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Kilimanjaro Climb

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Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa. It is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. rising 15,100 feet (4,600 meters) from base to summit. Kilimanjaro is also the most prominent mountain in Africa. Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo 19,340 feet (5,895 meters); Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5,149 meters); and Shira 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim. The climb to Kilimanjaro is a mix of moderate to strenuous climb and definitely once in a lifetime experience.

I know that I must do what’s right. Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.

From the song “Africa” by Toto


  • Destination: Tanzania
  • Google Map Co-ordinates: 3.0758° S, 37.3533° E
  • Highest Altitude: 5,895 m/19,341 ft.
  • Nearest City (Airport): Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Months: Jul-Oct, Dec-Mar
  • Dates: On request
  • Level: Strenuous
  • Guide: Available
  • Price: On request


Mount Kilimanjaro has always been such a remarkable mountain. Standing tall right with snow-capped peaks in the middle of the warm continent of Africa is a sight to see and experience. This allure has attracted many for centuries to visit, trek and climb this tall mountain. Many have come to introspect life through this contradiction of a mountain. Ernest Hemingway too came here in the early part of 20th century and penned down his thought in the form of a short story, “The snows of Kilimanjaro”. In the story he writes, “Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,341 feet high and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai ‘Ngaje Ngai’, the House of God. Close to the western summit there is dried and frozen carcass of leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.”
The first recorded ascent to the summit of the mountain was by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
There are seven official trekking routes by which to ascend and descend Mount Kilimanjaro: Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe.

We will be taking the either the Rongai or the Machame route. Both are equally scenic.

You will be met by some of your team at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The next day your guide will brief you and you will have time to prepare your bags for the climb. Put all that you need for the summit, and the higher altitudes in a waterproof bag (max 16 kgs), which will be carried by the porters throughout the climb. Your personal belongings, camera, passport, anything you need while hiking will go into your small waterproof day pack. Anything you need for the rest of your holiday can be left behind and locked in the office lock up.



The Rongai route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The Rongai joins the Marangu for the summit climb, then you descend the Marangu Route on the mountain's southeast side, so you see Kilimanjaro from many view points. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.
Day 1 / Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi (910 m/2,985 ft)
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, transfer to your hotel in Moshi for briefing and overnight stay.
Day 2 / Moshi to Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530 ft): 7 km/4-5 hours
The day starts early with breakfast and final briefing. You will be driven by Land Rover through many villages and coffee plantations for 4-5 hours to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1,950 m/6,398 ft). After signing in and preparing the porters, the trek begins on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, then enter a pine forest. You then start to climb gently but consistently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin and Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530 ft) is near the “First Cave” at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Day 3 / Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp (3,600 m/11,810 ft): 12 km/6-7 hours
Early morning you will have a beautiful view of Kibo (Kilimanjaro’s main crater) and Mawenzi (Kilimanjaro’s second peak) on the left. After leaving the camp, you will make a steady ascent to the Second Cave where you have lunch. You leave the direct trail at the Second Cave and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path toward Mawenzi’s jagged peaks. After another 10 km, you reach the Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios nearby. The Kikelewa Cave is also nearby.
Day 4 / Kikelewa to Mawenzi Tarn (4,300 m/14,810 ft): 4 km/3-4 hours
Today there, will be a short, steep climb up grassy slopes with amazing all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Shortly after you leave the vegetation behind, you reach the Mawenzi Tarn, which is situated in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. After this short hike, you can spend the afternoon exploring this exciting area.
Day 5 / Acclimatisation day at Mawenzi Tarn (4,300 m/14,810 ft)
An extra day is spent here. An acclimatisation walk is recommended towards Mawenzi upto 4,600 m.
Day 6 / Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Huts (4,750 m/15,584 ft): 9 km/5-6 hours
After breakfast you leave the camp and cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach the Kibo Huts at the bottom of Kibo’s crater wall. Spend the remainder of the day resting and preparing for your summit climb.
Day 7 / Kibo Huts to Uhuru Summit (5,895 m/19,340 ft): Ascent – 5.5 km/7-8 hours | Descend to Horombo (3,720 m/12,200 ft) – 15 km/6-8 hours
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave around 1 am, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows will take you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point. After the customary pictures at the summit, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and recross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Have your dinner and get some well-deserved sleep.
Day 8 / Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,003 ft): 20 km/6 hours | Drive to Moshi.
Descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there and then continue down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. A vehicle will take you back to the hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration.
Day 9 / Depart
End of Expedition. Fly out home or have a rest day or stay on for the safari or fly out to Zanzibar for an awesome scuba diving experience and chill at the golden sandy beaches.
Machame route is sometimes called the Whisky Route. This is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. An extra day could be added to the itinerary, best spent on the Shira Plateau, where you could walk to the Shira Needles. Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River. The Mweka Route is used for the descent.
Day 1 / Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi (910 m/2,985 ft)
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, transfer to your hotel in Moshi for briefing and overnight stay.
Day 2 / Moshi
Acclimatise, get briefed and get rid of your jet lags. Get some good rest.
Day 3 / Machame Gate (1,640 m/5,413 ft) to Machame Camp (2,835 m/9,301 ft): 11 km/7 hours
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi to the Machame village (1490 m/4,888 ft). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest. You will receive a lunch pack at the gate and you can also drink bottled water you bought at Hotel in Moshi. There is possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at Machame campsite.
Day 4 / Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,500 m/11,483 ft): 5 km/6 hours
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Day 5 / Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,959 ft): 11 km/7 hours
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4,630 m/15,190 ft after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft). Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680 m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600 m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp site.
Day 6 / Barranco Camp to Karanga camp (3,963 m/13,002): 5 km/4-5 hours
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge going up the spectacular Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite. Today is a short day of about 4 hours walking. By varying the altitude on this route, you are helping your body to acclimatise.
Day 7 / Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,092): 4.5 km/4-5 hours
After breakfast, we leave the Karanga Valley and pass the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue to the Barafu Hut. 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 can be seen from our campsite. Again about 4 hours walking in very sparse vegetation.
Day 8 / Barafu Camp to the Summit (5,895 m/19,341 ft): Ascent - 4.5 km/7-8 hours | Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp: 11 km/6-8 hours
Waking up very early (midnight), we continue our way to the summit of Uhuru Peak. This part of the climb takes about 7 hours. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. At Uhuru Peak, we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will be able to see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we make our descent, continuing straight down to the Mweka camp site, stopping at Barafu on the way for lunch and a short rest. This part of the descent takes about 6-7 hours. You might want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned rest.
Day 9 / Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: 8.5 km/4-6 hours | Drive to Moshi
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. 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 Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel. You will get your certificate (hopefully) It is time for celebration.
Day 10 / Depart
End of Expedition. Fly out home or have a rest day or stay on for the safari or fly out to Zanzibar for an awesome scuba diving experience and chill at the golden sandy beaches.
Payment and Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation of booking or failure to join a tour will result in retention of funds by Rustik Travel as follows: * Upon receipt of written cancellation by any member of the tour indicated on this reservation 30 days or longer prior to departure, 20% of the reservation of the cancelling party will be retained by Rustik Travel and the balance of the package price refunded. * If a cancellation is received at least 14 days and up to 29 days prior to departure, 50% of the package price will be retained by Rustik Travel. * If a cancellation is received less than 14 days prior to departure, 100% of the total package price will be retained by Rustik Travel and all outstanding payment will become payable immediately. * Should the cancelling party be able to find a replacement for themselves no less than 14 days prior to departure and the replacement completes this booking form individually, no retention of funds will take place. However, should no replacement be found by 14 days prior to departure, a 100% cancellation penalty will apply to the cancelling party. * Rustik Travel and its agents reserve the right to terminate, at their discretion and with immediate effect, the participation of any person on the tour.



  • Two nights accommodation (twin sharing) at the Hotel in Moshi (before and after the climb) o First night includes dinner and breakfast o Last night includes dinner & breakfast
  • Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain.
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew.
  • National park fees. Camping fees.
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses.
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils.
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles.
  • Rescue fees.
  • Pulse oximeters.
  • First aid kit.
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries.
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Boiled water on the mountain.
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.
  • Portable toilet tents.
  • Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport.


  • Airfare.
  • Insurance charges.
  • Any medical expenses.
  • Any beverages or additional food.
  • Single rooms supplement at hotel (except on the 1 person rate).
  • GST and any other taxes applicable.
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips.
  • Meals and drinks not specified.
  • Gear for your climb.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included.
  • Visas.
  • Emergency oxygen.
  • Any other items/services not mentioned in the itinerary.



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