Arrive to Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania
Meet and greet with a Barking Zebra representative at the Kilimanjaro airport. Transfer to your hotel near Arusha for dinner and to your overnight stay. We suggest spending 2 nights here to re-cooperate after the long international flight, especially arriving from North America.
Next day we meet with Barking Zebra guides for a detailed climb orientation and a final gear check. In the afternoon relax and acclimatize.
UMBWE CAVE 9,700 ft
Umbwe Gate 5,576
Distance: 7.2 miles | Hours of trekking: 6-7
After a hearty breakfast, we depart to Kilimanjaro National Park to Umbwe gate to sign in. Our trek follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. The path offers spectacular views of deep gorges and glimpses of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. Our scenic camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth
BARRANCO CAMP 12,950 ft
Distance: 4 miles | Hours of trekking: 4-5
After leaving the camp this morning the forest starts to thin and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and moss-covered trees. As we approach Barranco, the path flattens out a bit, and then descends into Barranco camp. Keep your eyes to the sky, where Uhuru Peak can be seen as the clouds part.
KARANGA CAMP 13,200 ft
Distance: 3.6 miles | Hours of trekking: 4-5
Today our first challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall, a 500 ft lava flow. It is a quite spectacular looking obstacle, which in the end usually turns out easier than how it appears. The views of crags and crevasses are stunning from the top of the wall. We continue to walk up and down a greener valley to our camp.
BARAFU CAMP 14,950 ft
Distance: 2.1 miles | Hours of trekking: 3-4
As we begin trekking today the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we work our way to Barafu Camp. Barafu means “ice” in Swahili. The camp is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for our push to the summit.
SUMMIT – MWEKA CAMP
Summit 19,340 ft | Distance: 3 miles | Hours of trekking: 7-8
Mweka Camp 10,400 ft | Distance: 6.8 miles | Hours of trekking: 7-8
Just as dawn breaks, we set out for the glacier zone atop Kilimanjaro. We’ll walk slowly, drink plenty of water and refuel with small snacks to keep our energy high. Climbing approximately 3,000 feet today we will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the views of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro second volcano cone.
Now the toughest part is over, as we hike along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – the highest point of Kilimanjaro. We celebrate our achievement with cheers and hugs before descending to Barafu camp. Gaiters and trekking poles come in handy for the loose gravel going down. After a short rest at Barafu we continue to Mweka Camp for dinner and to overnight.
MWEKA GATE 5,360 ft
Distance: 5.3 miles | Hours of trekking: 4-5
Descend back through the rainforest and enjoy a farewell lunch with your group at Mweka Gate before heading back to the hotel for a well-deserved shower!
WILDLIFE SAFARI or FLY HOME
Depart Tanzania or continue on your wildlife safari or to Zanzibar.