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Kilimanjaro Trek Itinerary


  1. Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp
    Depart from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. Hike through Montane Forest to Machame Camp.
    Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
    Distance: 11km/7mi
    Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    Habitat: Montane Forest
  2. Day 2: Hike Machame Camp to Shira Camp
    Ascend to Shira Camp through a rocky ridge and river gorge.
    Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
    Distance: 5km/3mi
    Walking Time: 4-5 hours
    Habitat: Moorland
  3. Day 3: Hike Shira Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower
    Continue east up a ridge, passing Lava Tower, then descend to Barranco Camp for acclimatization.
    Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
    Distance: 10km/6mi
    Walking Time: 5-6 hours
    Habitat: Semi-desert
  4. Day 4: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
    Climb the Barranco Wall to Karanga Valley and junction with Mweka Trail.
    Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
    Distance: 5km/3mi
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert
  5. Day 5: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
    Continue up to Barafu Camp, completing the South Circuit. Rest and prepare for summit day.
    Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
    Distance: 4km/2mi
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert
  6. Day 6: Summit Day: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
    Summit ascent to Uhuru Peak, then descent to Mweka Camp. Enjoy the sunrise at Stella Point.
    Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft (Summit) down to 3090m/10,150ft
    Distance: 5km/3mi up, 13km/8mi down
    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up, 5-6 hours down
    Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  7. Day 7: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi
    Descend to Mweka Park Gate, receive summit certificates, and drive back to Moshi.
    Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
    Distance: 10km/6mi
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Forest




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