Kilimanjaro Trek

9 Days

Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet), is Africa’s highest peak and a coveted destination for trekkers. The climb is a test of endurance and an immersion in diverse landscapes and cultures.

Trekkers can choose from several routes. The Marangu Route, known as the “Coca-Cola Route,” offers hut accommodations and is popular for its comfort. The Machame Route, or “Whiskey Route,” is more challenging but offers stunning views. Routes like Lemosho and Rongai provide varied terrains and less crowded paths. 

Preparation is crucial. Acclimatization to high altitude is key, with many itineraries including extra days for adjustment. Essential gear includes layered clothing, sturdy boots, and a quality sleeping bag due to extreme temperatures. Physical fitness and mental resilience are vital.

The ascent takes five to nine days, passing through diverse climatic zones—from lush rainforests to arctic conditions. The trek involves appreciating flora and fauna, engaging with local guides and porters, and witnessing breathtaking sunrises above the clouds.

Reaching Uhuru Peak, the summit, offers unparalleled views and a profound sense of accomplishment. The Kilimanjaro trek is a life-changing adventure, blending the thrill of high-altitude climbing with the beauty of Tanzania’s landscapes. 

Kilimanjaro Trek Itinerary (Machame Route)

Day 1:
Arrival in Moshi

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Transfer to hotel in Moshi.
Pre-trek briefing and equipment check.
Overnight in Moshi.

Day 2:
Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevation: 1,640m (5,380ft) to 2,850m (9,350ft)
Distance: 11 km (7 miles)
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rainforest
Overnight at Machame Camp.

Day 3:
Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Elevation: 2,850m (9,350ft) to 3,810m (12,500ft)
Distance: 5 km (3 miles)
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Overnight at Shira Camp.

Day 4:
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 3,810m (12,500ft) to 4,630m (15,190ft) then down to 3,960m (12,990ft)
Distance: 10 km (6 miles)
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert
Overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 5:
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation: 3,960m (12,990ft) to 4,035m (13,250ft)
Distance: 5 km (3 miles)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 6:
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 4,035m (13,250ft) to 4,640m (15,200ft)
Distance: 4 km (2 miles)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Early dinner and rest at Barafu Camp.

Day 7:
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 4,640m (15,200ft) to 5,895m (19,341ft) then down to 3,100m (10,170ft)
Distance: 5 km (3 miles) ascent + 12 km (7 miles) descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent + 6-8 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic to Alpine Desert to Rainforest
Summit at Uhuru Peak at sunrise, then descend to Mweka Camp.

Day 8:
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation: 3,100m (10,170ft) to 1,640m (5,380ft)
Distance: 10 km (6 miles)
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rainforest
Transfer back to hotel in Moshi.

Day 9:


Service Include in the cost

  • Accommodation:
  • Hotel stays in Moshi before and after the trek.
  • Camping accommodations on the mountain (tents and sleeping mats).
  • Meals:
  • Three meals per day during the trek.
  • Breakfast at the hotel in Moshi.
  • Drinking water and hot drinks on the mountain.
  • Transport:
  • Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Transfers to and from the starting point of the trek.
  • Guides and Support Staff:
  • Professional, English-speaking mountain guides.
  • Experienced cook and porters to carry equipment and supplies.
  • Permits and Fees:
  • All Kilimanjaro National Park fees.
  • Camping fees and rescue fees.
  • Equipment:
  • Mountain tents and dining tent.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • Cooking and eating utensils.
  • Health and Safety:
  • First aid kit.
  • Pulse oximeter for daily health monitoring.
  • Emergency oxygen.
  • Additional Services:
  • Pre-trek briefing and gear check.
  • Certificate of achievement for reaching the summit or base camp.

Service cost Excludes

  • International and Domestic Flights:
  • Airfare to and from Tanzania.
  • Personal Equipment:
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Clothing and personal trekking gear.
  • Travel Insurance:
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance.
  • Insurance covering high-altitude trekking.
  • Tips and Gratuities:
  • Tips for guides, porters, and cook (recommended).
  • Miscellaneous Expenses:
  • Personal expenses (e.g., snacks, beverages, laundry).
  • Visa fees for Tanzania.
  • Additional hotel nights beyond the itinerary.
  • Optional Activities:
  • Sightseeing or excursions not included in the itinerary.
  • Additional costs for extra acclimatization days or route changes.
  • Meals in Moshi:
  • Lunch and dinner in Moshi before and after the trek.
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What is the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best times to climb are during the dry seasons: January to mid-March and June to October.

Do I need prior trekking experience to climb Kilimanjaro?

No prior trekking experience is required, but good physical fitness and mental preparation are essential.

Which route should I choose?

Popular routes include Marangu (easier, with huts), Machame (scenic and challenging), Lemosho (scenic and less crowded), and Rongai (less crowded, gradual ascent).

How long does the trek take?

The trek typically takes 5 to 9 days, depending on the chosen route and acclimatization needs.

Is altitude sickness a concern?

Yes, altitude sickness is a risk. Proper acclimatization and a gradual ascent are crucial to minimize this risk.