Mt Kilimanjaro 5895m / 19,341ft 

£1,999 Full Service

Introduction  

Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest freestanding mountain in the world standing at 5895m.

Kilimanjaro is a very achievable prospect for anyone who has a good level of fitness and a hunger for a challenge. We use the Machame Route located in the southern base of the mountain and allow 7 days for the route, which offers the best chance for acclimatisation.

On the mountain you will encounter some incredible landscapes and return with memories that will last a lifetime so why not give us a call and discuss with one of our team who have great first hand experience. We’ve been working on the mountain for over 1o years now!

Our Standard 7 Day Machame Trek Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town. Here you will meet with our local staff who will brief you on your upcoming trek and along with your expedition leader will do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear.

Day 2: Machame Gate – Machame Camp > Trek approx. 18km / 5-7 hrs.

One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path isn’t as well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. Night camp: Machame Camp (3100m).

Day 3: Machame Camp – Shira Caves > Trek approx. 9km / 4-6 hrs.

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance. Night camp: Shira Camp (3840m).

Day 4: Shira Caves – Barranco Hut > Trek approx. 15km / 8-10 hrs.

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp at Barranco Hut (3900m), a tin shack where we pitch our tents. The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude. Night camp: Barranco Hut

 Day 5: Barranco Hut – Karanga Camp > Trek approx. 5-7 hours / 10km

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night. After this point our water supply will be strictly limited to drinking until we descend. Night camp: Karanga (3963m).

Day 6: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp > Trek approx. 4-5 hours / 8km

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4600m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit. Night camp: Barafu (4600m)

 Day 7: Barafu Camp – Summit – Millennium Camp > Trek approx. 20km (7km climb); 10 – 12 hrs.

We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting while it’s dark, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi – Kilimanjaro’s secondary but more technical peak – and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5896m); Uhuru means freedom in Swahili.

We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to camp for a long well earned rest. On our descent we have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi. Night camp: Millennium Camp (3720m).

Day 8: Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi > Trek approx. 10km; 5 hrs.

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration.

Day 9: Rest Day

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Lounge by the pool, take a coffee tour or visit the local town of Moshi.

Day 10: Depart Tanzania

After breakfast we begin the journey home.

What the price includes –

  • Group information evenings
  • Team training days in the local hills
  • Accommodation throughout
  • C2SummitAdventures Expedition Leader (groups of 6 or more)
  • All camping facilities and meals during the trek
  • All porterage costs
  • Airport transfers
  • National Park fees & Permits
  • Comprehensive information booklet & kit list upon booking
  • Fantastic kit deals through our clothing partner Montane
  • Telephone/email assistance throughout

Whats the price does not include – 

  • Visa fees
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Flights (we’ve a great partnership with a local agent who we’ll gladly put you in contact with. Flights usually around £450)
  • Porters Tips
  • Optional trips, Safari or Zanzibar

Additional Notes 

This trip is great for charities and groups who want to achieve this feat together. We can offer bespoke dates and run tailor made itineraries. Trips with 2 – 5 people will be led by our experienced local guides. Groups with 6 or more will be accompanied with a C2SummitAdventures Expedition Leader. As mentioned above, we’ve been operating on Kilimanjaro for the past 10+ years. Our leaders have multiple ascents of the mountain, please feel free to get in contact to discuss this trip further.

*Safari / Zanzibar Extension Available*

 

Mount Meru 4566m / 14,968ft 

£1,100 Full Service 

Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and the fifth highest in Africa. Your ascent involves hiking through grassland and forest on the mountain’s lower slopes where you can see animals grazing. Higher, you hike and scramble along the breathtaking crater rim to the summit. Aside from being a rewarding and picturesque trek in its own right, Meru is also great acclimatization for a Kilimanjaro climb.

*Safari / Zanzibar Extension Available*

Please give us a call or email and one of our team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have as well as discussing in more detail what each trip entails.

All of our treks come with comprehensive instructions and an equipment list upon booking.  

Please note these treks are subject to numbers & are a ‘Land Only’ price, we have a really good partnership with a flights agent who we’ll gladly put you in touch with. This we feel gives you the greatest flexibility on your adventure & has really suited our past clients in planning a safari or going to Zanzibar for a few days after their trek. 

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