Day 1: From hotel to Umbwe cave campsite.
Elevation: 1200m to 1700m to 2850m.
Distance: 10 km.
Hiking time: 4-5 hours.
Habitat: Montane forest.
Pick up with our vehicle from the hotel, drive to
Umbwe gate. Here after completing the gate
registration proceedures, the trek starts through
the rainforest to Umbwe cave campsite where you will
find all tents already setup then stop for dinner
and overnight. Today you will walk across ridges and
valleys into a really thick forest.
2: Umbwe cave campsite to Barranco hut campsite.
Elevation: 2850m to 3950m
Distance: 9 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Montane forest and heather
Today after breakfast you will trek through the
remaining forest to the moorland and heath zone and
you will be enjoying some wonderful views of
Barranco valleys and ice cap on top of the mountain.
Then you will arrive to barranco camp for dinner and
Day 3: Acclimatization at Baranco camp
We spend extra nights at Barranco to acclimatize by
hiking up to 4600m (Lava Tower) for a beautiful view
of the Barranco camp and its fauna and flora, such
as Senecio and Lobelia.
Day 4: Barranco campsite to Karanga campsite
Elevation: 3950m to 3900m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Today you will be having a short day walk and in the
late morning you will start climbing Barranco wall
and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue
crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for
hot lunch. After lunch you will have a short rest
and get another acclimatization of trekking up the
screed slopes towards the Southern ice field then
you will return to the camp for dinner and
Day 5: Karanga campsite to Barafu campsite
Elevation: 3900m to 4620m
Distance: 5 km.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough
because of altitude. The walking hours is few
because is steep so it need slowly walk so to avoid
fatigue as well as high altitude sickness. You will
walk across alpine desert with strong cold wind
blowing because there are no trees around as well as
getting closer to the Kibo glaciers. You will have
lunch and early dinner of around 1700hrs then rest
until midnight when you commence you push for the
Day 6: Barafu hut campsite to Uhuru peak to Mweka
Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Hiking time; 10 - 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice
The day starts around midnight with a light
breakfast, and then last preparations for your
summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so
that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or
after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00am,
switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and
reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861m
between 4 and 5am. At this point, you will have
views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing
you and all spectacular all area surrounding you.
Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater
rim near the celebrated snows takes you to
Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak. Here you will
spend some time for taking photos. After your summit
activities done, descend back to the Barafu Huts
campsite, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment,
and continue your walk down through moorland and
heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite, then dinner and
overnight at Mweka hut campsite.
Day 7: Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate
Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Descendng time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
After breakfast, today is your last day on the
mountain so you will descend down to Mweka park gate
walking across Montane forest this descent will take
3-4 hours. Then here at the gate you will do sign
out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the
transfer back to the hotel in Moshi for certificate
presentation and a well-deserved celebration.