Day 1: Welcome to Africa! Arrive in Arusha and Spend a Night at Hotel
Drive approximately 2hrs to a starting point. The climbs start from Machame Gate (1800 m) after a short walk through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. . (6-8 hours walking). camp near the ruins of Machame (3,000m).
A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as picnic Rock, Here there are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. (4-6 hours walking) We camp near Shira cave (3,7200m)
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the western Breach.
After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3,900m), (5-7 hours walking)
A steep Climb up the Barranco Wall leads us an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, . After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the Barafu campsite (4600m) by mid afternoon.
We start our ascent by torching at about 1a.m, so we can be up the rim by sunrise, The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded Zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella point (5,335m), in about five or six hours. We rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak (5,896m), descent to Barafu is Surprising fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to decent to reach our final campsite (3,100m) at the edge of mweka Forest. (11-15 hours walking)
A sustained descent though lovely forests with lush undergrowth takes us to the National park gate at Mweka (2-3 hours walking). When we finish the climb, there will be a vehicle waiting to meet you and transfer you back to your hotel.