Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb

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MT Kilimanjaro Climbing.

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    Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s tallest peak but also the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. The summit, named Uhuru Point, is 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.

    Most high mountains are part of ranges, such as Mount Everest’s Himalayan Mountain Range. These are formed in a process called plate tectonics. Below the ground, Earth’s crust is made up of multiple tectonic plates. These plates have been moving since the beginning of time due to geologic activity.

    When plates push against each other, the edges crumple, forcing slabs of rock into the air. These are known as fold mountains and are the most common type of mountain. A fault-block mountain range is caused when a fault (crack) in the Earth’s crust pushes blocks of rock up between two tectonic plates. The uplifted blocks become block mountains.

    Free-standing mountains like Kilimanjaro are usually a result of volcanic activity. Volcanic mountains are formed when molten rock erupts, and piles upon the surface.


    Day 1 – Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

    Elevation: 1651m/5417ft – 2944m / 9659ft
    Distance: 11km
    Hiking time: 5-7hrs
    Habitat: Heath

    After being collected from your accommodation in the morning, you will be driven to Umbwe Gate to register for the climb. You will then hike to Umbwe camp through beautiful rainforest scenery while your guide tells you all about the local flora, fauna, and natural wildlife. The camp is surrounded by huge trees and thick undergrowth. Enjoy a delicious, hearty dinner followed by an overnight stay at Umbwe camp.

    Day 2 – Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

    Elevation: 294m / 9659ft – 3986m / 13 077ft
    Distance: 4-5hrs
    Hiking time: 5-7hrs
    Habitat: Heath

    After breakfast, trek through rocky terrain and the beauty of moss-covered trees. As you ascend, you will be able to catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro. The path plateaus as we approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe Ridge, the path descends to Barranco Camp through the beguiling Senecio Forest. Stay overnight at Barranco Camp.

    Day 3 – Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    Elevation: 3986m / 13 077ft – 4034m / 13 235ft
    Distance: 5km
    Hiking time: 4-5hrs
    Habitat:  Alpine Desert

    After breakfast, we start our day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. We then climb a steep but not technically challenging 900ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we cross over a series of hills and valleys until we descend into Karanga Valley. We then ascend once more before entering Karanga Camp. This is a shorter hiking day to assist with acclimatization.

    Day 4 –
    Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Elevation: 4034m / 13 235ft – 4662m / 15 295 ft
    Distance: 4kms
    Hiking time: 4-5hrs
    Habitat:  Alpine Desert

    After breakfast, we continue along a rocky path towards Barafu Camp. Once reached, you have completed the South Circuit which offers numerous breathtaking views of the summit. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position. An early dinner and rest prior to our summit day climb.

    Day 5 – Barafu Camp to Uhuru Camp

    Elevation: 4662m / 15 295 ft – 5895m / 19 341ft
    Distance: 5kms
    Hiking time: 7-8hrs
    Habitat: Arctic

    Around midnight, we begin the final climb to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. This is the most mentally and physically demanding part of the trek with extreme temperatures, strong winds, and eerie darkness peppered with the glow of head torches and ancient stars. We climb throughout the night, taking frequent, short breaks. Near Stella Point on the crater rim, you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise over Mawenze Peak. We then summit through snow to Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Hongera sana (many congratulations) for climbing to the roof of Africa!

    Uhuru Camp to Mweka Camp

    Elevation: 4034m / 13 235ft feet – 3106m / 10 190ft
    Distance: 12km
    Hiking time: 6-7hrs
    Habitat: Rain Forest

    From the celebrations at the peak, we then descend a steep and rocky trail stopping at Barafu Camp for lunch. Trekking poles are useful for this part of the hike. We arrive at Mweka Camp in the late afternoon, situated in the tranquil misty upper forest. That evening, we enjoyed our last delicious dinner on the mountain and a very well-deserved sleep.

    Day 6 – Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

    Elevation: 3106m / 10 190ft – 1633m / 5358ft
    Distance: 10km
    Hiking time: 3-4hrs
    Habitat: Rainforest

    On our final day, we continued to descend to Mweka Gate through calming rainforest terrain. At the base, we celebrate everyone’s achievements in song and dance and say our goodbyes to the incredibly hospitable and helpful guides, porters, and cooks. We collect our summit certificates and are greeted with a ride back to Moshi / Arusha.


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    Safari according to the itinerary

    • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
    • Professional English-speaking guide
    • Meals according to the itinerary
    • Drinking water
    • All mentioned activities
    • All national park fees.

    Price Excludes

    • Flights ticket
    • Optional activities
    • Alcoholic and soft drinks
    • Visa fees
    • Tips
    • Personal spending money for souvenirs
    • Travel insurance
    • Airport pickups/departure transfers.