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Mountains in Tanzania Kilimanjaro Meru and Makarot

Tanzania has some of the most spectacular mountainous regions which make for idyllic climbing and trekking holidays whatever your level of expertise.

The immense and awe-inspiring massif of mythical snow-clad Kilimanjaro the summit of Africa, is located entirely in Tanzania and dominates the surrounding plains.

Mount Meru towers above Arusha National Park it is an active volcano; the last eruption was a minor one about 100 years ago. Meru is a fantastic trekking peak and good acclimatisation for taking on “Kili” it is also a lovely walking peak in its own right a 2 night stay will get you to the top.

Makarot or Lemagarut, Oldeani and Empakaai Crater form part of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Makarot stands at a lofty 3000m the ground falls away to the rift valley wall and the Serengeti.

Other mountains and mountain areas include the Usambara’s  the Uluguru’s , Udzungwa’s and Mufindi highlands.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro is without doubt the biggest draw for most trekkers and walkers. It is an undertaking and not be taken lightly. It is not technically difficult and exceptionally accessible. To most people it is just a trek but please do not underestimate the enormity of taking your body to altitude.

Would be summiteers fail to reach Uhuru Peak (the TRUE summit) because they have not allowed sufficient time to acclimatise.

The most popular ascent route is the Marangu Route (affectionately know as the coca cola route) and the ‘standard’ time for the ascent is to reach the summit is three days. If you were considering such an ascent in any other mountainous region of the world you would not dream of reaching such a height in this number of days.

There are two main reasons for this fast ascent, 1) financial 2) because it is so accessible. We do not think either of the above reasons justify risking your health, safety or enjoyment and do not usually suggest the Marangu Route, preferring to use one of the other routes on Kili.  Our mountain team are a dedicated highly trained and extremely professional group. Coming from a climbing and mountaineering background. Our choice of personnel in Tanzania is our top most priority.

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Routes on Kilimanjaro

Lemosho Route

Day 1: Lemosho Gate to Lemosho Forest Camp
You will head across to the mountain on the main Moshi road and take the turning to Londorossi, climbing up through the shambas to the gate. Following the registration formalities you will continue driving through the farmland for another hour to the Lemosho trailhead. This is where you will meet the rest of the climb team and repack your baggage for the porters to carry.
The forest in this area receives over 90% of the rainfall on the mountain; so don’t be too surprised if it rains. The path can get extremely muddy and the tree roots become treacherous. With this in mind the first day is short due to the uncertainty under foot.
The campsite is in the forest and the camp crew will have a hot cuppa waiting for you.
Lemosha Gate 2150m
Lemosho Forest Camp 2650m
Ascent 500m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 2 – 3 hours

Day 2: Lemosho Forest Camp to Shira One Camp
Today is the first day of serious walking and really gives you a kick start towards your altitude acclimatisation. Quickly leaving the forest behind, the trail leads up to the moorland zone of giant heather. Climbing steadily, the views really start to open out as you approach the rim of the Shira Plateau.
There is a real sense of wilderness, especially as the afternoon mist rolls in to reduce your visibility. Lunch is usually taken en route. The overnight camp is in the middle of the plateau at “Shira One”.
Lemosha Forest Camp 2650m
Shira One Camp 3350m
Ascent 700m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 6 – 7 hours

Day 3: Shira One Camp to Shira Hut
This is an easy day to help with your acclimatisation. It is normally spent exploring the volcanic rock formations of the Shira Plateau. The route takes you to the summit of Shira Cathedral as you continue to the next camp called old Shira Hut.
This campsite has stunning views, close to the Kibo glacier and the jagged rim of the Shira Plateau. The views towards Meru floating took my breath away.
Shira One Camp 3350m
Shira Hut 3840m
Ascent 490m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 4 – 5 hours

Day 4: Shira Hut to Barranco Valley
Following breakfast, the route continues east towards the main Kibo massif and leaves the moorland plateau behind. The passage over lava ridges and rocky semi-desert beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach is starting to get pretty dramatic, as are the views of Lava Tower and the Breach Wall above.
A lunch break taken at the Lava Tower junction at 4530m may not be as inviting as it sounds as this is where you will probably start to feel the affects of the altitude. The route descends at this point down into the Great Barranco Valley and the campsite at 3900m.
The campsites themselves, both by the old hut and further up the slope, are sheltered by towering cliffs and the snow-capped massif of Kibo towers above. There are also extensive views of the plains of the Maasai Steppe far below.
Shira One Camp 3720m
Shira Hut 3900m
Ascent 780m
Decent 600m
Walking Time 5 – 7 hours

Day 5: Barranco Valley to Karanga Valley
The path heads out across the valley, over several streams and up to the foot of the imposing Barranco Wall, or ‘the breakfast wall’ as it is called by many of the climb teams. This is a steep and exposed climb of around 300m. The wall is near vertical, but the path cuts across it on a diagonal.
Technically it is no more than a scramble, with some of the porters able to go up without needing to use their hands, but it is very exposed and most people will find the need to cling to the rock every now and then to steady themselves from the thought of the drop. It is quite a struggle, but there is a real sense of achievement as you get to the top and the summit comes back into view that little bit closer.
From here it is only a short distance to our camp in the steep sided valley at Karanga. The terrain changes to scree with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows and there are superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. There is plenty of time to rest, or for a short optional acclimatisation walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp.
You should try to eat as much as possible at this stop in preparation for the summit attempt very early tomorrow morning. Keep snacking through the afternoon too, if you can, although your appetite will probably be diminished by now due to the altitude. This is the last point for water and the porters carry supplies from here.
Barranco Valley 3900m
Karanga Valley 4000m
Ascent 400m
Decent 300m
Walking Time 4 – 5 hours

Day 6: Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp
It is a short but steep climb out of Karanga, followed by an easy path on compacted scree towards the Mweka Junction at 4150 metres. There are far reaching views all along this section. We then climb steadily to reach the Barafu campsite at 4600 metres. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before an early night.
Karanga Valley 4000m
Barafu Camp 4600m
Ascent 600m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 4 – 5 hours

Day 7: Barafu Hut to Summit and down to Mweka Camp
Around midnight, you will be awoken with a hot drink – and encouraging words – to start the final stage of the Climb in the night, led by your guides who will illuminate the track. Departure is at this time so that you can walk on the still frozen snow and scree and enjoy the magical sunrise at your arrival on the crater rim. The cold can be very intense and the wind violent.
The path is mainly scree and rock, becomes very steep and the 5-6 hour climb exhausting because of the lack of oxygen. You follow the path between the Ratzel and Rebmann Glaciers, arriving at the Crater Rim of Kibo between Stella and Hans Meyer Points. After only another hour, you will reach ‘UHURU PEAK’ at 5896m.

After photos and a rest, one hour back to Stella Point and then 2 more hours of rather steep descent through the ankle deep scree, to reach the rocky site of Barafu Hut for a short rest, finally you will get into camp after an awesome descent of nearly 3000 metres. For some people this descent is actually the highlight – for others it is the worst part.
Barafu Hut 4600m
Summit 1: Stella 5735m
Summit 2: Uhuru 5896m
Mweka Camp 3800m
Ascent 1296m
Decent 2096m
Walking Time 10 – 16 hours

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and onwards
Summit successfully attained thoughts of a shower, a massage, a good meal, a drink and above all a comfortable bed.
Mweka Camp 3800m
Mweka Gate 1650m
Ascent 0m
Decent 1650m
Walking Time 4 – 6 hours

Machame Route

The route offers a very varied landscape with lovely views, weather permitting. Colobus and Sykes Monkey, many different antelopes and species of colourful birds, inhabit the equatorial montane forest with splendid large trees and ferns.

This gives way to open moorland with tall grasses, giant heathers and then the strange groundsel with other mountain plants. The high desert area has sand and rocky scree with five species of birds of prey including crowned eagle, buzzards and, if lucky, the magnificent Lammergeyer. The ice and glacier zone is breathtaking in its colours and shapes and the views over the plains are superb – if it’s clear!

Day 1: Transfer by vehicle to Machame Gate at 1800m altitude
During the National Park entrance formalities, you meet your team of guides and porters – a Senior Guide with many years of experience is in charge. This first day is quite a strenuous, long walk up through the montane forest along a wide path and there is a picnic stop. There is no hurry – the pace is slow and the walk is pretty and enjoyable. The camp is at 3050m and there are nice views of the peaks depending on weather. Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp Site.

Machame Gate 1800m
Machame Camp 3050m
Ascent 1250m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 6 – 7 hours

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Start out from Camp over a small stream; walking over some old lava flows up into the moorland of the Shira Plateau to Camp at 3690m. This is a good area to spend an extra day simply exploring and strolling about to help acclimatisation. Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp Site.

Machame Camp 3050m
Shira Camp 3690m
Ascent 640m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 6 hours

Day 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
Leaving the Shira Plateau, you walk towards the Kibo Massif, up to Lava Tower Pass at 4750m, pausing to admire the imposing Lava Tower. Then there is a descent to the Barranco Camp Site at 3950m. This valley offers perhaps the most stunning views and scenery of the climb – especially looking north up at the steep cliff-like slopes of Kibo with its glaciers. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

Shira Camp 3690m
Barranco Camp 3950m
Ascent 260m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 6 hours

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
The steep slope that you have been admiring looks imposing enough but is smilingly and mischievously called ‘Breakfast’ by the porters. You walk through a succession of valleys and watercourses, which tumble down off the slope and picnic at the ‘Last Water’ of Karanga River, as the vegetation becomes high desert type, consisting of tussocky grass clumps and alpine plants and rocky sandy areas. Again, Karanga Valley can be an extra night stop if this is felt necessary, making for a 7-day and 6 night climb. It is a long slow slog from Barranco to the Barafu site often in mist and altitude really begins to tell here. The site is rather precarious, perched on an old jagged lava flow with sheer drops close to the toilet area – please take extra care here. Dinner and overnight (well, a few hours at least – so go to bed at 7 p.m. latest!) at Barafu Camp.

Barranco Camp 3950m
Barafu Camp 4600m
Ascent 650m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 9 hours

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak and back down to Mweka Hut
Around midnight, you will be awoken with a hot drink – and encouraging words – to start the final stage of the Climb in the night, led by your guides who will illuminate the track. Departure is at this time so that you can walk on the still frozen snow and scree and enjoy the magical sunrise at your arrival on the crater rim. The cold can be very intense and the wind violent.

The path is mainly scree and rock, becomes very steep and the 5-6 hour climb exhausting because of the lack of oxygen. You follow the path between the Ratzel and Rebmann Glaciers, arriving at the Crater Rim of Kibo between Stella and Hans Meyer Points. After only another hour, you will reach ‘UHURU PEAK’ at 5896m.

After photos and a rest, one hour back to Stella Point and then 2 more hours of rather steep descent through the ankle deep scree, to reach the rocky site of Barafu Hut for a short rest and pack up camp.

Press on to Mweka Camp Site – a long and demanding stage downhill but usually done in an elated state! This route is steep, over the high desert, a very rutted and gullied pathway down through the heather and moorland vegetation bands and then into the scrub forest where the campsite is situated in a lovely glade with views of the peak. A well-deserved restful night follows. Dinner and overnight at Mweka Hut.

Barafu Camp 4600m
Uhuru Peak 5896m
Mweka Hut 3100m
Ascent 1296m
Decent 2796m
Walking Time 11 – 15 hours

Day 6: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gat  to Moivaro Lodge
Now follows an exhilarating, calm descent down the well-worn gullied track off the Mountain into the high trees of the montane forest – a chance of seeing colobus monkey – a picnic break, if required and then proceed down to Mweke Gate where your transfer vehicle awaits – receive your Certificates and proceed to Arusha.

Mweka Hut 3100m
Mweka Gate 1400m
Ascent 0m
Decent 1700m
Walking Time 5 hours

Marangu Route

Day 1: Arusha to Mandara Hut
Following breakfast, drive from your hotel to Marangu gate (1830 m), we will spend about two hours for registration, payments of fees and final parking. Start climbing through dense semi-tropical to the first hut- Mandara hut (2700 m). Most of the walk is through forest on a good path. A small path branches off left after a short way. This is a longer, more scenic and muddier way which your guide will probably not want to take. Mandara Hut is a small number of new huts in a forest clearing. If you have the time and energy a short walk to Maundi Crater is worthwhile. From its low rim you can see above the trees and should be able to see the main summit, although in the afternoon it will almost certainly be cloud-capped. Dinner and an overnight stay at Mandara Hut.

Marangu Gate 1830m
Mandara Hut 2700m
Ascent 870m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 3 – 4 hours

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Breakfast, ascend through the alpine meadow, and grassland and moorland to Horombo Hut (3720 m). After a couple of hours you will suddenly emerge from the forest to hopefully amazing views of the summit, suddenly much nearer. The path follows the rolling moorland to reach Horombo Hut at 3760m after a total of about six hours. Horombo is really a small village and is usually busy. Many people spend two nights here and you will stay again on the way down. Once you reach Horombo it is noticeably colder and you will need to have a fleece jacket or sweater with you. About now you will also start to feel the effects of altitude, so drink and walk slowly. Dinner and an overnight stay at Horombo Hut.

Mandara Hut 2700m
Horombo Hut 3720m
Ascent 1020m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 6 – 7 hours

Day 3: Horombo Hutto Kibo Hut
Breakfast, further ascending to KiboHut (4700 m). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia appear on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Kibo Hut.

Horombo Hut 3720m
Kibo Hut 4700m
Ascent 980m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 3 – 4 hours

Day 4: Kibo Camp to Uhuru  Peak return to Horombo Camp
The final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb is done by torchlight, starting at around 1 a.m. The technique is to plod very slowly on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 metres.). You may rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 metres.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 metres.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, you continue the descent to reach your final campsite at Horombo (3,720 metres).

Kibo Camp 4700m
Uhuru Peak 5896m
Horombo Camp 3720m
Ascent 1196m
Decent 2176m
Walking Time 11 – 15 hours

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate- Hotel in Marangu/Arusha
A steady descent takes you down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700metres.), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. You then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 metres.). From here you will return to your hotel in Marangu for a well-earned shower!

Horombo Camp 3720m
Marangu Gate 1830m
Ascent 0m
Decent 1890m
Walking Time 5 – 6 hours

Rongai Route

This route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. This route starts in farmland, as you climb higher it opens out to give stunning views over the plains. It is possible to add an extra day to the ascent and include a side trip to Mawenzi Tarn. This will offer an ever better chance of your body acclimatising to the rarefied air.

Day 1: Rongai Start to First Camp
After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate, you transfer by Landover to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 metres.) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently, through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 metres.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Rongai 1950m
First Camp 2600m
Ascent 650m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 3 – 4 hours

Day 2: First Camp to Kikelewa Camp
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 metres.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, you leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Tonight’s campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senesces near Kikelewa Caves (3 600 metres).

First Camp 2600m
Kikelewa Camp 3600m
Ascent 1000m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 6 – 7 hours

Day 3: Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn
Superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness reward a short, but steep, climb up grassy slopes. The vegetation is left behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 metres.), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.

Kikelewa Camp 3600m
Mawenzi Tarn 4330m
Ascent 730m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 3 – 4 hours

 

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Camp
The route now crosses the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700 metres.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night!

Mawenzi Tarn 4330m
Kibo Camp 4700m
Ascent 370m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 4 – 5 hours

Day 5: Kibo Camp to Uhuru Peak return to Horombo Camp
The final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb is done by torchlight, starting at around 1 a.m. The technique is to plod very slowly on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 metres.). You may rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 metres.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 metres.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, you continue the descent to reach your final campsite at Horombo (3,720 metres).

Kibo Camp 4700m
Uhuru Peak 5896m
Horombo Camp 3720m
Ascent 1196m
Decent 2176m
Walking Time 11 – 15 hours

Day 6:
A steady descent takes you down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700metres.), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. You then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 metres.). From here you will return to your hotel in Marangu for a well-earned shower!

Horombo Camp 3720m
Marangu Gate 1830m
Ascent 0m
Decent 1890m
Walking Time 5 – 6 hours

Shira Route

This route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moor land from the west, crossing the caldera of the Shira volcano before traversing beneath the Southern ice fields of Kibo. The final ascent is made via the Barafu route.

Shira is a little-used approach route and there is time to enjoy the unspoilt wilderness of the Shira Plateau along with some absolutely stunning campsites – important with all the time to acclimatise and rest!

The summit well it’s the crown and you will be jolly glad to be there. The last day is always hard! You will have to get up at 0100 (the early hours) and you MUST pace yourself – you will learn ‘pole pole’ off by heart (it means slowly).

Day 1: Londorossi National Park to Shira One
After an attractive drive to Londorossi National Park gate (2250metres) and completing the necessary registration formalities, we drive a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations (2,800 m.), and continue climbing steadily on foot through shrub forest and stands of giant heather to reach the rim of Shira Plateau (3,350 m.). The views across the surrounding plains open out as we climb and our first camp is in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One” (3,550 m.).

Londorossi National Park 2250m
Shira One 3550m
Ascent 1300m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 4 – 5 hours

Day 2: Shira Oneto Shira Hut
An easy day to help acclimatisation and to explore the grassy moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (3,750 m.), a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here (especially when the afternoon mists come in!) and the views from our camp near Shira Hut (3,840 m.) of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable.

Shira One 3550m
Shira Hut 3840m
Ascent 290m
Decent 0m
Walking Time 4 – 5 hours

Day 3: Shira Hutto Moir Hut(and the Lent Hills)
We explore beneath the Northern Ice fields, an area almost totally unvisited by tourists and with unusual views of Kibo. The morning walk is a steady climb away from the moorland of Shira Plateau to reach the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills, with expansive views in all directions. After lunch in our camp close to Moir Hut (4,200 m.), there is the option of a more strenuous afternoon walk to reach the summit of the Lent Hills (4,700 m.) or time to enjoy our peaceful campsite. Few visitors get to this remote corner of Kilimanjaro.

 

Shira Hut 3840m
Lent Hills 4700m
Moir Hut 4200m
Ascent 360m(860m if you climb the Lent Hills)
Decent 500m (Lent Hills)
Walking Time

Day 4: Moir Hutto Lava Tower Campsite (and the Arrow Glacier)
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch at our Lava Tower campsite (4,550 m.), there is a steep and spectacular afternoon walk on the rocky lower slopes of the Western Breach to reach the ruins of the old hut at Arrow Glacier (4,800 m.). This afternoon excursion is highly recommended both for acclimatisation purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach. The evening sunset views are the mark of yet another spectacular campsite.

Moir Hut 4200m
Arrow Glacier 4800m
Lava Tower Campsite 4550m
Ascent 350m(600m if you climb to the Arrow Glacier)
Decent 250m (Arrow Glacier)
Walking Time 3 – 6 hours

Day 5: Lava Tower Campsite to Karanga Camp
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall takes you to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with a superb steep descent into the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. A short climb up the famed Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the southeastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain is volcanic scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and a powerful sense of mountain wilderness. Our next camp is at Karanga (4,000 m.), the last water point on the approach to Barafu, in a narrow valley. There is plenty of time to rest, or for an acclimatisation walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp towards the glaciers of the Southern Ice Fields.

Lava Tower Campsite 4550m
Karanga Camp 4000m
Ascent 100m
Decent 650m
Walking Time 5 – 7 hours

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
A short but steep climb out of Karanga valley, following an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.) for lunch. During the afternoon, other walkers will begin to fill the campsite for the first time in our trip. There is a short acclimatisation walk to the plateau at the bottom of the Southeast valley (4,800 m.). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

 

Karanga Camp 4000m
Barafu Camp 4600m
Ascent 600m(800m if you climb to Southeast Valley)
Decent 200m (Southeast Valley)
Walking Time 3 – 5 hours

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak return to Mweka Camp
We will start our ascent by torchlight around midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m.), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,100 m.) at Mweka. Most of us will be too tired to notice the beauty of the forest surrounding the crowded campsite.

Barafu Camp 4600m
Uhuru Peak 5896m
Mweka Camp 3100m
Ascent 1296m
Decent 2796m
Walking Time 11 – 15 hours