Hike the Kilimanjaro

There is no better way to develop an intimate relationship with a region than by walking across it. This is especially true of the 7-day Machame route up majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in the Africa at 20,000 feet. You’ll begin in Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, where you’ll walk through rainforest up a winding trail. The rainforest eventually dissolves into a small valley where you’ll traverse a rocky ridge before reaching the Shira Plateau, a land of deep valleys and weather worn lava flows. Pass the Lava Tower, nicknamed “Shark’s Tooth” because of its angular shape, before resting at Barranco Camp.

Your next stop, meant for acclimatization, brings you to Karanga Camp, an area often filled with Senecio plants. Continue on to Barafu Camp where you’ll prepare your mind, body, and soul for the Kilimanjaro Summit, which commences between midnight and 2am. This epic trek will take you between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, before you take a rest at Stella Point and get rewarded by a magnificent sunrise. After reaching the highest point at Uhuru Peak, you descend to Mweka Hut and finish the following day in Moshi.

Getting there

This adventure begins and ends at the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania that serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi. From North America, you can reach this final destination by flying out of New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, or Toronto, often with only one connecting flight. Those leaving from Europe can get a nonstop flight from Amsterdam, or a flight with one connection from London and Frankfurt. As it’s essential to be part of a guided tour for this impressive summit, your tour company of choice will help to inform your travel arrangements from the airport.