Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 metres from its base to 5,895 metres above sea level.

It is one of the most tourist attractions that is not missed of most of the travelers visiting Tanzania. While planning for your safari to Tanzania you can combine the mount Kilimanjaro hiking with the amazing African wildlife species like the African big 5 and the great wildebeest migration.

Kilimanjaro hiking is done via 4 routes which include the Machame Route, Rongai Route, Shira Route and Lemosho Route and you can combine the hiking in Tanzania with the hiking in DRC Congo trekking the active Nyiragongo Volcano. Or you can combine it with Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park. Most of travelers willing to combine mountain adventure with gorilla trekking tours in Africa you can visit Uganda, Rwanda and DRC Congo.

Below are the detailed trekking packages and you can choose one and contact us and we shall customize for you the best hiking holiday in Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro climbing Machame Route 7 Days

Day: 1 Arrive in Arusha 

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). To Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Ilboru Safari Lodge, which is beautifully located on the slope of Mt. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.
We will gather in the hotel for a pre – climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2: Machame Hut (3,000 m); 6-8 hours walking 

The climb starts from Machame Gate (1,800 m.) after a short walk through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through dense montane forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 96 % of the water on Kilimanjaro originates. On sunny days, and especially in the dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently! We have lunch at ‘Halfway Clearing’, a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut. We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit.

Day 3:  Shira Hut (3,840m); 4-6 hours walking 

A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here, and it is a good rest point too! The trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau.  We camp near Shira Hut (3,840m.) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds.

Day 4: Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.); 5-7 hours walking 

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below.

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4,000 m); 4-5 hours walking 

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to screen, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m.), the last water point on the approach to Barafu, in a narrow valley. There is plenty of time to rest, or for a short optional acclimatization walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp.

Day 6:  Barafu Campsite (4,600 m.); 3-4 hours walking 

A short but steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted screen with wide views to reach Mweka Junction (4,150 m.). We then climb steadily to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.) and continue to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m.). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before an early night.

Day 7: Mweka forest camp (3100 m); 13-15 hours walking 

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic screen has some well-graded zig – zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka Forest Camp.

Day 8: Mweka forest camp to Mweka Gate (1,650 m); 3-4 hours walking 

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate.

Day 9: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Private departure transfer is included

Inquire prices for Machame Route 7 days itinerary.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Includes:

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge is included
  • Private professional mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Walking Poles
  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor

Excludes:

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Kilimanjaro climbing Rongai Route 7 Days

Kilimanjaro climbing through Rongai Route begins at the remote, northern side of Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan border and will take 7 days. We hike through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak, then cross a barren desert saddle, before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall. The Rongai route is a more gradual ascent, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience, but is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers.

Day1: Arrive in Marangu 

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). To Marangu at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, which is beautifully located on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.

We will gather in the hotel for a pre – climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. 

Day2: Rongai One Camp (2,600 m); 3-4 hours walking 

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate, we transfer by Land Cruisr to Rongai. The climb begins from Nale Moru (1,950 m) on a small path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Columbus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone, Rongai One Camp (2,600 m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Day3: Second Cave’ (3,450 m); 3-4 hours walking

This is only a morning walk up to the campsite at ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m). The walk is a steady ascent with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. The afternoon can be spent enjoying the view over the Kenyan plains or doing a short acclimatization walk up towards Third Cave.

Day4: Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m); 3-4 hours walking 

We now leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m).  After lunch, there is time to explore the valley or to rest.

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m); 3-4 hours walking 

A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.

Day6: Kibo campsite (4,700m); 5-6 hours walking 

We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Day7: Horombo Hut (3,720 m); 11-15 hours walking 

We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic screen to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720 m).

Day8: National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m); 5-6 hours walking 

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m).

Day9: Marangu to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Private departure transfer is included 

Inquire prices for Rongai Route 7 days itinerary. 

Kilimanjaro Climbing Includes: 

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Marangu at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort is included
  • Private professional mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Walking Poles
  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor
    Excludes:
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Kilimanjaro climbing Shira route in 8 Days

A spectacular scenic that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. A 4×4 vehicle transports us through a rich, lush rain forest until we arrive at the ridge of the Shira Plateau, where our expedition begins. We trek across an alpine plateau and traverse the great Southern Ice field, before summiting from Barafu Hut. The Shira route is ideal for those with backpacking experience and those seeking a more challenging adventure.

Day: 1 Arrive in Arusha 

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). To Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Ilboru Safari Lodge, which is beautifully located on the slope of Mt. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.

We will gather in the hotel for a pre – climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day2: Shira One” (3,550 m); 5-6 hours walking 

We take a ride to Londorossi National Park gate to complete the necessary registration formalities, before driving a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations (9,200 ft). We continue climbing steadily on foot through shrub forests and stands of giant heather to reach the rim of Shira Plateau (11,000 ft). The views across the surrounding plains open up as we approach our first camp, Simba Camp

Day3: Shira Hut (3,840 m); 3-5 hours walking 

Today is an easy day to help acclimatization and to explore the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (12,300 ft), a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here, especially when the afternoon mists roll in. From our camp near Shira Hut (12,600 ft), we take in the unforgettable views of Mt. Meru as she floats among the clouds.

Day4: Moir Hut (4,200m); 3-4 hours walking 

The morning walk is a steady climb away from the moorland of Shira Plateau to reach the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills, with expansive views in all directions. After lunch in our camp close to Moir Hut (13,800 ft), there is the option of a more strenuous afternoon walk to reach the summit of the Lent Hills (15,400 ft). We can explore the area beneath the Northern Ice fields, a remote place rarely visited by tourists, with unusual views of Kibo. Few visitors get to this remote corner of Kilimanjaro. 

Day5: Lava Tower camp (4,550 m); 4-5 hours walking

We enjoy a morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch at our Lava Tower (14,900 ft), there is a steep but spectacular afternoon walk on the rocky lower slopes of the Western Breach. This afternoon excursion is highly recommended for acclimatization purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach.

Day6: Karanga campsite (4,000 m); 5-6 hours walking 

A steep descent into the bottom of Barranco Valley (12,800 ft) leads us to the famed Barranco Wall and its steep climb. At the top the undulating trail crosses the flanks of Kibo with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain is volcanic screed, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and a powerful sense of mountain wilderness. Our next camp is at Karanga Camp (13,100 ft), the last water point on the approach to the summit.

Day7: Barafu campsite (4,600 m); 3-4 hours walking 

We follow an easy path on compacted screen with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach Barafu Hut (14,800 ft) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization hike to the plateau at the bottom of the southeast valley (15,700 ft). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the early morning final ascent.

Day8: Mweka forest camp (3100 m); 13-15 hours walking 

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic screen has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka Forest Camp.

Day9: Mweka forest camp to Mweka Gate (1,650 m); 3-4 hours walking 

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate.

Day 10: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Private departure transfer is included

Inquire prices for Shira Route 8 days itinerary.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Includes:

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge is included
  • Private professional mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Walking Poles
  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor

Excludes:

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Kilimanjaro climbs via Lemosho Route 8 Days

Day: 1 Arrive in Arusha 

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). To Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Ilboru Safari Lodge, which is beautifully located on the slope of Mt. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.

We will gather in the hotel for a pre – climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day2: Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m); 3-4 hours walking 

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain, sometimes we start walking a kilometer or two below the road head. We often have our lunch at the road head before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp.

Day3: Shira One” (3,550 m); 5-6 hours walking 

We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One.

Day4: Shira Hut (3,840 m); 3-5 hours walking 

We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut. This campsite has stunning views, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable.

Day5: Great Barranco valley (3,900 m); 6-8 hours walking 

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below near our campsite at Barranco valley.

Day6: Karanga campsite (4,000 m); 4-5 hours walking 

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to screen, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the way to the summit.

Day7: Barafu campsite (4,600 m); 3-4 hours walking 

We follow an easy path on compacted screen with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Day8: Mweka forest camp (3100 m); 13-15 hours walking 

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka Forest Camp.

Day9: Mweka forest camp to Mweka Gate (1,650 m); 3-4 hours walking 

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate.

Day 10: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Private departure transfer is included

Inquire prices for Lemosho Route 8 days itinerary. 

Kilimanjaro Climbing Includes:

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge is included
  • Private professional mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Walking Poles
  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor

Excludes:

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature. READ MORE

After taking one of these amazing hikes you can also visit the other Tanzanian wildlife tourists places which offers the wildlife, bird watching, cultural tours, walking safaris with the local communities and the amazing historical cities land marks and monuments.

  • Arusha National Park
  • Gombe Stream National Park
  • Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
  • Katavi National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngrorongoro Conservation Area
  • Kitulo National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Mafia Island Marine Park
  • Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Maziwi Island Marine Reserve
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Mnazi Bay-Ruvumba Estuary Marine Park
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Rubondo Island National Park
  • Saadani National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Zanzibar Beach Holiday

 

 

 

 

 

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