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7 Day Mount-Kilimanjaro Umbwe-Route

7 Day Mount-Kilimanjaro Umbwe-Route

The Umbwe route is not a technical route, but it is a very direct, very steep, very tough, and in parts very exposed route.
The Umbwe route joins the Machame route near the Barranco Camp on the second night. On the other routes Barranco Camp is reached on the third or fourth night

Day 1: Nairobi – Arusha

Pick up from your hotel at 7.30 am depart for Arusha via Namanga border town for immigration formalities on arrival you will be met by one of our staff in Arusha followed by safari briefing, rest of the afternoon at leisure overnight at Arusha hotel.

DAY 2: Arusha- First Cave.

Pick up from your hotel at 8.00 am and drive to Machame gate, then drive to Umbwe village where the climbing start at the gate forest cave / first cave (2900m) where you will have dinner and overnight.

7 Day Mount-Kilimanjaro Umbwe-Route

DAY 3: First Cave – Barranco Camp

A 4 hrs hike will take you to Barranco Camp all meals and overnight at Barranco Camp at 3950m, this is where you can acclimatize your body.

DAY 4: Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley Camp

This is another day for acclimatization, after breakfast continue with the hiking through a steep rocky Barranco walls then ups and down until you come to Karanga valley about 3 hours. All meals and overnight at Karanga valley.

7 Day Mount-Kilimanjaro Umbwe-Route

DAY 5: Karanga Valley Camp – Barrafu Camp

Breakfast then continue with the walk up and down along the stone and sand till you reach Barafu camp in about 3 hours, as soon as you arrive at the campsite make sure you try to rest a lot and prepare all the staff you brought for the mountain, because you will start the last point around 1:00am.all meals and overnight at Barafu camp.

DAY 6: Barrafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp.

Very early breakfast, then start for the summit at 1:00am first to Stella point and then to Uhuru peak (5895m ). It is recommended to take few minutes for Photo, then descend to Mweka camp for dinner and overnight .

DAY 7: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi or Arusha.

Breakfast then descend down wards to Mweka gate for 3-4hrs , transfer back to Arusha in 2hrs or Moshi in 30minutes.

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7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

The Shira route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and then joins the Machame route. Hence everything that has been said about the Machame climb route also applies to the Shira route.

The first day on the Shira route is different to other climb routes:
It follows a four wheel drive route. So you either walk on the road for most of the day or you opt to drive as far as possible.

Day 1: Nairobi – Arusha

Leave Nairobi for Arusha by shuttle bus arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon spent at leisure and shopping for the provisions needed for the mountain. Dinner and overnight in an Arusha Hotel.

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

Day 2: Londrossi – shira One

After breakfast, drive to the Londorossi Park Gate. After paper work at the gate continue driving up to Mto wa Simba campsite, stopping for lunch. Arrive at the campsite early evening. Then drive through the Shira plateau.

Day 3: Shira (1) – Shira (11) Camp

After breakfast, begin the short hike to Shira hut campsite. The west face of Kibo volcano (usually referred as Kilimanjaro) looms above the campsite. Have lunch, rest or take a day hike. This hike traverses the lower moorland where large shrubs and wildflowers dominate the landscape.

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

Day 4: Shira 11 – Baranco Camp

After breakfast, hike to Barranco (3950 m) skirting just below Lava Tower – you are now walking at approx altitude of 4000 m around the southern side of the Kibo.

Day 5 : Barranco camp to Barafu

Continue from Barranco across and up towards Barafu Hut (4600 m) Today you cross the Barranco Wall, ending up in the valley for the Heim Glacier view. The summit day starts early.

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

Day 6 : Summit Attempt

You will rise around 2330 hours, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. Uhuru peak (5895m). Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs. After a rest, descend back to Barafu hut campsite, break camp and descend to Mweka hut c ampsite at 9’850 ft elevation. Set up camp, eat dinner and get some well-deserved rest. A long day of hiking is approximately 12- 14 hours, depending on the fitness of the climber.

Day 7 : Mweka hut to Mweka Gate

Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin the short hike won to the park gate to Mweka Park exit Gate. Drive from park gate back to Moshi hotel.

Day 8: Arusha – Nairobi

After breakfast, leave for Nairobi by morning or afternoon shuttle bus. Transfer to a NAIROBI HOTEL of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight back home.

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8 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Rongai-Route

8 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Rongai-Route

The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain and is normally accessed from Kenyan through the Loitokitok border crossing into Tanzania. It offers a unique and quality traverse of Kilimanjaro, approaching the peak by a remote track on the Kenyan side of the massi and reaching the summit (5896m) via the high altitude desert of the “Saddle” then descending on the Tanzania side through the Mweka trail.

DAY 1: Nairobi – Oloitokitok

We journey south through Kenya to Kibo Slopes cottages, a base camp near the border with Tanzania. The drive takes 4 hours, on the way we invariably spot zebra, giraffe and gazelle out on the plains.

Day 2: Rongai Gate – 1st Caves camp

Hiking time: 5h.
Distance: Approximately 8 kms.
Habitat: Montane Forest.
Ascent: +650m.

After morning clearance with the Kenyan customs, we transfer to the Rongai trail head (1950m) in Nale Moru village of Tanzania, where our mountain crew will be waiting. We commence our climb on a small winding path that crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a virgin, natural rain forest where colobus monkeys are common, before emerging to the lower moorland zone. Overnight camp at 1st Caves (2600m). Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave.

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Day 3: 1st Cave – Kikelewa Cave

Hiking time: 6 – 7h.
Distance: Approximately 10 kms.
Habitat: Moorlands.
Ascent: +1000m.

The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you need to wander downhill to fetch some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).

Day 4: Kikelewa Cave – Mawenzi Tarn camp

Hiking time: 3 – 4h.
Distance: Approximately 8 kms.
Habitat: Moorlands.
Ascent: +730m.

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

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Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn camp – Kibo hut

Hiking time: 4 – 5h.
Distance: Approximately 8 kms.
Habitat: Alpine desert.
Ascent: +370m.

Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp.

Day 6: (Summit Attempt) Kibo hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo hut

Hiking time: 8h to Uhuru, 6h to Horombo Habitat: Stone scree / ice-cap summit.
Distance: Approximately 6 kms ascent, 21 kms descent.
Ascent: 1195m. Descent: 2175m.

We are rise around 2330, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

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Day 7: Horombo hut – Marangu Gate

Hiking time: 6h.
Distance: Approximately 27 kms.
Descent: -1740m.

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight in Impala hotel or similar.

Day 8: Arusha – Nairobi

After breakfast we commence our journey back into Nairobi via Namanga and arrive in the afternoon hours.

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8 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

8 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

Fondly referred to as the “Coca-Cola route”, Marangu is still the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. This is partly as a result of being the only route on Kilimanjaro according trekkers relative luxury of sleeping in huts along the entire route as well as the possibility to accomplish the route in 8 days

Day 1: Nairobi – Arusha

Leave Nairobi for Arusha by shuttle bus arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon spent at leisure and shopping for the provisions needed for the mountain. Dinner and overnight in an Arusha Hotel.

8 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

Day 2: Marangu Gate – Mandara hut

Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: About 12 km’s
Habitat: Montane forest

The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off the to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1,5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.)
Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut..

Day 3: Mandara hut – Horombo hut

Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Moorland

From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjaro), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.

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Day 4: Horombo hut – Acclimatisation day

Horombo toilet. Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatisation. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night’s rest.

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Day 5: Horombo hut – Kibo hut

Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 15 km’s
Habitat: Alpine desert

Kilimanjaro Hikers. After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour, and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night’s time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your Sleeping hikers at Kibo hut. final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.

Day 6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo
Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the On the Summit. trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.
Group at Gilmans Point. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

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Day 7 Horombo hut – Marangu Gate

Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 27 km’s

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight in a hotel.

8 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, leave for Nairobi by morning or afternoon shuttle bus. Transfer to a Nairobi Hotel or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight back home.

8 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

Trek price includes:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
-Machame Route trek as per the itinerary
-Full board accommodation in tents whilst on the trek.
-2 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek and in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook/s
-All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
-Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shuttle transfers

8 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

Trek price Excludes:
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears
-Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value
-International flights and taxes
-Visas
-Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

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7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

This is the most popular and easiest way to the summit. The trail has huts along its route with all the basic necessities. No technical skills are required for this five day trek.

Day 1: Nairobi – Moshi

Arrive Namanga border town by 1000 hrs. Continue to Arusha for lunch after immigrations formalities. Drive to Moshi where the afternoon is spent organising climbing gear. Dinner and overnight the Hotel.

Day 2: Moshi – Mandara Hut

After breakfast, drive 45 kms to Marangu gate an altitude of 1860M. Walk 9 Kms to Mandara hut, 2744 Ms ( 9,000 vets) through the dense semi – tropical rain forest, for your first overnight on Kilimanjaro. Meals and overnight at the hut.

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

Day 3: Mandara – Horombo Hut

Start early morning for a ten hours walk through the moorlands towards Horombo. The landscape becomes more rugged and rocky but superb, with both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks in view. You will spend your second night at the mountain at Horombo Hut, an altitude of 3,761 M. ( 12,335 Ft.).

Day 4: Horombo – Kibo Hut

Take a tiring 13 Kms walk through the Alpine vegetation which takes 6 Hrs to Kibo hut 4,732 M ( 15,520 Ft.) above sea level. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus , groundswell and lobelia can be seen. Meals and overnight at the Hut.

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Day 5: Kibo – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

The final attempt to the summit is made in the early hours of the morning at 2.00 a.m.. It takes about 5 hours to climb the steepest and most difficult part of the route to Gilman’s point (5,681 M.) 18,630 ft. From the Gilman’s it takes 11/2 to 2 hours to Uhuru Peak, 5,896 M (19,344 Ft.). Descend to Horombo for Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Horombo – Moshi

Descent is rapid. After breakfast, walk down to Marangu gate for transfer to Moshi. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 7: Moshi – Nairobi

After breakfast drive to Arusha for lunch, then proceed to Nairobi via Namanga border to arrive early afternoon.
The price range is determined by how many people are booking.Enquire with our reservation office to get exact quote.We offer free airport transfer.

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Marangu-Route

The price includes:

  • Transfers to and back .
  • Porters and guides.
  • Tour guide who is knowledgeable and conversant with the flora and fauna of Kenya.
  • Accommodation in Semi-Permanent Tents,huts
  • Toilets and Hot shower
  • All park entrance fees
  • All Government taxes and levies
  • 3 Meals a Day Vegeterain and Non-Vegetarian
  • One Litre Mineral water a day while on safari
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6 Days Mount-kilimanjaro marangu-route

6 Days Mount-kilimanjaro marangu-route

Fondly referred to as the “Coca-Cola route”, Marangu is still the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. This is partly as a result of being the only route on Kilimanjaro according trekkers relative luxury of sleeping in huts along the entire route as well as the possibility to accomplish the route in 6 days.

6 Days Mount-kilimanjaro marangu-route

DAY 1: NAIROBI – MASHI

Arrive Namanga border town at 1000 hrs.
After immigration formalities, continue to .Arusha for lunch. Drive to Moshi where the afternoon is spent organizing climbing gear. Dinner and overnight at Moshi.

DAY 2: MOSHI – MANDARA HUT

After breakfast, drive 45kms to Marangu gate an altitude of 1,860
Walk to Mandara hut 2,741m ( 9,00ft) through dense semi-tropical rain forest , for your overnight on Kilimanjaro meals and overnight at hut.

DAY 3: MANDARA – HOROMBO HUT

Start early morning for a ten hours walk towards Horombo . The landscape becomes more rugged and rocky but superb, with both mawezi and Kibo peaks in view . You spend your second night at the mountain at Horombo hut , an altitude of 3,761m ( 12, 335ft)

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DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT

Take a tiring 13km walk which takes 6hrs to Kibo Hut 732m ( 15,520 fts0 above sea level . Spectacular mountain vegetation like cactus ,ground well and lobelia appear meals and overnight at the hut.

DAY 5: KIBO- UHURU PEAK –HOROMBO HUT

The final attempt to the summit is made in the early hours of the morning at 2.00 am . It takes about 5 hours to climb the steepest and most difficult part of the route to Gilman’s point
( 5, 681m) 18,630 fts from Gilman’s it takes 11/2 to 2 hours to Uhuru peak, 5, 896m (19,344) Descend to Horombo for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: HOROMBO – MOSHI

Descend is rapid – After breakfast , drive to Arusha for lunch , then to Nairobi via Namanga Border tow, arriving early in the evening.

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