Day 1: 18 December 2015: Machame Gate to Machame Hut (Full Board) The climb starts from Machame gate (1830m), walk through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Slowly gaining altitude while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest, arrive to the first Machame Hut, situated at 3000m above sea level. If is a clear day you may get a first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo. Machame Gate to Machame Hut (3,000 m): 6-7 hours walking
Day 2: 19 December 2015: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (Full Board) A shorter day climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic site, and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers. The most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from Shira Camp. Machame Hut to Shira Camp (3,840m): 4-6 hours walking.
Day 3: 20 December 2015: Shira Camp to Barranco Valley (Full Board) Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after hot lunch we walk from the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m). Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,900 m.): 5-7 hours walking.
Day 4: 21 December 2015: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (Full Board) A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp.
Barranco Camp to Karanga camp (4,000 m): 4-5 hours walking.
Day 5: 22 December 2015: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (Full Board) A steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can be seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, the remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk. Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m.); 3-4 hours walking.
Day 6: 23 December 2015: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (Full Board) Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree, has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment the descent to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some
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refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp. Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking.
Day 7: 24 December 2015: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha (Half Board) A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch we drive back to Arusha for overnight. Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: 3-5 hours walking.
The crew and support team:
This program will include two mountain guides, one cook and 7 porters
Kilimanjaro Includes:
Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb (dinner and breakfast included) (double occupancy); Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents; Professional, experienced, mountain guides, porters and cook salaries; All park fees; Rescue fees; All meals while on the mountain; Arrival and departure transfers; Quality mess tents with table and chairs; Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food, Clean and purified drinking water; Crisis management and safety procedures; Fair and ethical treatment of porters; Summit emergency oxygen, and sleeping mattress.
Kilimanjaro Excludes:
Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival, Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.), meals not listed above and any items of personal nature.
Optional tips:
Tips to the crew members are optional but you can use the following as indicative rates- 20$ for head guide, 15$ Assistant guide, $10 for cook and 7$ porters for the number of days you might wish to give a tip.