This route is renowned for its beautiful views and combined both tropical forest and moorland.
Day 1: Nairobi-Moshi
Take the shuttle bus from Nairobi at 0800 hrs and proceed to Arusha arriving at 1300hrs. Depart for Moshi at 1400hrs arriving at 1530hrs. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Moshi or (pick from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to hotel in Moshi)
Day 2: Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame camp (2980m)
Hiking time: 7 hours, Distance: About 18km, Habitat: Montane forest
Transfer to from your hotel to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Machame. From here, you trek through the lush forest to Machame hut. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 3: Machame Camp (2980m) – Shira Camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6 hours, Distance: About 9km, Habitat: Moorland
Leave the forest. The path follows a steep ridge passing through open moorlands crossing a large gorge to reach Shira hut. Overstay at the camp.
Day 4: Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 7 hours, Distance: About 15km, Habitat: Semi desert
You turn Eastwards and continue ascending through the dry landscape before dropping again to reach Barranco hut. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3950m) – Barafu Camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 7 hours, Distance: About 13km, Habitat: Alpine desert
The path climbs steep out of the Barranco valley and crosses the Karanga valley, then turns North to reach Barafu hut. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 6: Summit Attempt!! Barafu Camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru, 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka, Distance: 7km ascent, 23km descent, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
A long day with an early start to reach the crater, ream at the Stella point in time for sunrise, then to Uhuru peak, the hightst point in Africa. Afterwards, descend to Gilman’s point and down to Horombo hut. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 7: Descend down passing Mandara hut to the gate where you are transferred back to your hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: After breakfast board shuttle bus from the hotel and proceed to Nairobi arriving late in the afternoon.