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Dominating the landscape like no other mountain - Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5895 metres.

A trek up to the top of Kilimanjaro has proved to be one of the most rewarding and incredible experiences that our guests have experienced. Time after time, their comments upon their return are filled with a combination of awe, exhaustion, wonder and delight! Our climbers also are so pleased with our crew of guides and porters and how helpful and spirited they are, and our cooks that create a bounty of fresh, tasty meals that leave your belly full, and fueled for your extreme exertion. Our guides are trained in high levels of first aid and will be monitoring you all the way up the mountain, checking your oxygen levels, pulse and blood pressure a couple times daily. They carry emergency oxygen if anyone should need it. Our overall success rate of reaching the summit with Gladys Adventure guides is 98%! Our guides and mountain crew are awesome at helping motivate people and encouraging them to summit. Everyone tells us that they would have either not made it or would have had a MUCH harder time without them and their positive spirit and singing!

Gladys Adventure is a proud partner with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to the fair treatment of porters and crew on Kilimanjaro. KPAP is the local initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) and performs the monitoring activities for IMEC's Partner for Responsible Travel Program. We gladly follow strict standards in more than 10 areas of treatment criteria to assure that we are responsible, fair and have good treatment practices towards our mountain crew. Because of our partnership with KPAP, you can rest assured that you are choosing a company that can make you confident you are making an honorable choice by being a part of the commitment to a humanitarian cause. Please ask us about this and we will be more than happy to share additional information about this prestigious partnership!

One of the secrets to our success is the fact that we only use our handpicked, highly trained and highly knowledgable guides, assistant guides, chefs and porters. Not wanting to hire just any contractor assures you, the climber, a safe, comfortable and memorable accent. If you are a solo climber or a twosome and would like to join a group please refer to our scheduled climbs by clicking Join a Group.

If there are any dietary considerations that we should be aware of, just let us know and we'll make all of the arrangements for your special needs.

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Gladys Adventure Mt Kilimanjaro Route Map

There are a few route choices to climb Kilimanjaro. The standard itineraries range from 5 days to 9 days. Of the routes, Marangu route is different from the others in that the overnights are spent in dormitory style huts with solar power. All other routes are camping routes. It is the least expensive route and the shortest route. It is not as scenic as the other routes though and does not offer very good acclimatization since it is a short climb. It is the only route where the ascent and descent follow the same path. The most popular routes are Machame route and Lemosho route. A few short years ago Lemosho was known as a little used route, now it is our most requested route. Both these routes offer great acclimatization and are scenic. Umbwe route is the most difficult route and does not offer very good acclimatization but is sought after by some experienced climbers as the biggest challenge. It is not recommended for the average climber. Rongai route is a lesser used route but quite scenic. Many people think of it as the easiest route on the mountain. It is a good route choice during wet months (March, April, May, November) since the north side of the mountain does not receive as much precipitation. Grand Traverse route is not yet an official route but an excellent choice for a climb. It is scenic, is very sparcely used (we expect this to change within a few years), and offers very good acclimatization. The Mweka route is used for descent only. It is used by Machame, Lemosho, Umbwe and Grand Traverse for the descent. Rongai and Marangu routes descend along the Marangu route (note that although huts are present on the Marangu route, those descending from the Umbwe route will still have overnights in tents.)

Click on any of the route names below to read an itineraries.

Grand Traverse 8 Days -- New Offering!

This is also known as the Northern Circuit or Alternative Lemosho Route. It is offered by some tour companies (such as ours) but not yet an official route. This route starts on the western side of the mountain then winds around the north side before ascending up to Uhuru Peak from the east. The descent is down the Mweka Route. We look for this route to become increasingly popular with good opportunity for acclimatization and quite scenic. Right now this route is not crowded at all.

Day 1 – Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)
Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest
The Grand Traverse Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2 – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)
Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
On day two you will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland zone which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. The trek is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters).

Day 3 – Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)
Distance: ~7km / 4 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. We will continue east up the Shira Plateau ridge and on to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then back down to Moir Camp (4,200 meters).

Day 4 – Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Pofu Camp (4,020 meters)
Distance: ~12km / 7 miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: High alpine zone
Day four involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Grand Traverse trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Pofu (Buffalo) Camp (4,020 meters).The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Pofu Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day hiking.

Day 5 – Pofu Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)
Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: High alpine zone and low alpine zone
Day five starts with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and then continues east along the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatised to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Day 6 – Third Cave (3,800 meters) to School Hut (4,800 meters) or Kibo Hut
Distance: ~15km / 8 miles
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone
Day six involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to School Hut (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut you will be served an early dinner and then you should get some sleep as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.

Day 7 – School Hut (4,800 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then onto Millennium Camp (3,950 meters)
Distance: ~6km / 3.5 miles ascent and 10.5km / 6 mile descent
Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent and then 4-6 hour descent
Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones
You will be awoken at midnight with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak. From here you gather all your energy and every bit of determination to reach Uhuru Peak (5895 meters). How long you stay at the summit will depend on the timing, the weather and your physical condition. You will then head around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain. In total you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up.

Day 8 – Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)
Distance: ~10km / 6.5 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest zone
The final day is a short hike through the dense montane rainforest from Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). At the gate you will need to sign-out with the authorities, who will also provide you with your official certificate – a green certificate for those who made it to Gilman’s Point and a gold certificate for those who reached Uhuru Peak.

Grand Traverse 9 Days -- New offering!

This is also known as the Northern Circuit or Alternative Lemosho Route. It is offered by some tour companies (such as ours) but not yet an official route. This route starts on the western side of the mountain then winds around the north side before ascending up to Uhuru Peak from the east. The descent is down the Mweka Route. We look for this route to become increasingly popular with good opportunity for acclimatization and quite scenic. Right now this route is not crowded at all. This route is also offered as an 8 day climb but our guides tell us that 9 days is ideal.

Day 1 – Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)
Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest
The Grand Traverse Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2 – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)
Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
On day two you will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland zone which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. The trek is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters).

Day 3 – Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)
Distance: ~7km / 4 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. At Shira Camp 2 it is worth trekking a little higher up the plateau to enjoy the stunning view across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below freezing.

Day 4 – Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then north to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)
Distance: ~14km / 8 miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone
Day four is a long trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone. The morning is spent trekking up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp at 4,200 meters. This is an important day in your trek as you will get to experience high altitude and then sleep low, which is good for the acclimatisation process.

Day 5 – Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Pofu Camp (4,020 meters)
Distance: ~12km / 7 miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: High alpine zone
Day five involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Grand Traverse trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Pofu (Buffalo) Camp (4,020 meters).The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Pofu Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day hiking.

Day 6 – Pofu Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)
Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: High alpine zone and low alpine zone
Day six starts with a climb up the Buffalo Ridge and then continues east along the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatised to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Day 7 – Third Cave (3,800 meters) to School Hut (4,800 meters) or Kibo Hut
Distance: ~15km / 8 miles
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone
Day seven involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to School Hut (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut you will be served an early dinner and then you should get some sleep as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.

Day 8 – School Hut (4,800 meters) through the crater to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then onto Millennium Camp (3,950 meters)
Distance: ~6km / 3.5 miles ascent and 10.5km / 6 mile descent
Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent and then 4-6 hour descent
Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones
You will be awoken at midnight with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak. From here, you descend into the crater. It is common to feel the effects of the altitude inside of the crater but you will feel a boost in fitness as you ascend up to reach Uhuru Peak. Your stay here will be brief so get as many pictures as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers. You will then head down back around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain. In total you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up.

Day 9 – Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)
Distance: ~10km / 6.5 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest zone
The final day is a short hike through the dense montane rainforest from Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). At the gate you will need to sign-out with the authorities, who will also provide you with your official certificate – a green certificate for those who made it to Gilman’s Point and a gold certificate for those who reached Uhuru Peak. From here you will be driven back to Moshi where you can get a good hot shower say farewell to your staff, give out tips and celebrate!

Lemosho Route 7 Days

Day 1: Hotel - Londorossi Gate (2360m) - Mti Mkubwa Camp (2810m)
Your day starts early with a breakfast from the hotel, followed by a 2-hour drive from the hotel (910m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment at the park's gate and registration. You start trekking through the rainforest until completes this day by entering to our first camp where your tent is setup with your personal belongings inside
-Walking distance: 6 km, 3-4 hrs
All meals are included (breakfast this day not included in budget package)

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa camp (2810m) - Shira 2 camp (3505m)
You depart from Mti Mkubwa to the second camp through heath and Moorland zone, following the Shira ridge we enter vast high altitude desert plateau where the first view of Mount Kilimanjaro unfold one the horizon
-Walking Distance: 8 km, 6-8 hrs
All meals are included

Day 3: Shira camp 2 (3505m) -Barranco camp(3950m)
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. We leave from Shira to Moir camp which is nested near enormous beds of volcanic rock and surrounded by rocky hills and cliffs. We test our acclimatization with a trek to the base of Lava tower at 4500m, following our rest we descent through senecio forest passing waterfalls that usher us into the Barranco camp. The camp is set in the shadow of the massive Barranco wall with easterly breezes often carrying misty clouds from the Barranco Valley. Trekking time: 7 - 9 hrs
All meals are included

Day 4: Barranco Camp(3950m) - Karanga Camp(3995m)
Today's task will be the 150m face of the Barranco wall. Realization of how hard the porters works will be realized as this challenging scramble provides quite the balancing act for our crew. We arrive at the camp for a well deserved dinner and overnight
-Walking distance: 3-5hrs, 5km
All meals are included

Day 5: Karanga Camp(3995m) - Barafu Camp(4600m)
After breakfast with picnic lunch en route, the morning trek is slow and steady uphill hike as we enter the Arctic zone. The temperatures becomes noticeably cooler, however excitement fills our camp as we take final preparations for the summit day ahead.
-Walking distance: 3-5hrs, 4km
All meals are included

Day 6: Summit attempt, Barafu Camp (4600m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3100m)
Today we face our greatest challenge, and meet the most rewarding point. An early wakeup call for preparation and light breakfast before starting the summit around 01.00hrs. Spectacular view coupled with the sunrise will warm the soul and strengthen the spirit as the iconic Uhuru peak is now on sight. After the elation of a well earned summit, we descend back to Barafu camp for a nice break and celebration before continuing to Mweka camp
-Walking Distance: 12-14hrs, 21km
All meals are included

Day 7: Mweka Camp(3100m)- Mweka gate
Descend from Mweka camp to the park gate where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower.
-Walking Distance: 3-4hrs, 10km
Breakfast included, you will be back in Moshi by lunch time - overnight accommodation is included this night as part of the climb package.

Lemosho Route 8 days

A few short years ago this was a seldom used route. Now Lemosho 8 days has become our most requested itinerary. It is popular for good reason though since with 8 days the acclimatization is very good and it is a scenic route. We expect the Grand Traverse route to alleviate some of the crowd that this route hasw drawn.

Day 1: Hotel - Londorossi Gate (2360m) - Mti Mkubwa Camp (2810m)
Your day starts early with a breakfast from the hotel, followed by a briefing by your head guide and then a 2-hour drive from the hotel (910m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2360m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment at the park's gate and registration. You start trekking through the rain-forest. You complete the day by entering to our first camp where your tent is setup with your personal belongings inside.
-Walking distance: 6km, 3-4hrs
All meals are included (breakfast not included in the budget package for this day).

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2810m) - Shira 2 Camp (3505m)
You depart from Mti Mkubwa to the second camp through heath and Moorland zone, following the Shira ridge we enter vast high altitude desert plateau where the first view of Mount Kilimanjaro unfolds one the horizon.
-Walking Distance: 8km, 6-8hrs
All meals are included

Day 3: Shira camp 2 (3505m)-Moir Camp(4160m)
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. We leave from Shira to Moir Camp which is nested near enormous beds of volcanic rock and surrounded by rocky hills and cliffs. At the arrival of camp you enter your tent which is already set with your belongings inside.
-Walking Distance: 9 km, 6-8 hrs
All meals are included

Day 4: Moir Camp(4160m) - Barranco Camp(3950m)- Acclimatization Day
After spending a night at the Moir camp today we test our acclimatization with a trek to the base of Lava tower at 4500m, following our rest we descent through senecio forest passing waterfalls that usher us into the Barranco camp. The camp is set in the shadow of the massive Barranco wall with easterly breezes often carrying misty clouds from the Barranco valley.
-Walking distance: 5-7hrs, 7km
All meals are included

Day 5: Barranco camp(3950m) - Karanga camp(39950m)
Today's task will be the 150m face of the Barranco wall. Realization of how hard the porters works will be realized as this challenging scramble provides quite the balancing act for our crew. We arrive at the camp for a well deserved dinner and overnight
-Walking distance: 3-5hrs, 5km
All meals are included

Day 6: Karanga Camp(3995m) - Barafu Camp(4600m)
After breakfast with picnic lunch en route, the morning trek is slow and steady uphill hike as we enter the arctic zone, The temperatures becomes noticeably cooler, however excitement fills our camp as we take final preparations for the summit day ahead.
-Walking distance: 3-5hrs, 4km
All meals are included

Day 7: Summit attempts, Barafu Camp (4600m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3100m)
Today we face our greatest challenge, and meet the most rewarding point. An early wakeup call for preparation and light breakfast before starting the summit around 01.00hrs. Spectacular view coupled with the sunrise will warm the soul and strengthen the spirit as the iconic Uhuru peak is now on sight. After the elation of a well earned summit, we descend back to Barafu camp for a nice break and celebration before continuing to Mweka camp
-Walking Distance: 12-14hrs, 21km
All meals are included

Day 8: Mweka Camp(3100m)- Mweka gate
Descend from Mweka camp to the park gate where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower.
-Walking Distance: 3-4hrs, 10km
Breakfast included. You will be back in Moshi before lunchtime.

Machame Route 6 Days

Day 1: Machame Gate (1800m) - Machame Camp (3000m)
Arrive to the Machame Gate from Moshi and have an introduction to your guides and porters. Registration is done and thereafter start climb with picnic lunch through rain forest for approximately 4 to 5 hrs where you arrive to the Machame Camp. Later afternoon walk up to a little higher altitude is done for acclimatization. Return to Machame Camp for dinner and overnight. Lunch and dinner on the mountain included, breakfast at hotel (no breakfast included this day in the budget plan).

Day 2: Machame Camp (3000m) - Shira Camp (3800m)
After breakfast, start climb through short Savannah, forest and other vegetation for approximately 4 to 5hrs, with picnic lunch en route before arriving in the afternoon at the Shira Hut. In Shira is where an extra day can be spent for acclimatization when climbing takes 7 days or more, dinner and overnight at Shira hut.
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 3: Shira (3800m) - Barranco (3950m)
After breakfast a slow walk through semi glacier and sandy areas with picnic lunch 3 to 4 hrs before arriving at the Barranco Hut for dinner and overnight.
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 4: Barranco Hut (3950m) - Barafu Hut (4600m)
After breakfast, with picnic lunch enroute climb through glaciers for approximately 4 to 5 hours before arriving the Barafu Hut for dinner and overnight.
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 5: Barafu Hut (4600m) Uhuru Peak (5895m) Mweka (3100m)
An early wake up call around 01.00hrs for preparation and light breakfast before starting final ascent to the summit i.e. either the Stella Point reached in approximately 5 to 6 hrs and a further ascent to the Uhuru Peak reached in another approx 45 minutes. After signing and short rest at Barafu Hut descend via the Gilman's Point down to Mweka Hut for an hours rest with light breakfast then descend down for dinner and overnight at Mweka Hut.
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 6: Descend from Mweka Hut to the park gate from where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower. Breakfast included - you should be back in Moshi by lunch time.

Machame Route 7 Days

Day 1: Machame Gate (1800m) - Machame Camp (3000m)
Arrive at the Machame Gate, introduction to your whole crew then do the registration at the park’s gate. After registration is done you start climb through rain forest with picnic lunch for approximately 4 to 5 hrs where you arrive to the Machame Camp. Later afternoon walk up to a little higher altitude then you return to Machame Camp for dinner and overnight.
Walking duration: 5-7 hrs, 11 km
Breakfast at your hotel (budget package does not include breakfast this day), lunch and dinner on the mountain are included.

Day 2: Machame Camp (3000m) - Shira Camp (3800m)
After breakfast, start climb through short Savannah, forest and other vegetation for approximately 4 to 5hrs, with picnic lunch en route before arriving in the afternoon at the Shira Camp, dinner and overnight at Shira Camp.
Walking Duration: 4-6 hrs, 5 km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 3: Shira Camp(3800m) - Barranco Camp(3950m)
After breakfast a slow walk through semi glacier and sandy areas with picnic lunch 3 to 4 hrs before arriving at the Barranco Camp for dinner and overnight rest.
Walking duration: 6-8 hrs, 10 km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m)-Karanga Valley Camp (3995m) - Acclimatization day
A day of acclimatization with a walk to Karanga Valley Camp (3963 m)
Walking duration: 4-5 hrs, 5 km
All meals are included (breakfast,lunch and dinner)

Day 5: Karanga Valley (3995m) - Barafu Camp (4600m)
After breakfast, with picnic lunch enroute climb through glaciers for approximately 4 to 5 hours before arriving the Barafu Camp for dinner and overnight.
Walking duration: 4-5 hrs, 4 km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4600m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka Camp(3100m)
An early wakeup call around 01.00hrs for preparation and light breakfast before starting final ascent to the summit i.e. either the Stella Point reached in approximately 5 to 6 hrs and a further ascent to the Uhuru Peak reached in another approx 45 minutes. After signing and short rest at Barafu Hut descend via the Gilman’s Point down to Mweka Camp for an hours rest with light breakfast then descend down for dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp.
Walking duration: 11-14 hrs, 17 km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3100) – Mweka Gate (1640m)
Descend from Mweka Camp to the park gate from where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower
Walking duration: 3-4 hrs, 10 km
Breakfast included. You should be back in Moshi by lunchtime.
Overnight included in climb package.

Rongai Route 6 Days

DAY 1: Rongai Gate (1950m) - Rongai Cave Camp (2830m)
Depart Moshi in the morning and drive to Marangu Gate for registration. We transfer by road to Nale Moru (1,950m) to begin our climb on this unspoilt wilderness route. The first day is only a half-day walk on a small path that winds through farmland and pine plantations. It is a consistent but gentle climb through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. We reach our first overnight stop by late afternoon at the edge of the moorland zone.
Walking Distance: 4 hrs, 7 km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included (breakfast not included in budget package)

DAY 2: Rongai Cave (2830m) – 2nd Cave (3450m) – Kikelelwa Cave (3600m)
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.
Walking distance: 6-8 hrs, 11 km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600) - Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)
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.
Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs, 6 km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) - Kibo Hut (4703m)
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.
Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs, 6 km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 5: (Summit Attempt) Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)
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.
Walking distance: 6 kms ascent, 21 kms descent
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6: Horombo Hut (at 3720m) to Marangu Gate (at 1980m)
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. View more Mt Kilimanjaro tips. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now are driven back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
Walking distance: 5-7 hrs, 20 km

Rongai Route 7 Days

Day 1: Rongai 1st Caves Camp (9,285 ft./ 2,830 m)
Depart Moshi morning and drive to Marangu Gate for registration. After registration, proceed with a drive to the Rongai gate for about 5hrs. Today’s walk is at a leisurely pace through fields and then into the rainforest. Dinner and overnight at Rongai 1st Caves Camp.

Day 2: Rongai 2 Caves Camp (11,300 ft./ 3,450 m)
About 4-5 hours climb through the heather will bring you to second caves. If the weather is clear, Mawenzi will be in plain view; a stunning sight. Enjoy stopping to see the interesting heather-zone flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail. Dinner and overnight at Rongai 2 Caves Camp.

Day 3: Kikelewa Caves Camp (11,800 ft./ 3600 m)
Today is a short trek designed to help you acclimatize. A smaller track leads off the main trail through the moorland and towards Mawenzi’s steeply rising slopes (Mawenzi peak). The trekking time is about 3 – 5 hours, arriving in camp for a hot lunch, and a chance to acclimatize while exploring the surrounding landscape of bizarre plants and rock formations and caves. Dinner and overnight at Kikelelwa caves camp.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,160 ft./ 4,315 m)
Trek from the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert towards Mawenzi, on trails not frequented by many tourists. From the Tarn Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view across the saddle towards Kibo, your final target. Total trekking time is 5-7 hours. Dinner and overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Camp.

Day 5: Kibo Hut (15,585 ft./ 4,750 m)
The trekking time today is 5 - 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The trek takes you across the massive saddle. The crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. Prepare all your gear for the night ahead, and arrive in early to rest.

DAY 6: Horombo Camp ( up to 19,340 ft./ 5,895m then down to 10,200 ft./ 3,110 m)
You are awoken at midnight, and depart the camp at about 1am. From your camp to the rim of the crater Gilman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. Upon your 1am departure, the temperatures will be between -0 to -10° C, and then from 4am to 6am (just before sunrise), you can expect temperatures from -10° to -20° C. The slope is steep , with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point (after about 5 - 6 hours) at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). After 3 hours of descending to Kibo Hut, there is a pause for rest & food, then another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Hut.

Day 7: Marangu Gate to Moshi Hotel
Descend straight to the gate (5 - 6 hours), where you will collect your certificate then meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Moshi for a long hot shower.

Marangu Route 5 Days

DAY 1: Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara Hut (2700m)
After breakfast, transfer to Marangu gate and start the climb through fascinating rain forests till you reach the first hut Mandara.
Meals and overnight at the hut. (9,000ft).

DAY 2: Mandara Hut (2700m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)
After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine – meadow. The altitude begins to change and slowdown your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut 12km from Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (12,520ft).

DAY 3: Horombo Hut (3720m) - Kibo Hut (4700m)
After breakfast, resume the climb, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear. Climb to Kibo Hut. Meals and overnight at the hut. (15,520ft)

DAY 4: SUMMIT ATTEMPT!! Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)
The beginning of the last ascent is made in the wee hrs of the morning while the scree is still frozen. Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMANS POINT (most difficult and tiring part). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hour's walk along the crater rim. (19,344ft). Start the walk along the craters rim. (19,344ft). Start the descent to Horombo hut for overnight

DAY 5: Horombo Hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)
Return to a hotel in Moshi/Arusha. After lunch, have a good rest, meals and overnight at your hotel.

Marangu Route 6 Days

DAY 1: Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m)
After breakfast, transfer to Marangu gate and start the climb through fascinating rain forests till you reach the first hut Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (9,000ft).

DAY 2:Mandara hut (2700m) - Horombo hut (3720m)
After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine – meadow. The altitude begins to change and slowdown your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut 12km from Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (12,520ft).

Day 3: Horombo Hut (Acclimitazation Day)
Today we walk towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. We recommend drinking enough water and walking slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the Horombo hut. Horombo hut to further improve our acclimatization.

DAY 4: Horombo Hut (3720m) - Kibo Hut (4700m)
After breakfast, resume the climb, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear. Climb to Kibo Hut.
Meals and overnight at the hut. (15,520ft)

DAY 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT!! Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)
The beginning of the last ascent is made in the wee hrs of the morning while the scree is still frozen. Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMANS POINT (most difficult and tiring part). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hour's walk along the crater rim. (19,344ft). Start the walk along the crater’s rim. (19,344ft). Start the descent to Horombo hut for overnight

DAY 6:Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)
Return to your hotel in Moshi. After lunch, have a good rest, meals and overnight at your hotel.

Umbwe Route 6 Days

Day 1: Moshi to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp
Elevation(m): 915m/1387m to 1,800 m 2,800 m
Elevation(ft): 3,000 ft/4921ft to 5,905 ft to 9,190 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and an hour drive from Moshi/Arusha to Umbwe Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters pack your equipment and supplies, and give you a lunch pack. You start your ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. The introduction is over, and you now climb up for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. In places, you must scamper up steep sections of roots and rock. The Umbwe Camp is in the forest, and there are some caves nearby. You will be greeted here with a graciously served hot meal.

Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp
Elevation(m): 2,800 m to 3,900 m
Elevation(ft): 9,190 ft to 2,800 ft
Distance: 8 km,
Hiking Time : 4-5 hours
Habitat : Semi-Desert
Your day starts early with a steaming cup of tea coffee. After breakfast, you will climb steeply through thinning forest glades to giant Erica, heather, and drier air. You continue up a ridge that drops steeply on both sides, and hopefully, the clouds will part to reward you with a view of Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, you enter a zone of giant groundsels (Seneci Kilimanjari) that seem to guard the heights, and this garden is one of Kilimanjaro’s special treasures.

Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation(m): 3,900 m to 4,200 m
Elevation (ft):12,800 ft to 13,780 ft
Distance: 7 km,
Hiking time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring. This short day is very important for your acclimatization, since your summit push is about to start.

Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation(m): 4,200 m to 4,550 m
Elevation(ft): 13,780 ft to 14,930 ft
Distance: 13 km,
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 5: Summit Day! Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation(m): 4,550 m to 5,895 m to 3,100 m
Elevation(ft):14,930 ft to 19,340 ft to 10,170 ft
Distance: 7 km up, 23 km down
Hiking Time: 8 hours up, 7-8 hours down
Habitat: Scree and seasonal snow
You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon.

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi
Elevation(m): 3,100 m to 1,980m to890m/1387m
Elevation(ft): 10,170 ft to 6,500m to 2,920 ft/4921ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Forest
After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Don’t give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. From there our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshi.

Umbwe Route 7 Days

Day 1: Moshi to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp
Elevation(m): 915m/1387m to 1,800 m 2,800 m
Elevation(ft): 3,000 ft/4921ft to 5,905 ft to 9,190 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Your day starts early an hour drive from Moshi to Umbwe Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters pack your equipment and supplies, and give you a lunch pack. You start your ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. The introduction is over, and you now climb up for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. In places, you must scamper up steep sections of roots and rock. The Umbwe Camp is in the forest, and there are some caves nearby. You will be greeted here with a graciously served hot meal.

Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp
Elevation(m): 2,800 m to 3,900 m
Elevation(ft): 9,190 ft to 2,800 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Semi-Desert
After breakfast, you will climb steeply through thinning forest glades to Giant Erica, Heather, and drier air. You continue up a ridge that drops steeply on both sides, and hopefully, the clouds will part to reward you with a view of Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, you enter a zone of giant groundsels (Seneci Kilimanjari) that seem to guard the heights, and this garden is one of Kilimanjaro’s special treasures.

Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation (m): 3,900 m to 4,200 m
Elevation (ft):12,800 ft to 13,780 ft
Distance: 7 km,
Hiking time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall. Then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring.

Day 4: Karanga Camp
Elevation (m): 3,900 m to 4,200 m
Elevation (ft):12,800 ft to 13,780 ft
Hiking time: 1- 2 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
This day gives your body a chance to acclimatize. You will take a short leisurely hike through the surrounding area, exercising your lungs and muscles in the thin air, returning back to Karanga Camp for rest.

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (m): 4,200 m to 4,550 m
Elevation (ft): 13,780 ft to 14,930 ft
Distance: 13 km,
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 6: Summit Day! Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation(m): 4,550 m to 5,895 m to 3,100 m
Elevation(ft):14,930 ft to 19,340 ft to 10,170 ft
Distance: 7 km up, 23 km down
Hiking Time: 8 hours up, 7-8 hours down
Habitat: Scree and seasonal snow
You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi
Elevation(m): 3,100 m to 1,980m to890m/1387m
Elevation(ft): 10,170 ft to 6,500m to 2,920 ft/4921ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Forest
After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles.






 

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