Explore the wilderness in Kenya and walk on the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro (5,895) – February 2018. Trek price (land only) starts at just under 2,000 euro. Read on for more information…
A fantastic experience in the heart of Africa! The great mountain has been the destination for the journey of a lifetime for people for hundreds, maybe thousands of years…
Kilimanjaro is one of the most popular activities on a Tanzania bucket list and is attempted by around 25,000 trekkers each year. Despite being the highest peak on the continent, Kili as it is affectionately known is relatively accessible to anyone with a good level of fitness. The key element to reaching the summit is choosing the right route for you as well as being adequately equipped and under the guidance of a good team of guides and porters.
Although the main attraction of Kilimanjaro is reaching the summit, the various routes can also offer one of the most scenic experiences that you can have in Tanzania. With landscapes ranging from rainforest through alpine to lunar this is a region of breath-taking vistas. The lower slopes of the mountain are also home to a variety of wildlife with elephants, leopard, baboons and various impala all to be spotted as you begin your trek. Reaching Uhuru Peak is one of the most life-affirming achievements that you can imagine.
Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in the Northern part of Tanzania, in the Kilimanjaro National Park. It covers an area of 100 kilometres long and 65 kilometres wide.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world. By free-standing, or non-massif, we mean it is not part of a mountain range.
The summit on Mount Kilimanjaro is called Uhuru Peak and stands at 5,895m or 19,341 feet. To put this in perspective, Mount Everest, stands at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) – just over 2,950 meters higher.
March, April and November are the wettest months on Kilimanjaro. January-March and June-October are the best months for trekking. Snow fall and cold temperatures are common during December-May.
Trip comprises 7 days of trekking, acclimatising along the way with summit day being the second last day of our trek.
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge and Camping
Day 1: Arrive Moshi. Transfer to Hotel. Trek briefing. Welcome dinner.
Day 2: Machame Gate to Machame Camp – Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
Distance: 11 km Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Rain Forest
Drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 50 minutes). The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge, continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp – Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
Distance: 5 km Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends, then west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.
Day 4: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp – Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 10 km Hiking Time: 6-8 hours Habitat: Semi Desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo and on towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. This day of height gain and loss is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp – Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
Distance: 5 km Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization. Taking in the views and letting the body get used to the altitude.
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp – Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
Distance: 4 km Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent Habitat: Arctic
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), we stop for a short rest and we expect to be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, we may encounter snow all they way on our 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
Then we descend straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Day 8: Mweka Camp to Moshi – Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance: 10 km Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. Contratulations all round and its done… From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village, to meet with our transort back to hotel in Moshi.
Day 9: Fly home.
We expect the cost for the trek will come in just under 2,000 euro per person. Cost is calculated based on currency exchange rate at date of posting, offer is subject to numbers.
Cost estimate includes:
- 2 nights in Moshi in twin sharing with BB
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All ground transportation including airport transfers
- Climbing & trekking permits
- Accommodation in lodges during trek
- All meals during trek and climb
- Accompanying group leader
- Experienced local climbing & trekking guide
- Required number of porters
- Gear: ropes, first-aid kits, etc.
Trek price estimate does not include:
- International airfare
- Travel Insurance & medical evacuation by helicopter
- Drinks, hot showers, personal expenses
If you have read this far then you are probably interested. So I can tell you that we have priced this way to allow you to compare like for like with other similar offerings. In fact many will set out pricing as above, but we believe in a “no surprises” approach and in being transparent as to what is involved from the get go.
You will need to budget for the full cost of the trip so here is an estimate of the costs which are not included in the price.
Explore More treks are handled by Clondalkin Travel, a bonded travel agent with many years of experience in the travel business and specialising in organising group excursions and sports trips. Our outlook on price via Clondalkin Travel is 2,850 euro for trek and International flights based on costs available on date of posting. Cost of insurance, visa, drinks etc. will vary depending on your own circumstances and preferences, likely to work out around 250 euro. Tipping of the local guide company is expected, we will manage that so that you are able to avoid any hassle, you should budget about 150 euro for tips.
You will also need to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the undertaking. By the time we set out on the trip you should be able to walk for several days back-to-back, and also should be prepared for walking on steep ground for prolonged periods. To help you to prepare and to allow us all to get to know each other before we set out we will provide an assessment/training weekend, dates and venue to be decided in conjunction with the group. You should budget 100 euro to cover our costs for this essential weekend, and you should also allow for your preferred choice of accommodation. That weekend will enable us to assist you in setting out your own personal preparation plan. After that, if you require and wish it we can provide other tailored activities to help you to get prepared.
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