Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro

July 2nd - 10th, 2025

Overview

The first part of our Africa 2025 Adventure for All will take you to new heights as we explore Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak! Ascending up the Machame Route, also known as the Whiskey Route, recognized for its steep paths, we will journey through magnificent forests that lead to a ridge through the Moorland Zones and Shira Plateau. Then, we will traverse beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice Fields to join the Barafu Route to adventure to Mt. Kilimanjaro Summit at 19,341 feet! Don’t worry about carrying your stuff up the mountain top, all you’ll need to carry in your day pack is rain gear, an extra layer of clothes, water and snacks.

If you do not wish to participate in the second portion of our trip that includes a Serengeti safari and visit to local hot springs, but would like more information about how to participate in our Zanzibar beach adventure July 17-20, please email us after you register.

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Adventure Highlights

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  • Ascend up Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak
  • Trek the Machame Route
  • View the Moorland Zones and Shira Plateau
  • Travel through the Southern Ice Fields to join the Barafu Route to the Summit at 19,341 feet

Kilimanjaro Itinerary

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up, and transfer to your hotel for overnight bed and breakfast.

Elevation: 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

The drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate takes about 50 minutes. We’ll pass through the village of Machame, located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate, we walk through the dense rainforest on a winding trail, up a ridge, until we reach the Machame Camp.

Hiking 11 km/7 miles

Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,500 ft

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Heath

We leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, we will pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.

Hiking 5 km/3 miles 

Hike from Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft

Distance: 7 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Hike from Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft

Distance: 3 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We will continue to the east up a ridge and then trek southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. Then, we will descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at a higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

Hiking 10 km/ 6 miles

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine, to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb a non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we will cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Hiking 5 km/3 miles

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We will leave Karanga and go to the junction, which connects with the Mweka Trail. Then, we will continue up to the rocky section of Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we will make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

Hiking 4 km/2 miles

Hike from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft Summit!

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft

Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we will begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek, but possibly the most rewarding. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you will likely ever see, over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we will arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we will then make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Hiking 17 km/10 miles

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we will descend to Mweka Gate and collect our summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we will continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Hiking 10 km/6 miles

Leisure/relaxing day at the Hotel or visiting Moshi Kids Center for volunteering activities with kids and teacher. We will stay overnight at our bed and breakfast.

Those not continuing onto the Safari and Hot Spring portion of our trip will be transferred to JRO to fly home after breakfast.

Note on Itinerary:

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change, for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and trail conditions.

Kilimanjaro Trip Registration

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Deposit for Trip Registration

Trip Date: July 2nd - 10th, 2025

$1,065.00

Deposit: $1,065 (33.33% of total trip cost down holds your spot).

Total Price: $3,195

6 months prior to the trip’s start date, the remaining balance is due = $2,130.

A late fee of 8% will be added to any invoice that is more than 30 days late. If paying via PayPal there will be a 3% service charge.

20 remaining slot(s)

Included

  • Lodging and accommodations
  • Qualified guides and mountain crew including cooks, porters, waiters
  • National park fees and entry fees on mountain
  • Tent and sleeping mattress
  • All meals in-country and boiled water on the mountain
  • Cutlery, crockery, eating utensils
  • First aid kit, emergency oxygen and pulse oximeter
  • Mess tent for dining, mini camping chairs, tables and candles
  • Private portable group restroom while on Mount Kilimanjaro

Excluded

  • Single room supplements
  • Rental gear for climbing
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal items
  • Tips for staff, including guides, porters, cook, waiters and Get Outside organizer
  • Visas
  • Personal travel insurance (which is required)
  • International flights to and from Tanzania JRO Airport or Zanzibar Airport

Airline Tickets — Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets, to ensure your trip is confirmed, with the minimum number of participants required to operate.

Travel Insurance — To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Please contact us or see details.