Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, African continent’s highest peak at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet). The majestic mountain is a snow-capped volcano. Located in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain at about 5,895 meters (19,340 feet)

Highlights:

  • Reaching the summit! Experiencing that incomparable, ‘roof of the world’ feeling.
  • A more relaxed pace than other routes, but longer in time and distance. But very challenging!
  • Stunning views as you ascend.
  • Discover Shira Plateau and Barranco.
  • Climb the Lava Tower.
  • Dedicated guides, porters and cooks – a great team to help you on your way.

Trip Itinerary

All itineraries include travel days. Therefore, if travelling from the U.S., you will plan to arrive on Day 2 of the itinerary. Plan to fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha, Tanzania on the pre-scheduled arrival and departure dates and times, unless you are planning additional travel within Africa. If you are travelling from another country, still plan to arrive on the evening of day.

Upon your evening arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you are met by your Utmost Adventure Treks Guide and transferred in our private vehicle to exclusive Private Tented Camp nestled in beautiful Arusha National Park. Here you will rest and prepare for your climb and enjoy some game viewing that may include elephant, colobus monkeys, buffalo, and fantastic bird watching. This region is incredibly scenic with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru dominating a panorama of grasslands and high tropical landscapes.

Following the morning team orientation meeting, we spend most of the day organizing and packing all of our gear. We will have some time in the afternoon to relax by the pool and recover from our long flights.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Our day begins with a beautiful drive to Kilimanjaro National Park. The starting point of our trek is the Machame Gate (5,900ft.) where we enter the Park. After registering with the Park Rangers, we begin hiking through the dense forest to the Machame Camp (9,800ft), overnight at Machame Camp. Hiking time is approximately 5 – 6 hours.

We continue ascending, headed towards the Shira Plateau at 12,200ft. After leaving the forest and traveling through the “Giant Heather” zone, we set up camp on a bench overlooking the Great Rift Valley. If the weather is clear we enjoy spectacular views of the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hiking time is approximately 4 – 6 hours.

Our day begins with a traverse of the mountain, taking us underneath the Arrow Glacier and Western Breach Wall. We walk among the giant lobelias and groundsels, vegetation that is unique to the high altitudes of East Africa. Our camp is set at the base of the great Barranco Wall, a steep canyon emerging from Kilimanjaro’s southern side (12,800ft,). Hiking time is approximately 5 – 6 hours.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

An early departure after breakfast allows us magnificent views as we traverse beneath the Southern Breach Wall. Our traverse takes place at elevations between 13,000ft. & 14,500ft. Our camp is situated on the edge of the Karanga Valley below the glaciers of Kilimanjaro. Hiking time is approximately 4 – 5 hours.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The vegetation gradually disappears as we work our way towards high camp. We establish camp at approximately 15,000ft. near the Barafu hut. After an early dinner and a team meeting to discuss our summit attempt, we retire to our tents in preparation for our summit bid. Hiking time is approximately 3 – 4 hours.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Karanga Valley to Barafu Hut

Summit Day on Kilimanjaro! Today we ascend to the Roof of Africa at 19,340ft. We will get an early alpine start, planning to arrive at the crater rim by sunrise. We continue hiking along the crater rim, and in one more hour find ourselves standing on the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak. After celebrating on the summit, we start the descent back to high camp. We will pack our camp and continue descending to Mweka Camp, which is located down in the lush forests at 10,000ft. Hiking time is approximately 10 – 12 hours.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

After a much-needed night’s rest the team continues the descent down through the forest, finishing our trek at the Mweka Gate situated at 6,000ft. After we load up the gear, our bus takes us back to our hotel to rest and celebrate. Hiking time is approximately 3 – 4 hours.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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