Mount Kilimanjaro hiking Expedition

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Rising majestically above the African plains, the 20,000-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro has beckoned to climbers since the first recorded summit in 1889. Here are 10 interesting facts to help inspire your own future summit:

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Family, Short Breaks, Trekking
  • Activity Level Challenging
All about the Mount Kilimanjaro hiking Expedition.

Rising majestically above the African plains, the 20,000-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro has beckoned to climbers since the first recorded summit in 1889. Here are 10 interesting facts to help inspire your own future summit:


  1. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
  2. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again. The most recent activity was about 200 years ago; the last major eruption was 360,000 years ago.
  3. Nearly every climber who has summitted Uhuru Peak, the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim, has recorded his or her thoughts about the accomplishment in a book stored in a wooden box at the top.
  4. The oldest person ever to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro was 87-year-old Frenchman Valtee Daniel.
  5. Almost every kind of ecological system is found on the mountain: cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit.
  6. The fasted verified ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro occurred in 2001 when Italian Bruno Brunod summitted Uhuru Peak in 5 hours 38 minutes 40 seconds. The fastest roundtrip was accomplished in 2004, when local guide Simon Mtuy went up and down the mountain in 8:27.
  7. The mountain’s snow caps are diminishing, having lost more than 80 percent of their mass since 1912. In fact, they may be completely ice free within the next 20 years, according to scientists.
  8. Shamsa Mwangunga, National Resources and Tourism minister of Tanzania, announced in 2008 that 4.8 million indigenous trees will be planted around the base of the mountain, helping prevent soil erosion and protect water sources.
  9. South African Bernard Goosen twice scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair. His first summit, in 2003, took nine days; his second, four years later, took only six. Born with cerebral palsy, Goosen used a modified wheelchair, mostly without assistance, to climb the mountain.
  10. Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. Approximately two-thirds are successful. Altitude-related problems is the most common reason climbers turn back.


Umbwa route is the hardest but many say the most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. The route begins by passing through the forest to the moorland   zone. From there climbers cross below the southern ice fields to reach the Barafu Route which is then followed to the summit. Accommodation on the mountain is camping. However, all your equipment and supplied will be carried up the mountain by our friendly porters and delicious meals will be made for you each day. This route is steep and tough. In places it is slightly exposed and can really challenge an individual’s fitness. We therefore only recommend this route to those who are used to walking in mountainous areas. If you are interested, you can add an extra day to explore or relax along the route. All our programs are flexible and tailored to the individual groups so please let us know if you would like to make any changes. The day before your climb you will receive a full briefing from our climbing team, all your equipment will receive a final check and we will be able to answer any of your questions about other simpler routes

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Full briefing before you trip
  • Park fees
  • Camping fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Rescue fees
  • Food (3 meals per day)
  • Water
  • Salaries (guide, cooks, porters)
  • Transport to and from the mountain for yourselves and the crew
  • Lunch box for the first day
  • Crew park fees
  • Administration fee
  • Certificates of achievement
  • Sleeping tent, mess tent, camping chairs and table
  • Airport transfer 2 ways Complimentary
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Additional personal equipment
  • Gratuities*
  • Additional activities for after the climb e.g. safaris, waterfall visit, massage etc
  1. Day1 1

    HIKING TIME: APPROX FIVE TO SIX HOURS DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY EIGHTEEN KILOMETRES HABITAT: MONTAIN FOREST After a hearty Honey Badger breakfast your guides will come to collect you and you will drive to the gate. After registering at the gate you will begin by entering the rain forest. Living up to its name, there is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome packed lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. The crew will set everything out at your campsite and all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

  2. Day2 2

    HIKING TIME: APPROXIMATELY FIVE TO SIX HOURS DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY NINE KILOMETERS HABITAT: FOREST AND MOORLAND After an early breakfast you will climb for an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you will continue up a rocky ridge with great views of the icy breach wall and the great Barranco gorge below. The climbing crew will provide you with a tasty meal and you will then have plenty of time to sit back and relax.

  3. Day3 3

    HIKING TIME: DEPENDS ON YOU DISTANCE: DEPENDS ON YOU HABITAT: MOORLANDS You will take this day to rest and acclimatize, thereby increasing your chances of reaching the summit. During the day you can take time to explore the local area and enjoy the scenery. You will dinner and Overnight at the camp

  4. Day4 4

    HIKING TIME: APPROXIMATLY SEVEN HOURS DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY THIRTEEN KILOMETRES HABITAT: ALPINE DESERT Your day begins by tackling the awesome obstacle of the Great Barranco Wall. Whilst initially an imposing site, its climb is invariably easier than anticipated. You will quickly appreciate how beautiful the mighty Kilimanjaro is when you reach the bottom of the Heim Glacier. You will then head down through the Karanga Valley over the ridges and valleys, and join up with the Mweka route. After another hour or so,you reach Barafu (Swahili for Ice) Hut. This camp gives you a real experience of the icy elements. The camp is exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony ridge. You will appreciate your warm and copy sleeping bags on this night! The summit is now only a further 1,345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. The team will help you to prepare your equipment and clothing for your summit attempt. You will go to bed at round at about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

  5. Day5 5

    (3,100m) HIKING TIME: APPROXIMATELY EIGHT HOURS TO REACH UHURU PEAK AND ANOTHER SEVEN-EIGHT HOURS TO DESCEND TO MWEKA DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY SEVEN KILOMETRES ASCENT – AND A FURTHER TWENTY THREE KILOMETRES DESCENT HABITAT: STONE SCREE AND ICE-CAPPED SUMMIT At about 23h30 you will be awoken to some tea and biscuits and will make a move into the night. You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. Many climbers find this 6-hour walk to Stella point the most mentally and physically challenging aspect of the climb. At Stella Point (5,685m) your efforts will be rewarded with a short rest and the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa and achievement you will remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3,100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. Here you will rest and feel proud of your achievement.

  6. Day6 6

    HIKING TIME: APPROXIMATELY THREE HOURS DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN KILOMETRES HABITAT: FOREST After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate where you will receive your certificates; those climbers who reached Stella Point (5,685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5,895m) receive gold certificates. You will be picked up and brought back to Honey Badger Lodge for a warm welcome, a cold celebratory drink and a hearty meal.