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6 Days
Availability : Jan - Dec
Mt. Kilimanjaro
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 28

6 Day Climbing Safari Kilimanjaro: Conquer the Roof of Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, is a dream destination for many adventure enthusiasts, but the high cost of guided tours can be a deterrent. However, with careful planning and a few insider tips, it is possible to conquer Kilimanjaro on a budget without compromising on safety or the experience.

Here are some practical tips to help you plan your budget Kilimanjaro climb:

1. Research well: Extensive research can help you find competitive pricing for different routes up Kilimanjaro. While some routes may offer more luxurious amenities, others may provide a budget-friendly option. Look for less popular tour companies that offer quality services at reasonable rates.

2. Opt for a group climb: A group climb can help you split the costs of equipment rental, guide fees, and park fees with your fellow climbers. Besides, it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and share unforgettable memories with them.

3. Skip the luxury amenities: Most budget-friendly tours provide camping and basic meals, which add to the authenticity of your experience. Bring your essentials instead of renting expensive equipment.

4. Bring your gear: Investing in your gear or borrowing from friends who have climbed Kilimanjaro before can save you money in the long run. Proper hiking boots and cold-weather clothing are essential for a comfortable and safe climb.

5. Be flexible with your timing: Peak seasons tend to be expensive. Consider climbing Kilimanjaro during the shoulder seasons when prices may be more competitive. You can also keep an eye out for last-minute deals or group discounts that tour operators may offer to fill up their expeditions.

Climbing Kilimanjaro on a budget can be an exciting and fulfilling adventure. By following these tips, you can embark on a journey of a lifetime without breaking the bank. So start planning, pack your backpack, and get ready to enjoy the breathtaking views and awe-inspiring experiences Kilimanjaro has to offer.

6 Day Safari Kilimanjaro tinerary

Day 1Hiking time: 7 hours; distance: about 18 km`s, habitat: mountain forest

Your Safari Kilimanjaro starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi (910 m) to Machame village (1490 m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack, and you can also buy mineral water in the village.

Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately.

Day 2Machame Camp (2980 M)–Shira Camp (3840 M)

Hiking time: 6 hours; distance: about 9 km`s, habitat: moorland

You rise early at Machame Camp, and after breakfast, you climb for an hour or so to the top of the forest, then for another 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short rest and lunch, you continue up a rocky ridge into the Shira Plateau; by now, you should be able to see the western breach in an eastern direction. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

Day 3Day 3: Shira (3840 m), Lava Tower (4630 m), Barranco Camp (3950 m).

Hiking time: 7 hours; distance: about 15 km`s, habitat: semi-desert

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630 m after about a 5 hour walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scrambling path to Lava Tower (4630 m). Definitely the most difficult day so far. It is normally around this point that some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches for the first time. After lunch, you descend again by almost 680 m to the Barranco Camping area, and after reaching the high altitude of 4600 m at Lava Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear.

This descent to Barranco Camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to lay below the Breach and the great Barranco Wall. which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.

Day 4Barranco Camp (3950)-Barafu Camp (4550M)

Hiking time: 7 hours; distance: about 13km`s, habitat: Alpine desert

After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated, topping out just below the hem glacier. You now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge, and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.

The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu Camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice,” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night in. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales, the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge; make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345 meters up, and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, a walking stick, and thermal clothing for your summit attempt.

Day 5Summit Attack at Barafu Camp (4550M) On Day 5 Mweka (3100M)-Uhuru Peak (5895M)

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka, Distance: About 7km`s ascent – 23lm1s descent, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23:30, and after some tea and biscuits, you will shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. For many climbers, the 8-hour walk to Stella Point is the most difficult, both mentally and physically. At Stella Point (5685), you will stop for a short rest and be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you will normally encounter this all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions.

Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to the cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear before heading down to Mweka Camp (3100m).

Day 6Final Descent. Mweka Camp (3100M)–Mweka Gate (1980M)

Hiking time : about 15 km; habitat: forest

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic 3-hour hike back to the park gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. You sign your name and details in a register at Mweka Gate. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685 m) are issued green certificates, and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895 m) receive gold certificates.

You will be served a delicious hoot lunch from the Mweka village! You now return to Moshi for a much-needed hot shower, dinner, sparkling wine, and celebrations! Transfer to hotel for B&B overnight.

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