Day 1: Gate - Machame Camp (3000m). Collect from your hotel in Arusha and transfer to Machame gate. Trek to Machame Camp, through the dense mountain forest along a ridge, rising steadily with a small opening in the trees known as Halfway Clearing, a good place for a rest. The gradient relents as the forest merges into giant heather, and the path leads more easy to Machame Camp. Cloud permitting, the summit of Kibo is visible beyond the foothills. Overnight in the camping area. Includes: (L), (D). Total hiking distance and time: 18 km, 6-7 hours.
Day 2: Machame Camp - Shira Camp (3840m). From Machame Camp, follow the clear path up the steep rocky ridge, crossing and re-crossing the crest a few times. You'll rest at Picnic Rock, where you can view the Shira Plateau. You pass through clumps of grass and across patches of sand and ash. Then you reach Shira Cave. Beyond the cave the path climbs over a small ridge, then drops across a stream before another small rise up to Shira Camp. Overnight in the camping area. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Shira Camp - Barranco Camp (3950m). From Shira Camp, the path is clear as it climbs Shira Camp. From Shira Camp, the path is clear as it climbs gradually in an easterly direction towards the main peak of Kibo. The northern path passes Moyr Hut, the start of the northern circuit path dropping sleeply down the side of the ridge to reach Barranco Camp. Overnight in the camping area. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Total hiking distance and time: 11 km, 5 - 6 hours.
Day 4: Barranco Camp - Barafu Hut (4600m). Leave Barranco Camp and walk down up to the junction where you ascend up to the Barafu Hut for camping. If you took one extra acclimatization day, your walk today will start from Karanga Valley. Overnight in the camping area. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Total hiking distance and time: 11 km, 4.5 - 6 hours.
Day 5: Barafu Hut - Uhuru Peak (5896m). Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp (3100m), 16 km, 6-7 hours walk. The trek involves between 10-15 hrs of walking, which is made even more strenous by the effects of altitude and extreme cold. You start this day walking very early in the morning to see the sunrise at the crater rim and try to avoid the mist. Sunrise is at about 6.00 am and it takes 5-6 hours to get from Barafu Hut to the rim of Stella Point (5700m) plus another 1.5 hrs to Uhuru Peak.The route from Barafu Hut joins the route from Gillman's Point, continue westward round the Kibo rim to reach Uhuru Peak. Overnight in the camping area. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Total hiking distance and time: 5 km, 6 - 7 hours.
Day 6: Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate (1500m). Descend steeply through forest on a narrow path along the crest on a broad ridge between two river valleys down to Mweka gate. Transfer back to your hotel in Arusha. Overnight in the camping area. Includes: (B), (L). Total hiking distance and time: 11 km, 3 - 4 hours.
Note: Price for 7 days, with extra acclimatization day: 1640 USD p/p.
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