Hike Africa's highest mountain

Would you like to trek through dense rainforest, wild camp in glaciated terrain, and summit the highest mountain in Africa?

If so, you are invited to join small groups and award-winning local guides, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895M)!

 

 

Difficulty – Hard
You’ll be going running or playing sport two-three times a week. If this isn’t you yet, make sure to allow at least six months to get into it! You’ll also want to go for a few training hikes with a loaded rucksack, before heading out to Tanzania.

 

8 Days

 

Small Groups
Up to 12 people, with a minimum age of 18.

 

Includes everything in-country
The trip includes airport transfers, food, accomodation, guides, porters, tents, sleeping bags and hiking permits.

 

Excludes international flights
You should also take out your own travel insurance.

 

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3 things to know when hiking Kilimanjaro

 

  1. There are six common routes to the summit. Only three, however, work well for all but the most experienced ascensionists. These are the Marangu route (with hut-to-hut accomodation and the same route up and down), Machame (with the best scenery and a different route up to down) and the Rongai route (less variety of scenery but very quiet). 
  2. Training is required. You'll want to do specific training for around six weeks before the trek, if you already have a base level of fitness.
  3. Good kit makes a big difference but it doesn't have to be expensive. Aim for lightweight kit, and don't forget a pair of trekking poles which increase your efficiency by 10-15%. Use our packing list and discount codes!
Day 1: Fly to Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Moshi

Take your international flight and be met by one of our local guides. From here you will be driven 45km to Moshi where you will be briefed by your head guide over dinner.

  • Accommodation: Hotel with Shared Twin Rooms
  • Meals included: Dinner

 

Day 2: Machame Gate (1817m) to Machame Camp (3021m)

One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where you will complete park registrations, attend the Flag Off ceremony then you are off on your 6 day trek. The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. 

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Accommodation: Camping 
  • Distance/Time: 10km/ 6 hours approx 

Day 3: Machame Camp (3021m) to Shira Camp (3830m)

The route continues on up through the forest and onto the Shira Plateau, with it's impressive views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru (4,565m) rising high in the distance.

  • Distance covered: 4.8km
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Shira Camp (3830m) to Barranco Camp (3972m)

Today the landscape changes dramatically to barren moorland. You traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp. The day has been spent at a relatively high altitude (up to 4600m), but you have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

  • Distance covered: 10km
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hr
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3972m) to Barrafu Camp (4642m)

Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. You then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s an easy scramble over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, you head towards the Karanga valley, which is your last stop for fresh water before the summit.

  • Distance covered: 8km
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4642m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3801m)

Today is the big day! You start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. You will be hiking in the dark for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. You should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). You begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

  • Distance covered: 13.4km
  • Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Trek Millennium Camp (3801m) to Mweka Gate (1635m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where you complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! You are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration. Overnight at the Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative)

  • Distance covered: 11.5km
  • Approx. time taken: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner Included

Day 8: Airport Transfer

Transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast included

 

 

 

1. Requirements

Fitness: Hard. You'll need to be fit enough to hike for an eleven hour day. To train we recommend running or playing sport, 2-3 times a week. It's also great to do a few practice hikes with a 5kg rucksack before you head out.

Skill Level: Beginner

2. Logistics

You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and dropped off back at the end. We recommend checking comparison sights such as Skyscanner for the best flight deals.

3. Equipment

You must bring:

  • Clothing suitable for hiking in temperatures from +25C to -10C. 
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • One large rucksack to be taken to the campsite by our Porters, and one small day rucksack
  • A headtorch and water bottles

The full kit list will be sent to you when you apply for the course.

Availability & Prices

Sat
29 Sep 5pm
Sat 6 Oct 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Fri
1 Feb 5pm
Fri 8 Feb 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Sun
17 Feb 5pm
Sun 24 Feb 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Fri
22 Feb 5pm
Fri 1 Mar 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Sun
3 Mar 5pm
Sun 10 Mar 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
3 spaces
Sun
10 Mar 5pm
Sun 17 Mar 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Tue
19 Mar 5pm
Tue 26 Mar 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Fri
7 Jun 5pm
Fri 14 Jun 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
2 spaces
Mon
10 Jun 5pm
Mon 17 Jun 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Wed
10 Jul 5pm
Wed 17 Jul 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
4 spaces
Fri
19 Jul 5pm
Fri 26 Jul 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
2 spaces
Sun
28 Jul 5pm
Sun 4 Aug 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Fri
6 Sep 5pm
Fri 13 Sep 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
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Fri
27 Sep 5pm
Fri 4 Oct 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
1 spaces
Sun
1 Mar 5pm
Sun 8 Mar 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
3 spaces
Fri
5 Jun 5pm
Fri 12 Jun 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
4 spaces
Fri
12 Jun 5pm
Fri 19 Jun 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Fri
19 Jun 5pm
Fri 26 Jun 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Fri
10 Jul 5pm
Fri 17 Jul 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED
Fri
17 Jul 5pm
Fri 24 Jul 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
5 spaces
Fri
25 Sep 5pm
Fri 2 Oct 12pm
$1,900
($350 deposit)
FULLY BOOKED

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1.What is included?

Your trip includes:

  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters    
  • Accommodation in lodges and tents    
  • All tour, permit and camp fees  
  • -29C Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags and mats        
  • Airport Transfers     
  • Food
  • Filtered water throughout the trek          
  • Tree donation in support of local environmental conservation projects  
  • Airport Transfers (Various pick-up times)   

It excludes:

  • International Flights
  • Tips for mountain crew
  • Personal insurance
  • Any Visa fees

2. Do I need immunisations?

We can't advise you on this, but we recommend you check at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx  .

3. Am I fit enough?

Kilimanjaro is a steep mountain with a long summit day. Give us a call if you're unsure and one of our mountaineering instructors will be happy to help you.

4. Can i stay longer and go on Safari?

Yes of course! Safari in Tanzania is an amazing experince - simply reach out and we'll make some recommendations for local providers.

5. How old do I need to be?

The minimum age for this trek is 18.

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