MT Kilimanjaro Trekking

Trekking Checklist

MT Kilimanjaro Trekking

You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb.

Technical Clothing

1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
1 – Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
2 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
2 – Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
1 – Fleece Pants
1 – Shorts (optional)
1 – Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
3 – Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
2 – Sport Bra (women)

Equipment

1 – Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons
1 – Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
1 – Trekking Poles (recommended)
1 – Head lamp, with extra batteries
1 – Duffel bag, (waterproof recommended) for porters to carry your equipment
1 – Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear

Handwear

1 – Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
1 – Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional)

Footwear

1 – Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
1 – Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
3 – Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
3 – Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional)

Accessories

1 – Sunglasses or Goggles
1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
1 – Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
1 – Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended)
1 – Water Bladder, Camelbak type (recommended)
1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended)
Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

Headwear

1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
1 – Knit Hat, for warmth
1 – Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
1 – Bandana (optional)

Other

Toiletries
Prescriptions
Sunscreen
Lip Balm
Insect Repellent, containing DEET
First Aid Kit
Hand Sanitizer
Toilet Paper
Wet Wipes (recommended)
Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)
Camera, with extra batteries (optional)

Paperwork

Trip Receipt
Passport
Visa (available at JRO)
Immunization Papers
Insurance Documents

Successful Trekking Tips

o when you read that there is a lack of oxygen at the summit, that’s not strictly true – oxygen still makes up 20% of the air. So the problem is not lack of oxygen – but the lack of air pressure.

To put it in more precise terms: atmospheric pressure drops by about tenth for every 1000m of altitude. Thus the air pressure at the top of Kilimanjaro is approximately 40% of that found at sea level.

In other words, and to put it in layman’s terms, though each breath inhaled at the summit is 20% oxygen, just as it is at sea level, it becomes much harder to fill your lungs since the atmosphere is not pushing so much air into them. As a result, every time you breathe on Kibo you take in only about half as much air, and thus oxygen, as you would if you took the same breath in Dar es Salaam.

Oxygen and us: the truth

This can, of course, be seriously detrimental to your health; oxygen is, after all, pretty essential to your physical well-being. All of your vital organs need it, as do your muscles. They receive their oxygen via red blood cells, which are loaded with oxygen by your lungs and then pumped around your body by your heart, delivering oxygen as they go. Problems arise at altitude when that most vital of organs, the brain, isn’t getting enough oxygen and malfunctions as a result; because as the body’s central control room, if the brain malfunctions, so does the rest of you, often with fatal consequences.

So how does a lack of oxygen lead to altitude sickness?

Fortunately, your body is an adaptable piece of machinery and can adjust to the lower levels of oxygen that you breathe in at altitude. Unconsciously you will start to breathe deeper and faster, your blood will thicken as your body produces more red blood cells, and your heart will beat faster. As a result, your essential organs will receive the same level of oxygen as they always did.

But your body needs time before it can effect all these changes. Though the deeper, faster breathing and heart-quickening happen almost as soon as your body realizes that there is less oxygen available, it takes a few days for the blood to thicken. And with Kilimanjaro, of course, a few days is usually all you have on the mountain, and the changes may simply not happen in time. The result, is AMS.

AMS, or acute mountain sickness (also known as altitude sickness), is what happens when the body fails to adapt in time to the lack of air pressure at altitude. There are three levels of AMS: mild altitude sickness, moderate altitude sickness and severe altitude sickness. On Kilimanjaro, it’s fair to say that most people will get some symptoms of the illness and will fall into the mild-to-moderate categories.

Having symptoms of mild AMS is not necessarily a sign that the sufferer should give up climbing Kili and descend immediately. Indeed, most or all of the symptoms suffered by those with mild AMS will disappear if the person rests and ascends no further, and assuming the recovery is complete, the assault on the summit can continue.

The same goes for moderate AMS too, though here the poor individual and his or her symptoms should be monitored far more closely to ensure that they are not getting any worse and developing into severe AMS. This is a lot more serious and sufferers with severe AMS should always descend immediately, even if it means going down by torchlight in the middle of the night.

See our diversity of Kilimanjaro Trekking Packages and Routes Mountain Climbing Routes and Information

MOUNT KILIMANJARO-ROUTES AND ITTINERARIES

NUMBER OF DAYS/CLIMBING DURATIONROUTE (click for ittinerary and price)
5 Days 4 NightsMarangu Route
5 Days 4 NightsRongai Route
7 Days 6 NightsMachame route
6 Days 5 NightsUmbweRoute
8 Days 7 NightsLemosho Route

Itinerary for Kilimanjaro Climb-Marangu Route 5 Days 4 Nights

DAY 1: Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m)
After breakfast, transfer to Marangu gate and start the climb through fascinating rain forests till you reach the first hut Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (9,000ft).

DAY 2:Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine – meadow. The altitude begins to change and slowdown your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut 12km from Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (12,520ft).

DAY 3: Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m)
After breakfast, resume the climb, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear. Climb to Kibo Hut. Meals and overnight at the hut. (15,520ft)

DAY 4:SUMMIT ATTEMPT!! Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
The beginning of the last ascent is made in the wee hrs of the morning while the scree is still frozen. Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMANS POINT (most difficult and tiring part). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hour’s walk along the crater rim. (19,344ft). Start the walk along the craters rim. (19,344ft). Start the descent to Horombo hut for overnight

DAY 5: Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
Return to a hotel in Moshi/Arusha. After lunch, have a good rest, meals and overnight at your hotel.

DAY 6: After breakfast, depart for your next destination.

The price is inclusive of:-
2 transfers from Moshi/Arusha to Marangu park gate -return
3 meals per day while trekking – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
5 days Kilimanjaro trek- Marangu
4 nights accomodation in camps while trekking Marangu
First and Last night accommodation at standard accomodation hotel in Moshi/Arusha -Bed and Breakfast.
All park entrance fees and government levies
English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
Porters- a maximum of 2 per client

The Price does not include:
Gloves, Sun glasses, Sleeping bag, Hats , Rain suits, Warm Jacket,
Heavy boots, Scarf’s, Rain Trousers, tents
Note: All the above items can be hired at a reasonable price.

Book here and climb on this route

Kilimanjaro climbing Rongai route 6days/5nights route 

DAY0
This might be your arrival day in Tanzania, our driver will pick you from the airport preferred Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive you 45minutes to the hotel for overnight.
Key’s Hotel in Moshi 
BB Included 

DAY1: Rongai Gate (1950m) – Rongai Cave camp (2830m)
Depart from your hotel in the morning after breakfast and drive to Marangu gate for registration. We transfer by road to Nale Moru (1,950m) to begin our climb on this unspoilt wilderness route. The first day is only a half-day walk on a small path that winds through farmland and pine plantations. It is a consistent but gentle climb through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. We reach our first overnight stop by late afternoon at the edge of the moorland zone
Walking Distance: 4hrs, 7km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included 

DAY 2:Rongai Cave(2830m) – 2nd Cave (3450m) – Kikelelwa cave(3600m)
The trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) en-route, and reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find some.
Walking distance: 6-8hrs, 11km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Walking Distance: 4-5, 6km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4703m)
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight.
Walking Distance: 4-5hrs, 6km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 5:(Summit Attempt) Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut
(3720m)
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and wellearned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Walking distance: 6 kms ascent, 21 kms descent Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY6: Horombo hut (at 3720m) to Marangu Gate (at 1980m)
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. View more Mt Kilimanjaro tips. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
Walking distance: 5-7, 20km
Overnight: Key’s Hotel
BB Included

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The price includes;-
2 transfers from the hotel to Rongai park gate and from Marangu gate back to hotel
3 meals a day while trekking(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian/Celliac
National Park’s entrance fees, camping fees and rescue fees
Mountain tents and sleeping mattresses
All park entrance fees and government levies
Professional and friendly English speaking mountain Guides and assistant guides
Porters- a maximum of 2 per client
Professional and experience mountain climbing chef
Hotel accommodation pre and post trek

The Price does not include:

Personal Items of Nature
Sleeping bags
Climbing gears

Note: All the above items can be hired at a reasonable price

Kilimanjaro climb – Machame Route 7Days in the mountain

Machame route is regarded as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro. You ascend gradually through the forest till you emerge onto the Moorland of Shira Plateau, from which there are superb views of the Kibo Peak and the Great Western Breach. Travellers through Machame route

DAY 0 
ARUSHA/MOSHI

On arrival at the airport you are personally met by one of our drivers and transferred to Moshi 45minutes away from Kilimanjaro international airport, check in and overnight.
-BB Included
Key’sHotel

Day 1: Machame Gate (1800m) – Machame Camp (3000m)
In the morning 08.00am after breakfast you will meet with your guide for briefing, then you departs to Machame gate 40min drive. Arrive to the Machame Gate, introduction to your guide and the whole crew then do the registration at the park’s gate. After registration is done you start climb {Hiking/Trekking} through rain forest with picnic lunch for approximately 4 to 5 hrs where you arrive to the Machame Hut. Later afternoon walk up to a little higher altitude then you return to Machame Hut for dinner and overnight.
Walking duration: 5-7hrs, 11km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 2: Machame Camp (3000m) – Shira Camp (3800m)
After breakfast, start climb through short Savannah, forest and other vegetation for approximately 4 to 5hrs, with picnic lunch en route before arriving in the afternoon at the Shira Hut, dinner and overnight at Shira hut.
Walking Duration: 4-6hrs, 5km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 3: Shira (3800m) – Barranco (3950m)
After breakfast a slow walk through semi glacier and sandy areas with picnic lunch 3
to 4 hrs before arriving at the Barranco Hut for dinner and overnight.
Walking duration: 6-8hrs, 10km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m)-Karanga Valley Camp(3995m) – Acclimitization day 
A day of acclimatization with a walk to Karanga Valley Camp (3963 m)
Walking duration: 4-5hrs, 5km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 5:Karanga Valley (3995m) – Barafu Hut (4600m)
After breakfast, with picnic lunch enroute climb through glaciers for approximately
4 to 5 hours before arriving the Barafu Hut for dinner and overnight.
Walking duration: 4-5hrs, 4km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 6:Barafu Hut (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
An early wakeup call around 01.00hrs for preparation and light breakfast before starting final ascent to the summit i.e. either the Stella Point reached in approximately 5 to 6 hrs and a further ascent to the Uhuru Peak reached in another approx 45minutes. After signing and short rest at barafu hut descend via the Gilman’s Point down to Mweka hut for an hours rest with light breakfast then descent down for dinner and overnight at Mweka hut.
Walking duration: 11-14hrs, 17km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 7: Mweka Camp(3100) – Mweka Gate(1640m)
Descend from Mweka hut to the park gate from where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower
Walking duration: 3-4hrs, 10km
All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Book here…

The price includes;-
2 transfers from the hotel to Machame park gate and back to hotel from Mweka’s gate
3 meals a day while trekking(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian/Celliac
National Park’s entrance fees, camping fees and rescue fees
Mountain tents and sleeping mattresses
All park entrance fees and government levies
Professional and friendly English speaking mountain Guides and assistant guides
Porters- a maximum of 2 per client
Professional and experience mountain climbing chef
Hotel accommodation pre and post trek

The Price does not include:

Personal Items of Nature
Sleeping bags
Climbing gears

Note: All the above items can be hired at a reasonable price

 Itinerary for Kilimanjaro climb-Umbwe Route- 2: 6 days 5 nights

Machame route is regarded as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro. You ascend gradually through the forest till you emerge onto the Moorland of Shira Plateau, from which there are superb views of the Kibo Peak and the Great Western Breach. Travellers through Machame route

DAY0
This might be your arrival day to Tanzania where we will pick you from your arrival point either airport, shuttle bus office or in the border/custom to a hotel. Campsite for dinner and overnight

Day 1: Machame Gate (1800m) – Machame Camp (3000m)
Arrive to the Machame Gate from Arusha/ Moshi in a 4WD vehicle, introduction to your guide and porters. Registration is done and thereafter start climb {Hiking/Trekking} with picnic lunch through rain forest for approximately 4 to 5 hrs where you arrive to the Machame Hut. Later afternoon walk up to a little higher altitude is done for acclimatization. Return to Machame Hut for dinner and overnight. FB

Day 2: Machame Camp (3000m) – Shira Camp (3800m)
After breakfast, start climb through short Savannah, forest and other vegetation for approximately 4 to 5hrs, with picnic lunch en route before arriving in the afternoon at the Shira Hut. In Shira is where an extra day can be spent for acclimatization when climbing takes 7 days or more, dinner and overnight at Shira hut. FB

Day 3: Shira (3800m) – Barranco (3950m)
After breakfast a slow walk through semi glacier and sandy areas with picnic lunch 3 to 4 hrs before arriving at the Barranco Hut for dinner and overnight. FB

Day 4:Barranco Hut (3950m) – Barafu Hut (4600m)
After breakfast, with picnic lunch enroute climb through glaciers for approximately 4 to 5 hours before arriving the Barafu Hut for dinner and overnight. FB

Day 5:Barafu Hut (4600m) Uhuru Peak (5895m) Mweka (3100m)
An early wake up call around 01.00hrs for preparation and light breakfast before starting final ascent to the summit i.e. either the Stella Point reached in approximately 5 to 6 hrs and a further ascent to the Uhuru Peak reached in another approx 45minutes. After signing and short rest at barafu hut descend via the Gilman?s Point down to Mweka hut for an hours rest with light breakfast then descent down for dinner and overnight at Mweka hut. FB

Day 6: Descend from Mweka hut to the park gate from where you are transfered back to your hotel or proceed safari with us

The price you will be quoted is inclusive of:-
2 transfers from Moshi to Machame park gate -return
3 meals per day while trekking – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
6 days Kilimanjaro trek- Machame
5 nights accomodation in camps while trekking Machame
First and Last night accommodation at excellent hotel in Moshi -Bed and Breakfast.
All park entrance fees and government levies
English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
Porters- a maximum of 2 per client

The Price does not include:

Gloves, Sun glasses, Sleeping bag, Hats , Rain suits, Warm Jacket,
Heavy boots, Scarf’s, Rain Trousers, tents

Note: All the above items can be hired at a reasonable price

Book a Kilimanjaro climbing trip here…

Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route 8 Days in the mountain

Day 0: Arrival
You are collected by one of your drivers at the airport(preferred Kilimanjaro international Airport – JRO) and drive to your hotel for rest and overnight
-BB Included

Day 1: Hotel – Londorossi Gate (2360m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2810m)
Your day starts early with a breakfast from the hotel, followed by a briefing by your head guide and then a 2-hour drive from the hotel (910m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment at the park’s gate and registration. You start trekking through the rainforest until completes this day by entering to our first camp where your tent is setup with your personal belongings inside
-Walking distance: 6km, 3-4hrs
All meals are included

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa camp (2810m) – Shira 2 camp (3505m)
You depart from Mti mkubwa to the second camp through heath and Moorland zone, following the shira ridge we enter vast high attitude desert plateau where the first view of Mount kilimanjaro unfold one the horizon
Walking Distance: 8km, 6-8hrs
All meals are included

Day 3: Shira camp 2 (3505m)-Moir Camp(4160m)
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. We leave from Shira to Moir camp which is nested near enormous beds of volcanic rock and surrounded by rocky hills and cliffs. At the arrival of camp you enter your tent which is already set with your belongings inside
Walking Distance: 9km, 6-8hrs
All meals are included

Day 4: Moir Camp(4160m) – Barranco camp(3950m)- Acclimitization Day 
After spending a night at the Moir camp today we test our acclimitization with a trek to the base of Lava tower at 4500m, following our rest we descent through senecio forest passing waterfalls that usher us in to the Barranco camp. The camp is set in the shadow of the massive Barranco wallwith easterly breezes often carrying misty cloudsfrom the Barranco Valley.
Walking distance: 5-7hrs, 7km
All meals are included

Day 5: Barranco camp(3950m) – Karanga camp(39950m)
Today’s task will be the 150m face of the Barranco wall. Realization of how hard the porters works will be realized as this challenging scramble provides quiet the balancing act for our crew. We arrive at the camp for a well deserved dinner and overnight
Walking distance: 3-5hrs, 5km
All meals are included

Day 6: Karanga Camp(3995m) – Barafu Camp(4600m)
After breakfast with picnic lunch en route, the morning trek is slow and steady uphill hike as we enters the Arctic zone, The temperatures becomes noticieably cooler, however excitement fills our camp as we take final prepaarions for the summit day ahead.
Walking distance: 3-5hrs, 4km
All meals are included

Day 7: Summit attempts, Barafu camp(4600m) – Uhuru Peak(5895m) – Mweka Camp(3100m) 
Today we face our greatest challenge, and meet the most rewarding point. A early wakeup call for preparation and light breakfast before starting the summit around 01.00hrs. Spectacular view coupled with the sunrise will warm the soul and strengthern the spirit as the iconic Uhuru peak is now on sight. After the elation of a well earned summit, we descend back to Barafu camp for a nice break and celebration before continueing to Mweka camp
Walking Distance: 12-14hrs, 21km
All meals are included

Day 8: Mweka Camp(3100m)- Mweka gate 
Descend from Mweka camp to the park gate where you are transfered back to your hotel for a well deserved shower.
Walking Distance: 3-4hrs, 10hrs

The price includes;-
2 transfers from the hotel to Londorosi park gate and back to hotel from Mweka’s gate
3 meals a day while trekking(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian/Celliac
National Park’s entrance fees, camping fees and rescue fees
Mountain tents and sleeping mattresses
All park entrance fees and government levies
Professional and friendly English speaking mountain Guides and assistant guides
Porters- a maximum of 2 per client
Professional and experience mountain climbing chef
Hotel accommodation pre and post trek

The Price does not include:

Personal Items of Nature
Sleeping bags
Climbing gears
Book a Kilmanjaro climbing now..

During your Kilimanjaro climb with us expects the following
;-Professional, licensed, experienced and friendly English speaking guides
;-Hard working team-oriented support staffs
;-Quality, water and storm proof, four season mountain tents,
;-Roomy dining mess tents with chairs, and tables
;-Plenty, Fresh, clean, healthy and well cooked nutritious meals while on the mountain
;-Clean, purified drinking water
;-Fair and ethical treatment of porters
;-Environmental responsible trekking

Size of our groups:
Our Kilimanjaro group size are limited to 20 people. We will combine group up to this limit if they are booked for the same tour, starting the same date

We can also accommodate large groups of any size