It is an ascending route located on the South-West of the mountain and it has four stations, the Umbwe cave inside the forest belt and the other three after join Machame route at Baranco camp.
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged Hotel inArusha/Moshitown, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.Hotel bed & Breakfast.
One hour`s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the rout climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest.
Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.
Our day start by descending into the start of the great barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of kibo. It`s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night`s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3995m.
After a good night`s rest and breakfast , we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It`s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude.
We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella point (5756m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking.
A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride. We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.
The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.