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7 Days Trekking tour itinerary for Nairobi: Kilimanjaro Trekking Program


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Kilimanjaro Trekking Program

The seven day Machame variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On Machame route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. 

DAY 01

Machame Gate to Machame Camp

  • The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. 

  • The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

  • We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. 

  • We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft 
Distance: 11 km 
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours 
Habitat: Rain Forest

DAY 02

Machame Camp to Shira Camp

  • After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather until the ridge ends. 

  • The route now turns west onto a river gorge. 

  • Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft 
Distance: 5 km 

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours 
Habitat: Moorland

DAY 03

Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco 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.

Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft 
Distance: 10 km 
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours 
Habitat: Semi Desert

DAY 04

Barranco Camp to 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.

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp 

Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft 
Distance: 5 km 
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours 
Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY 05

Karanga Camp to Barafu 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.

Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft.
Distance: 4 km.
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours. 
Habitat: Alpine Desert.

DAY 06

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

  • Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. 

  • You head in a north westerly 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 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.

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

DAY 07

Mweka Camp to Moshi

  • 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 Moshi / Arusha.

Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft 
Distance: 10 km 
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours 
Habitat: Rain Forest

  • 1400 USD Per Adult
  • Transport to & from the mountain ex Nairobi (Shuttle Bus).

  • Accommodation at Arusha Center Inn Hotel BB (2 nights).

  • Porters, Guide & Cooks Fee.

  • Three meals a day whilst on the mountain.

  • All hut & camping fees.

  • All park entry fees.

  • Certificate of achievement.

  • Tipping to the guide – USD $ 15 per day, porters – USD $ 7 per day, cooks –USD $1 0 per day.

  • Personal climbing gear - clothing’s & rucksack.

  • Personal travel insurance.

  • Beverages & mineral water.

  • Items of personal nature.

  • Visa - USD $ 50 – 100 depending on nationality.

Mountain Gear Check List:

  • A Rack sack For Your Equipment - To Be Carried By Porters.

  • Sleeping Bag [Mountain Type].

  • Hiking, or Climbing Boots. Camp Shoes, Trainers Not Sandals.

  • Socks. 2 Thin Polypro Type For Quick Drying, 4 Thick Wind Pants, Wind shirts.

  • High Gaiters, Warm Pants [Fleece], Jacket Or Pullover, 1 Rain Parka.

  • 2 Underwears,1 Hiking Shirt, Long Sleeve, 1 Bandanna.

  • 1 Warm Hat, 1 Hiking Shorts, Pants, Balaclava, Fleece Neck Warmer.

  • Headlamp, Bulb, Batteries, First Aid Kit, Pocketknife, Sunglasses, Snow.

  • Goggles, Water Purification Tablets.

  • Toiletry Item, Plus Sunblock, Lipsalve and Moisturizer.

  • Walking Stick.


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