Kilimanjaro consists of the three summits: to the west, the Shira plateau, to the east Mawenzi peak and between the two snow-capped summit of Kibo which reaches 5895 meters. It is the roof of Africa. There are several ways to reach to the top: Marangu route (to the west), it is the most popular, Machame (to the west), umbwe and mweka (to the south) are demanding. You will be trekking and not mountain climbing.

Best Time: Whole year but avoid the rainy season of April, May and November.

How To Get There: From Arusha 2 hour drive and from Moshi a 40 minute drive.

To Do: On the way up, an extra dat between 4,000 and 5,000 meters will help you avoid altitude sickness before the final ascent. On the Marangu route, from Horombo, a day trip to zebra rock.

MACHAME ROUTE (6DAYS)

Day 1:Machame Gate to Machame camp
Ascent:1,800 meters to 3,000 meters
Distance:11Km.

Day 2:Machame Camp to Shira Camp 2
Ascent:3,000 meters to3,820 meters
Destance:5 Km.

Day 3:Shira Camp 2 to Barranco Camp
Ascent:3,820 meters to 3,972 meters
Distance:12.5 Km.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp.
Ascent: 3,972 meters to 4,660 meters
Distance:10 Km.

Day 5:Barafu Camp to UHURU PEAK to Mweka Camp
Ascent:4,660 meters to 5,895 meters then to 3,100 m
Distance:20 Km.

Day 6:Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate Descent:3,100 meters to 1,660 meters. Distance:10 Km.

MARANGU ROUTE (5 DAYS)

Day 1:Marangu Gate to Mandara hut. Ascent: 1,700 meters to 2,700 meters. Distance:7 Km

Day 2 Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut Ascent:2,700 neters to 3,700 meters: Distance:11.8 Km.

Day 3:Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut. Ascent3,700 meters to 4,700 meters. Distance:12Km.

Day 4:Kibo Hut to UHURU PEAK to Horombo Hut.
Ascent/Descent:4,700 meters to 5,895 meters to 3,700 meters.
Distance:19 Km.

Day 5:Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate. Descent:3,700 meters to 1,700 meters. Distance: 18.8 Km

RONGAI ROUTE

Day 1:Nalemoru Gate to Simba Camp.Ascent:2,300 meters to 2,668 meters.
Distance:11.57 Km.

Day 2: Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp. Ascent:2,668 meters to 3,679 meters. Distance:7 Km.

Day 3: Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Hut. Ascent:3,679 meters to 4,330 meters. Distance: 7 Km.

Day 4: Mawenzi Turn Hut to Kibo Hut. Ascent:4,330 meters to 4,700 meters. Distance:7 Km.

Day 5:Kibo Hut to UHURU PEAK to Horombo Hut. Ascent/Descent:4,700 meters to 5,895 meters to3,700 meters. Distance:19 Km.

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate. Descent:3,700 meters to1,700 meters. Distance:18.8 Km

SHIRA ROUTE

Day 1:Londrosi Gate to Shira Camp 1. Ascent:2,246 meters to 3,505 meters Distance:17.5 Km.

Day 2:Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2.Ascent:3,505 meters to 3,820 meters. Distance:4 Km.

Day 3:Shira Camp 2 to Barranco Camp.Ascent:3,820 meters to 3972 meters. Distance:12.5 Km.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley.Ascent:3,972 meters to 4,002 meters.Distance:5 Km

Day 5:Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp. Ascent: 4,002 meters to 4,660 meters. Distance: 5 Km.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to UHURU PEAK to Mweka Camp. Ascent/Descent:4,660 meters to 5,895 meters then to 3,100 m. Distance:20 Km.

Day 7:Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate. Descent: 3,100 meters to 1,660 meters. Distance: 10 Km.

UMBWE ROUTE

Day 1:Ubwe Gate to Ubwe Cave Camp. Ascent: 1,640 meters to 2,939 meters. Distance: 11.8 Km.

Day 2:Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp. Ascent:2,939 meters to 3,972 meters. Distance:7 Km.

Day 3;Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley. Ascent:3,972 meters to 4,002 meters. Distance:5 Km.

Day 4: Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp. Ascent:4,002 meters to 4,660 meters.Distance:5 Km.

Day 5: Barafu Camp to UHURU PEAK to Mweka Camp. Ascent/Descent:4,660 meters to 5,896 meters then to 3,100 m. Distance:20 Km.

Day6:Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate. Descent:3,100 meters to 1,660 meters. Distance:10 Km

LEMOSHO ROUTE

Day 1:Starting Point to Mti Mkubwa. Ascent:2,800 meters to 3505 meters. Distance:4 Km.

Day 2:Mti Mkubwa To Shira Camp 1.Ascenr:2,800 meters to 3,505 meters. Distance9 Km.

Day 3:Shiora Camp1 to Barranco Camp. Ascent:3505 meters to 3,972 meters. Distance:16.5 Km.

Day 4:Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley. Ascent:3,972 meters to4,002 meters. Distance:5 Km.

Day 5:Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp.Ascent:4,002 meters to 4,660 meters. Distance:5 Km.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to UHURU PEAK to Mweka Camp. Ascent/Descent:4,660 meters to 5,895 meters then to 3,100 m. Distance:10 Km.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate. Descent:3,100 meters to 1,660 meters. Distance: 10 Km

CLOTHING: FOOTWEAR: ACCESSORIES

  • Warm windproof jacket with a hood.
  • Good comfortable walking boots.
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof jacket and over trousers.
  • Trainers (for evenings)
  • Trekking poles.
  • Walking trousers, shirts, pullover.
  • Gaiters ( to keep out gravel and snow)
  • Head torch.
  • Thermals (top & bottom)
  • 3-4 pairs of warm socks
  • Extra batteries.
  • Gloves/ mittens.
  • Water bottle.
  • Warm hat or balaclava
  • Scarf.
  • Shorts

CAMPING EQUIPSSMENT HYGIENE

  • Back pack kit
  • Day pack paper
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sun block (very important)
  • Pocket knife
  • Lip cream with sun block
  • First-aid kit
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera
  • Journals/ pens
  • Zip lock plastic bags
  • Energy bars (for in between meals)
  • Extra clothing

MISCELLANEOUS PERSONAL

  • Wash
  • Map
  • Toilet
  • Whistle

Prices Includes:

  • Flight Zanzibar/Arusha/Zanzibar
  • Accommodation Arusha/Moshi 2 Nights
  • Park and Guiding Fees
  • Tents and Meals
  • Transport to and from Hotel

Price Excludes:

  • Climbing Gears