Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro




Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: Africa Natural Tours
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8 Days Lemosho
The 8 days Lemosho gives access to Mount Kilimanjaro from the western part. The success rate for Mount Kilimanjaro trekking -8 days via Lemosho is from 91%. Sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles are recommended, this is among the secrets of successful climbers of Mountain Kilimanjaro in East Africa.


Day 0: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 20.00 pm or other time. After immigration and custom procedures you will meet with our representative who will drive you to Lodge for overnight.
Day 1: Moshi to Londorossi Park Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp
  • Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1
  • Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp
  • Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut
  • Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp
  • Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
  • Distance: 5km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit then Mweka Camp
  • 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 8: Mweka Camp to Moshi in your respective hotel
  • Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

6 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu route
The best Kilimanjaro trekking time is January – February & September. July to August can be colder and November to December can be wet. April/May are not recommended, January to March are the warmest months, almost clear of clouds each evening and morning. The success rates for 6 Days Kilimanjaro climbing via Marangu with our guides are outstanding compared to the overall success rates for all climbers who attempt to reach the top. Africa Natural Tours will ensure that you reach the peak by giving you experienced guides in Mount Kilimanjaro hiking. Warm clothes and walking poles are recommended as being among the secrets of successful climbers to mountain Kilimanjaro.
Day to day itinerary for 6 Days-Kilimanjaro climbing Marangu route

Day 1 : Kilimanjaro National Park Gate to Mandara Hut
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. In the rain-forest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys. 5,500 ft / 1,700 m to 9,000 ft / 2,740 m | 7 km | 4-5 hours | Montane Forest | Meals: Lunch and Dinner| Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut

Day 2 : Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude. 9,000 ft / 2,700 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m | 11 km | 6-8 hours

Day 3 : Horombo Hut | Visiting: Kilimanjaro. Rest day at Horombo Hut with optional hike by Mawenzi Peak.

Day 4 : Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut | Climbing: Kilimanjaro
Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.12, 100 ft / 3,700 m to 15,400 ft / 4,700 m | 10 km | 6-8 hours | Alpine Desert |
Day 5 : Kibo Camp to Summit then Horombo Hut | Climbing: Kilimanjaro
Early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Moving slowly (pole pole) and an optimistic attitude will get you there! 15,400 ft / 4,700 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m | 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m | 4 km up / 14 km down | 10-15 hours | Alpine Desert}.

Day 6 : Horombo Hut to Moshi | Climbing: Kilimanjaro to Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. 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).
Our driver will meet you at Marangu village/gate and drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Now it is time for celebration! This will come after a nice climb for 6 days to Kilimanjaro Mountain via Marangu with the best Kilimanjaro trekking tour operators from Africa Natural Tours and Safaris.
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 Mount Kilimanjaro climb via Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro: 6 days 5 nights
Arrival Day:
Arrive at the Airport/Bus stop/office to the hotel in Arusha/Moshi for your overnight and briefing by our mountain guide

Day 1: Moshi/Arusha to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp
Elevation(m): 915m/1387m to 1,800 m 2,800 m
Elevation(ft): 3,000 ft/4921ft to 5,905 ft to 9,190 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and an hour drive from Moshi/Arusha to Umbwe Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters pack your equipment and supplies, and give you a lunch pack. You start your ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. The introduction is over, and you now climb up for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. In places, you must scamper up steep sections of roots and rock. The Umbwe Camp is in the forest, and there are some caves nearby. You will be greeted here with a graciously served hot meal

Day 2: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp
Elevation (m): 2,800 m to 3,900 m
Elevation (ft): 9,190 ft to 2,800 ft
Distance: 8 km,
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat : Semi-Desert

Your day starts early with a steaming cup of tea coffee. After breakfast, you will climb steeply through thinning forest glades to Giant Erica, Heather, and drier air. You continue up a ridge that drops steeply on both sides, and hopefully, the clouds will part to reward you with a view of Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, you enter a zone of giant groundsels (Seneci Kilimanjari) that seem to guard the heights, and this garden is one of Kilimanjaro’s special treasures.

Day 3: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation(m): 3,900 m to 4,200 m
Elevation (ft):12,800 ft to 13,780 ft
Distance: 7 km,
Hiking time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring. This short day is very important for your acclimatization, since your summit push is about to start.

Day 4: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (m): 4,200 m to 4,550 m
Elevation (ft): 13,780 ft to 14,930 ft
Distance: 13 km,
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Deser

In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through asparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 5: Summit Day! Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation (m): 4,550 m to 5,895 m to 3,100 m
Elevation(ft):14,930 ft to 19,340 ft to 10,170 ft
Distance: 7 km up, 23 km down
Hiking Time: 8 hours up, 7-8 hours down
Habitat: Scree and seasonal snow

You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see asupremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon.
 
Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi/Arusha

Elevation(m): 3,100 m to 1,980m to890m/1387m
Elevation(ft): 10,170 ft to 6,500m to 2,920 ft/4921ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours


RONGAI ROUTE 6DAYS/5NIGHTS ROUTE
DAY0 This might be your arrival day in Tanzania, our driver will pick you from the airport preferred Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive you 45minutes to the hotel for overnight.
DAY1: Rongai Gate (1950m) - Rongai Cave c0amp (2830m) Depart from your hotel in the morning after breakfast and drive to Marangu gate for registration. We transfer by road to Nale Moru (1,950m) to begin our climb on this unspoilt wilderness route. The first day is only a half-day walk on a small path that winds through farmland and pine plantations. It is a consistent but gentle climb through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. We reach our first overnight stop by late afternoon at the edge of the moorland zone Walking Distance: 4hrs, 7km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 2:Rongai Cave (2830m) – 2nd Cave (3450m) – Kikelelwa cave(3600m) The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some.
Walking distance: 6-8hrs, 11km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
DAY 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600) - Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area. Walking Distance: 4-5, 6km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
DAY 4: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) - Kibo hut (4703m) Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Walking Distance: 4-5hrs, 6km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
DAY 5: (Summit Attempt) Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut
(3720m)
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it.

 Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and wellearned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions. Walking distance: 6 kms ascent, 21 kms descent Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
DAY6: Horombo hut (at 3720m) to Marangu Gate (at 1980m) After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. View more Mt Kilimanjaro tips. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.
 Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Walking distance: 5-7, 20km
Overnight:  Hotel
BB Included
 
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