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Borderless Tours and Safaris

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

Trek up stunning Kilimanjaro with a professional team of guides, porters and cook, with all arrangements taken care of from the ground up to Uhuru Peak. Pass through landscapes changing from rainforest and moorland up to alpine desert and ice-capped peak. Look out for local birds along the way including the malachite sunbird.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Camping Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari, Walking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro
  • Activities:
    Walking Safari
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Kilimanjaro Airport

Summery

DAY LOCATION ACCOMMODATION MEAL PLAN
Day 01 Arrival JRO Weruweru Lodge Half board
Day 02 Machame Camp Camping – Kilimanjaro Full Board
Day 03 Shira Camp Camping – Kilimanjaro Full Board
Day 04 Barranco Camp Camping – Kilimanjaro Full Board
Day 05 Karanga Camp Camping – Kilimanjaro Full Board
Day 06 Barafu Camp Camping – Kilimanjaro Full Board
Day 07 Barafu – Mweka Camp Camping – Kilimanjaro Full Board
Day 08 Mweka – Arusha Overnight or Departure

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 1,960 per person – 2 pax

From USD 1,780 per person – 3-6 pax

From USD 1,710 per person – 7-9 pax

From USD 1,670 per person – 10+ pax

What's Included

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, well trained and experienced mountain guides
  • All park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Guides, porters and cook salaries
  • Quality mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food each day
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Chemical Toilet
  • Oxygen
  • Town Accommodation on HB

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages etc)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb or Zanzibar holiday etc)
  • Tips

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Borderless Tours and Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Borderless Tours and Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport by our Borderless Tours manager and driver and transferred to your accommodation at Weruweru Lodge, On arrival at the hotel, our safari manager and mountain guide will discuss the trek itinerary with you.

Dinner and Overnight at Weruweru Lodge

Drive from Arusha to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We depart the park gate and walk through the rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge. Look out for the silvery-cheeked hornbill, a large bird which lives in the forest. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach Machame Camp.

  • 6,000 ft / 1,830 m to 10,200 ft / 3,100 m
  • Distance: 18 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Mountain Forest
  • Meals: BLD
  • Overnight: Machame Camp

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at Shira campsite.

  • 10,200 ft / 3,100 m to 12,600 ft / 3,840 m
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Walking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Hiking: Moorland
  • Meals: BLD
  • Overnight: Shira Camp

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the southeast, towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier (15,997 ft / 4,876 m). We now continue down to the Barranco Hut. Although you end the day around the same elevation as you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • 12,600 ft / 3,840 m to 12,700 ft / 3,860 m
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Overnight: Barranco Camp

After breakfast we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Karanga Valley is a particularly good place to look out for malachite sunbirds. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance.

  • 12,700 ft / 3,860 m to 15,100 ft / 4,600 m
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Hiking Time: 8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Overnight: Barafu Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut campsite, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • 15,100 ft / 4,600 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m
  • 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 10,200 ft / 3,100 m
  • Distance: 7 km ascent / 23 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals: BLD
  • Overnight: Mweka Hut

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters.

  • 10,200 ft / 3,100 m to 6,000 ft / 1,830 m
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: BL
  • Overnight: Hotel in Moshi or Arusha
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