6 Days from$1800 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
The advantage of this Kilimanjaro hike is the chance to see the area near the Shira Plateau as well as it being easier to access so it’s a better value trip. You need a good level of fitness to follow this route as it misses a night camping so there is a long section from Barranco to Barafu which is very tough if you don’t acclimatise well or are not fit enough. Ascend through afro-montane forest and then into the heath zone and on to the edge of the remnants of the Shira volcano. The route then circumnavigates the main peak, Kibo, passing some spectacular features such as giant steps and glacial valleys. The final ascent is a night ascent from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak via Stella Point. The descent is via the Mweka route.
Safari types:Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
You will visit:Kilimanjaro National Park
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Arusha
- Afro-montane forest
- Shira plateau
- Glacial valleys and glaciers
- Views of Mawenzi
- Ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit
- The Roof of Africa
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 1,800 per person
- 2 Lodge nights
- All park fees
- Portable toilets
- Rescue fee (by car)
- Driver, guides, porters and cook wage
- 3 litres of mineral water
- Transfer and pick up on the last day after the trek
- Visa fees
- Tips for the staff
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Day by Day Overview
After breakfast you depart Arusha by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate your crew finalize packing and after finishing with formalities you start off from Machame gate. Today’s hiking is through verdant afro-montane forest to Machame Camp and en route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a graduation of forest zones.
Overnight: Machame Camp (full board)
From Machame Camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys.
Overnight: Shira Camp (full board)
Today is a walk high, sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is long day but pays dividends later on – great acclimatization day!
Overnight: Barranco Camp (full board)
From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga Camp. Lunch is taken at Karanga valley before heading to Barafu in the afternoon. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.
Overnight: Barafu Camp (full board)
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn, as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka Camp before dusk.
Overnight: Mweka Camp (full board)
A final descent of 4,500 ft brings you down to Mweka Gate where your team will have prepared another scrumptious and fresh lunch and your transfer vehicles will be waiting to collect you. Here you will say goodbye to our mountain staff before heading to the hotel near Arusha for a farewell dinner and either overnight or a day room and departure. Extend your Tanzanian vacation with True Travel Tanzania on safari, walking safari or other adventures.