Our journey starts at Machame, the charming mountain village at Kilimanjaro’s south side.
Into the moorland zone, coming from the Machame forest, we climb up and over rocky terrain and eventually arrive at the Shira Plateau. We then move on to the southern face of Kibo, trek the Lava Tower for absolutely beautiful panoramas, advance to the Great Barranco Wall, a demanding and exciting rock scramble, and then aim for Uhuru Summit from Kossovo or Barafu Camp and the ridge of the Southeast valley. We experience amazing views of Kilimanjaro’s remnant volcanic cone and Mawenzi Peak while climbing from Barafu.
Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania
You arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha if you are taking the bus from Nairobi.
One of the drivers will be at Kilimanjaro Airport arrivals or the Arusha shuttle bus terminus holding a Lyimo Expeditions Tanzania sign. He will then take you back to your booked accommodation.
Day 2: Pre-trek briefing | Machame Gate – Machame Camp (10, 000 ft)
After early breakfast you and one of your guides will go through a pre-trek briefing, gear check, an overview of the route and answer any questions regarding your time in Tanzania. After the briefing your trek begins from Machame park entrance gate, through a dense forest of fig and rubber trees, begonia flowers and other tropical vegetation.A walk of about two to three hours will take you to the campsite of the evening. As you continue your ascent, you will find that the tropical forest has given way to tall grasses and giant heather.
Watch your steps as you walk on a ridge, to the left of which is the Semira stream and on the right, the Weru. Depending on the pace of climbers, arrival at Machame Camp is usually between 5 and 6 p.m.
Peace full and relatively easy are the words which best describe the initial stage of this climb.
Take some time to admire the beauty of the rainforest. Your guides are very knowledgeable about the botany in this area and listening to them will make the walk all the more interesting and rewarding.
Day 3: Machane Camp – Shira Plateau (12, 500ft)
Enjoy the fabulous view of Uhuru Peak as it greets you this morning. Today’s trek takes you up a steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, volcanic rock and bearded heather. You will encounter giant groundsels as you hike through an ethereal landscape of volcanic lava, caves and foaming streams.A trek of approximately six hours will take you to your next campsite; you should arrive between 2 and 3pm. Most climbers tend to pace themselves, walking slowly, sipping at their water bottles and resting about every half – hour.
Day 4: Shira Plateau – Barranco Camp (13, 000 ft)
On your 6 a.m. wake – up call today, you will find the entire Shira Plateau at your feet with sweeping views across to Mount Meru and the Shira Needles. A steady walk takes you up to the pass at Lava Tower (15, 000 ft), where you will stop to have lunch. After crossing the Bastains stream, you begin the descent towards Barranco Camp.Grand Barranco is an immense canyon. Numerous waterfalls, which are fed by streams coming from the mountain, converge here to form the Umbwe River. Your camp is set at almost the same altitude as on the previous night. Today’s trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (15, 200 ft)
The lovely scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on alpine desert terrain; a mainly mineral environment with few lichens and mosses. Mawenzi Peak towers majestically to the right and Kibo Peak seems just a stone’s throw away.We arrive at Barafu camp around 4:30 p.m. Climbers who wish to attempt the summit should retire early tonight, as the next day is the longest of the whole climb.
Feel the Nature around you.
Day 6: Ascent to summit (19, 430 ft) / Descent to Mweka Camp (10, 200 ft)
It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult and hikers should carry as little as possible for the start at midnight. Temperatures range from 4 degrees to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.Climbing steadily, flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, for about six hours will bring you to the edge of the crater between Stella and Hans Meyer points. Another hour of climbing brings you to the summit.
Concentrate on your feet and follow your guide very closely for this section of the journey. The track around the edge of the crater is rocky and icy. Uhuru tower´s at 19, 340 ft and is the highest point on the continent of Africa and this is where you now stand!
Relax and partake of refreshment at Kibo Hut before continuing on to Mweka Camp for the night. Arriving into camp at around 5 p.m., you will look back and realize that, today you have trekked a total of thirteen hours!
Day 7: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate (10,000 ft)
Congratulate yourself today on your great achievement! The descent to the gate takes approximately five hours and climbers usually arrive before noon. Upon arrival at the gate, you will be rewarded with a certificate attesting your success at conquering the mountain.
Day 8: Depart Tanzania
Continue your dream trip with an amazing safari extension or head for departure.We provide transfers to the bus station or Kilimanjaro International Airport for trekkers not wanting to continue with a safari.
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