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Mount Kilimanjaro Overview

“As wide as all the world, great, high and unbelievably white in the sun was the square top of Mount Kilimanjaro,” wrote Ernest Hemingway of the highest mountain in Africa, which rises to 5,895 meters above sea level. Situated near the town of Moshi in northern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro rises from the dry plains, through a wide belt of forest and high alpine heath to an almost bare desert and finally the snow capped summit, Uhuru Peak, just 3 degrees south of the equator.

One of the world's highest free standing mountains, Mt. Kilimanjaro is comprised of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo 5895 m (19340 ft.), Mawenzi 5149 m (16896 ft.), and Shira 3962 m (13000 ft.).

The name itself is shrouded in mystery. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. The local people, the Wachagga tribe, call the whole massif- "Kilemakyaro" meaning "Our Mountain" with its highest point only Kipoo (now known as Kilimanjaro and its highest point Kibo or Uhuru Peak) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, as overseer of the continent and the summit of Africa.

Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates and the accompanying memories.

There are route options for the mountain. The biggest difference between the routes is that on Marangu Route, overnights are spent in dormatory style huts which are equipped with solar power. All other routes are camping routes. Marangu Route is also the only route where the descent follows the same path as the climb. Rongai route also descends using this route, making the traffic on this route much heavier than other routes. A climb can be done in as few as 5 days (Marangu Route) but the chance of success is not very high. The biggest obstacle during the climb is the lower oxygen content at higher altitudes. In fact, at the summit, the oxygen content is only half of that at sea-level. By spending more days during the climb, your body has a greater opportunity to adjust. After reading the information about the routes, if you have further questions, we are happy to help you.

Kilimanjaro Routes

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Tro-Peaks Adventures Machame Route Map

Machame Route Overview
Machame route, also known as the Whisky route, has become very popular. This is camping route which offers spectacular views of various landscapes such as Mt Meru, Pare Mountains, Lake Chala and Lake Jipe. While the 6 day itinerary is very possible, it is very benefitable to have the seven days machame climb because of having one more extra day for acclimatisation and resting before the summit day. Doing this will maxmize your chance of reaching the top.
Tro-Peaks Adventures - Machame Gate

Day 1: Hotel - Machame Gate - Machame Campsite.
Elevation: 1200m to 1700m to 3000m.
Distance: 13 km.
Hiking time: 5-7 hours.
Habitat: Montane forest.
After breakfast our vehicle will transaport you from the hotel drive to Machame gate. Here you will do the required registration procedures then you will start the trek through the rainforest to Machame camp where you will find the tents are already setup for you. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Tro-Peaks Adventures - Machame Route

Day 2: Machame Hut Campsite to Shira Campsite
Elevation: 3000m to 3800m
Distance: 9km
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.
After breakfast leave the glades of rainforest and continue ascending by crossing little valleys and steep rocky ridge covering with heather plants to the western side of the mountain where the camp is situated. At this camp you will able get the spectacular view of Mount Meru, Shira Plateau, Kibo Peak and sunset; then dinner and overnight
Tro-Peaks Adventures Shira Campsite

Day 3: Shira Campsite to Barranco Campsite
Elevation: 3800m to 3950m.
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.
This is long and important acclimatization day so you will be having an early breakfast then continue trekking east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. Afterwards you will continue down to Barranco camp. The camp location is in the bottom valley of Barranco wall where you will stop for dinner and overnight.
Tro-Peaks Adventures Machame Route

Day 4: Barranco campsite to Karanga campsite
Elevation: 3950m to 3900m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours.
Habitat: Moorland
Today is short day walk. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for supper and overnight.
On the 6 day itinerary, after lunch on Day 4 the itinerary omits the afternoon acclimitization trek and continues to include the Day 5 trek, with dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp.

Day 5: Karanga campsite to Barafu campsite
Elevation: 3900m to 4620m.
Distance: 8 km.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
On this day, the trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough because of altitude. The walk take few hours because of the short distance but is steep needing a slow pace to avoid fatique. You will trek across an alpine desert. Chances are that a strong, cold wind will be blowing from Kibo peak and its ice. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when we you will attack the summit.

Day 6: Barafu Hut Campsite / Uhuru Peak / Mweka Campsite Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10 - 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice.
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. The trails is a series of switchbacks up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its glaciers facing you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak. Here you will spend some times for taking photo’s but it will depend on how you feel. After your summit activities done, you will descend back to the Barafu campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka campsite.

Day 7: Mweka campsite to Mweka gate.
Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest.
Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest. This descent will take 3-4 hours. Here at the gate you will sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to the hotel for your certificate presentation and a well deserved celebration.

Lemosho Route Overview
This route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. It offers a chance to visit Shira Plateau (Cathedral peak) and Shira Caldera. Lemosho Route crosses from Shira Ridge to Shira 2 Camp, in a pleasant hike. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route as Machame Route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. The minimum days required for this route is 7 days, but eight days is recommended as it will give more chance to acclimatize and achieve the summit. Like Machame,this is a scenically spectacular and varied route. Lemosho is highly recommended and it has an abundance of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, eland and lion which come over to forage during dry season from Longido game controlled area.

Tro-Peaks Adventures - Mt. Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Day 1: Moshi to Londorosi gate to Big Tree (Mti Mkubwa) campsite.
Elevation: 1,200 m to 1,950 m to 2,850 m
Distance: 9 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
We will pick you up from your hotel your hotel and transport you to Londorosi gate for registration. After this formality, you board the vehicle  and drive again to Lemoho glade. From this point you will start the trek across undisturbed Montane forest decorated with Black and White Colobus Monkey to the camp where dinner and overnight will take place.

Day 2: Big tree campsite to Shira one campsite
Elevation(m): 2850m to 3500m
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 8 hours
Habitat: Moorland and heather land
This is an acclimatization trek because you will gain over 650m by starting walking across a beautiful valley outside Shira caldera rim (3600m). After few hours you will reach into Shira caldera. A high altitude desert, Shira is the one among the three peaks which erupted in Kilimanjaro ecosystem. The peak ltaer collapsed and formed a crater which eventually became filled with the lava flow from Kibo peak. Its rim is eroded and blasted away by weather and volcanic action. Camp and overnight at 3500m elevation at the Shira one campsite.

Day 3: Shira one campsite to Shira two campsite
Elevation: 3500m to 3800m
Distance: 7km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland and rocky
This day you will trek to east across Shira plateau visiting (Cathedral peak 3850m)for acclimatization. Reaching at this peak you will find spectacular views of Mt. Meru and Kibo Peak. We then continue trekking to Shira two camp where we will stay for dinner and overnight place.

Day 4: Shira two campsite to Barranco campsite
Elevation: 3800m to 3950m
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Moorland
This is long acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then trek east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. Afterwards, you will descend down to Barranco campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Barranco campsite to Karanga campsite
Elevation:
3950m to 3900m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Today is short day of trekking. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Karanga campsite to Barafu campsite
Elevation: 3900m to 4620m
Distance: 8 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today the trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is difficult because of altitude. The walk take few hours because of short distance but is steep which required a slow pace to avoid fatigue. You will walk across an alpine desert with strong, cold winds blowing down from Kibo peak and its glaciers. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when we you commence your push for the summit.

Day 7: Barafu hut campsite to Uhuru peak to Mweka hut campsite
Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10 - 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Departure for the summit is at 12:00AM. switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim (5,861 m/18,640 ft) between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend time for taking photo’s. After your summit activities, you will descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your gear, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.

Day 8: Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate
Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest. This descent will take 3-4 hours. At the gate you will sign out and board the vehicle, ready for the transfer back to your hotel for your certificate presentation celebration.

Tro-Peaks Adventures Mt Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Map

Rongai Route Overview
This is one of Kilimanjaro’s easiest routes, and it has become an increasingly popular route in recent years. This route is located on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro with a variety of spectacular landscapes together with different plants and animals species. The typical duration for this trip is 6 days. However, you can also add an acclimatization day and make it 7 day climb.
The Rongai Route is more scenic than the Marangu Route and easier than other camping route in climbing Kilimanjaro and the success rate on the Rongai Route is very high. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Rongai Route you sleep in tents, the porter will have your tent pitched and waiting for you at the end of each days trek. This route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border and is one of the least traveled routes. The route merges with the Marangu Route for the summit climb. The descend follows the Marangu Route on the mountain’s southeast side, so you will able see Kilimanjaro from many view points. There are two versions of this trek – a direct 6-day itinerary, and a 7-day itinerary that takes a longer route. The 6-day itinerary is described down below and the longer variation is described in the extra day’s section.

Day 1: Moshi to Rongai gate to Simba Camp
Elevation(m): 1,387/915 m to 1,950 m to 2,750 m
Distance: 9 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
You will have an early breakfast. Transfer by our vehicles through many villages and coffee and plantations for 2-3 hour drive to Rongai gate (1,950 m/6,398 ft). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will start hiking on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, and then enter into montane forest. You will then start to climb gently but consistently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin as you arrive at Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530ft) with fantastic views over the Kenyan plains.

Day 2: Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp
Elevation: 2,750 m to 3,600 m
Distance: 17 km
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Habitat: Moorland
After an early breakfast you will have a steady ascent to the second cave where you will stop for lunch. You leave the direct trail at this point and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path toward Mawenzi side peak.to Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley. At the Kikelewa Camp you will settle for your dinner and overnight rest.

Day 3: Kikelewa camp to Mawenzi turn hut
Elevation: 3,600m to 4,330m
Distance: 7km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Semi-Desert
After breakfast you will face a short, steep climb up grassy slopes; rewarded by superb all-round views, immersed in the vast surrounding wilderness. Soon after, you leave the vegetation behind and arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi Peak. After this hike, you will reach to the Mawenzi turn hut camp where you will also see the amazing undried Lake with no inlat as well as outlet here you will have lunch and rest then dinner and overnight at this camp.

Day 4: Acclimatization day (6 day itinerary skips this day)
This is your extra day on the mountain, and you will spend two nights at Mawenzi Tarn. You will hike up towards Mawenzi for a splendid acclimatization hike. Then after return back to the camp for lunch the dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn hut to Kibo Huts camp
Elevation: 4,330 m to 4,695 m
Distance: 8km
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 6 AM. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s but it will depend on how you feel. After your summit activities done, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue on down, re-crossing the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo camp.

Day 7: Horombo Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi
Elevation: 3,690 m to 1,830 m to 1,387 m
Distance: 18 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
After a long and enjoyable sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack up, start descend through the moorland to Mandara Huts. Here you will have lunch then preceede with your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to Marangu park gate. Here you will sign out then after a vehicle will take you to back to the hotel where it is definitely time for certificate presentation and celebration!

Shira Route Overview
This route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and is nearly identical to the Lemosho Route. In fact, Shira was the original Lemosho route in this western side of the mountain. While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route bypasses this segment by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.
On the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from (3,400 m) and end at Shira One Campsite, (3,5OO m). The remainder of the route is follows the southern circuit route, traversing beneath the Southern icefields before summitting from Barafu or Western Breach Route.

Day 1: Moshi to Londorosi Gate to Shira One Campsite
Elevation:1200m to 1830m to 3500m
Distance: 18km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Montane forest to moorland and heath vegetation
Drive from Moshi to the trailhead to Londorosi gate for registration. Following this you will board a vehicle again and drive further up to Moram gate. You trek through the mooland  and heather vegetation heading to the east crossing ridges and valley as well as a long flat distance to Shira One campsite.

Day 2: Shira One campsite to Shira Two campsite
Elevation: 3500m to 3800m.
Distance: 7km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours.
Habitat: Moorland and rock.
This day you will trek to east across Shira plateau visiting Cathedral Peak (3850m) for acclimatization. At this peak you will have great views of both Mt. Meru and Kibo Peak and other many spectacular special  features then continue walk to Shira Two camp where meal and overnight will take place.

Day 3: Shira Two campsite to Barranco campsite
Elevation: 3800m to 3950m
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Moorland
This is long but important acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then continue trekking east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock (4600m) for acclimatization after you will continue to Barranco hut camp for supper and overnight.

Day 4: Barranco campsite to Karanga campsite
Elevation: 3950m to 3900m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Today is short day walk. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for a hot lunch. After lunch you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice field then after you will return to the camp for supper and overnight

Day 5: Karanga campsite to Barafu campsite
Elevation: 3900m to 4620m.
Distance: 8 km.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Today trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough because of altitude. The walk take few hours because of short distance but is steep which need slowly walk so to avoid tiredness. You will completely walk across a alpine desert with strong and cold winds blows from the ever closer Kibo peak and its ice. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when we you commence your push for the summit.

Day 6: Barafu hut campsite to Uhuru peak to Mweka hut campsite
Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10 to 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice.
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s. After your summit activities done, you will descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your belongings, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.

Day 7: Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate
Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest.
After breakfast, today is your last day on the mountain so you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest this descent will take 3-4 hours. Then here at the gate you will sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to the hotel in Moshi for your certificate presentation celebration.

Tro-Peaks Adventures Mt Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Map

Marangu Route Overview
It is known as "Coca-Cola" route, Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast of the Mountain. It is the oldest established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time is a bit low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended, maximizing the chance of reaching to the summit. Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.

Day 1:Moshi to Marangu gate to Mandara hut
Elevation: 1200 m to 1,750 m to 2,750 m
Distance: 9 km
Trekking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
You will be transferred to Marangu gate from the hotel and do a registration at the gate. Afterwards, you will begins trekking through the rainforest to Mandara hut. Here you will have an acclimatization opportunity of visiting Maundi Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.

Day 2: Mandara hut to Horombo hut.
Elevation:
2750 m to 3,807 m
Distance:13km.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorlands
After breakfast you will outclimb the rainforest and continue trekking to Horombo hut where you will trek through rolling moorlands and get your first clear view of towering Kilimanjaro.

Day 3: Horombo hut
(this day is omitted if choosing a 5 day itinerary).

Spend an extra day here at Horombo during the 6 day itinerary for acclimization purposes. This day you will hike to Mawenzi Ridge or Zebra Rock to have your body adjust to higher altitudes. After this session you will return back to Horombo hut for lunch, resting until dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Horombo hut to Kibo hut
Elevation(m
):3807m to 4725m
Distance: 13 km
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Desert
After a good night rest and breakfast you will trek past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle a great desert between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. An early dinner and overnight at Kibo hut.

Day 5: Summit Day Kibo Hut camp to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut camp
Elevation: 4,695 m to 5,895 m to 3,690 m
Distance: 4 km up, 14 km down
Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent. Because you will climb to the summit in the dark you will need to have your headlamps / flashlights. It will also be very cold until you start descending, so you will need to have all of your warm layers. This is an important time to keep on slowly slowly (pole pole in Swahili). The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 6 AM. At this point, you will have a views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s. After your summit photos and taking in the view, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment and continue down through re-cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.

Day 6: Horombo Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi
Elevation): 3,690 m to 1,830 m to 1,387 m
Distance: 18 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
After a long sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack, continue your descent through the moorland to Mandara Huts. Here you will have lunch then proceed your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to Marangu park gate. After the gate sign out, a vehicle will take you to back to the hotel where it is definitely time for your certificate presentation and celebration!

Tro-Peaks Adventures - Mt. Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Map

Umbwe Route Overview
Umbwe is a short route, providing challenges as it is very difficult to climb due to its steepness. Due to the fast ascension, this route does not provide the enough time for altitude acclimatization so proceeding slowly is vital. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are not as great unless a acclimitization day is added. The route is offered at a minimum of six days, and seven days is preferred. This route merges along the way with Machame route, Lemosho route and Shira route.
Western Breach Approach
An alternative route to the summit approaches Uhuru Peak from the west, called the Western Breach Route. The strenuous Western Breach ascends 850m in about 1.25 miles (2 km), and requires some scrambling (climbing on hands and feet) at certain points. This path is very beautiful but also very challenging due to its rocks formations and its steep slope. The Western Breach was gaining popularity by climbers using the Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira and Machame routes until a rock fall claimed the lives of three climbers in January 2006. In response, Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) closed the Western Breach Route but in 2007 KINAPA open it again with condition that all clients and their supporting members who want to use this option must sign at the entrance gate that they are doing for their own risk.

Day 1: From hotel to Umbwe cave campsite.
Elevation: 1200m to 1700m to 2850m.
Distance: 10 km.
Hiking time: 4-5 hours.
Habitat: Montane forest.
Pick up with our vehicle from the hotel, drive to Umbwe gate. Here after completing the gate registration proceedures, the trek starts through the rainforest to Umbwe cave campsite where you will find all tents already setup then stop for dinner and overnight. Today you will walk across ridges and valleys into a really thick forest.

Day 2: Umbwe cave campsite to Barranco hut campsite.
Elevation: 2850m to 3950m
Distance: 9 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Montane forest and heather
This day after breakfast you will trek through the remaining forest to the moorland and heath zone and you will be enjoying some wonderful views of Barranco valleys and ice cap on top of the mountain. Then you will arrive to barranco camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Barranco campsite to Karanga campsite
Elevation: 3950m to 3900m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Today you will be having a short day walk and in the late morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will have a short rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the screed slopes towards the Southern ice field then you will return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Karanga campsite to Barafu campsite
Elevation: 3900m to 4620m
Distance: 5 km.
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough because of altitude. The walking hours is few because is steep so it need slowly walk so to avoid fatigue as well as high altitude sickness. You will walk across alpine desert with strong cold wind blowing because there are no trees around as well as getting closer to the Kibo glaciers. You will have lunch and early dinner of around 1700hrs then rest until midnight when you commence you push for the summit.

Day 5: Barafu hut campsite to Uhuru peak to Mweka hut campsite
Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time; 10 - 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice
The day starts around midnight with a light breakfast, and then last preparations for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00am, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861m between 4 and 5am. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you and all spectacular all area surrounding you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak. Here you will spend some time for taking photos. After your summit activities done, descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue your walk down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite, then dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.

Day 6: Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate
Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descendng time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
After breakfast, today is your last day on the mountain so you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest this descent will take 3-4 hours. Then here at the gate you will do sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to the hotel in Moshi for certificate presentation and a well deserved celebration.

Two Peaks Overview
Two peaks climb means climbing Mount Meru (4566m) then Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m). The climb of Mt. Meru helps greatly in succeeding in reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro due to the aquired acclimitization. Besides the acclimitization, the Mt. Meru climb is very enjoyable and beautiful, offering a unique landscape, flora and fauna found in the park plus some great views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Tro-Peaks Adventures Mt Meru

Day 1: Moshi to Momela gate to Miriakamba hut.
Elevation: 1200m to 2470m
Distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
You will be picked up from your hotel and transported to the park gate. From there you walk through game-filled park land up to Miriakamba Hut (2470m). Along the way there are many spectacular views; including Kilimanjaro from Miriakamba Hut. You will encounter varieties of wildlife as you trek past the glades which support them. This day's trek is not difficult because the terrain is very gradual which makes it a pleasant walk. Dinner and over nigh at Miriakamba hut.

Day 2: Miriakamba hut to Saddle hut
Elevation: 2514m to 3570m
Distance: 5km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest to mooland and heather
The trail passes through fine forests and heather to the Saddle Hut (3570m). It is a steep day as you will gain 1056m of altitude. After reaching Saddle hut, an ascent to Little Meru is possible in the afternoon this segment takes one hour both ways and it is an acclimatization session before the summit attempt. Today you will be having a very early dinner then half night sleep at Saddle hut.

Day 3: Saddle hut to Socialist peak to Miriakamba hut.
Elevation: 3570m to 4566m to 2514m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 9-10 hours
Habitat: Moorland and heath, rocky and dust then forest
A very early start at 2:00am takes us to a superb viewpoint called Rhino Point on the crater rim and then onto an airy ridge which leads up to the summit. The trek will take about 5 hours then return back to Saddle hut for a short rest and lunch. Following this, the descent conntinues to Miriakamba hut where dinner and overnight will take place.

Day 4:Miriakamba hut to Momela gate
Elevation:2514m to 1500m
Distance:10km
Hiking time:2 hours
Habitat:Forest
Walk back to the Park Gates in approximately 2 hours. You will be using the same route that you used to climb the mountain. Reaching back to the gate will allow the presentation of the certificates return by vehicle to your hotel in Moshi.

Day 5: From Hotel to Machame gateto Machame hut campsite.
Elevation: 1700m to 3000m
Distance: 13 km
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
Our vehicle will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to Machame gate. After the registration process, you will start trekking through the rainforest to Machame hut camp. Your tents will be already setup by your arrival. Dinner and overnight will be at Machame hut campsite.

Day 6: Machame hut campsite to Shira hut campsite
Elevation: 3000m to 3800m
Distance: 9km.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.
After breakfast, the trail leaves the glades of rainforest and continues ascending by crossing little valleys and a steep rocky ridge covered with heather to the western side of the mountain where the camp is situated. At this camp you will able get the spectacular view of Mt. Meru, Shira plateau, Kibo peak and the sunset. You will settle in for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Shira hut campsite to Barranco hut campsite
Elevation: 3800m to 3950m
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland
This is long and important acclimatization day so you will be having an early breakfast then continue trekking east to a junction leading to Lava Tower rock (4600m) for acclimatization. Following this, you continue down to Barranco hut camp. The camp location is in the bottom of the valley of Barranco wall. Here you will stop for supper and overnight.

Day 8: Barranco hut camp site to Barafu hut campsite
Elevation: 3950m to 4620m
Distance: 10km
Hiking time: 8 hours
Habitat: Desert
Early morning you will start a climb up Barranco Wall, a rapid gain in altitude of 250m. The views of Mount Meru and the plains far down below are magnificent. The route then crosses some valleys and small ridges to Karanga camp where you will stop for lunch. After your meal, you will carry on by ascending up through the steep ridge to Barafu camp where you will stop for an early dinner then make a last preparation of your equipment; ready for the midnight ascent to the summit. Here you will be camping in between two peaks Kibo and Mwenzi.

Day 9: Barafu hut campsite to Uhuru Peak to Mweka hut campsite
Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time:10 - 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. Here is where your acclimitization of Mt. Meru will payoff. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. The summit attempt starts shortly after midnight with switchbacks up steep scree or possibly snow, reaching Stella Point on the crater rim (5,861 m/18,640 ft) between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak. You will spend some times for taking photo’s and the view. After your summit activities , you will descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, for lunch, a small rest, collect your gear, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.

Day 10: Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate
Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descending time:3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest this descent requires a trek of 3-4 hours. At the gate, after the park sign out procedure, you will borad the awaiting vehicle and be transported back to Moshi for the certificate presentation and celebration.

Mountain Safety

At Tro-Peaks Adventure, the safety of our clients is our highest priority. We know our drivers, guides, cooks and porters very well.  They are always trusted and skilled people with whom we have worked in the past or who come highly reccomended.  Consequently, we know they will meet our high expectations for excellent service. Refer to what our clients have spoken in our client comments page.

You may also be certain that the equipment we use is of the highest quality to insure that our clients are not only quite safe but that they meet the goals they have set for a successful climb or wildlife safari. You can find more information about our equipment on our equipment page.

We carefully evaluate any equipment that our clients may have brought with them to be certain their equipment meets our high standards for safety and comfort. If additional equipment is required, we provide it. In the case of equipment which needs to be rented, we go with you to local rental services to insure that the rental fees will be fair and reasonable.

Still, the unexpected does occasionally happen. In the unlikely event that a medical emergency should arise, Tro-peaks Adventure staff members are fully trained in emergency first aid and can quickly determine if additional medical assistance is required. A fully-stocked emergency medical kit is with us at all times. And, we always maintain communication with emergency medical rescue services regardless of where we and our at clients may be.

For more information about safety please contact us.

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Kilimanjaro/Meru Equipment List

Clients should bring themselves the climbing gears as mentioned down below:

  • One sleeping bag
  • One sleeping mat
  • One pair of climbing poles/sticks
  • One large duffle bag with straps / rucksack
  • One head lamp / flashlight + batteries
  • Water bottle - 2 liters x 2 bottle or camel bag bottle
  • Binoculars and camera / sufficent memory/film
  • Purification water tablets / Water Pump
  • One pair sunglasses
  • One pair of climbing hiking boots
  • One pair of tennis shoes - to begin climb/side walks
  • Socks - thin and thick pairs
  • One warm trousers
  • Woolen trousers and jacket with zippers
  • Water proof / wind trousers & jackets
  • Warm sweater for cold nights
  • Inner slacks - long johns & top
  • Long / short sleeve T-shirt with zippers
  • Pajamas and hand towel
  • Shade sun hat or cap
  • Balaclava
  • Gaiters
  • Mitten / Gloves - poly thermal

Different types of tents which Tro-Peaks Adventures provides to our clients are as mentioned below:

  • Mountain Hardware tents
  • North Face tents
  • Salewa tents
  • Vaude tents

The above mentioned tent accommodates 1 person to 3 people and all of our tents are of 3 season dome-style mountain tents. There are many stores where client can hire gear if it happen they need to do so. In Moshi and Arusha there are many rental shops where you can go and hire anything that you need for your trip. Tro-Peaks Adventures will help you to get your equipments from those stores in reasonable cost. If you do it yourself it will be very expensive.

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Mt Meru

Tro-Peaks Adventures - Mt. Meru

Mount Meru is one of Africa's highest and most beautiful volcanoes. The route to the summit passes through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. Finally, the summit is reached by a narrow,barren ridge which provides stunning views of the ash cone several thousand feet below. There are also great views of the nearby Mt. Kilimanjaro. This climb is used by many as a acclimitization for a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb but it is an excellent trek in its own right. It also requires fewer days to climb so those without enough time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro may consider this option. In addition, it is proportionally less expensive than a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb.

The mountain in located inside of Arusha National Park. Here, over 400 species of birds, rhino, elephant, buffalo, baboon, warthog, black and white Colobus monkey and duiker are all found in this delightful “gem amonst parks.”
The group will be accompanied on Mount Meru by a Tro-Peaks Adventure guide, a manditory park ranger and porters. On the mountain we use dormitory style huts. A sleeping bag and mat are required for the huts. The mountain has only one route to climb, the Momella route. This can be achieved in either three or four days. We also have a special itinerary for climbing both Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro in 10 days. To view this option, see the Two Peaks itinerary in the Kilimanjaro routes.

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Mt. Meru 4 Day Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi to Momela gate to Miriakamba hut.
Elevation: 1200m to 1500m to 2514m
Distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest

After you are picked up at your hotel, driven to Arusha National Park and are properly checked in for the climb at the park gate; we proceed with the trek through game-filled parkland up to Miriakamba Hut, at 2470m. Along the way there are many spectacular views; including Kilimanjaro from Miriakamba Hut. You will as well walk very close to different varieties of wildlife and some lovely glades. the trek on this day is not difficult because the terrain is a gentle slope. Dinner and over nigh at Miriakamba hut.

Day 2: Miriakamba hut to Saddle hut.
Elevation: 2514m to 3570m
Distance: 5km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Forest to Mooland and heather
The path passes through fine forests and heather to the Saddle Hut (3570m) 3 hours walking it is a steep day as you will gain 1056m. After reaching to Saddle hut, an ascent to Little Meru is possible in the afternoon as not only a nice trek but a valuable altitude acclimitization. This day you will be having a very early dinner then half night sleep at Saddle hut.

Day 3:Saddle hut to Socialist peak to Miriakamba hut.
Elevation: 3570m to 4566m to 2514m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 9-10 hours
Habitat: Mooland and heath, barren rock and forrest
A very early start the days trek at 2:00am taking us first to a superb viewpoint called Rhino point on the crater rim. From there the route follows an airy ridge which leads up to the summit. This portion of the trek will take about 5 hours then we descend back to Saddle hut for a short rest and lunch. Afterwards the descent continues to Miriakamba hut where dinner and overnight will take place.

Day 4:Miriakamba hut to Momela gate to Moshi
Elevation: 2514m to 1500m to 1200m
Distance: 10km
Hiking time: 2 hours
Habitat: Forest Walk back to the park gate, approximately 2 hours. Reaching back to the gate will be presented your certificate. From there our vehicle will return you to your hotel.
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Mt. Meru 3 Day Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi to Momela gate to Miriakamba hut.
Elevation: 1200m to 1500m to 2514m
Distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest

After you are picked up at your hotel, driven to Arusha National Park and are properly checked in for the climb at the park gate; we proceed with the trek through game-filled parkland up to Miriakamba Hut, at 2470m. Along the way there are many spectacular views; including Kilimanjaro from Miriakamba Hut. You will as well walk very close to different varieties of wildlife and some lovely glades. the trek on this day is not difficult because the terrain is a gentle slope. Dinner and over nigh at Miriakamba hut.

Day 2: Miriakamba hut to Saddle hut.
Elevation: 2514m to 3570m
Distance: 5km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Forest to Mooland and heather
The path passes through fine forests and heather to the Saddle Hut (3570m) 3 hours walking it is a steep day as you will gain 1056m. After reaching to Saddle hut, an ascent to Little Meru is possible in the afternoon as not only a nice trek but a valuable altitude acclimitization. This day you will be having a very early dinner then half night sleep at Saddle hut.

Day 3:Saddle hut to Socialist peak to Miriakamba hut.
Elevation: 3570m to 4566m to 2514m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 12-14 hours
Habitat: Mooland and heath, barren rock and forrest
A very early start the days trek at 2:00am taking us first to a superb viewpoint called Rhino point on the crater rim. From there the route follows an airy ridge which leads up to the summit. This portion of the trek will take about 5 hours then we descend back to Saddle hut for a short rest and lunch. Afterwards the descent continues to the park gate where after the certificate presentation, you will be transported back to your hotel.
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Tro-Peaks Adventures Mt Meru Route Map

Ol Doinyo Lengai

This acitve volcano is a holy spot for the Maasai. In fact its name literally means 'Mountain of god' in the Maasai langauge. Maasai from both Tanzania and Kenya who practice their traditional religion come here to offer sacrifice to the god. The climb is void of shade and vegetation, making it a hot and dusty trek. The climbs start in the very early hours to avoid the scorching sun. The climb itself can be done in half a day, but it is most often combined with a longer trek. The two most popular itinerary options are outlined below but of course we can make alterations to fit your desires.

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Day 1 - Moshi or Arusha - Lake Natron (Ngare Sero)
Departing from your hotel Moshi or Arusha in the morning we drive to Mtu wa Mbu (Lake Manyara) for lunch. After lunch you drive north along the bottom of the Great Rift Valley wall to Lake Natron and the village of Ngare Sero at the base of Ol Doinyo Lengai. Overnight at a campsite by the lake.

Day 2 Lake Natron - Ngare Sero to Ol Doinyo Lengai
From Lake Natron to Ngare Sero is a 3-hour walk. Lengai is best approached from the west. Between Ngare Sero and Lengai's lower slopes is another 3 hours walk. The vehicle will go on ahead here so that it is there to take you up this large gully; saving you at least 6 hours of additional walking. Overnight camp in the gully.

Day 3 Ol Doinyo Lengai summit and back to Lake Natron campsite
A very early start in order to gain as much height as possible in the cool of the morning. Sun hats and a large water in-take are essential. Descend by the same route.
Great care should be taken on the way down: loose volcanic gravel on bare rock makes it perilous going in places. Bringing trekking poles are very helpful. Overnight at the Lake Natron camp site.

Day 4 Lake Natron - Moshi or Arusha Town
Departing after breakfast we return back to Moshi or Arusha town where you will be returned to your hotel.

Day 1 Moshi to Nainokanoka Village
You will be transported to Nainokanoka village via Ngorongoro Crater with your guide and park ranger. All gear, food and water will be carried by donkeys, lead by a Maasai warrior. Dinner and overnight at Nainokanoka village Camp site.

Day 2 Nainokanoka Village to Elbulbul
After breakfast, begin trekking to the Elbulbul Depression where you will have dinner and overnight at Elbulbul Campsite.

Day 3 Elbulbul to Empakai
Depart from Elbulbul to the rim of the Empakai Crater. You can spend several hours exploring the crater, returning to the campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 Empakai to Oldoinyo L’ Engai base camp
This day you will trek from Empakai to the base of Oldonyo L'Engai. Here you will have dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Day 5 Ol Doinyo Lengai summit and back to Lake Natron campsite
A very early start in order to gain as much height as possible in the cool of the morning. Sun hats and a large water in-take are essential. Descend by the same route.
Great care should be taken on the way down: loose volcanic gravel on bare rock makes it perilous going in places. Bringing trekking poles are very helpful.

Day 6 Oldoinyo L’ Engai base camp to Lake Natron
Depart for Lake Natron where you may tour the waterfalls at Engare Sero Gorge. Dinner and overnight at Kamakia campsite.

Day 7 Lake Natron To Moshi
You are free to explore the Lake Natron area until about noon, when you will be picked up for your return trip hotel

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Tro-Peaks Price Quote and Booking Procedure

At Tro-Peaks Adventures we have dedicated office staff, safari and climbing teams and the best quality equipment, which we maintain to the highest standard. We are here to make your trip just as you had always dreamt it would be. we will work with you on an individual basis to modify the itineraries listed here to suit your needs. The basic procedure is as follows:

Once we receive your price quote request, we will discuss your individual needs and perhaps make some suggestions for your itinerary. Once we have the details in place we will send you a price quote. You can choose which of the options you like best or perhaps discuss with us how to further modify your trip. Once we agree on the itinerary and the price we confirm availabilty of accommodations and then will send you a confirmation along with your payment options. Note: We will never request that you send money through Western Union or other such services. We will always request money sent to a bank in Tanzania with Tro-Peaks as the account name or ask for payment on arrival. For security reasons, if you receive such a request, do not send funds.

To send your details and request a quotation, contact us at
Tro-Peaks Adventures Ltd.
Email: tropeaksadventures@gmail.com
P.O. Box 717, Moshi-Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Cell: +255 763 830820 / +255 756 728700

Cancellations / Trip Postponements

If a date postponement or cancellation is required, 100% of your deposit will go towards the new date or be refunded (less bank wire transfer fees). The exception being in cases of last minute postponements where there is insufficient notice for lodges to refund your deposit.