gate will be on a bumpy forest track requiring 4WD vehicles. At the entrance gate, the guides and porters distribute the supplies and register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). You are now ready to begin your 3-hour hike into the rain forest. Be on the look out for Colobus monkeys! Along the way, you will stop for an afternoon lunch break and arrive at MtiMkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the early evening. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!

Day 2 MtiMkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6.5 hours
Habitat: Moorland
After an early morning breakfast, you will begin your ascent out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone. You will cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.

Day 3 Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Semi desert
Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will be come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m). Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath. After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.

Day 4 Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
This is a short hiking day meant for acclimatization. After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. You will spend the night at Karanga Camp (3950m) and enjoy dinner and washing at the site.

Day 5 Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600)
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, you will begin your ascent. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

Day 6 summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.
At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Day 7 Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Forest
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Items included:
Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
Professional, experienced, mountain guides
All Park fees
Rescue fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Crisis management and safety procedures
Fair and ethical treatment of porters
Airport transfers
Accommodation in Arusha

Items not included:
Tanzania Visa
Gratuity
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
6 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour + 2 nights hotel stay
The scenically attractive Rongai route approaches Kibo from the unfrequented and drier north-eastern side of Kilimanjaro. The tour departs close to the Kenyan border and offers stunning and impressive views over the African savannah and rugged Mawenzi. Just after Mawenzi Tarn Camp, climbers will pass the only mountain lake in Kilimanjaro National Park. The trails are well developed and pass through fir forest, rain forest and alpine desert. Although the Rongai route can generally be thought of as an easy route, the rockier stages in the summit area are sometimes a little more demanding. The decent follows the Marangu route and traverses the lush and green rainforest on good paths. Climbers will overnight in mountain tents during the entire climb

Day 1 Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Moshi. The rest of the day will be yours to enjoy at leisure. In the evening, you will attend a briefing in preparation of your upcoming trekking adventure. You will spend the night at Key’s Hotel. Dinner

Day 2 Moshi – Nalemoru Gate (1,990 m) – Simba Camp (2,625 m)

After breakfast you will be driven around Mt Kilimanjaro to its north-western side and after 3 to 4 hours, you will arrive at the Nalemoru Gate. After the registration process has been completed and your luggage has been divided between the porters, your adventure begins. The path runs alongside mountain farmers’ fields and pine forests before it enters the sparse mountain forest zone, where black and white colobus monkeys can often be seen. After an approximate 3 to 4 hour hike, you will reach the Simba Camp where you will spend the night. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Simba Camp (2,625 m) – Kikelewa Camp (3,630 m)

Today’s trek passes through the heather and moorland zones and the views of Mawenzi and the vast Kenyan steppes are nothing short of grand. You will have lunch at the Second Cave (3,450 m) and after a short break, you will cross the undulating terrain to Kikelewa Camp. This camp boasts with incredible views and after a strenuous day’s climb, you can relax and take in its peaceful ambience. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Kikelewa Camp (3,630 m) – Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,310 m)

The typical senecien vegetation will soon disappear and the scenery will become more barren with the occasional rock formations. In good weather you can enjoy the breath-taking views of the Kibo and Mawenzi summits as well as Kenya’s savannah grasslands. After passing a few more rock formations, you will arrive at the Mawenzi Hut. For many mountain climbers, it is the most atmospheric camp on the mountain. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,310 m) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

On a relatively easy path, today’s leg takes you over the Kibo Saddle. A lack of vegetation is characteristic for the landscape here as only a few types of grass and other plant species can survive in this dry area and thin air. Just before today’s destination is reached, one last rock passage has to be conquered. Finally you will arrive at the School Hut, where you can relax and mentally prepare yourself for tomorrow’s summit stage.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Kibo Hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

The climb begins at around 00:00 h and after a 5 to 7 hour walk on frozen volcanic ash, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater’s edge. The sun rays will warm you while you trek for another 1 to 2 hours until you reach Uhuru Peak and finally stand on “Africa’s Roof”. The descent on the now thawed lava ash runs almost along the same route and you will arrive at the School Hut in the late morning. A warm meal will be served and after a well-deserved break, the descent continues to the Horombo Hut. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Moshi

After trekking for approximately 5 to 6 hours, you will have managed the easy descent and you will return to the Marangu Gate during the early afternoon. You will say goodbye to your mountain crew and a short transfer will take you back to Key’s Hotel. Here you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your achievement. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Moshi – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can go on safari or extend your stay at the beach. Breakfast
Items included:
Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
Professional, experienced, mountain guides
All Park fees
Rescue fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Crisis management and safety procedures
Fair and ethical treatment of porters
Airport transfers
Accommodation in Arusha
Items not included:
Tanzania Visa
Gratuity
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
The Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. It is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, it is less favorable than its successor due to the relatively high altitude of Shira's starting point, which is accessed quickly by vehicle. It is possible that climbers will experience some altitude related symptoms on the first day while camping at 11,800 feet.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Shira Ridge. The vehicle bypasses the rain forest zone and the hiking trail begins on Shira Ridge. The Shira route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.Wanderlust Africa Safaris® offers Shira as a seven or eight day private climb. The eight day variation adds a stay at Moir Hut on day three before going to Barranco Camp on day four.

Day 1: Shira Gate to Simba Camp.
Elevation: 11,800 ft to 11,800 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
Habitat: Heath
We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours; here we will complete entry formalities while guides and porters prepare equipment. We then continue to drive up a steep path to the Shira Gate where we will begin the hike. The trek starts through shrubs and giant heather until we reach Simba Camp.

Day 2: Simba Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Elevation: 11,800 ft to 12,500 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Habitat: Heath
Today is a fairly easy day to help with acclimatization. We begin by exploring the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations on the plateau. Then we take a scenic path to the Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles, before settling at Shira 2 Camp.

DAY 3 :Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 3 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

DAY 4Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

DAY 5Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

DAY 6 :Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. 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.

DAY 7:Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
Items included:
Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
Professional, experienced, mountain guides
All Park fees
Rescue fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Crisis management and safety procedures
Fair and ethical treatment of porters
Airport transfers
Accommodation in Arusha
Items not included:
Tanzania Visa
Gratuity
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)