It isn't tough to see why this route is so popular as it is beginning on the South-Western side of the mount, this 40.16km trail or 36.7km if climbing via the Western Breach passes through some of the mountain’s finest features, including the cloud forest of Kili’s southern slopes,dry and dusty Shira Plateau and the lovely senecio-clad Barranco Campsite. To reach the summit, there two paths: most people head for the lengthy, long-winded climb up the Barafu trail, with the Rebmann Glacier edging into your field of vision on your left as dawn breaks Mawenzi behind you.
Day 1: Machame Gate (1,80m) – Machame Camp (3,000m)
Distance Approximation: 11 km
Climbing time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast, you will be taken to the entrance gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide takes care of the registration forms, you can take the time to take in the surrounding area, read the information boards and watch the mountain crew prepare for the climb. Embarking on your climbing adventure, you will soon be immersed in the cool rainforest with lush green mosh and lichen carpeting the ground and tall trees and ferns sheltering you from the sun. In the branches, you might spot the black and white colobus monkeys watching you curiously as you walk past. In about 5 to 6 hours, you will reach the Machame Camp, situated 3,000 m above the tree line, where you will enjoy your evening meal and overnight stay in tents.
Day 2: Machame Camp (3,000m) – Shira Camp (3,840m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Climbing time: 4-6 hours
You will continue with your ascent, leaving the rainforest behind and entering the moor and heathland. On your way to New Shira Camp, you will enjoy spectacular views of the mountain range. In the mid-afternoon, you will finally reach your destination where you can enjoy a view of the sun glistening against the rock face and glacier of Kibo. Overnight at New Shira Camp.
Day 3: Shira Camp (3,840m) – Lava Tower Hut (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,950m)
Distance Approximation: 10.7 km
Climbing time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
An 800 m climb is on the agenda for today, with your final destination only slightly higher than the night before. This will allow your body to become accustomed to the altitude changes, as a height of over 4,500 m will be reached over the following days. Your climbing begins with an ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower. The surrounding vegetation becomes more sporadic as the landscape changes to an alpine desert. The route stretches through the sweeping Barranco Valley, with its lobelia and giant senecio plants, and in approximately 6 to 8 hours, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp, the most beautiful camp on the mountain.
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950 m) – Barafu Camp (4,680 m)
Distance Approximation: 9.4 km
Climbing time: 7 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
Today you will climb the “Barranco Wall”, where a steady hold will be needed. Luckily a helping hand is never far behind and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. You will make your way across the ridge, whilst enjoying wonderful views of the Kibo’s south glacier. In the Karanga Valley, you will stop for lunch, before embarking on another 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp. At the camp, you will enjoy a well-deserved break, evening meal and an early night.
Day 5: Barafu Camp (4,680 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp (3,100 m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Climbing time: 10-14 hours
Habitat: Arctic and Rain Forest
At around midnight, you will be awoken with a hot tea and light snack before you start your climb to Uhuru Peak. Ascending in the dark, with only a headlight to shine the way, you will climb the screes of Kibo, reaching Stella Point in about 5 to 7 hours. Walking along the crater ridge you will finally reach Uhuru Peak high above the clouds. On the “Roof of Africa” you will enjoy a 360° view over the surrounding landscape before starting your descent along the same route. Just before midday, you will arrive at Barufu Camp, where you will have a warm meal and relax before continuing another 1 to 3 hours to Mweka Camp. Here you will have your evening meal and sleep with the sights of Mount Kilimanjaro still fresh in your mind.
Day 6: Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Gate (1,640m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Climbing time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
The final day on the mountain is a short climbing. after breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew, you will start your final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 3 to 4 hours walk will once again take you through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjaro flower grows. Go slowly and enjoy the wonderful rainforest scenery as you head towards Mweka Gate. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to your Sal Salinero Hotel. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure, enjoy a long shower, jump in the pool or just relax at the bar.
There are hotels in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Area.
On this route, there are designated Campsites.
JRO Airport and Mt. transfer fees.
2 Nights Moshi accommodation at the Sal Salinero Hotel (3 Stars).
Quality climbing gears including Sleeping bag and walking poles.
Free Local Moshi City walking tour.
Professional mountain guide.
All national park fees (Campsites, Permits and Rescue fees).
Storage for excess unused staffs.
Fair Mountain crew Salaries.
3 Meals and purified mineral water.
International and local airfares.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Entry visa in Tanzania.
Private mountain gears.
Tips for guides, porters and cook and gratuities (high recommended).
Portable toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $70
Other Items of a personal nature and unspecified services.
All our hiking services start and end in Arusha / Moshi. The Kilimanjaro International Airport is about 40 miles from Arusha and receives daily KLM flights from Europe via Amsterdam and Nairobi in Kenya.
Please contact our booking team for more information, we will be very happy to hear from you.