‘Roof of Africa’ the highest free standing mountain in the world, is located in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is a Dormant Volcano and at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level is also the highest Volcano. My love for climbing mountains started in my very early years in the Hills of Sahyadris and over the years done bits and bobs here and there to satisfy my urge to climb just one more. Climbing a mountain however small or big, however easy or difficult is absolutely your own decision: it is a challenge for some and a passion with many. You may struggle along the route, face challenges thrown to you by nature, and your own fit body may give up many a times to remind you that you are not Tarzan ! But when you finally reach an impossible summit it is in a way proof that your brain has a distinct power to manipulate your body’s physiology and it is ultimately mind over matter!
Climbing a mountain with professionals who have been there done that is a life critical choice. MyPeople we have an alliance with the most professional mountaineers and guides who are renowned and certified high altitude climbers and doctors, and you will only know and realise their expertise and your potential to reach up to the Uhru Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level, when you start and finish your expedition safely with these champions with over 30 years of mountaineering experience.
Mount Kilimanjaro “Mountain of Springs” that is positioned just below the Equator is a great challenge, not to be underestimated, but absolutely all right for an average hill walker who wants to combine a high mountain adventure with going to Africa. You will experience five different environmental habitats from the Base to the Summit making this an undeniably unique climbing Expedition. In a matter of days you will experience variants in climate and ecology ranging from Hot Equator at the Base to Freezing Arctic at the Summit. You will be moving through Grasslands, Tropical Rainforest, Alpine Meadows, Moorlands and Desert Uplands to Snow and Ice!!
MyPeople walk into the Boot Prints of famed Explorers and Mountaineers on our way to the top of Africa’s tallest peak along the most popular Machame route to summit Mount Kilimanjaro!
MyPeople welcome to Tanzania! You would be flying into Kilimanjaro Airport either directly or via Kenya. Or you have planned to travel overland from Kenya. Let us know and our representative will receive you at Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to your Hotel. As soon as you freshen up you will have your first briefing today afternoon and your permits will be issued. Today evening go towards town centre to do your last minute shopping which have lots of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops to buy or rent trekking gears and accessories.
Moshi (900 meters / 2,952 feet) to Machame Gate (1,800 meters / 5,905 feet) to Machame Camp (2,580 meters / 8,484 feet)
Altitude Scaled : 1,680 meters / 5,511 feet
Good morning MyPeople ! We are leaving for Moshi and onwards to Machame Gate. We will be introduced here with our Trekking Crew who will be our friends, philosophers and guides for the next 7 days on Kili ! Our Porters, Guides and Cooks are going to look after us from the Base right upto Uhuru Peak and back. At this point we will Register your Climb and our Trekking Crew will check all equipment and make final preparations before we begin.
Onwards from this point onwards towards Machame Camp. Our Trekking Crew will walk ahead of us to set up our Camp and be prepared with meals and stay arrangements before we arrive. Our terrain today takes us through a heavy foliage of moss covered trees and lush green Equatorial rain forests. As soon as the forest starts thinning, the vegetation will change to tall grasses, wildflowers and thick heather shrubs. In clear weather you will see Kibo Peak where we have set up Camp. Overnight in Camp at the edge of the forest. Rest for the night after a delicious dinner cooked by our Trekking Crew.
Machame Camp (2,580 meters / 8,484 feet) to Shira Camp (3,840 meters / 12,598 feet)
Altitude Scaled : 1,260 meters / 4,114 feet
MyPeople today is one of the easiest day on Machame Route, yet today includes several uphill climbs through thinning forests. You will feel thirsty as the foliage of trees is not adequate to shade you from the direct African sunlight ! Carry enough water. Enjoy views of the plains and forests at lower altitudes and Mount Kibo and Mount Mawenzi above you. Notice a distinct change in vegetation as the trees slowly become scarce and you will see Kilimanjaro’s high altitude plants. After lunch we start climbing towards Shira Plateau which was created when Mount Kibo erupted and the lava from the eruption flowed and filled the Shira Crater. Move onwards to Shira Camp and relax for the rest of the evening with Mount Kibo to the west and Mount Meru to the East
Shira Camp (3,840 meters / 12,598 feet) to Barranco Camp (3,950 meters / 12,960 feet)
Altitude Scaled : 110 meters / 362 feet
MyPeople today we ascend only a maximum of 700 metres but the net gain is only about 110 metres. We will be walking through high desert environment with amazing rock formations, quite exposed to the weather, dropping into the Barranco Valley right beneath the Western Breach. Today is a crucial day for acclimatisation to high altitude as the air is really thin at an elevation of 4,530 meters above sea level. During the first half of our day we hike East on the Shira Plateau and reach the junction for Shira and Lemosho Routes. After walking for a couple of hours on barren landscape we will stop for lunch. Shortly after lunch we restart and reach the highest point of the day before starting our descent into Barranco Camp set among stands of SenecioKilimanjari. If you have a quicker pace you can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300 foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside
Barranco Camp (3,950 meters / 12,960 feet) to Karanga Valley (3,950 meters / 12,960 feet) to Barafu Camp (4,600 meters / 15,100 feet)
Altitude Scaled : 600 meters / 2,140 feet
We leave early morning today MyPeople ! Our long hike to Barafu Camp starts today after a nice breakfast. The day begins with an hour and a half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you will have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top, you will make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley before continuing on to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu view several of Kibo’s Glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route Mweka, with the Machame trail.
You will hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the way to Barafu is a bleak, alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, and Rebmann Glacier. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will be waking up at midnight for your summit hike.
Barafu Camp (4,600 meters / 15,100 feet) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters /19,340 feet) to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters /10,170 feet)
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet
Excitement galore at around midnight today we begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. MyPeople this Expedition is far easier than Everest Base Camp. However the altitude you have gained on your Kilimanjaro Expedition is far higher than the Everest Base Camp by about 531 meters / 1,792 feet
You will be climbing with your Headlamps and your Trekking Crew for about 6 hours or so towards the crater rim which is the most challenging part of the entire trek as the incline is very steep and it is a night climb. We will be prepared for cold temperatures and wind-chills. As soon as our uphill ascent is clear we will reach Stella Point and from here onwards the climb to Uhuru Peak is quite gradual and not very strenuous but it is extremely tiresome due to altitude. Clearing the crater rim will take us another hour or so. We are finally at Uhuru Peak MyPeople and our Guide will take our pictures and we will spend a couple of minutes at the Summit before we begin our descent to Mweka Camp.
Enjoy early sunrise views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers. We will have breakfast at Barafu Camp and take a short break and rest for a few hours before we start off through lush forests towards Mweka Camp where we will rest for the last night on this splendid mountain
Mweka Camp (3,100 meters /10,170 feet) to Mweka Gate (1,500 meters /4,920 feet) to Moshi (900 meters / 2,952 feet)
Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters / 5,250 feet
After breakfast, MyPeople lets finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. The last leg of our hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi. We will get our Summit Certificates here and bid goodbye to our new friends and Trekking Crew before we head back towards our Hotel for a hot shower and a relaxing afternoon and evening