Day 1 – Friday – 24 February 2017
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred to the Keys Mbokomu Hotel in Moshi. Spend 3 nights here inclusive of breakfast daily.
Day 2 – Saturday – 25 February 2017
Today you should collect your race number from registration at Keys Uru Hotel, Uru Road. Spend the day relaxing at the pool or you may choose to go into the town of Moshi, where you can buy curios and have some lunch at one of the local restaurants. Day trips can be arranged at an additional cost. Worth a visit is the Shah Leather Industries for genuine Tanzanian handcrafts. Your receptionist at the hotel can assist with organising a taxi or day tour.
Day 3 – Sunday – 26 February 2017
Kilimanjaro Marathon – RACE DAY
Transfers to and from the stadium will be provided for all Wild Frontiers clients. The Wild Frontiers Hospitality tent with shade and drinks will be provided exclusively to all Wild Frontiers clients at the finish.
Day 4 – Monday – 27 February 2017
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Machame Gate at Kilimanjaro National Park from where your hike starts. The Machame route is one of the most scenic routes up Mt Kilimanjaro by which to ascend. Nights are spent in high-quality 3-man alpine tents’ sleeping a maximum of two persons per tent (so there is space for your luggage too).
All your supplies and camping equipment are portered up for you (tents, 20-25 mm compressed foam sleeping mats, awnings, stools, lights, etc), and your meals are prepared. Your personal baggage limit is 12 kg for the climb. South African tents and sleeping mats are supplied on this trip.
The guides employed are excellent (some have climbed Kilimanjaro over 400 times)! Each trip is led by a senior guide, with other guides in a ratio of approximately one guide per 2 or 3 climbers – if you are a bit slower than the rest or get ill and have to descend, a guide will always be with you.
Food served on the mountain is generally plain and wholesome, including a lot of carbohydrates, stews and soups, vegetables and fresh fruit. Vegetarians are catered for, but please notify us in advance. Wild Frontiers will send you the comprehensive Kilimanjaro Information Pack with booking which will include suggested gear, medical and training advice.
Machame Gate (1,490 m/4,890 ft) – Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) FB
Walking distance: 18 km/11 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1,490 m/4,890 ft
Today, walk through the beautiful rainforest with dense vegetation, often on a muddy trail, with short sections of steep climbs. The trekking pace is slow and very comfortable, ensuring you have enough time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a photo and nibble on your packed lunch that we provide. The first campsite, Machame Camp, is on the edge of the dense rainforest, offering your first peek of the mountain in the distance.
Day 5 – Tuesday – 28 February 2017
Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) – New Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft) FB
Walking distance: 9 km/5.5 miles
Walking time: 4-6 hours
Altitude gain: 860 m/2,820 ft
From Machame Camp the trail continues over steeper terrain interspersed with easy walking. The vegetation changes to increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorland. There are generally plenty of Proteas and Erica flowers en-route as you gain height along the path. Views of Kibo and Uhuru peak with it’s snow-capped summit becomes a regular sight as you near Shira Camp. The camp itself is one of the most scenic as it allows views towards the west with Mt Meru in the distance and offer views of Kibo (the top of Mt Kilimanjaro). You often see the most spectacular sunsets from Shira with the clouds below you and the higher mountain peaks peeking through to catch the last bit of sunshine. Just a short hike from the camp is the Shira Caves. This makes a very nice acclimatisation walk before you enjoy a sumptuous dinner and good night’s rest.
Day 6 – Wednesday – 01 March 2017
New Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft) – Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) – Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) FB
Walking distance: 15 km/9.3 miles
Walking time: 7-9 hours
Altitude gain: 10 m/360 ft (680 m/2,230 ft to Lava Tower)
Today you hike up to 4,630 m (15,190 ft) while crossing a ridge and view the plains far below. Hiking through the alpine desert with boulders scattered around and dust hugging the rocks gives the illusion that you are walking on the moon. At Lava Tower, a big rocky outcrop, you have views of the ancient glacier ice of the Breach
The path passes the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many of the huge senecio plants as well as lobelia plants. Sunset and sunrise at this camp is breath-taking. The sun paints the rocks in front of camp a dreamy red-yellow colour with the white ice of the high peaks shining bright. Looking towards the south you may see the little town of Moshi far below. You often sleep above the clouds at Barranco Camp.
Day 7 – Thursday – 02 March 2017
Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) – Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft) FB
Walking distance: 9.3 km/5.7 miles
Walking time: 8 hours
Altitude gain: 55 m/185 ft
After breakfast you cross the Great Barranco Wall, topping out at about 4 420 m before dropping to the camp at the Karanga River at about 4040 m. The hike up the Barranco Wall is steep. You pass below the famous Breach Wall, the largest ice and rock face in Africa. The Breach Wall climbing route, known as ‘The Icicle’, was first climbed in the early 1970’s by Reinhold Messner. A field of sedimentary rocks litter the ground. You leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Continue up to the Barafu Camp. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Amazing views of Kilimanjaro’s two peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo, are to be seen from Barafu Camp. An early dinner will be served in order for you to get the maximum rest before the final ascent starting at around midnight. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 26C, while evening temperatures often drop below freezing.
Day 8 – Friday – 03 March 2017
Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft) – Summit via Stella Point (5,752 m/18,871 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) and descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m/12,530 ft) or to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft) FB
Walking distance: 7 km/4.3 miles ascent + 23 km/14.2 miles descent
Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 7-8 hours down (the overall walking time may vary between 10-16 hours)
Altitude gain: 1,202 m/3,940 ft (Stella Point) or 1,345 m/4,410 ft (Uhuru Peak)
Descent: 2,795 m/9,170 ft Mweka Camp
Wake up very early to have a quick bite to eat and something warm to drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Stella Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. The headlamps on the trail towards the summit almost look like fireflies flying in a long row. As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience – the sunrise over Africa! Often you see the curving of the earth at this high altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it. Keep your camera ready at all times as there are plenty of photo opportunities along the summit. Once you reach Stella Point on top of the crater rim Uhuru Peak is in sight.
Hike along fairly flat terrain for about 40-45 min to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get that photo of you next to the sign marking the summit – definitely one for your collection.
Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Stella Point on the Mweka route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideways moves. Try it, it is fun! With every step going down your body enjoys having more oxygen to breathe in. Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Barafu Camp before descending down to Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp. Most of our expeditions overnight at Mweka Camp this evening.
Day 9 – Saturday –04 March 2017
Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft) – Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft) BB
Walking distance: About 15 km, 9.3 miles
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Descend: 1,120m/ 3,670ft
Enjoy a slow hike through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. It is not a rare sight to spot Black and White Colobus Monkeys in the trees as well as Blue Monkeys. Take time to enjoy the lush vegetation with the Old Man’s Beard (tree moss) growing on the giant trees as well as some Giant Ferns towering high over the forest bed. The path has many steps leading you down to Mweka Gate where you may find a cold beer or soft-drink to start celebrating your assault of Kilimanjaro. You will be transferred back to Moshi, Keys Hotel, to overnight and celebrate (breakfast included).
Liaise with your head guide regarding tips – we recommend an amount of USD195-USD250 per climber for a 6-day, which the guide will apportion out amongst the group. Whilst the above figure is anticipated for a job well done – anything above that is totally at your discretion.
In accordance with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project guidelines, we’ve introduced a system where every climber, on completion of the climb, completes a form with the amount that you are giving as a tip.
We also do regular high tech clothing donations in conjunction with Cape Union Mart (South African outdoor gear company, www.capeunionmart.co.za) to the porters and guides in Kilimanjaro to assist them in being properly prepared for these climb expeditions.
This evening your guides will meet you to hand out your Kilimanjaro Certificates. Option to enjoy a barbeque at the hotel to celebrate your hike (needs to be booked prior to the climb and is for own account).
Day 10 – Sunday – 05 March 2017
Transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home or continue on a safari or relaxing beach holiday.