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Coca-cola Route

Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Hiking

Coca-cola Route Kilimanjaro

ABOUT MARANGU ROUTE

The Marangu route, also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, is the oldest, most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.

Day 1; Kilimanjaro National Park Gate to Mandara Hut
  • Elevation:5,500 ft / 1,700 m to 9,000 ft / 2,740 m
  • Distance:7 km
  • Time: 4-5 hours
  • Climatic Zone:Montane Forest
  • Meals: L, D
  • Hut: Mandara Hut
  • After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

    Day 2; Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
  • Elevation:9,000 ft / 2,700 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m
  • Distance:11 km
  • Time:6-8 hours
  • Climatic Zone:Heathland/ Moorland
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Hut: Horombo Hut
  • You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

    Day 3; Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
  • Elevation:12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 15,400 ft / 4,700 m
  • Distance:10 km
  • Time:6-8 hours
  • Climatic Zone:Alpine Desert
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Hut: Kibo Hut
  • Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking into the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

    Day 4; Kibo Hut to Summit then Horombo Hut
  • Elevation:15,400 ft / 4,700 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m
  • Distance:4 km up / 14 km down
  • Time:10-15 hours
  • Climatic Zone:Alpine Desert
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Hut: Horombo Camp
  • Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

    Day 5 ; Horombo Hut to Moshi
  • Elevation:12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 5,500 ft / 1,700 m
  • Distance:18km
  • Time:5-7 hours
  • Meals: B
  • After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

    Marangu Route Package Included
  • Park fees,
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Marangu Route Package Not Included
  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa cost which is $50 except for Canadian and USApassport holders which is 100$
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • 6 Days Marangu Route
    The 1st &
    Coca-Cola Route

    6 Days Marangu Route

    This route is also referred to as the "Coca-Cola" route, as it is considered to be the easiest.

    6 Days coca-cola

    the oldest route to be discovered for climbing/hiking or trekking kilimanjaro route

    ABOUT MARANGU ROUTE

    The Marangu route, also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, is the oldest, most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.

    Day 1; Kilimanjaro National Park Gate to Mandara Hut
  • Elevation:5,500 ft / 1,700 m to 9,000 ft / 2,740 m
  • Distance:7 km
  • Time: 4-5 hours
  • Climatic Zone:Montane Forest
  • Meals: L, D
  • Hut: Mandara Hut
  • After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

    Day 2; Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
  • Elevation:9,000 ft / 2,700 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m
  • Distance:11 km
  • Time:6-8 hours
  • Climatic Zone:Heathland/ Moorland
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Hut: Horombo Hut
  • You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

    Day 3; Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
  • Elevation:12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 15,400 ft / 4,700 m
  • Distance:10 km
  • Time:6-8 hours
  • Climatic Zone:Alpine Desert
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Hut: Kibo Hut
  • Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking into the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

    Day 4; Kibo Hut to Summit then Horombo Hut
  • Elevation:15,400 ft / 4,700 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m
  • Distance:4 km up / 14 km down
  • Time:10-15 hours
  • Climatic Zone:Alpine Desert
  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Hut: Horombo Camp
  • Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

    Day 5 ; Horombo Hut to Moshi
  • Elevation:12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 5,500 ft / 1,700 m
  • Distance:18km
  • Time:5-7 hours
  • Meals: B
  • After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

    Marangu Route Package Included
  • Park fees,
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Marangu Route Package Not Included
  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa cost which is $50 except for Canadian and USApassport holders which is 100$
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • 6 Days Machame
    Route
    The 1st
    Popular Route

    7 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Hiking

    The Machame route, also known as "Whiskey" route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro.

    7 Days popular route

    About Machame Route

    The Machame route, also known as the "Whiskey" route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore, this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

    Day 1 ; Machame Gate 1800 m to Machame Hut
  • Elevation (ft):1,800 m to 2835 m
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest/ Rain Forest.
  • Full Board at Machame Camp
  • The climb starts from Machame gate (1830m), we walk through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Slowly gaining altitude while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest, you will arrive to the first Machame Camp, situated at 3000m above sea level If is a clear day, we may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit.

    Day 1; Machame Camp to Shira
  • Elevation (ft):2835 m to 3,750 m
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Full Board Shira Cave Camp.
  • A shorter day climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic site, and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers. The most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from Shira Camp.

    Day 3; Shira Camp to Barranco Camp VIA Lava Tower
  • Elevation (ft):Shira Cave camp 3,750 m to Baranco Camp 3,900 m
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Walking Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Accommodation: Barranco Camp
  • Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views.  We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after hot lunch the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,950 m.).

    Day 4; Barranco Camp to Karanga camp
  • Elevation (ft):Barranco Camp 3,900 m to Karanga Camp 3995 m
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3.5 to 4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Accommodations: Karanga Camp.
  • A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp

    Day 5; Karanga Camp 3995m to Barafu Camp (4,673 m.)
  • Elevation (ft):Karanga camp 3995 m to Barafu Camp 4,673 m
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Accommodations: Barafu Hut Camp.
  • A steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can been seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, the remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.

    Day 6; Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka Camp
  • Elevation (ft):Barafu Camp 4,673 m to Uhuru peak 5,895 m {Via Stella Point 5756m}
  • Distance: 4.3 km ascent to Stella Point
  • Distance: 5 km Barafu to Uhuru Peak Ascent.
  • Hiking Time: 6-7hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Accommodations: Mweka Camp.
  • Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hours round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.

  • Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking
  • Elevation (ft):15,100 ft / 4,600 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 10,200 ft / 3,100 m
  • Distance: 7 km ascent / 23 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Full board at Mweka Camp.
  • DAY 7; Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
  • Elevation (ft):Mweka camp3,100 m toMweka Gate 1,640 m
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 4 -5 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Half Board
  • A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch we drive back to Moshi to your hotel.

    Machame Route Package Included
  • Park fees,
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Machame Route Package Not Included
  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa cost which is $50 except for Canadian and USApassport holders which is 100$
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • 7 days Machame
    Route
    The Popular Route

    7 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Hiking

    The Machame route, also known as "Whiskey" route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro.

    7 Days popular route

    About Machame Route

    The Machame route, also known as the "Whiskey" route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore, this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

    Day 1 ; Machame Gate 1800 m to Machame Hut
  • Elevation (ft):1,800 m to 2835 m
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest/ Rain Forest.
  • Full Board at Machame Camp
  • The climb starts from Machame gate (1830m), we walk through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Slowly gaining altitude while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest, you will arrive to the first Machame Camp, situated at 3000m above sea level If is a clear day, we may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit.

    Day 1; Machame Camp to Shira
  • Elevation (ft):2835 m to 3,750 m
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Full Board Shira Cave Camp.
  • A shorter day climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic site, and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers. The most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from Shira Camp.

    Day 3; Shira Camp to Barranco Camp VIA Lava Tower
  • Elevation (ft):Shira Cave camp 3,750 m to Baranco Camp 3,900 m
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Walking Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Accommodation: Barranco Camp
  • Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views.  We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after hot lunch the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,950 m.).

    Day 4; Barranco Camp to Karanga camp
  • Elevation (ft):Barranco Camp 3,900 m to Karanga Camp 3995 m
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3.5 to 4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Accommodations: Karanga Camp.
  • A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp

    Day 5; Karanga Camp 3995m to Barafu Camp (4,673 m.)
  • Elevation (ft):Karanga camp 3995 m to Barafu Camp 4,673 m
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Accommodations: Barafu Hut Camp.
  • A steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can been seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, the remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.

    Day 6; Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka Camp
  • Elevation (ft):Barafu Camp 4,673 m to Uhuru peak 5,895 m {Via Stella Point 5756m}
  • Distance: 4.3 km ascent to Stella Point
  • Distance: 5 km Barafu to Uhuru Peak Ascent.
  • Hiking Time: 6-7hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Accommodations: Mweka Camp.
  • Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hours round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.

  • Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking
  • Elevation (ft):15,100 ft / 4,600 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 10,200 ft / 3,100 m
  • Distance: 7 km ascent / 23 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Full board at Mweka Camp.
  • DAY 7; Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
  • Elevation (ft):Mweka camp3,100 m toMweka Gate 1,640 m
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 4 -5 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Half Board
  • A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch we drive back to Moshi to your hotel.

    Machame Route Package Included
  • Park fees,
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Machame Route Package Not Included
  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa cost which is $50 except for Canadian and USApassport holders which is 100$
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • 6 days Umbwe Route
    The Challange Route

    Trekking 6 Days Umbwe route Challenging

    The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route.

    The Challenging route

    Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and travers’s underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

    About Umbwe route

    The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route - one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.

    Day 1; Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
  • Upon arriving at the Umbwe Gate, we complete the registration paperwork and prepare the expedition gear. The trek beings up a gradual inclining 4WD path, which ends with a sign marked “Umbwe Trail.”  From here we ascend through a dense forest on a steep and sometimes muddy path until we reach Umbwe Camp.

    Day 2; Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
  • The trek begins steep as we ascend higher into the heath zone.  Here landscape changes rapidly to sparse vegetation, rocky outcrops and giant heathers.  The trail leads up a narrow ridge then flattens as it nears Barranco Valley, which offers great views of Kibo Peak and Moshi.  Once at camp there will be some extra time to explore the area.

    Day 3 ; Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Our first challenge is a climb and scramble over the volcanic rock of the 1,200 ft Barranco Wall. On reaching the top, we have a well-earned lunch break and enjoy fantastic views of Barafu and Mount Meru. We continue across the ridges and valleys to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

    Day 4 ; Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
  • 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 Barafu Hut. At this point, we have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy an early dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible from this site.

    Day 5 ; Barafu Camp to Uhuru Point to Mweka Hut
  • Elevation (ft): 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
  • Distance: 17 km
  • Hiking Time: 11-14 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic
  • Very early in the morning (midnight), we put on many layers of clothing and begin our climb to the summit. We head in a northwesterly direction and 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 will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. From Stella Point, we have just one more hour before reaching the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

    Day 6 ; Mweka Camp to Moshi
  • Elevation (ft): 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • 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. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Africa Natural Tours vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi.

    Umbwe Route Package Included
  • Park fees,
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Umbwe Route Package Not Included

  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa cost which is $50 except for Canadian and USApassport holders which is 100$
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • 7 days Umbwe
    Route
    The Chellanging Route

    7 Days Umbwe route Kilimanjaro

    The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route.

    The Challenging Route

    The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route - one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.

    About Umbwe route

    Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and travers’s underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

    Day 1; Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 5,249 ft to 9,514 ft
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
  • Upon arriving at the Umbwe Gate, we complete the registration paperwork and prepare the expedition gear. The trek beings up a gradual inclining 4WD path, which ends with a sign marked “Umbwe Trail.”  From here we ascend through a dense forest on a steep and sometimes muddy path until we reach Umbwe Camp.

    Day 2; Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 9,514 ft to 13,044 ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
  • The trek begins steep as we ascend higher into the heath zone.  Here landscape changes rapidly to sparse vegetation, rocky outcrops and giant heathers.  The trail leads up a narrow ridge then flattens as it nears Barranco Valley, which offers great views of Kibo Peak and Moshi.  Once at camp there will be some extra time to explore the area.

    Day 3 ; Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Our first challenge is a climb and scramble over the volcanic rock of the 1,200 ft Barranco Wall. On reaching the top, we have a well-earned lunch break and enjoy fantastic views of Barafu and Mount Meru. We continue across the ridges and valleys to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

    Day 4 ; Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
  • 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 Barafu Hut. At this point, we have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy an early dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible from this site.

    Day 5 ; Barafu Camp to Uhuru Point to Mweka Hut
  • Elevation (ft): 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
  • Distance: 17 km
  • Hiking Time: 11-14 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic
  • Very early in the morning (midnight), we put on many layers of clothing and begin our climb to the summit. We head in a northwesterly direction and 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 will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. From Stella Point, we have just one more hour before reaching the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

    Day 6 ; Mweka Camp to Moshi
  • Elevation (ft): 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • 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. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Africa Natural Tours vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi.

    Umbwe Route Package Included
  • Park fees,
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Umbwe Route Package Not Included

  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa cost which is $50 except for Canadian and USApassport holders which is 100$
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • 7 days Lemosho
    Route
    The beautiful Route

    7 Days Lemosho Route acclimatization

    The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro.

    7 Days acclimatization route

    Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower.

    About Lemosho Route

    The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success, Africa Natural Tours specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Then the route travers’s underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

    Day 1>; Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
  • We depart Arusha/Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, and then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

    Day 2>; Forest Camp to Shira Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

    Day 3>;Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut
  • Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

    Day 4>; Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert
  • From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East 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. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

    Day 5>; Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
  • Distance: 9km
  • Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. 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 6>; 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. You head in a northwesterly direction and 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), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

    Day 7>; 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. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Arusha/ Moshi.

    Lemosho Route Package Included
  • Park fees,
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Lemosho Route Package Not Included
  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa cost which is $50 except for Canadian and USApassport holders which is 100$
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • 8 days Lemosho
    Route
    Best to Acclimatize

    8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Hiking

    The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro.

    Best Route to Acclimatize Kilimanjaro Hiking

    The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route travers’s underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

    Lemosho Route

    The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success, Africa Natural Tours specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

    Day 1; Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
  • Full board at Forest camp Know as {Big tree Camp}.
  • We depart from Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, and then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site which is Forest camp Know as {Big tree Camp}.

    Day 2; Forest Camp to Shira One Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Full Board at Shira One Camp
  • We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

    Day 3; Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut
  • Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Full Board at Shira 2 camp
  • We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we Stay at shira 2 camp or continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

    Day 4; Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp or Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco.
  • Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat:Semi Desert
  • Full Board at Shira 2 or Moir Hut camp
  • From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East 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. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day 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: 5km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Full Board at Karanga Camp.
  • 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.

    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
  • Full Board at Barafu Hut Camp.
  • After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. 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
  • Full Board at Mweka hut Camp.
  • Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and 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), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will need gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. 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
  • Half Board
  • After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Africa Natural Tours vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi.

    Lemosho Route Package Included
  • Park fees,
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Lemosho Route Package Not Included
  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa cost which is $50 except for Canadian and USApassport holders which is 100$
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • 7 days Rongai Route
    The Beautiful

    Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north near Kenya.

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