– general information

Mt Kilimanjaro

Mountain Treks

Mt Kilimanjaro General Information

A trek to Uhuru Summit on Mt Kilimanjaro is an amazing achievement. The mountain is the highest freestanding mountain in the world - meaning it is the highest mountain which is not part of a mountain range. It is the highest mountain that can be scaled without technical equipment or special training. The biggest challenge in a Mt Kilimanjaro trek is dealing with the elevation - specifically, the lower oxygen amounts available at high altitudes. At the summit, there is only half the oxygen compared to what is common at sea-level. How your body adjusts to this varies with each individual and is an unknown factor until you are actually on the mountain. There are ways to aid your body's adjustment though. One is to have an experienced guide who is well trained to look for early signs of altitude sickness and can adjust the pace accordingly. Uisso Adventures & Safari employs only the most seasoned guides who are all certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR). Regular health monitoring is done during the climb to ensure the safety of each climber. Oxygen cylinders are brought on each climb for emergency use. Secondly is to have an itinerary that spends enough days on the mountain to allow your body to adjust. The shortest standard itinerary for Mt Kilimanjaro is 5 days. This itinerary also has the lowest success rate. We suggest it only if because of time or budget it is the only option. The most common are 7 or 8 days itineraries. Thridly is by giving your body the best foods to enable each trekker to reach the summit. At high altitudes nausea and lack of appitite are common. But the mountain chefs at Uisso Adventures & Safari make sure that the diet given is appropriate for the challenge and is easily digested and appealing. With advanced notice (a few days before the climb starts), the chef can cater to special diet requests such as vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free diets.

Mt Kilimanjaro can be climbed any time of the year but there are two precipitation periods which can make the climb more challenging. During March, April, and early May is the biggest period of precipitation. During November and early December there is a smaller period of precipitation. Less precipitation falls on the north side of the mountain so during these periods Rongai Route and Northern Circuit Route are typically drier.

Since Mt Kilimanjaro is the fourth highest promenence in the world (the difference in altitude between the base of the mountain compared to the summit), this leads to a major change in climate during the trek. So efffecient packing is a must. Be sure to follow our packing list carefully and completely. Any item needed to climb Mt Kilimanjaro can be rented locallly and are of high quality. The mountain is large enough to create its own weather system and the weather is unpredicatable. So the packing list prepares you for any situation which you may encounter.

During each days climb, you will be carrying any extra layer of clothes such as rain gear that may be needed along with your day's drinking water - 3L or more of water each day is important for a successful trek. A team of porters will carry the rest of your gear, and the gear provided by Uisso Adventures & Safari (sleeping mattress, tents, table, chairs, food, cooking utensils, portable toilet, etc). After you leave camp, they will pack the gear, scurry past you, and have everything set up at the next camp by the time that you arrive.

When booking a climb with Uisso Adventures & Safari, unless otherwise arranged, we will allow others to join your trek. For an additional price we can make your climb exclusive to you only. Contact us for further details regarding this.


– itineraries & prices

Mt Kilimanjaro

Itineraries & Prices

UPCOMING OPEN GROUP KILIMANJARO TREK: 08 - 13 July 2022 Machame Route
Contact us for details and to reserve your spot.

Except for Marangu Route, all overnights are in tents. Marangu Route has dormitory style huts with solar panel lighting. It is a busy route partially because of the relative comfort of the huts and short number of days required make it a popular choice. But another reason the camps are busy is because it is the only route that descends along the same path as the ascent so trekkers going both directions are at the same camp. It is the least scenic route and not really one of our favourites.

Machame Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
Machame Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
Marangu Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
Marangu Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
Rongai Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
Rongai Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
Umbwe Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
Umbwe Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
Northern Circuit Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
Northern Circuit Route - Uisso Adventures & Safari
payments accepted through pesapal

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I just climb Mt Kilimanjaro without a guide?
No. The park requires a mountain guide certified specifically for Mt Kilimanjaro to accompany all treks.

If someone in our group cannot complete the climb, does that mean that we all must return back?
No, even groups with only 2 people will have an assistant guide that is very capable of handling all situations. The assistant guide will return with the incapacitated person(s) while the rest of the group continues the trek.

If our climb is shortened will we be reimbursed for unused days?
If your climb is shortened either not being able to complete the climb or if you finish faster than scheduled, there cannot be any refund. Park fees are not refundable and are paid in advance. The work agreement with the climb staff is for a set number of days and their agreement is to be guarenteed payment for that number of days. Note that you will be responsible for any living expenses (hotel, meals, etc.) once you return from the mountain.

If someone in our group requires a special meal (vegetarian for example), does that mean everyone eats that same diet?
No, the cook will accommodate that special request without changing the diet for the rest of the group.

What happens if my flight is delayed or my bags lost? Can the climb be postponed a day?
As much as possible we will be flexible. If there are no other people on the trek we usually can postpone a day. You would be responsible for any extra hotel and meals during the wait. There very well may be complications in rescheduling if you have scheduled a lodge/tented camp safari or Zanzibar accommodations following the trek. If your bags are lost and the trip cannot be pushed back, we can help you find rental equipment locally. If possible when your bags arrive we wll try to get your equipment to you on the mountain. We strongly suggest travel insurance to cover added expenses.

Is there a way of communicating with family/friends who are back home while we are on the mountain?
We are in communication with the guides daily through walkie-talkie. Cell phone coverage on the mountain is very hit and miss. Mostly miss. If you need to be in communication with someone at your home or they with you, this can be done to some extent through your guide and our office.

Are there phone/electronic charging facilities on the mountain?
The only charging facilities are for the park rangers use. Bringing a power bank or a solar charging system is a good idea. Since the likelihood of being able to use your phone or internet on the mountain is very small, you will not have your phone on often except to take pictures. As you reach the higher altitudes, it will be important to keep your phone battery warm otherwise it will not be usable at the summit.

How much cash should I bring with me on the mountain?
Zero. You will have no use for cash while on the mountain. There is nothing to buy, and tipping of the mountain staff will be done after you arrive back to your hotel.

Where will my luggage that is not being taken with me on the mountain be stored during my trek? All itmes not going with you on the mountain will be securely stored in our office while you are on the mountain. There is no charge for this service.

Mountain Safety

Details aboout how we keep you safe

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Mountain Safety

Our guides are well trained in treating any health issue that might arise on the mountain. Before the trek, you will have a briefing with your guide where all questions will be answered and any existing health issue made known to your guide. Daily there will be health checks where pulse, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, respiration, and blood sugar are all monitored. The guides are very good at observing any danger signs during the days trek. We strongly reccommend health insurance that covers hiking below 6,000m (this is the standard catagory travel insurance uses for Mt Kilimanjaro treks). Some insurance companies include this catagory in their standrd policy, others require an add on coverage. If you chose not to be covered by insurance, we will require the signing of a waiver agreement from you.

If you are not able to continue the trek, you will be brought down the mountain with the asistance of a guide/assistant guide and at least one porter. In extreme cases, a stretcher will be used. In most cases, as soon as you get to a lower altitude you will feel much bettter. We will keep you under watch in case medical attention is needed. There is no longer a helicopter rescue service on Mt Kilimanjaro.

Many clients choose to use Diamox to lessen affects af altitude fever. We suggeest thhat you consult your physician to see if this is a good choice for you. If you decide to use it, you should start using it at least one day before the trek starts to see if the medication will be giveing you adverse side effects.

Regarding Malaria -- the carrier of the disease is not present at the altitudes of Kilimanjaro. But if you are coming from/going to a safari you may choose to use a prophylaxis during your trip. But you will be asked to not use it on the mountain because side effects may make diagnosing altitude sickness difficult.

Packing List

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Mount Kilimanjaro/Mt Meru Packing List

The quantities listed are sufficient for a 7 days itinerary. If choosing a Mt Meru trek or 5 days Marangu trek, you can reduce the quantity a little.

All items can be rented locally. There will be an equipment check before your trek starts to insure you are properly prepared.

Clothing

  • 4-5 Pairs of underwear
  • Top and bottom base layer
  • 3-4 Short sleeve and 1-2 long sleeve trekking shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of hiking trousers
  • 1 Fleece jacket
  • 1 Insulated winter jacket
  • 1 Insulated trekking trousers
  • 1 Hardshell jacket
  • Lightweight raingear

Headgear

  • Sun hat, ideally with a neck cover
  • Warm beanie or fleece headband
  • Bandana or neck gaiter
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses - Polarized (Glacier Glasses are ideal)

Hands and Walking

  • Lightweight inner gloves
  • Warm outer gloves/mitts
  • Adjustable trekking poles

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots
  • Sandals/Trainers (for use at the camps)
  • 4-5 Pairs of trekking socks
  • 1 Pair of warm/thick trekking socks
  • gaiters

Bags/Packs

  • 80-90L Waterproof duffle bag
  • 20-30L Daypack
  • Daypack Raincover

Sleeping Accessories

  • 4-Season Sleeping Bag (temperature rating of 0°C or lower)
  • Sleeping Bag Liner

General Accessories

  • Water Bottles (enough for 3L)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sweat-Resistant Sunblock
  • Blister Plasters (Bandaids)
  • Insect Repellant
  • General medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
  • Diamox (optional - see Mountain Safety Article for advice)
  • Pee bottle (optional)

Technology

  • Camera (optional - Note: Drones are not allowed)
  • Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
  • Power Bank (optional)
  • Spare Memory Card (optional)

Misc.

  • Energy Bars
  • Energy Drink Supplement
  • Ziplock Bags (note: single use plastic bags are not allowed in the country)
  • Trekking towel
  • Toiletries, including one roll of toilet paper
  • Small lock for your duffle bag (optional)

Kilimanjaro Kit List for the Western Breach

  • Climbing helmet
  • Ice axe
  • Point crampons

Mountain Diet

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It takes a lot of energy to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. But at higher altitudes climbers often experience a loss of appitite and nausea. This makes having a diet of appealing, high energy, and easily digested foods important. As long as we know before the climb of any special diet restrictions or requests, we can make the arrangements. Just because one person in your group requests a special diet, it does not mean that evereyone else will have the same restrictions. The chef will prepare options for everyone's preference. Breakfasts will typically include some of the following: fresh fruit, porridge, eggs, sausages, bread/chapati, pancakes, hot chocolate/tea/coffee. Lunches and dinners include some of the following: rice, potatoes, plantains, stews, pasta, soups, vegetables, chicken/meat, bread/chapati, hot chocolate/tea/coffee. Foods are brought fresh on the climb and are resupplied at one point during the climb. Some lunches may be hot lunches and some might be cold lunches depending on the logistics for that day's itinerary. There will be plenty of food and the staff will be enouraging you to eat more than you usually would at home. Each day it is important that while on the mountain you consumee very much water, at least 3L/day. All drinking water that we provide for you will be treated already with iodine.

Tipping Procedure

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Tipping Procedure

The very nature of tipping is that it is optional. But like many jobs in the service industry, tips form an important part of the mountain crew's income. Our system of distributing tips to the staff is the most fair and transparent method that we know of. The last night on the mountain, the guide will bring a list of all staff on the trek and what their duties were. As a group you can decide how much each person should be tipped (all tip suggestions listed are amounts per group). If you are too tired at that time, don't worry, this can be done when you arrive back from the mountain. In Moshi, you will be given an envelope for each staff member where your group will personally present each staff member with their envelope. Tips can be given in any currency (USD, Tanzanian Shillings, Euro, etc). Tips in the form of equipment are also welcome. Tips cannot be given by credit/debit card payment to Uisso Adventures since the government would tax the company on that amount. If you need to go to an ATM for cash, we can take you to one. The amount we have suggeested as appropriate tips has come from previous clients recommendations.

Uisso Adventures has a strict policy of our staff not pressuring clients for tips. If you feel that a staff member is pressuring you for a large tip or creating hardship stories plese let us know so we can train the staff member(s) to comply better with our standards of behavior.

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Machame Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

The Machame Route is known as the “Whiskey Route” in comparison to Marangu’s “Coca Cola Route”. This is because Machame is a more difficult route, and does not have sleeping huts for accomodation. Machame is the second most popular route on the mountain.

The trek begins in the south-west area of the mountain at Machame Gate. The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain. Because of the ascent in the west and descent down the north, Machame offers great vistas of Kilimanjaro. Additionally, Machame visits stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower.

Machame is ideal for those who want a more difficult climb, and are confident in their ability to hike over extended periods of time on sometimes steep terrain. Climbers using Machame place a premium of varied scenery, but also accept heavy traffic.

Day 0 (arrival day)
This might be your arrival day in Tanzania, our driver will pick you from the airport preferred Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive you to the hotel for 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.

Day 2 Machame Camp (3000m) - Shira Camp (3800m)
After breakfast, start climb through short Savannah, forest and other vegetation for approximately 4 to 5 hours, 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 Camp.

Day 3 Shira Camp (3800m) - Barranco Camp (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 Camp for dinner and overnight rest.

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

Day 5 Barafu Hut Camp (4600m) Uhuru Peak (5895m) Mweka Camp(3100m)
An early wakeup call around 01.00hrs for preparation and light breakfast before starting final ascent to the summit. Depending on your pace, Stella Point is reached in approximately 5 to 6 hrs. followed by a final push to the Uhuru Peak reached in another 45 minutes or so. After taking in the moment and taking any pictures of your achievement, you descend via the Gilman’s Point down to Barafu Camp for an hour's rest with light breakfast then descent down to Mweka Hut Camp for dinner and overnight rest.

Day 6 Descend from Mweka Hut Camp to Marangu Gate
Descend from Mweka Hut Camp to the park gate from where you are transferred back to your hotel.

2022 Machame Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2300      2 - 5 Participants: $2200/person       6+ participants: $2000/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Machame Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

Day 1: Machame Gate (1800m) - Machame Camp (3000m)
Arrive at the Machame Gate, introduction to your whole crew then do the registration at the park’s gate. After registration is done you start climb through rain forest with picnic lunch for approximately 4 to 5 hrs where you arrive to the Machame Camp. Later afternoon walk up to a little higher altitude then you return to Machame Camp for dinner and overnight.

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 Camp, dinner and overnight at Shira Camp.

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

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m)-Karanga Valley Camp (3995m) - Acclimatization day
A day of acclimatization with a walk to Karanga Valley Camp (3963 m)

Day 5: Karanga Valley (3995m) - Barafu Camp (4600m)
After breakfast, with picnic lunch enroute climb through glaciers for approximately 4 to 5 hours before arriving the Barafu Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4600m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka Camp(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 45 minutes. After picture taking and taking in the moment, you descend via the Gilman’s Point down to Barafut Camp for an hour's rest with light breakfast then descent down to Mweka Hut Camp for dinner and overnight rest.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3100) – Mweka Gate (1640m)
Descend from Mweka Camp to the park gate from where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower

2022 Machame Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2300      2 - 5 Participants: $2200/person       6+ participants: $2000/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Lemosho Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

Day 1: Hotel - Londorossi Gate (2360m) - Mti Mkubwa Camp (2810m)
Your day starts early with a breakfast from the hotel then a 2-hour drive from the hotel (910m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2360m). You start trekking through the rain-forest. You complete the day by entering to our first camp where your tent is setup with your personal belongings inside.

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 altitude desert plateau where a wonderful view of Mount Kilimanjaro can be enjoyed.

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.

Day 4: Moir Camp(4160m) - Barranco Camp(3950m)- Acclimatization Day
After spending a night at the Moir camp today we test our acclimatization with a trek to the base of Lava Tower at 4500m, following our rest we descent through senecio forest passing waterfalls that usher us into the Barranco Camp. The camp is set in the shadow of the massive Barranco Wall with easterly breezes often carrying misty clouds from the Barranco Valley.

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 quite the balancing act for our crew. We arrive at the camp for a well deserved dinner and overnight rest.

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 enter the arctic zone, The temperatures becomes noticeably cooler, however excitement fills our camp as we take final preparations for the summit day ahead.

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. An 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 strengthen 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 continuing to Mweka Camp.

Day 8: Mweka Camp(3100m)- Mweka Gate
Descend from Mweka Camp to the park gate where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower.

2022 Lemosho Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2500      2 - 5 Participants: $2300/person       6+ participants: $2100/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Lemosho Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

Day 1: Hotel - Londorossi Gate (2360m) - Mti Mkubwa Camp (2810m)
Your day starts early with a breakfast from the hotel, followed by a 2-hour drive from the hotel (910m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). After registration procedures you start trekking through the rainforest entering our first camp where your tent is setup with your personal belongings inside

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 altitude desert plateau where a wonderful view of Mount Kilimanjaro can be enjoyed.

Day 3: Shira Camp 2 (3505m) -Barranco Camp(3950m)
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. We test our acclimatization with a trek to the base of Lava Tower at 4500m, following our rest we descent through senecio forest passing waterfalls that usher us into the Barranco Camp. The camp is set in the shadow of the massive Barranco Wall with easterly breezes often carrying misty clouds from the Barranco Valley.

Day 4: Barranco Camp(3950m) - Karanga Camp(3995m)
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 quite the balancing act for our crew. We arrive at the camp for a well deserved dinner and overnight

Day 5: Karanga Camp(3995m) - Barafu Camp(4600m)
After breakfast with picnic lunch en route, the morning trek is slow and steady uphill hike as we enter the Arctic Zone. The temperatures becomes noticeably cooler, however excitement fills our camp as we take final preparations for the summit day ahead.

Day 6: Summit attempt, Barafu Camp (4600m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3100m)
Today we face our greatest challenge, and meet the most rewarding point. An 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 strengthen 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 continuing to Mweka Camp.

Day 7: Mweka Camp(3100m)- Mweka Gate
Descend from Mweka camp to the park gate where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower.

2022 Lemosho Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2500      2 - 5 Participants: $2300/person       6+ participants: $2100/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Marangu Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

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 (Acclimitazation Day)
Today we walk towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. We recommend drinking enough water and walking slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the Horombo Hut. Horombo hut to further improve our acclimatization.

DAY 4: 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 5: 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 crater’s rim. (19,344ft). Start the descent to Horombo Hut for overnight

DAY 6:Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)
A triumphant short walk through the rain forest to the park gate. Our transportation will be there to return you to your hotel in Moshi.

Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2000      2 - 5 Participants: $1900/person       6+ participants: $1800/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
Sleeping Mattress, cookinq equipment, dining equipment & utensils
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Marangu Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

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 Hut.
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)
The walk will not be difficult today even with a tired body. You will go through the rain forest, so there might be some mud and rain but otherwise a very enjoyable walk and you make your way to te park gate where our vehicle will be waiting for you to return you to Moshi.

Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2000      2 - 5 Participants: $1900/person       6+ participants: $1800/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
Sleeping Mattress, cookinq equipment, dining equipment & utensils
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Rongai Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

Day 1: Rongai 1st Caves Camp (9,285 ft./ 2,830 m)
Depart Moshi after breakfast at your hotel to Marangu Gate for registration. After registration, proceed with a drive to the Rongai Gate for about 5hrs. Today’s walk is at a leisurely pace through fields and then into the rainforest. Dinner and overnight at Rongai 1st Caves Camp.

Day 2: Rongai 2 Caves Camp (11,300 ft./ 3,450 m)
About 4-5 hours climb through the heather will bring you to second caves. If the weather is clear, Mawenzi will be in plain view; a stunning sight. Enjoy stopping to see the interesting heather-zone flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail. Dinner and overnight at Rongai 2 Caves Camp.

Day 3: Kikelewa Caves Camp (11,800 ft./ 3600 m)
Today is a short trek designed to help you acclimatize. A smaller track leads off the main trail through the moorland and towards Mawenzi’s steeply rising slopes (Mawenzi peak). The trekking time is about 3 – 5 hours, arriving in camp for a hot lunch, and a chance to acclimatize while exploring the surrounding landscape of bizarre plants and rock formations and caves. Dinner and overnight at Kikelelwa Caves Camp.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,160 ft./ 4,315 m)
Trek from the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert towards Mawenzi, on trails not frequented by many tourists. From the Tarn Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view across the saddle towards Kibo, your final target. Total trekking time is 5-7 hours. Dinner and overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Camp.

Day 5: Kibo Hut (15,585 ft./ 4,750 m)
The trekking time today is 5 - 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The trek takes you across the massive saddle. The crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. Prepare all your gear for the night ahead, and arrive in early to rest.

DAY 6: Horombo Camp ( up to 19,340 ft./ 5,895m then down to 10,200 ft./ 3,110 m)
We will awake you at midnight, and depart the camp at about 01:00. From your camp to the rim of the crater Gilman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. At departure, the temperatures will be between -0 to -10° C, and then from 04:00 to 06:00 (just before sunrise), you can expect temperatures from -10° to -20° C. The slope is steep , with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. You will stop at Hans Meyer Cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point (after about 5 - 6 hours) at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). At the summit, you will get a chance to take the moment in, get some photos but you will not spend a very long time at the top. There is still a long day ahead! After 3 hours of descending to Kibo Hut, there is a pause for rest & food, then another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Hut.

Day 7: Marangu Gate to Moshi Hotel
Descend straight to the gate (5 - 6 hours), passing through the rain forest. You will collect your certificate then meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Moshi.

2022 Rongai Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2300      2 - 5 Participants: $2200/person       6+ participants: $2000/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Rongai Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

DAY 1: Rongai Gate (1950m) - Rongai Cave Camp (2830m)
Depart Moshi after breakfast at your hotel to Marangu Gate for registration. We transfer by road to Nale Moru (1,950m) to begin our climb on this unspoiled 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.

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!

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.

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.

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 on the mountain and well earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

DAY 6: 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. 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. The Uisso Adventures driver will be waiting for you to take you back to Moshi.

2022 Rongai Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2300      2 - 5 Participants: $2200/person       6+ participants: $2000/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Umbwe Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

Day 1: Umbwe Gate (1800m) to Umbwe Camp (2800m)
After breakfast at your hotel, we drive for one hour to Umbwe Village for registration. You start your ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. The days trek will be for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. In places, you must scamper up steep sections of roots and rock. The Umbwe Camp is in the forest, and there are some caves nearby. You will be greeted here by your porters will the camp set and a hot meal ready.

Day 2: Umbwe Camp (2800m) to Barranco Camp (3900m)
After breakfast, you will climb steeply through rain forest glades into drier air. You continue up a ridge that drops steeply on both sides, and hopefully, the clouds will part to reward you with a view of Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, you enter a zone of giant groundsels (Seneci Kilimanjari) that seem to guard the heights, and this garden is one of Kilimanjaro’s special treasures.

Day 3: Barranco Camp (3900m) to Karanga Camp (4200m)
After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall. Then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi Peak jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring.

Day 4: Karanga Camp (4200m)
This day gives your body a chance to acclimatize. You will take a short leisurely hike through the surrounding area, exercising your lungs and muscles in the thin air, returning back to Karanga Camp for rest.

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4200m) to Barafu Camp (4550m)
In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 6: Summit Attempt! Barafu Camp (4550m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Mweka Camp (3100m)
You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see an energizing sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, Here you will have a break, but not a long one as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1980m) to Moshi
After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles.

2022 Umbwe Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2300      2 - 5 Participants: $2200/person       6+ participants: $2000/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Umbwe Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

Day 1: Umbwe Gate (1800m) to Umbwe Camp (2800m)
After breakfast at your hotel, we drive for one hour to Umbwe Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) for registration. You start your ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. The introduction is over, and you now climb up for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. In places, you must scamper up steep sections of roots and rock. The Umbwe Camp is in the forest, and there are some caves nearby. You will be greeted here with a graciously served hot meal.

Day 2: Umbwe Camp (2800m) to Barranco Camp (3900m)
After breakfast, you will climb steeply through rain forest glades into drier air. You continue up a ridge that drops steeply on both sides, and hopefully, the clouds will part to reward you with a view of Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, you enter a zone of giant groundsels (Seneci Kilimanjari) that seem to guard the heights, and this garden is one of Kilimanjaro’s special treasures.

Day 3: Barranco Camp (3900m) to Karanga Camp (4200m)
After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall. Then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi Peak jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring.

Day 4: Karanga Camp (4200m) to Barafu Camp (4550m)
In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 5: Summit Attempt! Barafu Camp (4550m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Mweka Camp (3100m)
You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see an energizing sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, Here you will have a break, but not a long one as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon.

Day 6: Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1980m) to Moshi
After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles.

2022 Umbwe Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2300      2 - 5 Participants: $2200/person       6+ participants: $2000/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Northern Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

This is known both as the Northern Circuit or Grand Traverse Route. This route starts on the western side of the mountain then winds around the north side before ascending up to Uhuru Peak from the east. The descent is down the Mweka Route. We look for this route to become increasingly popular with good opportunity for acclimatization and quite scenic. This route is a good choice for people wanting more solitude. It is also a good route choice during wetter times of the year.

Day 1 – Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)
The Grand Traverse Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2 – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)
On day two you will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland zone which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. The trek is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters).

Day 3 – Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)
On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. At Shira Camp 2 it is worth trekking a little higher up the plateau to enjoy the stunning view across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below freezing.

Day 4 – Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then north to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)
Day four is a long trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone. The morning is spent trekking up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters, where you will have lunch. After lunch you separate from the southern routes, heading down to Moir Camp at 4,200 meters. This is an important day in your trek as you will get to experience high altitude and then sleep low, which is good for the acclimatisation process.

Day 5 – Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Pofu (Buffalo) Camp (4,020 meters)
Day five involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the main Northern Circuit Trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Pofu (Buffalo) Camp (4,020 meters).The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Pofu Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day hiking.

Day 6 – Pofu Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)
Day six starts with a climb up the Buffalo Ridge and then continues east along the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatised to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Day 7 – Third Cave (3,800 meters) to School Hut (4,800 meters) or Kibo Hut
Day seven involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to School Hut (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut you will be served an early dinner and then you should get some sleep as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.

Day 8 – School Hut (4,800 meters) through the crater to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then onto Millennium Camp (3,950 meters)
You will be awoken at midnight with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak. From here, you descend into the crater. It is common to feel the effects of the altitude inside of the crater but you will feel a boost in fitness as you ascend up to reach Uhuru Peak. Your stay here will be brief so get as many pictures as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers. You will then head down back around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain. In total you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up.

Day 9 – Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)
The final day is a short hike through the dense montane rainforest from Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). At the gate you will need to sign-out with the authorities, who will also provide you with your official certificate – a green certificate for those who made it to Gilman’s Point and a gold certificate for those who reached Uhuru Peak. From here you will be driven back to Moshi.

2022 Northern Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2600      2 - 5 Participants: $2500/person       6+ participants: $2400/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance

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Nortern Route Map - Uisso Adventures & Safari

This is known both as the Northern Circuit or Grand Traverse Route. This route starts on the western side of the mountain then winds around the north side before ascending up to Uhuru Peak from the east. The descent is down the Mweka Route. We look for this route to become increasingly popular with good opportunity for acclimatization and quite scenic. This route is a good choice for people wanting more solitude. It is also a good route choice during wetter times of the year.

Day 1 – Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)
The Grand Traverse Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2 – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)
On day two you will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland zone which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. The trek is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters).

Day 3 – Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)
On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. We will continue east up the Shira Plateau ridge and on to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then descend to Moir Camp (4,200 meters).

Day 4 – Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Pofu (Buffalo) Camp (4,020 meters)
Day four involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the main Northern Circuit Trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Pofu (Buffalo) Camp (4,020 meters).The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Pofu Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day hiking.

Day 5 – Pofu Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)
Day five starts with a climb up the Buffalo Ridge and then continues east along the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatised to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Day 6 – Third Cave (3,800 meters) to School Hut (4,800 meters) or Kibo Hut
Day six involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to School Hut (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut you will be served an early dinner and then you should get some sleep as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.

Day 7 – School Hut (4,800 meters) through the crater to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then onto Millennium Camp (3,950 meters)
You will be awoken at midnight with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak. From here, you descend into the crater. It is common to feel the effects of the altitude inside of the crater but you will feel a boost in fitness as you ascend up to reach Uhuru Peak. Your stay here will be brief so get as many pictures as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers. You will then head down back around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain. In total you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up.

Day 8 – Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)
The final day is a short hike through the dense montane rainforest from Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). At the gate you will need to sign-out with the authorities, who will also provide you with your official certificate – a green certificate for those who made it to Gilman’s Point and a gold certificate for those who reached Uhuru Peak. From here you will be driven back to Moshi.

2022 Northern Route Prices (quoted in USD)

1 Participant: $2600      2 - 5 Participants: $2500/person       6+ participants: $2400/person

Included:
Airport Transfer (from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi)
Hotel 1 night before the trek (B & B plan)
Transportation to/from Moshi hotel to Kilimanjaro Park Gate
All park fees and taxes
All meals and drinking water while on the mountain
All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)
Emergency Oxygen Cylinders
Excluded
Equipment, clothing mentioned in Packing List (all available for hire locally)
Accommodations after the trek (available at additional price)
Drop off at airport
Expenses before/after the trek (meals, extra nights accommodations, flights, etc)
Insurance