Mount Kilimanjaro: 7-Day Trek
Pickup includedKilimanjaro Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK). A representative will meet and greet you upon arrival and transport you to your lodge. For those who prefer to fly into Nairobi (NBO), please plan to arrive one day prior to promotion date.
- Set off from the Machame Gate (1800 meter), climbing through a rainforest with giant ferns and moss covered trees, until you reach your campsite
- After an early breakfast head out on a steep and winding path into terrain with sparse and unique vegetation
- Be treated to fantastic views of the eroded peaks of the Shira Ridge against the beautiful skyline
- Start the morning with a fun and challenging climb up the Barranco Wall. This steep, but rewarding climb will be the most technical of your trek
- Breathe in with satisfaction and soon begin your descend
If you arrive early you have the chance to add a cultural excursion such as a visit to a local coffee plantation or a waterfall hike or just enjoy a relaxing day at the lodge.
Day 2 Machame Gate (1800 meter) to Machame Hut (3050 meter) (Approx: 5-6 hour walk):
After breakfast at the lodge, board the tour's private shuttle with your guides and fellow trekkers to travel to the gates of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After checking in and registering at the gate, set off from the Machame Gate (1800m), climbing through a rainforest with giant ferns and moss covered trees, until you reach your campsite, Machame Hut. In the evening enjoy a dinner prepared by a private chef.
Day 3 Machame Hut (3050 meter) to Shira Hut (3800 meter) (Approx. 5 hour walk)
After an early breakfast and tea, head out on a steep and winding path into terrain with sparse and unique vegetation. At the lunch stop en route to the next camp, be treated to fantastic views of the eroded peaks of the Shira Ridge. The top of the Shira Ridge is the highest point reached for the day (3840m). After reaching the top, make a slight descent to Shira Hut Campsite which offers fantastic views in every direction; the soft light of the sunset reveals Shira’s peaks and plateau, Mt. Meru in the distance floating in a sea of clouds, and shimmering reflections off Kibo’s ice fields. Dinner and one night at Shira Hut Campsite.
Day 4 Shira Hut (3800 meter) To Barranco Hut (3955 meter) Via Lava Tower (4610 meter)(Approx. 6 hour walk )
After breakfast at Shira Hut Campsite, start the day climb walking directly towards Kibo up a broad rocky ridge. The barren looking Shira plateau stretches out to your left and the snow-capped summit looks noticeably closer. Vegetation disappears as you climb over 4000m into the desert zone. The highest point of the day is reached at Lava Tower, a 50 meter high mound of solidified lava sticking up from the rolling ridges around the summit cone. From the tower, take a gentle descent to the Barranco Hut Campsite. Dinner and one night at Barranco Hut Campsite.
Day 5 Barranco Hut (3955 meter) to Barafu Hut (4610 meter) (Approx. 6-7 hour walk)
Start the morning with a fun and challenging climb up the Barranco Wall. This steep, but rewarding climb will be the most technical of your trek. Once you reach the top, take a moment to enjoy the view and congratulate yourself on a job well done. Then take the rest of the short hike out of the valleys and up a steep boulder strewn path to Barafu Ridge. Arrive at Barafu Hut Camp mid afternoon. The leisurely day at camp will give you time to acclimate and will give your body time to rest for the final push early tomorrow. The cloud shawl around Kibo and Mawenzi peaks usually clears by mid-afternoon, revealing spectacular views in all directions. An early dinner is prepared at 5:00 PM after which, get some sleep before your wakeup call at 11:00 PM. Wake up arrives with tea. Dinner and Rest are at Barafu Hut Campsite.
Day 6 SUMMIT DAY Barafu Hut (4610 meter) to Mweka Hut (3100 meter) Via UHURU Peak (5895 meter) (Approx. 12 hour walk)
The Summit climb starts at midnight, under a ceiling of stars. The first goal is Stella Point at 5794 meter, about a 6 hour hike. The pace will be slow and measured, with short breaks about every hour to help with acclimatization. In the darkness, you will pass Rebman Glacier and Mawenzi Peak. At Stella Peak you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the extinct volcano’s huge crater, with the ash pit rising up from the center. As the sun rises over an endless sea of clouds, its light reaching in all directions around you and broken only by the smaller peak of Mt. Meru in the distance, begin the final hour’s ascent around the gently sloped crater rim towards Uhuru Peak.
Upon reaching the highest point of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, at 5,895 meters, you can finally say that you are on the “Roof of Africa”. Breathe in with satisfaction, capture the feat with some pictures, and soon begin your descend, as the cold and high altitude take their toll. The whole eastern sky is lit by a golden, fiery glow. The horizon is visible so far in either direction that the curve of the earth can be clearly seen. Physical relief comes as high altitude discomfort is soon dispelled by the quick 2 to 3 hour descent to Barafu Hut where the air is warmed by the exposed sun. There, you are rewarded with a short nap and a hearty lunch, before you continue your descent to Mweka Hut Campsite (3100 meter), approximately 3 hours below. The comfortable altitude around the cloud line will allow some much deserved rest. Dinner and one night are at Mweka Hut Campsite.
Day 7 Mweka Hut (3100 meter) to Mweka Gate (1800 meter) (Approx. 4 hour walk)
On your final morning on the mountain, after breakfast, you will start your descend from the camp. Discretional tipping of your guide, cook, and porters is customary at this time. Descend through the rain forest. Your Team will be at the gate to greet you with celebratory libations, your elite climbing medals, and loads of congratulations. After your short celebration, sign out at the park office and receive your summit certificates. A shuttle will be waiting to take you back to your lodge in Arusha for showers and rest. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
Day 8 Visit to a Local Charity & Departure
After breakfast at the lodge depart for a visit to the local charity or cultural program your trip has supported. Spend time visiting the school, orphanage, community or health center, or remote village, which has been funded by a portion of your safari. After your visit, depart for the airport or relax for the afternoon in Arusha prior to your evening or late night transport to the airport for your return flight home.
- Airport pick-up and drop off
- All national park, climbing and camping fees
- Mandatory mountain rescue fee
- Accommodations (2 nights at lodge Bed and Breakfast, 5 nights tent camping) *Based on double-occupancy
- Full board, breakfast, lunch and Dinner while camping
- Professional mountain guide, and park ranger
- All meals and water while on the mountain
- While on mountain professional cook and all kitchen dining utensils 3-4 porters per person (required) Porters, guide(s) cook salaries.
- All camping equipment for guides, cook and porters
- Eureka and Mountain Hardwear tent(s)
- Transportation to and from mountain
- Summit completion certificate
- Champagne toast upon descent
- Emergency oxygen tanks
- Passport/visa fees (can be purchased upon arrival)
- Sub zeros sleeping bags, deluxe sleeping mats, camp pillows, etc
- Single supplement $400
- Personal travel or baggage insurance (recommended)
- Meals or drinks not specified by itinerary
- Any costs not specified as included
- Sodas, alcohol or other drinks at lodge
- Laundry services
- Personal clothing and gear, i.e. backpack
- Additional cultural excursions, safaris, or beach holidays prior to or
- after climb
Prepare for the activity
Please note that you must be 16 years or older to participate in this tour.
Vegan and vegetarians can be catered for if requested prior to the departure date.
Consult with your doctor prior to departure as you will most likely want medication (malaria, diarrheic, Diamox for altitude) and vaccinations. Mention your trekking itinerary and how, if at all, it will affect your current fitness ability. A thorough examination of your past and current health and limitations should be reviewed.
Passport valid for at least 6 months from time of departure with at least four blank pages. Visas for US passport holders can be obtained on arrival in Tanzania for a fee of