Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport
(or from any other place).
We'll meet for an introductory briefing upon our arrival in Arusha,
before transferring to the Hotel Arusha Backpackers for the evening.
|Day 2: Kilimanjaro Climb
- Arusha to Machame Camp.
At 7:30 a.m., we'll transfer to the Machame Park Gate (5,950
ft./ 1,815 mt.). After registering with the park authority,
we'll begin our climb through the lush forest. Trekkers will
likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and many
even see black & white colobus monkeys and sykes monkeys
as they hike along the knotted roots and mud on the forest floor.
|We'll continue on to some heath
land before reaching our overnight camp at Machame Camp (9,850
feet, 6-7 hours of walking), just above the forest zone. The
trek is quite long, thus not steep.
Day 3: Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame Camp
to Shira Camp.
Today's segment of the ascent will continue across beautiful heath
land and alpine moorland with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro Peak.
We begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses,
and trees of Giant Heather and Erica. Scramble around large boulders
as you enter the moorland zone, marked by lobelia and senecio plants,
and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards, which protect wild
alpine flowers growing at their bases. We'll overnight at Shira
Camp (12,600 feet, 5-6 hours of walking).
||Day 4: Kilimanjaro Climb
- Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
We'll draw nearer the peak as we get closer to the Lava Tower.
The trek becomes a bit more strenuous as the trail steepens
on the approach to the lava Tower, a 300 foot tall volcanic
plug which marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet.
|In the afternoon, descend the
steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is
set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides with steep
valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint
in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants
such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the
uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia.Then we slowly ascent to our
overnight stop at Barranco Camp (12,950 feet, 5-6 hours of walking).
This day and the following day will be your acclimatisation
Day 5: Kilimanjaro Climb - Barranco Camp
to Karanga Valley Camp
The day will begin with a descent into the Gorge, before we climb
its eastern wall where we will enjoy views of Kilimanjaro's ice
fields, an equatorial anomaly. We will continue trekking until we
reach our camp in Karanga Valley (13,900 feet, 4-5 hours of walking).
|Day 6: Kilimanjaro Climb
- Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp
We'll trek up through the Karanga Valley, the trail turns steadily
uphill, following the lava ridge to the Barafu camp. The temperature
will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu
Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a
|small, exposed flat area on a
ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit
attempt at midnight tonight. Barafu camp (15,200 feet, 6-7 hours
Day 7: Kilimanjaro Climb - Barafu Camp
to Summit to Mweka Camp
Just after midnight we start of a challenging trek(12-17 hours of
trekking). You begin trekking at 12:30 to 1am, passing between the
Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. The temperatures
range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F
(-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the
summit. As dawn nears, we'll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point
in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the culmination of - and
the reward for - 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. We'll then descend
back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while before continuing our descent
to Mweka Camp (9,840 feet, 3-4 hours of walking on the descent).
Day 8: Kilimanjaro Climb - Mweka Camp to
Park Gate, transfer to Arusha
We'll make our final descent to the park gate, a walk of about 3
or 4 hours. After bidding our farewells to our guide and porters,
we'll drive to Arusha.
One may choose 6days/5nights on Kilimanjaro, without an extra day
for acclimatization at Karanga Valley.
Tanzania - best time to climb, precautions, checklist, medicine,
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