Mt. Kilimanjaro Summit Hike

Mt. Kilimanjaro Summit Hike

Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level: Intermediate
  • Spoken languages: Swahili, English
  • Fitness level: Intermediate
  • Duration: from 7 days to 11 days
  • Cancellation policy: 
    strict1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Airport & Accommodation transfers included, alternatively guests can meet at Nature Bound Africa, Arusha, 1268, Tanzania
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Summit the roof of Africa on this ultimate altitude hike to Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Probably the most popular hike in the world, travel to the highest elevation in Africa on this endurance trek to 5,895 m.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its iconic snow-capped summit, Kilimanjaro is a superlative natural phenomenon, standing proud above the great plains of the savannah. Rise to the challenge and choose from one of 4 unique routes in the Eastern Rift Mountains, sharing the experience with local guides and stunning wildlife along the way!

Location
The highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in Kilimanjaro National Park near the town of Moshi in Northern Tanzania. This activity is run & operated using four distinct routes in Tanzania. All tours start from Arusha and include travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Activity
An experience that will take you from the wild plains of the African savannah to the permanent ice sheet of Uhuru Peak choose from one of four unique itineraries that will define the type of trek and the challenges you will face along the way. Travelling from the meeting point in Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park tours vary in days based on the difficulty of the route and the altitude difference by day.

The Rongai Route (7 days): The quietest route on the mountain.  It is the preferred route for those looking for a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through the rainforest before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. Rongai is a moderately difficult route and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

The Marangu Route (7 days): The oldest, most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodation in lieu of camping. Many prefer Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast with the ascent and descent along the same path.

The Machame Route ( 8 days): The most popular climbing route up Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route begins in the south-west of the mountain and proceeds steeply north over two days until attaining the edge of the Shira Plateau at 3900m. From here it drops 50 metres to Shira Camp where it joins the Lemosho and Shira Routes onwards to the summit. From Shira Camp, the view west over the jagged peaks forming the southern edge of the Shira Plateau is phenomenal at sunset. The Machame route is considered a difficult route and is better suited for those with some hiking or backpacking experience.

The Lemosho Route (11 days): Starting on the Western side of Kilimanjaro this ascent covers all of the most spectacular areas of Kilimanjaro. Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Lemosho comes highly recommended for total beginners.

Accommodation & Catering
Camping equipment is included in the price of this trip (unless you opt for Marangu which is hut-based). The trip is fully supported with spacious guest tents, mattress and pillow as well as a mess tent with lightweight tables and chairs and all cutlery. Trips also include a toilet tent in camp and most importantly knowledgeable professional guides that go through bi-annual training. A logistics team at the base monitors your trip from start to finish.

Conditions
There are two main trekking seasons on Mount Kilimanjaro – January-March and June-October. The former season is generally colder than the latter but is also often quieter. Summit success rates vary based on individual groups, therefore all itineraries have two summit goals on Mt. Kilimanjaro Gillman’s Point (5685m) or Uhuru Peak (5895m).

Fitness
Climbing Kilimanjaro is graded strenuous and you should be in good physical fitness. Two-month training to your departure date is recommended  - including multi-day trekking, extensive hill-walking or aerobic exercise in the run-up to your Kilimanjaro Climb.

Offers

1
The Rongai Route

Day 1: Welcome to Moshi, Tanzania

Day 2: Rongai Route Mt. Kilimanjaro Road
Rongai Gate (1950m) – 1st Caves camp (2600m)
Hiking time 5hrs

Day 3: Rongai Route Mt. Kilimanjaro Trail/Passage
1st Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m)
Hiking time 6 – 7hrsDay 4: Rongai Route Mt. Kilimanjaro Direction
Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)
Hiking time 3 – 4hrs

Day 5: Rongai Route Mt. Kilimanjaro Path/Trek
Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time 4 – 5hrs

Day 6: Rongai Route Mt. Kilimanjaro Course
Hans Meyer Cave (5150m) - Gillman’s point (5 681m)
Hiking time 14hrs

Day 7: Rongai Route Mt. Kilimanjaro Way – Moshi
Horombo hut (at 3720m) to Marangu Gate (at 1980m)
Hiking time 6hrs

Day 8: Moshi – transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Activity requirements

All participants must bring a medical certificate from their doctor dated within the last 3 months stating that they are allowed to practice this activity.

Do not forget to bring
  • Full Kit List Available on Booking
Sport level:Intermediate
Duration:8 days
Minimum Age:minimum 16 y/o
Meeting point:
Airport & Accommodation transfers included, alternatively guests can meet at Nature Bound Africa, Arusha, 1268, Tanzania
Included:
  • All mountain trekking fees
  • Certified and Experienced Mountain guides and Porter
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary – ( Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner )
  • Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off*
  • All Camping Equipment
Excluded:
  • Flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Airport customs entry visas (currently US$ 50 per person)
2
The Marangu Route

Day 1: Arusha – Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Gate
Hiking time 5h (12kms)

Day 2: Mandara Huts – Horombo Huts – Mandara hut (2700m) to Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time 6h Distance (15km)

Day 3: Horombo Huts – Zebra Rocks – Horombo Huts Acclimatization day

Day 4: Horombo Huts – Kibo Huts – Horombo hut (3720m) to the Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time 6h Distance (15km)

Day 5: Kibo Huts – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut – Summit Attempt Day
Hiking time 8h to Uhuru (6km ascent)

Day 6: Horombo Hut – 21kms descent
Hiking time 6h (27kms)

Day 7: Arusha – Departure Day
Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Activity requirements

All participants must bring a medical certificate from their doctor dated within the last 3 months stating that they are allowed to practice this activity.

Do not forget to bring
  • Full Kit List Available on Booking
Sport level:Intermediate
Duration:7 days
Minimum Age:minimum 16 y/o
Meeting point:
Airport & Accommodation transfers included, alternatively guests can meet at Nature Bound Africa, Arusha, 1268, Tanzania
Included:
  • All mountain trekking fees
  • Certified and Experienced Mountain guides and Porter
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary – ( Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner )
  • Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off*
  • Shared Dorm Accommodation
Excluded:
  • Flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Airport customs entry visas (currently US$ 50 per person)
3
The Machame Route

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Day 3: Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp
Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 6: Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Hut
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

Day 7: Mweka Camp -  Moshi – Transfer to Arusha
Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Day 8: Arusha – Departure Day
Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport 

Activity requirements

All participants must bring a medical certificate from their doctor dated within the last 3 months stating that they are allowed to practice this activity.

Do not forget to bring
  • Full Kit List Available on Booking
Sport level:Intermediate
Duration:8 days
Minimum Age:minimum 16 y/o
Meeting point:
Airport & Accommodation transfers included, alternatively guests can meet at Nature Bound Africa, Arusha, 1268, Tanzania
Included:
  • All mountain trekking fees
  • Certified and Experienced Mountain guides and Porter
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary – ( Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner )
  • Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off*
  • All Camping Equipment
Excluded:
  • Flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Airport customs entry visas (currently US$ 50 per person)
4
The Lemosho Route

DAY 1: Arusha
Overnight Out Post Lodge (dinner is included)

DAY 2: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

DAY 3: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time 5-6 hours

DAY 4: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Elevation: 11,500 ft to 12,500 ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

DAY 5: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

DAY 6: Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp
Elevation: 13,580 ft to 13,200 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

DAY 7: Buffalo Camp to Third Cave
Elevation: 13,200 ft to 12,700 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

DAY 8: Third Cave to School Hut
Elevation: 12,700 ft to 15,600 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

DAY 9: School Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,600 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

DAY 10: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

DAY 11: ARUSHA
Day room Outpost Lodge (breakfast – lunch)

Activity requirements

All participants must bring a medical certificate from their doctor dated within the last 3 months stating that they are allowed to practice this activity.

Do not forget to bring
  • Full Kit List Available on Booking
Sport level:Intermediate
Duration:11 days
Minimum Age:minimum 16 y/o
Meeting point:
Airport & Accommodation transfers included, alternatively guests can meet at Nature Bound Africa, Arusha, 1268, Tanzania
Included:
  • All mountain trekking fees
  • Certified and Experienced Mountain guides and Porter
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary – ( Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner )
  • Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off*
  • All Camping Equipment
Excluded:
  • Flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Airport customs entry visas (currently US$ 50 per person)

Meeting point

Airport & Accommodation transfers included, alternatively guests can meet at Nature Bound Africa, Arusha, 1268, Tanzania Get directions
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