Fly from Jakarta to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. Upon arrival, we will be pick up and transfer to Arusha for an hour. Arrive at Arusha and check-in to a comfortable hotel.
Day 3Arusha - Machame – First Camp
From Arusha drive to the Machame route, often called the "Whiskey Route". From the Machame Park gate is a gentle climb up through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique -busy lizzie- flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp is amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. Ascent of 1,200m and 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 4First Camp - Shira Camp
Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Camp at 3,840m. There are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. Ascent 840m and 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 5Shira Camp – Barranco Valley
From Shira, climb towards the main peak Kibo with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing Western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 6 to 7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent but having climbed much higher and dropped back down help acclimatization.
Day 6Baranco Valley – Barafu hut
Up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley where you take a break for lunch.
After lunch hike on to Barafu Hut 4600m, having hiked a total of 7 to 8 hours and ascended 650m. You have fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak from the camp after having completed a longer day of hiking which now requires you to adequately relax in preparation of the challenging summit hike early the following morning.
Day 7Barafu hut–Uhuru Peak–Millenia camp
Summit day. A bracing 1am start to climb the steep frozen scree until Stella Point on the crater rim. It takes 5-6 hours to Stella Point. Then another 1 hour to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), the roof of Africa. After enjoying the summit, we descend back to Barafu for a short rest, and then continue to Millenia Camp (3,200m) for overnight.
Day 8Millenia camp–Mweka-Arusha
From Millenia camp it is a 4 to 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Arusha for the night.
Trip ends. Depart for optional safari or your flight home.