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Get to know Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m)

About Kilimanjaro National Park Size: 755 sq km (292 sq miles). Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.

Getting there 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha. About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.

What to do Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes. Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches. Trout fishing. Visit the beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.

When to go Clearest and warmest conditions from December to February, but also dry (and colder) from July-September.

Accommodation Huts and campsites on the mountain.




Itinerary Arrive in Arusha and transfer to your lodge In preparation for the climb ahead, acclimatize as you walk through Arusha National Park. Situated between the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, this scenic park houses a wide range of habitats, from its string of crater lakes populated by waterfowl, to its highland montage forest and imposing summit views. The forest harbors a wealth of wildlife, including frolicking black-and-white colobus monkeys and regal bush bucks, sometimes glimpsed in the glades between the ancient cedar trees. This evening, sit down to a welcome dinner with fellow guests.Meals: B L D

Photo of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Rombo, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania by ExpectinAfrica
Day 1

Mount Kilimanjaro | 10,000 feetAvailable Accommodation: Machame CampDrive from Arusha to the Machame village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to begin your climb. Hike for about six hours through dense rubber tree and giant fig forests to your camp, set up near huts once used for shelter on the mountain. As you make your way up through the forested terrain, keep an eye out for elephants. Settle in to your first camp, poised at an altitude of 10,000 feet.Meals: B L D

Photo of Machame Gate, Hai, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania by ExpectinAfrica
Day 2

Mount Kilimanjaro | 12,500 feetAvailable Accommodation: Shira CampWake early to a piping-hot cup of coffee or tea. As you leave camp, absorb the commanding view of Uhuru Peak. Trek out of the forest up to the Hagenia zone, through a savanna of tall grasses and haunting volcanic lava landscapes. After a six-hour hike, arrive at the Shira Plateau and your camp. At 12,500 feet, it boasts sweeping views across the Masai Steppe to distant Mount Meru and the Shira Needles.Meals: B, L, D

Photo of Shira Camp, Hai, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania by ExpectinAfrica
Day 3

Mount Kilimanjaro | 13,000 feetAvailable Accommodation: Barranco CampDuring a six-hour hike, skirt the Shira Plateau toward the Kibo Massif, continuing upward to the pass at Lava Tower (15,000 feet). Descend toward Barranco Camp through the immense, waterfall-punctuated Grand Barranco canyon, which is fed by streams from the Umbwe River. Today’s camp is situated at an elevation of 13,000 feet.Meals: B L D

Photo of Barranco Camp, Rombo, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania by ExpectinAfrica
Day 4

Mount Kilimanjaro | Acclimatization DayAvailable Accommodation: Karanga Camp Hike for about four hours along the Barranco Cliff with no increase in elevation. This allows you time to rest and adjust to the increasingly higher altitudes. In the afternoon, you may hike in the Karanga Valley set beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Decken and Kersten glaciers.Meals: B L D

Photo of Karanga Camp, Rombo, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania by ExpectinAfrica
Day 5

Mount Kilimanjaro | Preparing for the SummitAvailable Accommodation: Barafu Camp Take another short, four- to five-hour trek and a day of acclimatization as you near the mountain’s peak, stopping at Barafu Camp (15,200 feet) on a moraine, with views of majestic Mawenzi Peak to the right and looming Kibo Peak overhead. The surrounding, scenic alpine desert terrain is largely mineral and features some lichens and moss. Turn in early this evening — tomorrow, you make an early start for the summit.Meals: B L D

Photo of Barafu Camp, Rombo, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania by ExpectinAfrica
Day 6

Mount Kilimanjaro | Summit DayAvailable Accommodation: Mweka Camp Rise very early to a hot cup of coffee or tea, then begin the final ascent to soaring Stella Point, at 18,630 feet on the rim of Kibo Crater. Make your way up a winding path flanked by the towering Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers. As the sun rises, continue around the rim to Uhuru Peak (19,341 feet), where the air is rarefied. Should all go as planned, you will stand at the highest point in Africa in about seven hours’ time. Savor your achievement, and then descend to your last campsite (10,200 feet). Trek for about 13 hours today.Meals: B L D

Photo of Kibo, Rombo, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania by ExpectinAfrica
Day 7

Depart ArushaAvailable Accommodation: Continue your descent to the base of the mountain, where your driver greets and transports you back to Arusha. During a farewell lunch, enjoy basking in your accomplishments with fellow guests. Comfortable day rooms are provided until your departure flight.Meals: B L

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