When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 9

Itinerary

Day 1Moshi

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Moshi and go to the hotel. Attend a pre-departure meeting with your guide scheduled for the evening.

 
Arrival Day
 

Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.

Accommodation

 
Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Moshi/Machame camp

Hike lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to Machame Camp.

 

 
Private Vehicle
Moshi – Machame1h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Machame Gate – Machame camp5h-7h11km

Start at the Machame Gate where the group will register and begin hiking. The slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro are a rainforest zone, so trails can be wet and muddy. Keep a look-out for black and white colobus monkeys and exotic birds. On the first day of hiking the group covers a long distance with a gradual gradient. End the day at the Machame Campsite above the rainforest.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Machame camp/Shira 2 Camp

Hike through the lower alpine moorland to Shira 2 camp and observe the spectacular view of Kibo Peak.

 

 
Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Machame camp – Shira 2 Camp5h-6h5km

Start with a steep ascent towards the edge of the forest. Climb the steep ridge and stop for a break. Before reaching camp, continue hiking to Shira Cathedral and enjoy the view of the peaks. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Shira 2 Camp/Barranco Camp

Hike to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower. Enjoy the fantastic view of Western Breach and the Breach Wall.

 

 
Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower3h-4h7km

Climb slowly through the rocky terrain to the Lava Tower (4600m, 15,092 ft) from the Shira 2 Camp. The route becomes increasingly challenging and steep. Some hikers might start to feel weak or short of breath from the altitude so go slowly— “pole pole” as they say in Swahili—to avoid exasperating the symptoms. 

 
Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Lava Tower – Barranco Camp1h30m-2h3km

Descend from the Lava Tower 650m (2133 ft) to the Great Barranco Valley. Hike about 2 hours to reach the valley, acclimate to the elevation and take in the view of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way. Reach the Barranco Camp and enjoy the beautiful landscape as a reward for the day’s difficult hike. The Breach Wall surrounds the Camp on three sides and the area has an amazing view of hanging glaciers and the Kibo massif. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Barranco Camp/Karanga Camp

Hike to Karanga camp via the Great Barranco Wall and the vast alpine desert of the Karanga Valley.

 

 
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp4h-5h5km

Start the steady hike up the eastern side of the Great Barranco Wall. On the way to the Karanga Camp (4100m, 13,451 ft), pass below the Heim Glacier and through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Depending on the weather, enjoy the fantastic view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Heim Glacier. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp

Make the short trek to Barafu Camp. Prepare for the upcoming hike to the summit.

 

 
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp3h-4h4km

Trek through the Karanga Valley to the Barafu Camp at 4600m (15,092ft). The trail through the alpine desert is dry, barren, and temperatures will get colder after leaving the valley camp. The Barafu Camp is on a narrow ridge with no barriers from the wind, but with a beautiful view of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Take some time before dark to get familiar with the camp area to avoid any accidents later.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Barafu Camp/Mweka Camp

Night hike to the summit via Stella Point. Appreciate the beautiful sunrise before descending to Mweka Camp.

The route from Barafu Camp to the summit is mentally and physically, the longest, most challenging day of the entire trek. Despite the difficulty, the memory of conquering Mt Kilimanjaro will stay with you forever.

 
Barafu Camp to Stella Point
Barafu Camp – Stella Point6h4km

Wake up call today is at 11pm in order to reach Stella Point (5756m, 18,885 ft) in time for the spectacular view of the sunrise (depending on weather). Enjoy a snack and warm drink and get ready for the ascent in the dark up the northwest scree. Go slowly as the terrain is rocky and difficult, pass between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers before arriving at Stella Point. 

 
Stella Point to Summit
Stella Point – Uhuru1h-1h30m1km

Start the 1 hour, gradual ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m, 19341 ft) along the snow-covered trail. Temperatures near the summit can range from -23° C (-9°f) in the morning to just below freezing overnight. Arrive at the summit at last! Take a deep breath and celebrate a successful climb.

 
Summit to Mweka Camp
Uhuru – Mweka Camp4h-6h12km

Begin the descent from the summit towards the Barafu camp, where the group will pack up and enjoy a quick rest. The route down will use the same rock and scree path as the ascent and will pass back through moorland and forest terrain. Reach Mweka hut in the late afternoon.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Mweka/Moshi

Continue the descent through forested, lower slopes to Moshi. Meet the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a G supported project, for a climbing ceremony. 

Arrive to Moshi in the afternoon. Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! Before dinner, you will be welcomed and congratulated on your climb by the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures. They will present you with a gift and a certificate to remember all your efforts on the mountain. 

 
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate4h-5h10km

Hike downhill to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the lower altitude and the view of the forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route can be muddy underfoot so take care. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Upon arrival to Moshi in the afternoon, relax, or opt to have that much-deserved shower and congratulatory beverage. 

 
Private Vehicle
Mweka – Moshi30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
G Adventures for Good: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit
 

This project is supported by the Planeterra Foundation and G Adventures. Women and girls are often the first to be excluded from educational programs in Tanzania, with most girls being pulled out of school by Grade 3 to help out around the home. Our ground partners provide free adult business education for women in Moshi, and Planeterra and G Adventures have rented a cooperative space to allow these students to practice their academic skills and save income to start their own business. Feel free to shop for for souvenirs and speak to the women who run the cooperative about their lives and how the project has assisted in building a brighter future.

Optional Activities - Day 8


Moshi Mamas Massage
Moshi

Want to revive sore muscles with a relaxing massage? Have the Moshi Mamas come to your hotel and indulge in a 30 min massage after completing your hike to the roof of Africa! The Moshi Women’s Cooperative is a project supported by G Adventures, which provides business education to local women.

Accommodation

 
Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9Moshi

Depart at any time.

Today is departure day, and you are free to leave at any time.

 
Departure Day
 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast

 

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