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    Mount Kilimanjaro

    Mount Kilimanjaro is the world's largest freestanding mountain and Africa's highest peak at 5,895 meters. 

    Mount Kilimanjaro consists of three volcanic cones, Kibo (5,895 meters), Mawenzi (5,149 meters) and Shira (3,962 meters), and lies inside Kilimanjaro National Park, a World Heritage site that covers an area of 753 square kilometers. The mountain itself straddles the border with Kenya, but the peak is entirely within Tanzania and the mountain can only be climbed from Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in the world that can be climbed without specialized equipment and experience. 

    There are five vegetation zones on Kilimanjaro: cultivated lower elevations; montane forest; moorland; alpine desert; and the barren arctic summit zone. Some wildlife may be seen in the forests of Kilimanjaro.  

    We organize climbs on Kilimanjaro via several routes including: Machame; Lemosho/Shira; Rongai; Umbwe; and the Northern Route. Duma does not currently book trips that ascend via the Western Breach due to the ongoing danger of rock falls. It is still possible to overnight at Crater Camp via a Barafu Camp ascent.

    Climbing Routes

    All of Kilimanjaro's climbing routes originate on the Tanzanian side of the mountain. The Western routes are thought to be the most scenic and most of our climbs ascend via the Lemosho (8 days) and Machame (7 days) trails. The Lemosho, Rongai and Umbwe Routes are the least crowded while Machame (Whiskey Route) and Marangu (Coca-cola Route) are the most popular. Lemosho, Machame and Umbwe descend via the Mweka Trail while Rongai and Marangu descend via the Marangu Trail. Longer climbs have the highest success rates and we recommend taking a minimum of 6 days to climb Kilimanjaro. 

    For those who want to spend a few days around the Kilimanjaro area prior to hiking the mountain, we recommend staying at Mt Kilimanjaro View Lodge or Ndarakwai Ranch. Both areas offer cultural tours, walking and day hikes. Game drives are possible from Ndarakwai Ranch.

    UMBWE (CAMPING)

    THE UMBWE ROUTE IS THOUGHT TO BE THE MOST DIFFICULT WAY TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO. THE TRAIL FROM UMBWE GATE TO BARRANCO CAMP IS EXTREMELY STEEP AND THE ROUTE IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR INEXPERIENCED HIKERS.

    Advantages

    - Steep climb for those wanting a challenge

    - Fewer climbers

    Disadvantages

    - Steep and unsuitable for inexperienced hikers
    - The trailhead may be inaccessible during the wet season

    Suggested itineraries

    Umbwe Route (6 Days)

    Day One: Umbwe Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Cave Bivouac Camp (2,850m/9,350ft)

    Elevation Gain:1,050 meters, 3,445 feet

    Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours

     

    At 8am leave Arusha for Umbwe Gate where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The drive through coffee farms and villages to Umbwe Gate takes about 2 hours. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Your first day’s destination is Cave Bivouac Camp, approximately 6 hours from the gate. The trail is steep and can be slippery in some places.

     

    Hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin later in the hike and heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers will come into view. Porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival.   

     
    Day Two: Cave Bivouac (2,850m/9,350ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)

    Total Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters, 3,610 feet

    Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours

     

    The first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, continue through open moorlands until reaching Barranco Camp. Barranco is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it’s surrounded by giant senecios and lobelias. As Barranco is in a valley, the sun rises later than at the other camps.

     
    Day Three: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)

    Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet

    Distance: 7 Kilometers

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours 

     

    Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley. 

     
    Day Four: Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

    Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet

    Distance: 6 Kilometers

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours 

     

    After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike.   

     
    Day Five: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

    Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet

    Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet

    Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka 

     

    Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point. 

     

    The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers. 

     

    At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

     
    Day Six: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

    Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet

    Hiking time: 4 hours 

     

    After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha.


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    RONGAI (CAMPING)

    THE RONGAI ROUTE STARTS NEAR THE HOLILI BORDER WITH KENYA. THIS ROUTE IS RECOMMENDED FOR CLIMBERS WANTING TO HIKE ACROSS THE SADDLE. RONGAI IS ONE OF THE LEAST CROWDED CLIMBING ROUTES ON KILIMANJARO. DUMA RECOMMENDS A 6 OR 7-DAY CLIMB OF RONGAI.

    Advantages

    - Remote, eastern route 
    - Fewer climbers 
    - Ideal during rainy season 
    - Possibility to see wildlife

    Disadvantages

    - Remote, eastern route 
    - Fewer climbers 
    - Ideal during rainy season 
    - Possibility to see wildlife

    Suggested itineraries

    Rongai Route (7 days)

    Day One: Rongai Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,000 feet

    Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours

     

    After an early breakfast in Arusha, drive for about 5 hours to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. First hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.

     

    The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.

     
    Day Two: First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) to Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters, 3,280 feet

    Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours

     

    Hike through Kilimanjaro's moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During the hike, view Mawenzi Peak ahead.

     
    Day Three: Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,390 feet

    Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours

     

    This more leisurely acclimatization day starts with a morning hike followed by a rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.

     
    Day Four: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

    Day four is an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. We advise hiking a bit higher this day before returning to Mawenzi Tarn in the afternoon. 

     
    Day Five: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 420 meters/1380 feet

    Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours

     

    Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle on this day to arrive at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you stunning uninterrupted views of your final destination. 

     
    Day Six: Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet 

    Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,140 feet

    Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1.5 hours to Uhuru, 4 hours to Kibo, 4 hours to Horombo

     

    Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Hike by the light of your flashlight for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point. 

     

    The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes about two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut. 

     
    Day Seven: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) 

    Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet

    Hiking time: 6 – 8 hours

     

    After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Arusha. You can purchase t-shirts and sodas at the gate.


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    Rongai Route (6 days)

    Day One: Rongai Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,000 feet

    Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours

     

    After an early breakfast in Arusha, drive for about 5 hours to the Rongai Gate near the Kenya border. After registering at the gate, begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. First hike through forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite. Rongai ascends via the less forested northern side of the mountain.

     

    The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro because of the long drive to the gate. The Rongai trail is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife.

     
    Day Two: First Cave Camp (2,600m/8,400ft) to Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters, 3,280 feet

    Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours

     

    Hike through Kilimanjaro's moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. During the hike, view Mawenzi Peak ahead.

     
    Day Three: Kikelewa Camp (3,600m/11,810ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,390 feet

    Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours

     

    This more leisurely acclimatization day starts with a morning hike followed by a rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo.

     
    Day Four: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,200ft) to Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 420 meters/1380 feet

    Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours

     

    Cross the lunar landscape of the saddle before arriving at the final campsite. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone and offers uninterrupted views of your final destination.

     
    Day Five: Kibo Camp (4,750m/15,580ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet 

    Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,140 feet

    Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1.5 hours to Uhuru, 4 hours to Kibo, 4 hours to Horombo

     

    Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Hike by the light of your flashlight for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.

     

    The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes about two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

     
    Day Six: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) 

    Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet

    Hiking time: 6 – 8 hours

     

    After breakfast, complete your trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Arusha. You can purchase t-shirts and sodas at the gate.

     


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    LEMOSHO (CAMPING)

    LEMOSHO IS USUALLY CLIMBED IN 7, 8 OR 9 DAYS. CRATER CAMP CAN BE INCLUDED IN 8 OR 9 DAY CLIMBS. WE DO NOT ARRANGE TREKS VIA THE WESTERN BREACH. INSTEAD, CRATER CAMP ASCENTS ARE VIA BARAFU CAMP.


    Advantages

    - Scenic, western ascent 
    - Fewer climbers 
    - Beautiful views of Kilimanjaro 
    - Crosses the scenic Shira Plateau 
    - Longer climb allowing for greater acclimatization (8 day climb recommended) 
    - High success rates 
    - Possibility to see wildlife

    Disadvantages

    - More expensive as there are additional fees and it is a longer ride to the trailhead
    - May not be possible to access the trailhead during the wet season

    Suggested itineraries

    Lemosho/Shira Route via Crater Camp (9 days)

     This hike can also be done in 8 days, skipping Karanga Camp

     

    Day One: Londorossi Gate (2,100m/6,890ft) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m/9,023ft)

    Elevation Gain:650 meters, 2,133 feet
    Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

     

    Lemosho is ideal for climbers seeking a more intimate hiking experience. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on day four, the first three days on the mountain are relatively quiet with few other trekking groups on the trail. On the first day, arrive at Londorossi Gate at about 12pm. Spend about an hour at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Please note that the arrival time at the gate may vary depending on road conditions.

     

    After registering at the gate, drive to the trailhead and enjoy a picnic lunch before starting the trek to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp. Pass through the rain forests of Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. Arrive at the campsite in the late afternoon and relax for the rest of the day.

     

    Day Two: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m/9,023ft) to Shira 1 Camp (3,480m/11,420ft)

    Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,397 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

     

    Hike through the forest en route to Kilimanjaro’s moorland and enjoy the stunning variety of beautiful wildflowers. As the trail flattens out, take in your first views of Kibo peak. After lunch climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled up the Shira crater. Stop at Shira 1 Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day.

     
    Day Three: Shira I (3,480m/11,420ft) to Shira II Camp (3,860m/12,600ft)

    Elevation Gain: 380 meters, 1,180 feet

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

     

    This is an acclimatization day that allows you to take day hikes that explore the Shira Plateau. Look to the west at sunset and you may catch a glimpse of the twin eruptions from the craters of Ol Donyio Lengai (The Mountain of God), an active volcano 100 kilometers distant.

     
    Day Four: Shira II Camp (3,860m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)

    Total Elevation Gain: 810 meters, 2,660 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

     

    Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization.

     

    After breakfast, continue east on the Shira Plateau for two hours before reaching the junction for the Machame Route. Continue through the barren landscape for another thirty minutes before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. From the high point see the Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting from the mountainside. Optional detour via Lava Tower.

     

    The descent to Barranco Camp will take you through a valley that is home to many unusual plants including the Senecio Kilimanjari. Barranco Camp is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the route. It is set in a canyon among forests of Senecio Kilimanjai beneath the Heim glacier. From the campsite, enjoy magnificent views of Mount Meru, Heim Glacier, Kibo’s southern face and the imposing Barranco Wall.

     
    Day Five: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)

    Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

     

    Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with an hour-and-a-half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley. Karanga Camp is located on the ridge above the river valley.

     
    Day Six: Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

    Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

     

    After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During the hike you will pass the Heim, Kersten and Decken glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, there are stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks along the way. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will need to wake before midnight to start your summit ascent.

     
    Day Seven: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Crater Camp (5,715m/18,750ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 1,115 meters, 3,650 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

     

    Due to the steep ascent at high altitude, this is the most challenging day of the ascent. Leave Barafu Camp early in the morning to begin your hike to the top of Kibo Crater. It is important to remember to snack during the ascent to keep up your energy. You will likely lose your appetite during the hike and begin to feel new effects of altitude sickness.

     

    After ascending Kibo's wall, hike to Crater Camp, the highest camp on Kilimanjaro. The camp is located inside Kilimanjaro's Kibo crater, and offers stunning views of the surrounding glaciers. Some climbers choose to summit in the afternoon instead of the following morning. 

     
    Day Eight: Crater Camp (5,715m/18,750ft) to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 180 meters, 590 feet 

    Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet

    Hiking time: 1 hour to summit, 3 to 4 hours to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka

     

    At dawn, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The hike to the summit is slow, taking up to two hours to gain 180 meters. Reach Uhuru around 8am and take photos at the roof of Africa. Descend to Barafu Camp where you'll eat brunch. At 1pm continue to Mweka Camp, your final camp on Kilimanjaro. 

     
    Day Nine: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

    Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet

    Hiking time: 4 hours

     

    After breakfast, complete the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent as the trail can be slippery.Our vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha. You can buy t-shirts, souvenirs and sodas at the gate. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the gate before departing the mountain.

     


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    Lemosho/Shira Route (8 days) – Duma's most popular climb along with the 7 day Machame trek

    The 7 day Lemosho climb skips Karanga Camp

     
    Day One: Londorossi Gate (2,100m/6,890ft) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m/9,023ft)

    Elevation Gain:650 meters, 2,133 feet

    Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

     

    Lemosho is ideal for climbers seeking a more intimate hiking experience. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on day four, the first three days on the mountain are relatively quiet with few other trekking groups on the trail. 

     

    On the first day, arrive at Londorossi Gate at about 12pm. Spend about an hour at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Please note that the arrival time at the gate may vary depending on road conditions. After registering at the gate, drive to the trailhead and enjoy a picnic lunch before starting the trek to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp. Pass through the rain forests of Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. Arrive at the campsite in the late afternoon and relax for the rest of the day. 

     
    Day Two: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m/9,023ft) to Shira 1 Camp (3,480m/11,420ft)

    Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,397 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

     

    Hike through the forest en route to Kilimanjaro’s moorland and enjoy the stunning variety of beautiful wildflowers. As the trail flattens out, take in your first views of Kibo peak. After lunch climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled up the Shira crater. Stop at Shira 1 Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day. 

     
    Day Three: Shira I (3,480m/11,420ft) to Shira II Camp (3,860m/12,600ft)

    Elevation Gain: 380 meters, 1,180 feet

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

     

    This is an acclimatization day that allows you to take day hikes that explore the Shira Plateau. Look to the west at sunset and you may catch a glimpse of the twin eruptions from the craters of Ol Donyio Lengai (The Mountain of God), an active volcano 100 kilometers distant.

     
    Day Four: Shira II Camp (3,860m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)

    Total Elevation Gain: 810 meters, 2,660 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

     

    Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization.

     

    After breakfast, continue east on the Shira Plateau for two hours before reaching the junction for the Machame Route. Continue through the barren landscape for another thirty minutes before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. From the high point see the Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting from the mountainside. Optional detour via Lava Tower.

     

    The descent to Barranco Camp will take you through a valley that is home to many unusual plants including the Senecio Kilimanjari. Barranco Camp is widely considered to be the most scenic campsite on the route. It is set in a canyon among forests of Senecio Kilimanjai beneath the Heim glacier. From the campsite, enjoy magnificent views of Mount Meru, Heim Glacier, Kibo’s southern face and the imposing Barranco Wall.

     
    Day Five: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)

    Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

     

    Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with an hour-and-a-half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley. Karanga Camp is located on the ridge above the river valley. 

     
    Day Six: Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

    Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

     

    After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During the hike you will pass the Heim, Kersten and Decken glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, there are stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks along the way. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will need to wake before midnight to start your summit ascent.  

     
    Day Seven: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

    Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet

    Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet

    Hiking time: 6 hours to Crater rim, 1 hour to summit, 3 to 4 hours to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka

     

    Due to the steep ascent at high altitude, this is the most challenging day of the ascent. Leave Barafu Camp early in the morning to begin your hike to the top of Kibo Crater. It is important to remember to snack during the ascent to keep your energy up. You will likely lose your appetite during the hike and begin to feel new effects of altitude sickness. Reach Stella Point shortly before or at sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The hike to the summit is slow, and will take approximately 1 hour from Stella Point.  

     

    After reaching the summit, descend to Barafu Camp for a rest and brunch. Around 1pm, descend to Mweka Camp. Reach Mweka Camp at approximately 6pm. 

     
    Day Eight: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

    Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet

    Hiking time: 4 hours

     

    After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the decent as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts, souvenirs and sodas at the gate. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the gate before departing the mountain.


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    MACHAME (CAMPING)

    ALONG WITH THE LEMOSHO 8 DAY CLIMB, THE MACHAME 7 DAY TREK IS OUR MOST POPULAR CLIMB. ACCESS TO THE TRAILHEAD IS EASY AND THE CLIMB IS EXTREMELY SCENIC. BARRANCO CAMP, MACHAME'S THIRD CAMPSITE, IS A FAVORITE AMONG OUR MOUNTAIN STAFF.

    Advantages

    - Scenic, western ascent 
    - Least expensive camping route 
    - Varied scenery 
    - Easy access to trailhead

    Disadvantages

    - Most popular camping route

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    Machame Route (6 days)

    Day One: Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

    Elevation Gain:1,200 meters, 3,935 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours

     

    At 9am, leave Arusha for Machame Gate, where you will meet our porters, guides and cooks that will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The drive through coffee farms and villages to Machame Gate takes about 1.5 hours. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations.

     

    Hike to Machame Camp via the mystical, moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. As the forest thins later in the hike, take in the heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers. If the weather is clear, enjoy the striking views of your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak. Our porters and cooks will go ahead and prepare the campsite before you arrive.

     
    Day Two: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)

    Elevation Gain:840 meters, 2,760 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

     

    Today’s trek includes several uphill sections so carry plenty of drinking water as it can be hot hiking on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which to view the plains and forests below, and the commanding Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above.

     

    Notice the change in vegetation as you gain altitude. The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro’s famous high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia deckenii. After lunch, climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled the Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp and relax for the rest of the day. Kibo lies to the west and Mount Meru to the east.

     
    Day Three: Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)

    Total Elevation Gain: 690 meters, 2,264 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

     

    Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization.

     

    After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside.

     
    Day Four: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

    Elevation Gain: 650 meters, 2,140 feet

    Distance: 13 Kilometers

    Hiking time: 6 - 10 hours

     

    Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley.

     

    Continue on to Barafu Camp, viewing several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep upon finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike.   

     
    Day Five Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

    Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet

    Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet

    Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka

     

    Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.

     

    The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.

     

    At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

     
    Day Six: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

    Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet

    Hiking time: 4 hours

     

    After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha.


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    Machame Route (7 days)

    Day One: Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

    Elevation Gain:1,200 meters, 3,935 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours

     

    At 9am, leave Arusha for Machame Gate, where you will meet our porters, guides and cooks that will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The drive through coffee farms and villages to Machame Gate takes about 1.5 hours. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations.

     

    Hike to Machame Camp via the mystical, moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. As the forest thins later in the hike, take in the heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers. If the weather is clear, enjoy the striking views of your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak. Our porters and cooks will go ahead and prepare the campsite before you arrive.  

     
    Day Two: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)

    Elevation Gain:840 meters, 2,760 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

     

    Today’s trek includes several uphill sections so carry plenty of drinking water as it can be hot hiking on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which to view the plains and forests below, and the commanding Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above. 

     

    Notice the change in vegetation as you gain altitude. The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro’s famous high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia deckenii. After lunch, climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled the Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp and relax for the rest of the day. Kibo lies to the west and Mount Meru to the east. 

     
    Day Three: Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)

    Total Elevation Gain: 690 meters, 2,264 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

     

    Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization.

     

    After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside.

     
    Day Four: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Camp (4,200m/13,780ft)

    Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet

    Distance: 7 Kilometers

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

     

    Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with an hour-and-a-half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley.  

     
    Day Five: Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

    Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet

    Distance: 6 Kilometers

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

     

    After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep upon finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike.  

     
    Day Six: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

    Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet

    Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet

    Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka

     

    Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.

     

    The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers. 

     

    At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

     
    Day Seven: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

    Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet

    Hiking time: 4 hours

     

    After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha.


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    NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE (CAMPING)

    THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE CIRCLES THE MOUNTAIN AND IS A RARELY USED ROUTE. IT STARTS IN THE WEST, CIRCLES TO THE NORTH, AND ASCENDS TO THE SUMMIT VIA MARANGU.

    Advantages

    - Fewer climbers

    - Sees most of the mountain and climb routes routes (Lemosho, Rongai, Marangu and Mweka)

    - Circles Kilimanjaro to the north

    - Long climb allowing for greater acclimatization

     

    Disadvantages

    - Long route taking 9 days

    Suggested itineraries

    Northern Circuit Route (9 Days)

    Day One: Londorossi Gate (2,100m/6,890ft) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m/9,023ft)

    Elevation Gain: 650 meters, 2,133 feet


    Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours


     

    Lemosho is ideal for climbers seeking a more private hiking experience. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on the third evening, the first three days on the mountain are relatively quiet with few other trekking groups on the trail. On the first day, arrive at Londorossi Gate at about 11am. Spend about an hour at the gate while Duma Explorer registers your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Please note that the arrival time at the gate may vary depending on road conditions.

     

    After registering at the gate, drive to the trailhead and enjoy a picnic lunch before starting the trek to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp. Pass through the rain forests of Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. Arrive at the campsite in the late afternoon and relax for the rest of the day.

     
    Day Two: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m/9,023ft) to Shira 1 Camp (3,480m/11,420ft)

    Elevation Gain: 730 meters, 2,397 feet

    Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours


     

    Hike through the forest on day two for Kilimanjaro’s moorland. This is the day that you will enjoy the greatest variety of Kilimanjaro's wildflowers. When the trail flattens out, you will have your first views of Kibo peak. After lunch, you will climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled up the Shira crater. Stop at Shira 1 Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day.

     

    
Day Three: Shira I (3,480m/11,420ft) to Shira Hut (3,860m/12,600ft)

    
Elevation Gain: 380 meters, 1,180 feet

    Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

     

    

This is an acclimatization day that allows you to take day hikes that explore the Shira Plateau. You will hike only a short while and gain just over 100 meters in elevation. Look to the west at sunset and you may catch a glimpse of the twin eruptions from the craters of Ol Donyio Lengai (The Mountain of God), an active volcano 100 kilometers distant.

     

    Day Four: Shira Hut (3,860m/12,600ft) to Moir Hut (4,155m/13,632ft)

    
Elevation Gain: 295 meters, 1,032 feet


    Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours



     

    Follow the trail to Lava Tower (4,542 meters). This day allows you to climb high and sleep low and is critical for acclimatization. Stronger hikes may continue to the ruined camp at Arrow Glacier (4,871 meters). Continue hiking from Lava Tower to Moir Hut.

     

    
Day Five: Moir Hut (4,155m/13,632ft) to Buffalo Camp (4,145m/13,600ft)

    
Elevation Loss: 10 meters, 32 feet

    Hiking time: 4 to 7 hours

     

    

Start the hike by hiking out of the Moir Valley. Hike to the summit of Lent Hills before returning to the main trail. Continue east through a rock field. Finally reach Buffalo Camp at the end of the day. 



     

    
Day Six: Buffalo Camp (4,145m/13,600ft) to Third Cave Camp (3,936m/12,913ft)


    Elevation Loss: 209 meters, 687 feet

    
Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours

     

    Climb to the top of Buffalo Ridge before continuing on through the barren landscape to Third Cave Camp. Cross many gullies during this day.



     

    
Day Seven: Third Cave Camp (3,936m/12,913ft) to School Hut (4,717m/15,476ft)

    Elevation Gain: 781 meters, 2,563 feet

    Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours



     

    Begin the day by backtracking yesterday's trail until the dry riverbed. Head west toward Kibo on a steady upward climb. By the early afternoon, reach School Hut on the eastern slopes of Kibo. The Saddle to Mawenzi lies just a few minutes from the camp. Prepare for your midnight ascent to Uhuru Peak.

     
    Day Eight: School Hut (4,717m/15,476ft) to to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Millennium Camp (3,827m/12,566ft)

    
Elevation Gain: 1,178 meters, 3,864 feet

    Elevation Loss: 2,068 meters, 6,777 feet

    Hiking time: 11 to 15 hours walking


     

    Due to the steep ascent at high altitude, this is the most challenging day of the ascent. Leave School Hut around midnight to begin your hike to the top of Kibo Crater. It is important to remember to snack during the ascent to keep your energy up. You will likely lose your appetite during this day and begin to feel new effects of altitude sickness. Reach Gilman's Point on the Crater rim. Continue on to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The hike to the summit is slow, and will take approximately 1.5 hours from Gilman's Point.

    After reaching the summit, descend to Barafu Camp for a rest and brunch. Around 1pm, descend to Millennium Camp. Reach Millennium Camp at approximately 6pm.

     
    
Day Nine: Millennium Camp (3,827m/12,566ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

    Elevation Loss: 2,327 meters, 7,646 feet

    Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours

    After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent as the trail can be slippery. Duma Explorer vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts, souvenirs and sodas at the gate. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the gate before departing the mountain.


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    MARANGU (HUTS)

    DUMA BOOKS THE MARANGU ROUTE LEAST OUT OF ALL ITS CLIMBS. IT IS POSSIBLE TO CLIMB MARANGU IN ONLY 5 DAYS, HOWEVER WE RECOMMEND 6 DAYS TO ALLOW FOR ACCLIMATIZATION.

    Advantages

    - Least expensive route 
    - Easy access to trailhead 
    - Bunk beds in hut accommodations

    Disadvantages

    - Crowded 
    - Low success rates due to inadequate acclimatization

    Suggested itineraries

    Marangu Route (6 days)

    Day One: Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 915 meters, 3,000 feet

     

    Leave Arusha at 8am for Marangu Gate. The drive to Marangu takes about 4 hours, and you will meet our guides, cooks and porters when arriving at the gate. After completing gate registration, begin your Kilimanjaro trek.

     

    Walk along a narrow trail through the Kilimanjaro rainforest for most of the hike. Eat a picnic lunch at Kisambioni, day one's halfway point. After lunch continue walking through the rainforest until reaching Mandara Hut. Relax for the rest of the day or take a short walk to Maundi Crater. The views to the east over Taveta and to the northwest to Mawenzi Peak are stunning on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort.

     

    The A-frame Mandara Huts can accommodate up to seventy people and consist of several sleeping huts and a dining area. All of Marangu's huts have beds with mattresses.

     
    Day Two: Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 977 meters, 3,200 feet

     

    After breakfast, leave Mandara Hut and Kilimanjaro's forests for Horombo Hut. Most of this day’s hike will be through Kilimanjaro's moorland, a rocky landscape with desert-like plants. Eat a picnic lunch at Kambi ya Taabu before continuing to Horombo Hut. If the weather is clear, enjoy beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at Horombo Hut at around 3pm and relax for the rest of the afternoon.

     

    Although extremely busy, the Horombo Huts are considered the best on Kilimanjaro. The small, A-frame buildings can accommodate up to eight people each and provide lodging for hikers ascending, descending and acclimatizing. In total, Horombo accommodates up to one hundred hikers and many more porters, cooks and guides.

     
    Day Three: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Mawenzi Hut (4,600m/15,100ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) 

    Elevation Gain and Loss: 880 meters, 2,900 feet

     

    During this acclimatization day we suggest hiking all the way to Mawenzi Hut to best adapt to the altitude. The hike will increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, and also reward you with magnificent views of Kibo. Return to Horombo for a late lunch. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing at Horombo.

     
    Day Four: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 1,030 meters, 3,380 feet

     

    Leave Horombo Hut after breakfast to hike through the moorland and alpine desert of Kilimanjaro's upper altitudes. After hiking for about an hour arrive at Maua River, a small mountain stream. After Maua, the terrain becomes flatter and the vegetation begins to disappear. Break for lunch at Middle Red Hill. After lunch, continue on a steady incline for another two hours through Kilimanjaro's Saddle. Although the environment on the way to Kibo is a bleak desert with little vegetation, you will enjoy stunning views of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Reach Kibo Hut around 3pm to rest and prepare for your midnight climb.

     
    Day Five: Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft) to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) 

    Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet 

    Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters, 7,140 feet

     

    Around midnight, awake for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The hike begins with a demanding 5-hour hike to Gillman's Point on the crater rim. Although this is considered to be the easiest of the three crater ascent paths, it is still extremely difficult. The first major rest stop, William's Point, lies at 5000 meters and is approximately a 2-hour hike from Kibo Hut. Continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will continue to Gillman's Point (5,681 meters).

     

    The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately 2 hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

     

    While descending the summit you can take in the magnificent views you missed on the way up. Stop for a short break and snacks at Kibo Hut before continuing on to Horombo Hut. Reach Horombo Hut in the afternoon and enjoy your last night on the mountain. 

     
    Day Six: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) 

    Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters, 6,295 feet

     

    After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent as the trail can be slippery. We will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Arusha.


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