KILIMANJARO TREKS

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There are several routes to choose from, with different lengths and difficulties, and accommodation options, so that you can do the climb that’s right for you. All of our Kilimanjaro climbs are operated on a private basis and are led by an experienced guide and his team, as well as all the necessary permits, equipment, food and transport that you need.

 

MACHAME ROUTE 7 DAYS :

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A 7-day Machame Route climb is perfect for trekkers on a budget. This popular Kilimanjaro route includes fewer amenities in camp and lower weight limits** on luggage, while still offering the peace of mind you get by choosing Long Way Expeditions

KILIMANJARO ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Additional acclimatization day on Kilimanjaro
  • Challenging nighttime summit bid
  • Private toilet tents & nutritionist-planned meals
  • Perfect for group and charity treks
  • Long Way Expeditions most budget-friendly option
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
  • 7 days trekking, 9 days in Tanzania
Extend your trip with a safari!

Visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater a 5-day safari, or a 7-day safari, or call us for custom safari options

The Kilimanjaro climb is undoubtedly one of the hardest challenges you will attempt, but it’s worth it.

We would recommend some acclimatisation time, giving you the best possible chance of reaching the summit, and it’s worth noting that a very high percentage of climbers make it to the top. There is no mountaineering experience necessary but of course you need to be in very good physical condition.

ITINERARY

ARRIVAL DAY

Arrive Tanzania

A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to your lodge.

Overnight: at the hotel of your choice

ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

Arusha

Relax and acclimatize or independently schedule one of the many exciting activities available at your lodge (per availability; any additional costs paid directly to lodge).

TREK DAY 1

Begin Trek to Machame Camp

Begin your journey on narrow rainforest trails, where you’ll set out with many other groups on this popular trail.

Overnight: Machame Camp (9,850′)

Hours trekking: 5-7

TREK DAY 2

Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Vegetation gets sparser as you ascend into the heath, where alien-looking giant groundsels tower over the rocky slopes.

Overnight: Shira 2 Camp (12,795′)

Hours trekking: 4-5

TREK DAY 3

Shira 2 to Barranco Camp

Enjoy expansive views of the Barranco Valley from your camp at the base of the Barranco Wall.

Overnight: Barranco Camp (13,004′)

Hours trekking: 6-7

TREK DAY 4

Barranco Camp to Karanga

A challenging scramble up the Barranco Wall is rewarded with breathtaking views from the top. Continue over ridges and valleys before a steep hike to camp.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231′)

Hours trekking: 4-5

TREK DAY 5

Karanga to Barafu Camp

As you near the summit, the landscape starts to resemble the surface of the moon. Keep an eye out for towering lava formations, remnants of Kili’s fiery past.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331′)

Hours trekking: 3-4

TREK DAY 6

Barafu to Summit/ Mweka Millennium Camp

Headlamps snaking up the mountain light your way during an overnight summit bid. Celebrate your success with a few quick pictures at the top before trekking much of the way back down the mountain.

Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500′)

Hours trekking: 8-10 to Summit/ 4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp

TREK DAY 7 / DEPARTURE DAY

Complete your descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate at 5,364 feet. The transfer car will be waiting to take you back into town for a shower and some rest before your transfer to the airport or start your safari

 

LEMOSHO ROUTE 8 DAYS

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Our most popular Kilimanjaro trek combines the Shira and Lemosho routes.

KILIMANJARO ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ample acclimatization time (the number one factor in summit success)
  • Far less crowded than the Machame or Marangu Kilimanjaro routes
  • Daytime summit bid
  • Breathtaking scenery on the trail
  • Visit to Lava Tower
  • Choice campsites in more remote locations
  • 98% summit success overall on this Kilimanjaro route
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
  • 9 days trekking, 11 days in Tanzania
Only on Crater Camp departures
  • Two opportunities for a daytime summit bid
  • Camp near Kilimanjaro’s famed glaciers

 

ARRIVAL DAY

Arrive Tanzania

A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to your scenic lodge.

Overnight: Planet Lodge

ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

TREK DAY 1

Begin trek to forest camp

Your first mountain camp is located in the rainforest. Watch for rare black-and-white Colobus monkeys swinging in the lush canopy overhead.

Overnight: Forest Camp (9,281′)

Hours trekking: 3-4

TREK DAY 2

Forest camp to Shira 1 camp

Pass into the heath, where dense rainforest gives way to the wide expanse of the Shira Plateau. This is where you’ll catch your first view of the summit towering above the clouds.

Overnight: Shira 1 Camp (11,499′)

Hours trekking: 5-6

TREK DAY 3

Shira 1 to Shira 2 camp

Explore the Shira Plateau during an acclimatization day that will increase your chances of summit success. Look west for breathtaking views of Mt. Meru.

Overnight: Shira 2 Camp (12,795′)

Hours trekking: 3-4

TREK DAY 4

Shira 2 to Lava Tower camp

Your camp is set next to the impressive Lava Tower, one of Kilimanjaro’s most famous volcanic formations. Staying at this higher altitude, then descending to a lower-altitude camp tomorrow, prepares your body for summit success.

Overnight: Lava Tower Camp (15,213′)

Hours trekking: 4-6

TREK DAY 5

Lava Tower to Karanga camp

Descend into the Great Barranco Valley, then scramble up the steep Barranco Wall, enjoying gorgeous views of a waterfall below and the imposing glaciers that crown Kilimanjaro above.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231′)

Hours trekking: 6-7

TREK DAY 6

Karanga to Barafu camp

Temperatures drop and the landscape starts to resemble the surface of the moon as you hike higher up the mountain. Rest up before tomorrow’s daytime summit bid.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331′)

Hours trekking: 3-4

TREK DAY 7

Barafu to Summit

As dawn breaks you’ll set out for the summit. Arrive in the afternoon, when weather is generally better and most trekkers from more crowded routes have already descended. Overnight at Barafu or in the soft sands of Reusch Crater (on select departures).

Overnight: Barafu Camp *optional Crater Camp (15,331′)

Hours trekking: 3-4

TREK DAY 8

Barafu or Crater Camp / Mweka Millennium Camp

After a celebratory breakfast begin your descent. On select departures staying in Crater Camp, hikers can explore the glaciers and the ash pit, or even summit a second time.

Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500′)

Hours trekking: 4-7

TREK DAY 9 / DEPARTURE DAY

Enjoy a farewell ceremony at the park gate with your guides and porters. Transfer to a day room where you can shower and relax before your evening flight home Or starting your safari the Next Day.

Hours trekking: 4-8

UMBWE ROUTE

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OVERVIEW

If you’re ready for an intense physical challenge in an unforgettable setting, choose the Umbwe Route. It’s the best of the short Kilimanjaro routes.

KILIMANJARO ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike in Arusha National Park before the climb
  • Trek through the rainforest
  • Challenging nighttime summit bid
  • Long Way Expeditions top-­quality amenities
  • Rock scramble up the Barranco Wall
  • Rigorous trails
  • 96% summit success with Long Way Expeditions
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
  • 6 days trekking, 8 days in Tanzania
*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee.

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Extend your trip with a safari!

Visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater a 5-day safari, or a 7-day safari, or call us for custom safari options

ARRIVAL DAY

Arrive Tanzania

A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to your lodge, nestled in the hills outside Arusha.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

Arusha National Park

Spend a full day exploring Arusha National Park on scenic acclimatization hikes. You’ll have a chance to spot unique wildlife.

TREK DAY 1

Begin Trek to Umbwe Caves Camp

After lunch at the trailhead, you’ll begin your climb. Hike steep trails through lush rainforest on your way to your first mountain camp.

Overnight: Umbwe Caves Camp (9,701′)

Hours trekking: 6-7

TREK DAY 2

Umbwe Caves to Barranco Camp

Trek past waterfalls and giant groundsel trees into the Great Barranco Valley. On clear nights, you may be able to glimpse Uhuru Peak from your camp.

Overnight: Barranco Camp (13,004′)

Hours trekking: 6-7

TREK DAY 3

Barranco to Karanga Camp

A steep rock scramble up the Barranco Wall brings you to the rolling ridges of Karanga Valley. Kilimanjaro’s famous glaciers loom in the distance.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231′)

Hours trekking: 4-5

TREK DAY 4

Karanga to Barafu Camp

Hike at a steady incline over barren, rocky landscapes reminiscent of the surface of the moon.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331′)

Hours trekking: 3-4

TREK DAY 5

Barafu to Summit / Mweka Millennium Camp

Wake before midnight to begin your challenging summit bid. Stop on the way to watch the sun rise over Mawenzi. Take time to celebrate your achievement and capture some memorable summit photos before descending to tonight’s camp.

Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500′)

Hours trekking: 8-10

TREK DAY 6 / DEPARTURE DAY

Hike back through dense rainforest to Mweka Gate where you’ll enjoy a farewell lunch with your group. Enjoy a hot shower and rest in a day room in Arusha before your evening flight home or starting your safari the following day

Hours trekking: 4-6

 

MARANGU ROUTE

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   TRIP AT A GLANCEDay 01: Trekking – Machame

Day 02: Morning breakfast

Day 03: Shira Plateau to Baranco Camp

Day 04: Baranco Camp to Karanga Valley including dinner

Day 05: Karanga Valley trek to Barafu Camp to Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks

Day 06: Mweka Camp and dinner

Day 07: Trek down to Mweka gate

PLACES VISITED

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb through Marangu Route is the easiest and most popular route to the summit, the Marangu Route is also known as a coca cola route, used by almost 50% of all climbers and uses comfortable mountain huts with solar power light and it is also suitable for those adventure tourists who don’t have much experiences climbing the mountains, therefore classified as a moderate trek rather than a climb. Although the trail can be a little crowded a certain time of the year, the views are beautiful and each day of walking progresses through a different climate zone, adding considerably to the interest of the trekking. The total time during the mountain climbing will be 5 days on Marangu Route. The real highlight for those who opt for Marangu Route is the walk from Gillman’s point along the crater rim to the summit of Uhuru, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that occupy most of the summit area. The views as the sun rises behind Mawenzi Peak on a clear morning are absolutely magnificent –The Rift Valley, Mount Meru and the Maasai Steppes stand out from the endless plains, almost three vertical miles below.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu Route

You should know that during your Kilimanjaro expedition through Marangu Route, you will be staying in the alpine huts that are dormitory style sleeping up to 5 trekkers per one hut. It is not possible to have a single occupancy hut. A single traveler will pay a single supplement applicable to the stay in the base hotel only.
DEPARTURE DATES

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive at JRO / Arusha

Arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport, Meet and greet with Long Way Expeditions representative at the airport and after going through Immigration, Baggage Claim and Customs, Transfer to Greenhills of Afrika or any lodge or hotel of your choice, for overnight on Bed and Breakfast basis. The day before climbing will have pre-climbing briefing and climbing equipments check.

 

Day 2: Mandara Hut

The National Park Gate (1,830 m) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.), a group of comfortable a wooden huts. The largest cabin has a downstairs dining area and an upstairs dormitory and mattresses. Smaller huts sleep eight persons. The total capacity is sixty persons. Water is piped onto site from a spring above and there are flush toilets behind the main cabin. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. It takes about 3–5 hours walk.

Day 3: Horombo Hut

The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heathers and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.). The buildings here are similar to Mandara Hut, but total capacity is one hundred and twenty persons. Water is piped from the stream behind the huts. There are platform toilets south east of the main hut, about eighty metres down the slope and flush toilets have been built within the complex of small huts. Sunrises and sunsets here are often spectacular and the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo. There is a real sense of being above the clouds here. It takes about 4–6 hours walk.

Day 4: Kibo Hut

We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. Kibo is a stone-built block house with a small dining area and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor. There are bunk beds and mattresses for about sixty people. There is no water here so one has to bring an ample supply from the ‘last water’ supply above Horombo Hut. Platform toilets are behind the hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night. It takes about 4–5 hours walk.

Day 5: Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1:00am, aiming to be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig–zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. For those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for the night. It takes about11–15 hours walk.

Day 6: Marangu Park Gate – Back to Arusha

After breakfast, a steady descent takes you down through moorland to Mandara Hut (8,900 ft). We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu (6,000 ft) where are transferred to Christina house at Arusha or any hotel/lodge of your choice for overnight on Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 7: Departure Transfer (optional) as you can depart on your own

After breakfast Long Way Expeditions Team can organize a private departure transfer on request to Arusha Airport or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home or flying to Zanzibar Island. Mount Kilimanjaro Climb – Special prices for the year 2018/2019
5 Days Marangu Route Itinerary Price costUS$ 1,706 per person.
Price cost US$ 1,683 per person based on a group of 5 people.

An extra day on the mountain cost US$ 320 per person per day. From 6 people onwards, please contact Long Way Expeditions Team in order to get discount.

Price Includes:

Meet and greet service, Assistance at the airport on arrival, Mountain guide and porters allowances, Transfer as specified, park fees, camping fees/Hut fees and rescue fees, and accommodation for 2 nights , Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners on the mountain

Price Excludes:

International flight, Visas, Airport tax– but it can be paid direct by client(s), Driver guide, Tips, Climbing gears – if required it can be hired locally, Sleeping bags, Walking sticks, Drinks, Personal travel and Baggage insurance, Telephone bills, Laundry and any items of personal nature.

Medical equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: US$ 250 per group for hyperbaric chamber, US$ 210 per group for an emergency oxygen cylinder and US$ 140 per group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.

Portable toilets: If you are concerned about using public toilets, a portable toilet is available for an extra US$ 110 per person or US$ 180 per group. This service must be confirmed at the time of booking.

Price for domestic fights, airport taxes and park /entry fees can change without prior notice. Our guests should be aware that this will be beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.

Passenger travel information:

Passenger should bring only soft sided bags on safari while duffle bags and bigger backpacks are suitable for the Kilimanjaro climbing as well as for Mount Meru climb.

All passengers must have identification card or international passport with them for internal flights.

Luggage for internal flights is strictly limited 15 kilograms per person including hand luggage. Any excess baggage will be changed by the airline company during check–in.

All passengers landing in Tanzania may be asked to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

Quote:

  • Being 1 will pay $2,010
  • Being 2 people each will pay $1,804
  • Being 3 people each will pay $1,760
  • Being 4 people each will pay $1,706
  • Being 5 and above people each will pay $1,636
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