Kilimanjaro Trekking Trip

Kilimanjaro

12 Days / Tanzania
Inclusions
training weekend
accommodation
parkfees
meals
international
internal
intl guide
doctor
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Overview

Kilimanjaro (5,896m) is not only Africa’s highest point but it’s also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is actually a huge crater known as Kibo over 2km wide with several distinct cones. The highest cone is Uhuru Peak and this is considered the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Our route

This 12-day itinerary includes seven days of trekking on the Machame Trail, the most scenic route to the summit. Trekking Kilimanjaro is often underestimated with many climbers ascending too fast and failing due to altitude sickness. Seven days on the mountain allows for greater acclimatisation and maximises chances of a successful summit attempt.

The route leads us along rough terrain but provides spectacular scenery and a wide variety of landscape. We start in scrublands thick with wildlife, then into lush forests, followed by flowering alpine tundra. Above 4,500m we encounter more snow and rock as we approach the summit.

Most companies spend their last night before summiting Kilimanjaro in Barafu camp but we stay in Kosovo camp. Kosovo camp is not nearly as busy as Barafu camp and is 120 metres higher on the mountain which takes an hour off our summit day.

Things to know

This trek is suitable for people with a good level of fitness who enjoy a challenge. Remember, we have an experienced Expedition Doctor on every trek, so you’re in good hands! The sense of achievement and view from the roof of Africa make all the hard work and effort well worth it!

The name Kilimanjaro is believed to come from Swahili, Kilima meaning ‘hill or little mountain’ and Njaro meaning ‘white or shining’. Towering 4,500m above the rift valley and the surrounding landscape, it makes for an impressive sight.

After we come down from Kilimanjaro, you have the option of going on safari, which we highly recommend! You can see the “Big 5” animals and come home with an incredible taste of what Africa has to offer!

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Dublin.

    Depart Dublin for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Tanzania.

    Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to Arusha.

    arrive
    transfer
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Machame Gate (1,490m) to Machame Camp (2,980m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Drive to Machame gate and then trek through Montane forest to reach Machame Camp.

    breakfast
    transfer
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 4

    Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,840m), 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek above the tree line to Shira Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 5

    Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,950m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Barranco camp via Lava Tower (4630m). Today's route has stunning views throughout.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

    Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (4,000m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek through an alpine desert to set up camp in the Karanga Valley.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 7

    Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp (4,800m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Kosovo camp and prepare for tomorrow's summit attempt.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 8

    Kosovo Camp to Uhuru Peak (5,896m) to Millennium Camp (3,832m), 14 hrs trekking.

    Trek to the summit of Africa! Afterwards, descend to Millennium Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 9

    Millennium Camp to Arusha, 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Mweka Gate and then drive to Arusha. Enjoy the pool and bar at the hotel in the afternoon and evening!

    breakfast
    trek
    transfer
    hotel
  • Day 10

    Day of leisure.

    Relax by the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!

    breakfast
    relax
    safari
  • Day 11

    Depart Tanzania.

    Relax for the morning. Transfer to the airport for an evening departure.

    breakfast
    transfer
    plane
    depart
  • Day 12

    Arrive Dublin.

    Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.

    arrive

Facts

Kilimanjaro lies within the 756-square-kilometre Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the few places on earth that supports five major ecological zones: rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers.

There are actually three volcanoes that form Kilimanjaro and they are Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. You will pass Shira on route to the summit, but it is Uhuru Peak on the volcano of Kibo that marks the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa. Its last eruption was around 200 years ago and today Kibo lies dormant.

Hans Meyer

Hans Meyer

In 1889, German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountain climber Ludwig Purtscheller were the first to climb Kilimanjaro.

South African Bernard Goosen twice scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair. His first summit, in 2003, took nine days; his second, four years later, took only six. Born with cerebral palsy, Goosen used a modified wheelchair, mostly without assistance, to climb the mountain.

Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. About two-thirds of them are successful. Altitude-related problems are the most common reason climbers turn back.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project is an American run Tanzanian NGO which campaigns for the fair treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro. KPAP send an investigator on all our Kilimanjaro treks to monitor porter welfare. KPAP investigators report on porter compensation, tips, clothing, food and the weight of their loads. Earth's Edge is a proud partner of KPAP.

Facts about Tanzania

The name Uhuru translates as 'freedom', the name was given to commemorate Tanzanian independence from Great Britain in 1961.

Kilimanjaro is not a peak you can climb on your own. It is mandatory to climb with a licensed guide and have porters carry your equipment. This sustains the local economy and allows local people to reap the rewards of tourism.

There are several routes by which to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro namely, Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame.

80km from Kilimanjaro National Park, Arusha is a bustling city and a major diplomatic hub with a population of over a million people. This is where Earth's Edge trekkers stay before & after the climb.

The mountain’s snow caps are diminishing, having lost more than 80 per cent of their mass since 1912. In fact, they may be completely ice-free before 2030, according to scientists.

Best time to climb Kilimanjaro

In Tanzania, there are two wet seasons and two dry seasons. The "long rains" run from March through May and the "short rains" runs from November to mid-December. Outside these times is considered the dry season. It can still rain during the dry season but statistically, it is much drier. This makes January, February and June through to October the best time to climb the mountain.

When trekking on Kilimanjaro, temperatures on average falls 1°C for every 200m in altitude gained.

At the summit of Kilimanjaro because of the lower air pressure, there is effectively half the oxygen than there is at sea level

Kilimanjaro blog

Wondering what equipment you'll need for Kilimanjaro? We have a Kilimanjaro packing guide right here!

What about the activities off the trail? One of our experienced guides wrote about what our guests do off the mountain!

Available Dates

  • Oct 21st, 2019 - Nov 1st, 2019
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  • Feb 1st, 2020 - Feb 12th, 2020
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  • June 6th, 2020 - Jun 17th, 2020
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  • July 4th, 2020 - Jul 15th, 2020
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  • Aug 8th, 2020 - Aug 19th, 2020
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  • Sep 5th, 2020 - Sep 16th, 2020
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  • Oct 3rd, 2020 - Oct 14th, 2020
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  • Feb 6th, 2021 - Feb 17th, 2021
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  • June 5th, 2021 - Jun 16th, 2021
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  • July 3rd, 2021 - Jul 14th, 2021
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  • July 31st, 2021 - Aug 11th, 2021
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  • Sep 4th, 2021 - Sep 15th, 2021
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  • Oct 2nd, 2021 - Oct 13th, 2021
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What Our Clients Say

Earth's Edge is an excellent company with which to travel. They provide local expertise and pre-departure support to allow you to travel in confidence and take on significant challenges.

Darren O'Connor. Co. Dublin, Ireland. 

I signed up to do Kilimanjaro based on the reviews I read online and boy - I was not disappointed! Genuinely could not recommend Earth’s Edge highly enough, from months before the trip even happened, until we got home; they created an experience that I don’t think could be equalled. Any more “Once in a Lifetime” trips for me - will definitely be through Earth’s Edge!

Gordon Graham. Newry, Down

A really unforgettable experience on Kilimanjaro! From the moment I signed up, the information, advice, and support I received was second to none. On arriving at the airport, all I needed to worry about was my hike. The planning was like clockwork. The food was amazing, the porters and guides were superhuman, and our excellent group leader Gracjan was always there to offer a hand! An adventure of a lifetime!

Pat Downing. Bandon, Cork

 

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