Kilimanjaro (10 days)
Kilimanjaro, named ‘Kilema Kyaro by the Chagga people meaning ‘that which connot be conquered’ is situated south of the equator in Tanzania at 19,340 feet (5896m) Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest “free standing” mountain in the world, where huge glaciers flow down from the summit. Spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for the successful trekker, as well as the satisfaction of “topping out” this mighty African peak. Any reasonably fit person who enjoys walking can reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, our itinerary is designed to give you the best chance or reaching the summit.
This trek is graded strenuous/tough and is challenging, the main challenge lies in the altiude. This 7 day Machame route allows better acclimatisation to the altitude than other routes. There is a night ascent to the summit. All our local guides go through a bi annual training program and our logistic team based in Moshi monitors your climb form start to finish.
Our route takes the less-trodden Machame route, allowing you to camp and fully appreciate the splendour of your surroundings and clear night skies. The terrain changes as you asend the mountain, passing through thick forest, moorland and scree en-route to the highest point of the crater Uhuru Peak.
U.K. Trekking leader (Groups 6+)
Satellite phone & Radio communications
Transfers as required for the tour
Dedicated guide and additional support of assistants and porters as required for the trek
Permits / Conservations and entrances as required for the tour
15% Discount Voucher at Cotswold Outdoor Clothing
Tipping – recommend $150.00
Personal drinks & Expenses
The tour includes all accommodation, private transport to and from Moshi, park entry fees, porters, local guides, cook and meals whilst camping. Breakfast is included in the Moshi hotel. All meals are provided other than one lunch and one evening meal in Moshi – allow about £20.00. It does not include insurance, airport tax if applicable.
If anyone needs to leave the group at any point during the trip (for reasons such as an early descent from Kilimanjaro due to altitude sickness), all expenses incurred until re-joining the group on the itinerary described in these Trip Notes are the responsibility of the individual(s) concerned and should be paid to our local operators before leaving Tanzania.
How to Book your Trip
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the Adventurous Ewe website. You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250 at the time of booking.
It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £250 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
Please note that we are only operating departures on demand rather than listing set dates. For a new departure we require just 2 people
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Meet on arrival in Kilimanjaro and transfer to the hotel. Your climb briefing will take place today, Pack your bag for the climb and relax.
A short drive to Machame gate, once at the gate we finalise packing the equipment meet our crew of porters and start our climb! The first day of the route climbs steadily through magnificent forest, it can often be muddy or wet as well. We camp at Machame camp, 3100m.
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. On arrival at Shira Plateau we are rewarded with panoramic views of Mt Meru rising high above the clouds. We camp at the Shira hut 3800m
Today is a walk high sleep low day, as we head east towards Kibo the landscape changes a great deal ascending into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco camp 3900m. The day has been spent at high altitude so we sleep low to avoid altitude sickness and allow our bodies to acclimatise.
Leaving Barranco camp, famous for its’ giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall with a short scramble to the top, it’s a climb over rock, not technical but can be tiring and even more rewarding. We then traverse over scree and ridges below the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers to the Karranga Valley 4000mts. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Overnight Karanga Camp
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 apline desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening slendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp
An early start by torch light for the ascent to the rim of Kibo Crater and the Glaciers. You will be climbing scree for 5-6hrs as you gain incredible height. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit. We hope to be on the crater rim at Stella Point 5750m as the first rays of sun light hit us and enjoy sunrise over Mawenzi and the spectacular ice cliffs the views are just breathtaking. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5896m) the roof of Africa. The decent back to Barafu is surprisingly fast and after a short rest some breakfast continue to descend down to Mweka Camp (3600m).
A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate (1650m) on a well-constructed path alive with wildlife and lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. Were we are then met by our vehicles and we drive back to the hotel in Moshi where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!)