8 day Kilimanjaro Expedition

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. It rises an impressive 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) in breathtaking isolation over the Tanzanian plains.  No technical mountaineering ability is needed to reach the summit at Uhuru Peak so an 8 day Kilimanjaro expedition is suited for anyone in good physical shape.

Adventure Dynamics has more than 15 years of experience of leading trips up Kilimanjaro. They are professional climbers whose knowledge, expertise and professionalism ensure that your adventure is an unforgettable experience. 

There are six major routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. Each is well maintained, and each route has different pros and cons. Below are examples of itineraries from two different camping routes. Contact Adventure Dynamics for itineraries on other routes.

The Rongai route offers a sense of unspoilt wilderness. It ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya.

Day 1
Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to the hotel for dinner and over night stop.

Day 2
After a 2 ½ hour drive from registration at Marangu Gate we start hiking from the village of Nale Moru. The winding path crosses plantations, entering pine forests and then montane forest. The climb is gentle with opportunities for wildlife viewing. We overnight at Simba Camp situated with expansive views of the plains below. Altitude 1,996 – 2,626 m. Hiking time 4 hours.

Day 3
The hike ascends towards Kibo with views of the ice fields on the crater rim. We proceed towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi where we overnight at Kikelewa Camp. Altitude 2,626 – 3,679 m. Hiking time 6 – 7 hours.

Day 4
A short, steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of the wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shorty before the camp at Mawenzi Tarn. The rest of the day is spent acclimatising and exploring the area. Altitude 3,679 – 4,303 m. Hiking time 3 – 4 hours. 

Day 5
We head west and cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo until we reach Kibo Camp. We spend the day preparing for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Altitude 4,303 – 4,730 m. Hiking time 4 hours.

Day 6
The going gets tough with a midnight start for the final ascent. The path zigzags to Gillman’s Point at the crater rim and from here you normally encounter snow all the way to the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).

After summiting, we descend back to Kibo Camp and then continue down the Marangu Route to Horombe Camp. Altittude 4,303 to 5,895 (summit) then down to 3,705 m. Hiking time 12 – 16 hours.

Day 7
We descend steadily through moorland and montane forest to the Marangu Gate where we are transported back to the hotel in Moshi for a well deserved shower, dinner and celebration! Altitude 3,705 – 1,860 m. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 8
Depart Moshi after breakfast.

The Machame route is one of the most popular paths with hikers due to its impressive views and a variety of habitats. It is also considered the best route for acclimatisation.

Day 1
Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to the hotel for dinner and over night stop.

Day 2
The climb starts from Machame gate and travels upwards through montane rainforest along one of the most beautiful routes on the mountain. We spend the first night at the Machame Camp. Altitude 1,640 – 2,850 m. Hiking time 6 – 8 hours. 

Day 3
The route continues through sparse trees and bushes into moorlands. The route gradually ascends until we reach a plateau in the high moorlands featuring views of Kibo in the northwest and Mount Meru towards the east. The night is spent at Shira Camp. Altitude 2,850 – 3,810 m. Hiking time 4 hours.

Day 4
From the moorlands we continue into alpine desert, past the highest point at Lava Towers then descending into a valley where we spend the night at the Barranco Camp. Altitude 3,810 – 3,976 m. Hiking time 6 hours.

Day 5
We climb the Barranco Wall, and then continue on the way up to the inhospitable terrain at Barafu Camp. Altitude 3,976 – 4,673 m. Hiking time 7 – 8 hours.

Day 6
We start at midnight for the final challenge reach Uhuru Peak (5895 m) with a stop at the crater rim to enjoy the sunrise. The descent takes us back down to Barafu camp and then on to Mweka camp. Altitude 4,673 to 5,895 m (summit) then to 3,068 m Hiking time 12 – 14 hours.

Day 7
We continue our descent thought the montane forest to Mweka gate where we meet our transport to Moshi where a well deserved hot shower, dinner and celebration await! Altitude 3,068 – 1,640 m. Hiking time 4 hours.

Day 8
Depart Moshi after breakfast.