Kilimanjaro International Airport – Hotel
Distance – 50 km
You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in Arusha. After a short briefing, you will have time to prepare and rest before the trek.
Jomo Kenyatta international Airport (Nairobi) – Hotel in Arusha
Distance – 300 km
We can organize shuttle bus from JKIA to your hotel in Arusha. After a short briefing, you will have time to prepare and rest before the trek.
Londorosi Gate (2100 m/6,890 ft.) – Mti Mkubwa Camp/ Big Tree Camp (2750m)
Habitat – Mountain forest, hiking time – 3 hours, distance – 6km
It is 3 to 4 hrs drive to Londorosi Park Gate for park registration and some other formalities; then drive to get to Lemosho Glades (starting point) in good weather; in rain most parts of the road become muddy and impassable, requiring you to start your walk 2 km before the starting point at 2375m where we usually having lunch and finish at Mti Mkubwa for dinner and overnight. Despite the fact that the distance is a short one, it can be difficult because of its steep sections and muddy conditions.
Mti Mkubwa Camp/ Big Tree Camp (2750 m/9,022ft) – Shira Camp 1 (3480 m/11,417ft)
Habitat – moorland, hiking time – 6 hours, distance – 6, 5 km
Going to the top of the forest, the trail gradually steepens and enters the huge heather moorland zone. The west face of Kibo volcano looms above Shira Camp. The wildflowers and large shrubs dominate the landscape. You can keep going to the top of the Shira Ridge where the Shira Cathedral and Machame Route can be seen. Then a short descent will bring you to Shira 1 Camp for a hot lunch and rest before afternoon tea and acclimatization walk.
For the fit one can summit to Shira Peak (Johnsell Point at 3952m) then back to camp for dinner and overnight. You can choose to spend an extra day that will give you chance to visit Shira Cathedral and stay overnight at Shira 2 Hut (3850 m) where most climbers from Machame route come for their acclimatization walk.
Shira 1 Camp (3480 m/11,417ft) –Moyr hut at (4155 m/13,632ft)
Habitat -Moorland, hiking time -4-6 hours, distance – 8 km
Leaving Shira 1 camp heading up to Moyr hut for hot lunch , after lunch we will take you up Lent group rock at approximately 4,400m for your acclimatization, this is where the northern circuit route starts then joins Rongai route for summit and after joining normal southern circuit for descending , then back to camp for dinner and overnight.
Moyr Hut (4155 m/11,417ft.) – Arrow Glacier Camp (4800 m/15,748ft.)
Habitat – alpine desert, hiking time – 7 hours, distance – 8 km
To those who have chosen the western breach route, please read about its risky carefully so you will have to indemnify at the gate. Lunch will be taken at Lava Tower Camp at 4635 m/15,206 ft. then heading up to Arrow Glacier Camp for dinner and overnight. An afternoon hike for acclimatization will take you up to 5000 m/16,404 ft. even more than that before coming back for early dinner and rest before night ascent to the summit.
Arrow Glacier Camp (4,800 m/15,748 ft.) – Crater Camp (5720 m/18,766 ft.)
Habitat- Snow caped, hiking time- 4-6 hours; distance – 3km
This option will be taken on request due to the risk and difficulty level, additional cost shall be applied. Your guide will decide time to get up for light breakfast before Ascent, usually starts at 3 am straight to the summit for better acclimatization then down to crater camp for dinner and overnight.
Other option will go down after summit joining regular southern circuit climbers who will be summiting from Barafu camp at 4600 m/15,092 ft to Millennium Camp at 3720 m/12,204 ft for brunch then continuing to Mweka camp at 3100 m/10, 0170ft for dinner and overnight.
Crater camp (5720 m/18,766 ft.) – Mweka hut camp (3100 m/10,170ft)
Habitat – heather, hiking time – 6-8 hours, distance – 12km
After breakfast you will take crater excursion around the ash pit then heading down to Mweka Hut which is situated in the upper forest for dinner and overnight.
Mweka Hut (3100 m/10,170ft) – Mweka Gate (1600 m/5,249ft)
Habitat – forest, hiking time – 2-3 hours; Distance – 8 km
After breakfast you will leave Mweka Hut around 07:00, it is a short scenic hike into Montana rain forest to Mweka exit Gate where you will meet your car waiting for transfer to your hotel. There, all successful climbers will receive their certificates then return to Arusha for rest, splendid celebrations and overnight stay before next morning safari. Your safari guide will meet you around 1700 to 1900 for briefing.
(Northern circuit 8 days climbs)
On your fifth day you will skip southern circuit and western breach heading northward for northern circuit.
Moyr Hut (4155m/ 13,615fts) – Pofu Camp (3900m/ 12,795fts)
Habitat – alpine desert, hiking time -5 – 7 hours, distance – 9 km
Northern circuit option is not popular route, starts from Moyr Hut to Pofu camp at 3900m through lent group rocks. It has most excellent view of northern ice field; to the lower is Amboseli National Park in Kenya. It is best to honeymooner and family group. Pofu comes from Eland (the largest antelope) who are commonly found in that area wondering for salt.
Pofu camp (3900m/ 12,795fts) – 3rd cave (3950m/ 12,959fts)
Habitant- Moorland , hiking time 3-4hrs , distance 7km
You will leave Pofu after breakfast to 3-rd cave camp at (3950m) 7km in 3- 4HRS , this will be your next destination which joins Rongai route, lunch dinner and overnight at 3rd cave camp.
3rd cave (3950m/ 12,959fts) – School hut Campsite (4800 m/15,487ft)
Habitant- Alpine desert, hiking time 3-4 hrs. distance 4km
Leaving 3rd cave after breakfast heading up to Outward boundary School hut for hot lunch taking time resting before early dinner ready for night assault.
SUMMIT ATTEMPT, School Hut – Uhuru Peak (5895 m/19,340ft) – Millennium camp (3720m/12,204fts)
Habitat – stone screed and ice- capped summit; hiking time – 6-8 hours to Uhuru Peak, 6-7 hours to descent to Millennium camp; distance – 7 km ascent, 7.5 km descent
Your guide will decide what time to get up for light breakfast, and then you begin your ascent for the summit. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150 m/17041 ft.) known as a good resting spot. Then, the path zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5681m/18,726ft) situated on the crater rim. Here the trail becomes less steep and continues along the crater rim to Stella point at 5752m/18,876ft to Uhuru Peak – the highest point of Kilimanjaro!
After spending time at the top then you will descend to Millennium camp for dinner and overnight, this joins normal southern circuit route, also you can request crater overnight without risking compare to western breach.
Millennium camp (3720m/12,204fts) – Mweka Gate (1600 m/5,249fts)
Habitat – forest, hiking time – 3-4 hours; Distance – 11 km
After breakfast you will leave Millennium camp around 07:00, it is a short scenic hike from heather into Montana rain forest to Mweka exit Gate where you will meet your car waiting for transfer to your hotel. There, all successful climbers will receive their certificates then return to Arusha for rest, splendid celebrations and overnight stay before next morning safari. Your safari guide will meet you around 1700 to 1900 for briefing.