5892 m




from January 7 to 16, 2023

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The highest summit in Africa

This trek begins above Machame, a picturesque mountain village south of Kilimanjaro. After crossing the forest and then the tall grasses and giant heather of the moors, the trail continues through some rocks to the Shira plateau. Then, it continues counter-clockwise, under the south face of Kibo to reach the Lava Tower with its superb panorama. The ascent of the Barranco Wall, a difficult but challenging climb, approaches Uhuru Peak via Barafu, a ridge adjacent to the South East Valley. The climb from Barafu offers incredible views of Mawenzi Peak, a volcanic remnant of Kilimanjaro.


Detailed program

Machame Way

Day 0 & 1

Arrival/Village of Mbahe

If KLM flight arrival at 22H at kilimanjaro International.

Night at Pink Flamingo Moshi.

Next day:

Pre-trek briefing at your hotel in Moshi. We will also examine your equipment and rent any necessary equipment. Rest before departure and wait for any delayed luggage.

Day 2

From the hotel to Machame camp

We will have a 45 minute drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The road passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We leave the park gate and walk through the rainforest on a winding trail over a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea. We continue for a short distance until we reach Machame Camp.

Altitude : 1 830m to 2 870m

Distance : 11 km

Walking time : 5-6 hours

Habitat: tropical forest

Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 3

From Machame camp to Shira camp

After breakfast, we leave the rainforest clearings and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The trail now heads west through a gorge until we reach the Shira campsite.

Altitude : 2 850 m à 3 750 m

Distance : 5 km

Walking time : 4-5 hours

Habitat : Landes

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

Shira Camp at Lava Tower in Barranco Camp

From the Shira plateau, we continue eastward on a ridge, passing the junction to the Kibo peak. As we continue, we head southeast towards Lava Tower (altitude 4600 m). Shortly after, we arrive at the second junction that goes towards the Arrow glacier. We continue now towards the camp of Barranco. Although you will end the day at about the same altitude as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Altitude : 3 750 m à 3 900 m

Distance : 10 km

Walking time : 5-6 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5

from Barranco camp to Barafu camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge to the Barranco Wall (elevation 4,250 m), through the Karanga Valley (elevation 4,050 m) to the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue to Camp Barafu. You have completed the southern circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with a view of the summit in the distance.

Altitude : 3 900m à 4 630 m

Distance : 9 km

Walking time : 6-8 hours

Habitat: alpine desert

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Barafu camp at the top of Kilimanjaro and descent to Mweka camp

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we attack towards the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Soon we will be towards Stella Point on the edge of the crater. This is the most mentally and physically difficult part of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you will ever see. Faster hikers can see the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, it is possible to get snow all the way to the top. Once you reach Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and the African continent!

From the summit, we begin our descent by continuing straight to Mweka camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. We arrive at Mweka camp in the afternoon and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Altitude : 4 673 m à 5 895 m

Up to 3,090m on the way down

Distance : 5 km uphill / 13 km downhill

Walking time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down

Habitat: Rocky scree and glacial summit

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Habitat: Rocky scree and glacial summit

After breakfast, we continue downhill to the Mweka Park gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower altitudes, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help you. Shorts and t-shirts will probably suffice (keep rain gear and warmer clothes on hand).

A vehicle will be waiting for you at the Mweka gate to take you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 60 minutes).

Altitude : 3 100 m à 1 680 m

Distance : 10 km

Walking time : 3-4 hours

Habitat : Forest

Meals : breakfast

Day 8 & 9

Hotel Pink Flamingo visit Moshi and return France.