8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Hiking: Mount Kilimanjaro is an extinct volcano situated in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and Uhuru, the mountain’s highest peak, is 5896 meters above sea level. Uhuru is a Swahili word that means peace. The mountain is characterized by alpine woodland, tropical rainforest, savannah vegetation, snow, and glaciers at the summit. There are seven ways to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, and depending on your level of fitness, each one is quite challenging. Due to the stunning views it offers, the Machame route on the southwest side is the most popular choice among trekkers. On the mountain’s western slopes, there is also the Lemosho route, which combines with the Machame route at the renowned Lava Tower Landmark. The Umbwe route runs through the Karanga valley, among other routes. We will hike the Machame trail.
. Due to the challenging weather, you will take a transfer from Moshi to Machame gate to start the climb to the lovely, lush rain forest. A climb out of the forest and into the breathtaking river gorge will also be enjoyable for you. Additionally, there will be a 5- to 6-hour walk across the plateau, which adds to the minimal net elevation.
When you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, our safari guide will meet you and transport you to the hotel for lunch and check-in. choose a late-afternoon tour of Moshi town before returning to the hotel for dinner and an evening of rest.
After a leisurely breakfast, depart from Moshi town and travel to the Kilimanjaro Machame gate on the mountain’s southwest side. Your registration for the epic trek will be handled by our guide. You begin the hike on a muddy, treacherous trail because of the recent heavy rains, and then you enter the montane rainforest. At a distance of 11 km and an elevation of 2850 m, it takes an average of 7 hours to reach Machame camp. Once you get to the campsite, eat lunch and relax by the campfire while getting to know other visitors. Later that evening, have dinner and then unwind here.
About 5 km separate Shira camp from Machame camp, and Shira camp is distinguished by Moorland vegetation. After an early breakfast, hike up the mountain while navigating a gentle incline. Pass through the rocky ridge to reach the Shira plateau, where you can see the breathtaking western breach and its glaciers. Lunch will be served at Shira camp, then unwind there. Investigate the camp, which is characterized by chilly evenings. Get some rest this evening and get ready for a busy day tomorrow.
We pass the Lava Tower at 4600 meters before descending to the Barranco hut at 3900 meters, making today’s trek the hardest one yet. As we leave the Moorland region, the landscape will change to the semi-desert and rocky steep slopes that encircle the Lava Tower. To rest for the day, descend the tall Barranco wall and arrive at the Barranco camp.
After eating breakfast, hike the Barranco breach wall to the Heim glacier. Drop to the Karanga valley, where the Umbwe route converges. The valley is semi-desert, and the hike generally takes five hours. Arrive at Karanga Camp to unpack, relax, and grab a bite. Unwind in preparation for the camp’s next day.
After moving from Karanga camp to Barafu camp, get ready for another action-packed day on the mountain. On the route to the camp, which is between 4200m and 4644m in elevation, there are rocky cliffs and steep valleys. It takes roughly 5 hours to travel to the camp. If the weather is suitable, you can explore Kibo and the Mawenzi peak when you arrive. As you get ready for tomorrow, unwind at the camp.
Get up early, pack a breakfast and lunch, and set out on this challenging hike with headlamps or flashlights. Remember to pack warm clothing because the top will be covered in snow. The hike will be challenging and chilly, but it will be worthwhile. The hike is the longest and takes an average of 8 hours. Those who are fortunate enough to reach the summit earlier will be able to see the sun rise, while the others can see it from Stella Point. Once you reach the ice-capped summit, spend some time there and take stunning photos. You will eat dinner and spend the evening resting at Mweka hutsthe base of the mountain.
The long trek comes to an end today. You will receive certificates for a successful mountain trek at Mweka gate, which is about 10 km from Mweka camp. Transfer to Moshi town, where you can continue your city exploration before your flight.
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