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. 

ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

 Climbing days: 6 Days to 7 Days
 Difficulty Level: Very High
 Traffic Level: High 
 Scenery: Excellent

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ITINERARY FOR 7 DAYS CLIMBING

Welcome to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be met by our representative and transported to Sal Salinero Moshi for Overnight.

Day 1: Machame Gate (1,800m) – Machame Camp (3,000m)
Distance Approximation: 11 km
Climbing time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the Kilimanjaro National park gate. After completion of all the necessary paperwork, your adventure commences. Your destination for today is the Machame Camp, a 5 to 7 hours climbing. Soon you will be climbing through the lush rainforest with its large ancient trees, primaeval ferns and endemic flowers, like the Impatiens Kilimanjaro. You might also spot black and white thumbless colobus monkeys, peeking through the leaves. Reaching the campsite, you will have time to relax, stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty meal, before snuggling into your tent for the night.


Day 2: Machame Camp (3,000m) – Shira Camp (3,840m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Climbing time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Today’s early start is not due to a long stretch, but rather to allow you to reach Shira Camp at around mid-afternoon. As you walk you will notice the dramatic change in the landscape – from lush and green rainforest to dry moor and heathland. Arriving at your campsite a beautiful view of the mountain range opens up before you. The glaciers of Kibo glistens in the golden hue of the setting sun as you enjoy another lovingly cooked meal before climbing into your tent.


Day 3: Shira Camp (3,840m) – Lava Tower Hut (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,950m)
Distance Approximately 10.7 km
Climbing time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Acclimatization is on today’s menu, where you will climb roughly 700 m, but sleep on a level not much higher than the previous night. Starting at Shira Plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower, where you will rest a while, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The climb will take approximately 6 to 8 hours, but the various distractions of the alpine desert, as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant senecio’s, will keep your mind off the stretch still ahead. A well-deserved dinner and overnight await you at Barranco Camp.


Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950m) – Karanga Camp (4,200m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Climbing time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary and your guide will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allow for 

further acclimatization, before reaching the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. Your climbing will take between 4 – 5 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy. Evening meal and overnight at Karanga Camp.


Day 5: Karanga Camp (4,200m) – Barafu Camp (4,680m)
Distance Approximation: 4 km/2 miles
Climbing time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Awakening to the sunlight dancing off the Kibo Summit, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to today’s destination Barafu Camp. Most of the day will be spent walking through very dry desertic terrain, with Kibo ever present on your left side. After 4 to 5 hours you will reach Barafu Camp, where you will have an early dinner and overnight as the highlight of your trip is only a few short hours away.


Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,680m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,100m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Climbing time: 10-14 hours
Habitat: Arctic and Rain Forest
At around midnight you will be awoken by your guide with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point, reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 3 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around you. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where your team awaits you with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed you will make your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa.


Day 7: 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.

ACCOMMODATION
Before/After climbing:
There are hotels in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Area.

Mountain area:
On this route, there are designated Campsites.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

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Inclusive of:
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.

Exclusive of:
International and local airfares.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Entry visa in Tanzania.
Laundry.
Private mountain gears.
Travel insurance.
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.