Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and be transferred to Moshi. Moshi is commonly used as a gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak of Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world, soaring at 5895 m. For 6 days, you will be hiking up the slopes of this magnificent mountain, from lush rainforest all the way up to alpine deserts with almost no vegetation, while enjoying spectacular views and unbelievably dramatic landscapes every step of the way. Sleeping under a star-filled sky and then watching the sunrise at the rooftop of Africa is something for the bucket list of every thrill-seeker.
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and be transferred to Moshi. Moshi is commonly used as a gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro.
In the morning, transfer to the Machame Gate. After completing the formalities and checking into the park, it’s time to start your journey.
The first part of the trek will take you along a 4x4 track through the forest. You’ll surely hear a wide array of different birds and other animals cheering you on. The route to your first camp is not steep, but it is about 5-7 hours long. Your destination for the day is the Machame Camp at 3,000 meters, which is situated just above the forest zone.
Wake up early to a cup of steaming coffee or tea with breakfast and get ready to hit the road again. You’ll take a steep track through a savannah of tall grass and trees. If the clouds clear then, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Western Breach.
Making your way around huge boulders, you’ll soon enter the moorland zone. You’ll reach your camp at 3,840 meters after descending a small valley and crossing a brook.
Proceed steadily upwards over long ridgelines of high desert. After a relaxing lunch break, you’ll make your way towards the Lava Tower, a 90-meter high volcanic plug. In the afternoon, you’ll descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley.
Your destination for the day is the Barranco Camp at 3,950 meters. The camp is enclosed on three sides with steep valleys and the Kibo massif itself.
Start your day with breakfast and then take on the steep ‘Barranco Wall’. Then make the 3-4 hours trek to the Karanga Valley.
In the afternoon, the trail turns steadily uphill and the temperature will grow colder. You’ll also notice the landscape becoming more sparse as you near your destination for the day – Barafu Camp at 4,630 meters. Upon arrival at the camp, make yourself comfortable, have dinner and get ready to start your summit attempt that night.
Start your day right after midnight with a hot drink to wake you up. This will be your longest and probably hardest day of the whole tour. You’ll start your trek to the summit at 1 AM.
The winding path towards the summit will reward your effort with magnificent views as night turns into day. After about 6 hours of walking, you’ll come to the edge of the crater, at Stella Point. This is also the end of the steep track. From there, it’ll be a gentle slope upwards to Uluru Peak.
Upon summiting the highest mountain in Africa, take a minute to take in the fantastic views. After a congratulatory pat on the back, it’s time to start your way down. You’ll descend down to Barafu Camp for a short rest and then push on to Mweka Camp at 3,110 meters.
After breakfast, descend right back to the Mweka Gate. You will be greeted by lunch and your certificates. You’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer back to Arusha town.
Trekking in Kilimanjaro will take you over varied terrain, and daily treks take about 6 – 12 hrs long. You will not need an advanced level of fitness to complete this trek. We recommend, however, to prepare for hiking through regular walking or biking. The better your physical condition, the more you get out of it.
The highest point on the trek is 5,895 meters. The hiking trail will allow your body to adapt to the thin air during the trip. The potential to summit Kilimanjaro on this trail is very high. Your tour leader will have additional oxygen and altitude sickness medicine with them.
A typical trekking day
A typical trekking day starts at around 7 AM in the morning. You’ll pack up the equipment and talk about the upcoming day over breakfast. You’ll get on your way after breakfast, around 8.00 AM. Warm lunch will be served at noon and the afternoon hiking portion is usually shorter than in the morning. During the hike, everyone can walk at their own pace. Dinner is usually served around 7 or 8 PM in the evening.
Food on Kilimanjaro trek is a mix of African, Indian and European cuisine. You will have cooks and other staff with you on your trek who will prepare the meals.
Visa and permit information
In order to get a visa, you’ll need a passport that’s valid for at least six (6) months after the trip and 50 USD cash for the visa fee. Some nationalities will get a visa upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania. Please check your Foreign Ministry or Embassy’s office for information.
Hiking Permits are purchased on your behalf and are included in the tour price. For this, it is important for you to upload a copy of your passport to your account’s information page. If this is not possible, you are always welcome to send the copy in PDF or image (JPG) format to email@example.com.
Check that the primary vaccinations are valid during the trip. Travelers to Tanzania are required to get vaccinated for Yellow Fever. Note that you must take your vaccination certificate with you on the trip. It is also recommended to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B, and carry Anti-Malaria drugs. For more information about vaccinations, please consult your doctor.
On all trekking and climbing trips, you need travel insurance that covers high altitude trekking (over 3,000 meters), helicopter evacuation and repatriation from high altitude (over 3,000 meters).
Every person should have no more than 8 kg of luggage with them on the trek. The equipment should also include a sleeping bag and an inflatable mattress. You can leave everything that you won’t need on a trek in the hotel.
Bottled drinking water can be purchased in the cities. Please remember to take your own refillable water bottle on the trek as purchasing water is not possible. During daily hikes you can drink by boiled purified water, which is completely safe or use water purification tablets.
Swahili and English are both official languages in Tanzania. In addition to the official languages, there are over a hundred local languages spoken in Tanzania.
Tanzania's currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). Major credit cards (Visa, Amex, Diners, Mastercard) are accepted in major hotels and restaurants, but only in a few shops. ATMs can be found in major cities. International currencies like USD and EUR can be exchanged in numerous banks and money exchange offices.
It is customary to thank the trekking team with gratuities. Usually, a certain sum is gathered by the end of the trek and given to the local tour guide.
Weather in Tanzania
Tanzania is located in eastern Africa, south of the equator. The climate of Tanzania varies from hot and dry off the coast, and temperate in the highlands. The temperature variations are quite small, which is why there is no actual summer or winter, but the periods can be divided into short and long rains and the dry season. The long rains (Masika) usually last from March to May and the short rains (Mvuli) from a few weeks to a month from November to December. The Kilimanjaro National Park is open year-round. But the dry season is the best time to take on a hike in the mountains. This would be anywhere between January to mid-March and June to mind-October.
The following list of equipment has been put together to give you an idea of what to bring along.
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1 (Easy) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include a decent amount of walking.
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