Mountain Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes
BMS27: Marangu Route (6 Nights / 7 Days)
Day 1 Kilimanjaro – Moshi.
Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport. Transfer to Moshi Town. Early evening pre-
Day 2 Moshi – Mandara Hut.
After breakfast depart for Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu. Start the first section of the climb through the mountain forest to Mandara Hut at 9000ft/ 2750m. Ascend for about 3 to 4 hours. Meals and overnight Mandara hut.
Day 3 Horombo Hut
Leaving the forest after breakfast, you trek along a good path through open grassy moorland to reach Horombo Hut at 12000ft/3700m. 5 to 7 hours trek. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight Horombo hut
Day 4 Kibo Hut
Continue ascending past the last water point traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi to Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m. Walking takes approximately 5 to 7 hours. Dinner and overnight Kibo hut.
Day 5 Summit – Horombo.
A very early start for the summit on steep and heavy scree up to Gilman's point at 18640ft / 5681m till you arrive on the crater rim by sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340ft / 5896m. Descend to Horombo Hut for overnight taking 7 to 8 hours ascent and 4 to 7 hours descent. Meals and overnight Horombo hut.
Day 6 Descent to gate.
After breakfast descend the mountain to the park Gate ( 5 to 7 hours). Met by your driver-
Day 7 Departure
After breakfast transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight.
BMS28: Machame Route (7 Nights / 8 Days).
Day 1 Kilimanjaro -
Day 2 Moshi – Machame
after breakfast transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Machame. Start the first section of the climb through the mountain forest to Machame Campsite at 10000ft/3000m. Approximate walking time is 5 to 7 hours. Meals and overnight at Machame camp.
Day 3 Shira Camp,
follow the steep ridge across heath and moorland to picnic rock and the Shira plateau, to Shira Campsite at 12500ft/3800m (approx. 5 to 7 hours). Meals and overnight at Shira camp.
Day 4 Barranco,
Depart towards Kibo crossing a broad valley then climb to a ridge crest, later cross the scree slopes and a river valley to reach Barranco Campsite 13000ft/3900m. (5-
Day 5 Barafu Camp,
After breakfast cross the floor of the Great Barranco Valley, over the Barranco wall to the Karanga River -
Day 6 Mweka Camp,
An early start for the summit -
Day 7 Descend to gate, after breakfast descend through to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College (3 to 4 hrs). Met and transferred to Moshi Town. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Inn (HB). Day 8 Departure, Breakfast at Mountain Inn. Later transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight.
Mr Luis Ibagues and his wife on top of Mt Meru in 2011. Mt Meru is the third highest peak in Africa after Mr Kilimanjaro and Mr Kenya.
BMS29: Umbwe Route 8 days
Day 1: Arrive Africa-
BMS Safaris takes pride in providing gourmet food and comfortable camps throughout the climb, and porters will carry your equipment. All of these factors combine to maintain our high success rate-
Day 3: Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp 9,700ft 5 hours.
The majority of the hike on this first day is through the Montaine Forest. Lush vegetation with very old trees and lilts of ferns and mosses mark this as an area that gets reliable rain year round. The forest abounds with wildlife; small bushbuck & duikers as well as monkeys. There is also rich and varied bird life. The first three hours or so is on gently rising land before steepening for the last two hours. The camp for the night is in a small clearing on the trail.
Day 4: Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp 13,000ft 4 hours.
Shortly after starting the hike the forest gradually gives away to the giant heath. The trail has been following a ridge for some time and as it ascends through the heath land the ridge narrows and sharpens, finally becoming knife edge with steep drops on each side. As the height of the heath reduces there are stunning views of both Kilimanjaro’s southern flank and across the Mount Meru some 50 miles away. Wildlife changes with the vegetation, jackals may be heard barking and the huge Lammergeyer seen circling overhead. The camp is overlooking the Barranco Valley with views up towards Arrow Glacier.
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp.Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m. Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft. Distance: 7 km. Hiking Time: 4 hours. Habitat: Alpine Desert. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.
Day 6:Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. Elevation (m) 4,630. Hiking time 4-
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut. Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m). Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft). Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent. Hiking Time:6-
Day 8 Mweka Camp to Arusha. Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m. Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft. Distance: 15 km. Hiking Time: 3-
BMS30: Lemosho Route -
Day 1: Arrive Africa overnight at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge. The Lemosho Glades route via the Western Breach is among the least used combination of routes on Kilimanjaro. The trail leads up to the western edge of the Shira Plateau, and the hike across the plateau is said to be one of the most stunningly beautiful hikes in Africa. With 7 nights on the mountain, your chances of reaching the “Roof of Africa” are very good. Standout-
Day 2: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK. A day to acclimatize to the time zone, on this day we recommend our clients to go to Arusha National Park, for a guarder walk by game rangers. Nothing strenuous by a chance to enjoy game while walking in the National Park with picnic lunch boxes from Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge. Back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: FOREST CAMP. Depart Arusha at 7:30a.m. for Londorossi gate, about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp-
Day 4: SHIRA 1 CAMP. Once out of the forest, take a steep track into a Savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. Ascend through the lush rolling hills below the Shira plateau, finally reaching camp at the edge of the plateau, a day of 5-
Day 5: SHIRA 2 CAMP. Full day exploration of the Shira plateau; Trek east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes. Arrive at Shira 2 camp (Fischers’s Camp), at 12,600 ft. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth. Trekking time without the optional excursions is about 3 hours. Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m. Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft. Distance: 7 km. Hiking Time: 4 hours. Habitat: Alpine Desert. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.
DAY 6 Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp. Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m. Elevation (ft): 12,950ft. Walking Time: 6-
DAY 7 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp. Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m. Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft. Distance: 7 km. Hiking Time: 4 hours. Habitat: Alpine Desert. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.
DAY 8 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. Elevation (m) 4,630. Hiking time 4-
Day 9: Barafu / Summit. Rise early to watch the sunrise from the summit, which will take about 1.5 hours from Crater Camp. After a short time at the summit, descend along the gently sloping crater rim to Stella Point (on the crater rim, at 19,000 feet (5,790 mt.)), then descend the Mweka Route down a steep scree slope to Barafu Camp (15,100 ft. / 4,600 mt.) for lunch. In the afternoon continue the descent into the Heather Zone to Mweka Camp for the night. Total trekking time is from 8-