• Seven or more days
• Possibility of encounters with big game
• Physically challenging
• Numerous valleys result in constant loss and gain of altitude
• Summit night about an hour shorter
• Tent accommodation available at all camps
• No bottled water, soft drinks and beer available at most
Day 1: Arrive Nairobi or Kilimanjaro International
Airport, where you will be met by a Tanzania Journeys’ representative
and transferred to your hotel in Moshi. Evening briefing at hotel
to prepare you for the climb ahead, followed by group dinner, an
opportunity for the group to get to know each other before the climb.
Day 2: You will be collected from the hotel and transferred
to Lemosho Glades (2100m). An armed ranger accompanies the group
due to the buffalo, elephants and other big game in the area on
the first day. We walk to Mti Mkubwa (2750m) where camp is set for
dinner and over night stay.
Day 3: After breakfast the group slowly starts trekking
through the Giant Heather Moor land Zone where the path crosses
through valleys and a few streams before ascending the Shira Ridge,
enjoying superb views of Shira Plateau and Mount Meru, an extinct
volcano. Dinner and overnight stay at Shira 1 (350m).
Day 4: Depart Shira 1 for a short day’s walk
to Shira 2, where we pitch camp for dinner and overnight.
Day5: Depart Shira 2 along the trail into the Alpine
Desert taking the path which rises up gradually towards the Kibo
peak, after reaching the wedge, Buttress point, the path drops down
to the Barranco Hut (6 hours walking). Dinner and overnight stay
at Barranco Hut (3950m).
Day 6: Leave slowly crossing the floor of the great
Barranco Valley and up the Barranco wall; continue the trek on the
South Circuit path through the Karanga Valley. Then slowly trek
(7 hours) to Barafu Hut (4600m) from Barafu you will have excellent
views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Barufu Hut is situated on an exposed
and dangerous ridge, so it is necessary to familiarise yourself
with the terrain before dark. Rest and prepare for summit night.
Dinner and overnight stay at Barafu Hut.
Day 7: A midnight start to conquer the highest point
in Africa. This section of the route is considered one of the steepest
on the non-technical paths of Kilimanjaro. It is a 6-7 hour hike
to Stella Point (5735m) in order to see the sunrise. From Stella
Point it is a 1 hour to Uhuru Peak (5895m) and the roof of Africa.
We then descend down to Mweka Hut for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: An easy day walking to Mweka gate where a
waiting vehicle will transfer you to your hotel. Evening dinner
and get-together at local Moshi venue to celebrate the success of
the climb. Overnight stay at a Moshi hotel.
Day 9: Morning departure for those catching Nairobi
flight, afternoon departure for those flying from Kilimanjaro International.
Onward journey for those heading on Safari or to Zanzibar.
Return transfers Nairobi or Kilimanjaro International to Moshi
2 nights Bed & Breakfast in a good standard hotel, based on
2 share twin/double room
2 Evening meals before and after climb
All Kilimanjaro National Park fees
Full board during climb
Services of Tanzania Journeys representatives, guides, cooks and
Does not include:
Items of a personal nature
Personal clothing and equipment on mountain,
(Although arrangements can be made to hire required clothing if