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Mount Kilimanjaro stands almost 6000 meters above sea level. It is the highest peak of Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on Earth.Also known as the “Roof of Africa”, this colossal mountain is a part of the seven summits of the world, and hence, attracts numerous adventure seekers from around the globe to embark on a trek to the peak of Kilimanjaro. It is the highest mountain in the world that you can simply walk up. You need no ropes, no special climbing equipment, no previous experience. The trek up Kilimanjaro is probably the most popular high altitude trek in the world.
Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania
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The Crown of Africa is relatively easy to climb for both seasoned mountaineers and amateurs. For untrained legs, there is the Marangu Route, known as the Coca-Cola Route. This is because the Marangu is the only route with comfortable huts where food and water is provided. It offers great scenery beneath the glaciated precipices of the southern ice fields before summiting from the higher Barafu Camp. Camp along the route with support from local guides and porters. It paints pictures of terrific African terrain, rainforests, rocky highlands and massive moors. Expect hiking through lush rainforests and alpine deserts, across glaciers by day and sleeping closer to the stars than you ever dreamed possible by night.
Upon your arrival, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the foothills of Mount Kilimajaro in Marangu. After checking into the hotel here, you will be briefed about your trek.
(Overnight at Marangu)
After breakfast today, you will be transferred to the South Western side of Kilimanjaro, by road. You will get to the Machame Gate at the entrance to Mt Kilimanjaro National Park. We begin our walk around lunch time, starting with a pleasant stroll through the rainforest. In the forest you will get to spot many brightly coloured birds and different types of monkeys can be seen and heard.
We arrive around mid-afternoon at the Machame Huts, where we will camp for the day.
(Overnight at Machame Camp)
After breakfast today, we again st out on our trek up a steep ridge into moor land. As we ascend one can notice the vegetation to get more and more sparse. We will camp on the edge of Shira plateau, from where you get to see the amazing views of the snow-dusted Kibo peaks.
From Machame Camp to Shira Camp, we ascend to 3,840m, covering 12 km (approximately 5-7 hours)
(Overnight at Shira Camp)
Today after breakfast we will walk through many ups and downs as we traverse river valleys. As we ascend to the more rugged areas of the mountain, there are great views of the Kibo Massif and its magnificent surrounds. Once we reach the Barranco camp we will take some rest.
From Shira Camp to Barranco Camp, we ascend to 3,900m and cover 12 km (approximately 5-7 hours)
Today we will climb the Barranco Wall and then follow the Kibo South Circuit. If the weather is clear you can expect to have some magnificent views of Kibo’s southern glaciers. We arrive at our camp for the day at around lunch time. From the camp you can enjoy great views by the river in the Karanga Valley.
From Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp, we descend to 4,200m and cover 7 km (Approximately 4 hours).
(Overnight at Karanga Valley)
Today after breakfast, we head up to the intersection of the South Circuit and the Mweka route, where we will climb up a ridge to Barrafu Hut. We will arrive at Barrafu around lunchtime and have plenty of time to rest before the final summit attempt. We will begin our ascend to Uhuru Peak after midnight.
From Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp, we ascend to 4,600m and cover 3.5 km (approximately 4 hours)
(Overnight at Barafu Camp)
We wake up around midnight and after having some biscuits and hot tea/coffee, we begin our difficult ascent up to Stella Point. We will pass the giant Rebmann Glacier and will arrive at Stella Point right in time for the sunrise. We get to witness the glaciers glistening under the morning sun.
From Stella Point it is further a 1 hour hike along the rim of the crater to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. From the crater witness the views of the crater, the ice fields and the vast and distant East African plains below.
We return back to the Barafu Camp for an amazing lunch.
From Barafu Camp to the Uhuru Peak summit we ascend 1296m and cover 4 km (approximately 8 hours). The descend takes approximately 3 hours.
(Overnight at Barafu Camp)
Today we continue to descend the mountain, traversing alpine meadows and rainforests to the Mweka park gate. From Mweka Camp to the Mweka gate we trek for 10 km (approximately 3-4 hours) descending a total of 1,300m. Here after lunch we will go to check out the park and then will be transferred to our accommodation in Marunga for some much needed relaxation.
(Overnight at Marangu)
After breakfast today, you will be transferred to the airport, from where you can take the flight to your home.