Climb and Safari Tanzania
MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMBING
5 Days KILIMANJARO VIA MARANGU ROUTE
Day 1: Arusha - Mandara
After breakfast, drive to Moshi then on to the Marangu Park
set off point for your three hour hike to Mandara Hut in which
cover 9 km. Here, we are at 2,774m above sea level on your first
overnight on Kilimanjaro.
Day 2: Mandara - Horombo
Begin your trek to Horombo hut in an average hiking time of 8
lunch enroute. In clear weather Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be
Dinner and overnight at the hut, altitude 3,761m.
Day 3: Horombo - Kibo
After breakfast, hike 13 km to Kibo hut, 4,732 m above sea level
average hiking time of 6 hours. You will now encounter
mountain vegetation like lobelia, giant cactus and groundsel.
Day 4: Kibo - Horombo via Gilman's Point and Uhuru Peak.
Wake up at 02.00 a.m. for a pre-down attempt of the summit. It
hours to Gilman's Point 5,681 m above sea level. From Gilman's
takes 1 hours to the summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point in
5,896 m above sea level. Descend to Horombo hut for overnight.
Day 5: Horombo - Arusha
After breakfast, descend to the Marangu Park Gate via Mandara.
will be transferred to your Arusha hotel for overnight.
6 Days KILIMANJARO VIA UMBWE ROUTE
Day 1: Arusha Lava Caves
After breakfast, transfer to Marangu gate and then to Umbwe
start the climb. Climb for four hours through the rainforest to
at the caves 2,800m above the sea level.
Day 2: Lava Caves Barranco Hut
After breakfast, continue ascent along a sharp ridge, giving a
distinct high mountain feeling, then onto the Moorland Camp and
my mid afternoon. Stay at Barranco hut 3,900m.
Day 3: Barranco Hut Arrow Glacier
A four-hour walk past enormous breach walls to camp at the foot
Arrow Glacier. A leisurely afternoon and evening, acclimatizing
around 4900m and watching the sunset behind Mt. Meru.
Day 4: Arrow Glacier Kilimanjaro Crater Rim
Climbing the same steep walls and scrambling up the screen and
the frozen lava on the tottering wall. We camp on the stunning
rim of Kilimanjaro.
Day 5: Kilimanjaro Crater Rim Horombo Hut
You trek up the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak (5,896m).
Descend via Gilman's point and onto Kibo hut for dinner and
Day 6; Horombo Hut Arusha
After breakfast, descent to the Marangu Park Gate via Mandara.
will be transferred to Arusha for dinner and overnight.
Machame Route (8 days/7 nights)
Day 1. Nairobi/Arusha/Moshi
Depart Nairobi by morning shuttle to Moshi arriving late
afternoon. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2. Machame Hut
Drive to Machame Village. The climb begins at the end of the
tarmac road, walking for about 6 hrs gradually ascending through
the forested hills onwards to Machame Hut (3000m). Dinner and
Day 3. Shira Hut
Early in the morning, you will cross a valley and stream before
ascending a steep ridge. The path then drops into a river gorge
before you climb more gently onto the moorland of the Shira
plateau - 3,800m. Total climbing time is about 6hrs. Dinner and
Day 4. Barranco Hut
The path continues directly up the ridge towards Kibo, then
turns right and descends into Barranco gorge. Climb to Barranco
hut at 3940m shortly after. Total climbing time is about 6 hrs.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 5. Barafu Hut
Crossing the Barranco Valley, climb the Barranco wall (not
technical climbing), then follow the Kibo South Circuit. You
will then turn left and climb up a ridge for about 2 hrs to
Barafu hut at 4,600m . Dinner and overnight.
Day 6. Mweka Hut
Very early start for the summit first to Stella Point and then
Uhuru Peak at 5895m. After sunrise, descend down to Mweka hut,
which takes about 6 hrs. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7. Mweka Gate
This is the last day of your climb. You will descend to Mweka
Gate where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for
dinner and overnight.
Day 8. Arusha/Nairobi
Depart Moshi by morning shuttle back to Nairobi arriving approx
Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing and Safari Mount Kilimanjaro hiking and
9 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Special
Day 1. Arusha
Pickup airport and on Shuttle and drop at Arusha Hotel.
Day 2 To Mti Mkubwa Camp
2100m to 2750m
6900ft to 9000ft
About 3 hours hiking After breakfast and briefing, drive to
Londorossi Park Gate (2250m / 7382 ft, 2.5 hours). From here a
forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades
(2100m / 6890 ft, 11km, 45 minutes) and a possible campsite
(park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along forest trails
to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.
Day 3 To Shira 1 Camp
2750m to 3500m
9000ft to 11,500ft
About 5 hours After breakfast, we continue as the trail
gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone.
Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira Ridge at
about 3600m / 11,811 ft and drops gently down to Shira 1 camp
located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.
Day 4 To Shira 2 Camp
3500m to 3850m
11,500ft to 12,600ft
About 2 hours After breakfast, a gentle walk across the plateau
leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety
of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent
Day 5 To Barranco Hut
3840m to 3860m
12,600ft to 12,700ft
About 6 hours From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east,
passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue,
our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower,
called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to
the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at
an altitude of 4876 meters / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to
the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860 meters / 12,664 ft. Here
we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day
at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very
important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare
for summit day.
Day 6 To Karanga Hut
3860m to 4200m
12,700ft to 13,800ft
About 4 hours After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on
a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley
(4200m / 13,780 ft) campsite.
Day 7 To Barafu Hut
4200m to 4600m
13,800ft to 15,100ft
About 4 hours After breakfast, we leave the Karanga Valley and
pass the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We
continue to the Barafu Hut, which is located ant an altitude of
4600 meters (15,092 ft). You have completed the South Circuit,
which offers views of the summit from many different angles.
Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the
summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen
from this position.
Day 8 To Summit and Mweka Hut
4600m to 5895m
(and down to 3100m)
15,100ft to 19,300ft
(and down to 10,200ft)
About 11 hours Early morning, we continue our way to the summit
of Uhuru Peak at 5985 meters (19,636 ft). This part of the climb
takes about 6 hours. It can be very cold at night at these
elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking
day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. At Uhuru
Peak, we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and
the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from
the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing
straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site at 3100 meters (10,171
ft). This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. You will want
gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down.
Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain
and a well-earned sleep. Beer and soda may be available for
purchase at the Mweka Hut -- the only place on this route.
Day 9 To Moshi/Arusha
3100m to 1830m
10,200ft to 6000ft
About 4 hours After breakfast, we continue the descent down to
the Mweka Park Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and
muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts
will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer
clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to
drive you back to hotel in Moshi/Arusha.
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