East African Mountains
Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Dec
Depart your home country for Kilimanjaro International Airport (Airport Code: JRO)
When your international flight arrives, we will meet you at the airport for your transfer to the hotel in Arusha: New Arusha Hotel.
We will welcome everyone to Tanzania and go over the upcoming days’ program during a detailed briefing. We then conduct gear check and, if you’re interested, will take you on a walking tour of Arusha. We stay another night at the New Arusha Hotel.
Today the trek begins! Vehicle transfer to the trailhead at Machame Gate, where we greet our porters. Our porters come from the Chagga Tribe, an ethnic group that lives on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. We will have ample opportunity to get to know them and their unique culture and traditions during the upcoming days.
We begin our trek at an elevation of 1,830m/5,800ft. We hike through the edge of a rainforest until we reach Machame Hut (3,000m/9,900ft), where we stop for the night.
Total time: approx 6 hours
Elevation gain: 1,200m/3,900ft
We pass through a short valley and then begin to climb. As we trek, we can observe the landscape change from health forest to moor land. We eventually reach the Shira Plateau, and not long after we arrive at Shira Camp (3,800m/12,500ft), where we spend the night.
Total time: 4-6 hours
Elevation gain: 800m/2,600ft
Today takes us to our highest elevation yet at 14,800ft. We will enjoy incredible panoramas over the landscape below. We then descend down to Barranco Hut (12,800ft) for the night.
Total Time: 7-9 hours
Elevation gain: 2,100ft/640m
Elevation loss: 520m/1,700ft
Today we have another opportunity to acclimatize as we reach an elevation of 14,500ft during our climb over the Great Barranco. From there, we descend to the Karanga River Camp for the night. The route takes us beneath the Breach Wall, a landmark of the mountain.
Total time: 4-5 hours
Elevation gain: 400m/1,300ft
Elevation loss: 300m/1,000ft
We enter the high desert plateau with today’s ascent. You will notice the volcanic boulders that are strewn across the path. Once we reach our high camp at Kosovo, we rest before our late night/early morning (12-2am) summit attack.
Total time: 5 hours
Elevation gain: 700m/2,300ft
Finally, the moment for our summit attack has arrived! We hopefully feel rested for the long day ahead.
We climb in the dark of night until dawn, traversing a ridge until we reach the edge of the crater. From there, we follow the crater’s rim until we reach the summit of Uhuru Peak at a breathtaking 5,896m/19,344 ft. We take a moment to celebrate our achievement as we observe the impressive panorama that surrounds us.
We then must begin our descent. We stop at High Camp for a quick bite, and continue to our final camp on the mountain, Millennium Camp.
Total Times – High Camp to Summit: 7-8 hours; Summit back to High Camp: 2-3 hours; High Camp to Millennium Camp: 2.5-3 hours
Distance -High camp and summit: 7km/6mi; High Camp to Millennium Camp: 5.6km/3.5mi
Elevation gain/loss: High Camp to summit: 1,080m/3,544ft; High camp to Millennium Camp: 1,028m/3,550ft
We wake up early and head out by 7am. Yesterday’s achievement will really sink in as we see the impressive summit looming behind us.
We follow the Mweka route on the way down, crossing a thick jungle filled with gigantic ferns. We enjoy a final celebration at Mweka gate, as well as a delicious hot buffet lunch.
We return to Arusha (2 hr vehicle transfer) and spend the night at the New Arusha Hotel.
Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (Airport Code: JRO) for your flight back to your home country.
Arrive back home.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
We will spend a couple of nights at the New Arusha Hotel located in Arusha. During our climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, we will camp at various sites on the mountain. During our Safari, we will stay at the: Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, and Serengeti Sopa Lodge, which are comfortable lodges with modern amenities.
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