Umbwe Gate (1,700m/5,576ft) to Forest cave Camp (2,900m/9,514ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters, 3,935 feet
Distance: 11 kilometers, Hike time 7 hrs
At 8:30am, leave Moshi Town to Umbwe Gate where you will meet the Ringo Expeditions porters, guides, and cooks that will be spending the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The drive to Umbwe Gate takes about 1.5 hours because we are required to stop at the Machame gate to get the permit before we go on to the Umbwe gate. Once you arrive, please wait at the gate while Ringo Expeditions registers your climb and the porters and guides make the final preparations before you start.
Your first day’s destination is Forest Cave Camp. Each day porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp and to prepare the tea and pepcon in time for your arrival to have dinner. On the first day, you will hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will be thin at the end of the hike and vegetation will change to include heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers. If the weather is clear you will be able to view the surrounding area and your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak.
Forest cave Camp (2,900m/9,514ft) to Baranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)
Elevation Gain: 1050 meters, 3,445 feet
Distance: 7 kilometers, Hike time 7 hrs
After leaving the camp the forest starts to thin and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you – against the blue sky. Carry plenty of drinking water, as the exposed hike can be hot on a clear day. There are several vieszpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above. When you reach camp, pepcon and tea they will ready in time for you to have dinner.
Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)
Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet
Distance: 7 Kilometers, Hike Hrs 3.5 hrs
Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you will have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley. We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization.
Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)
Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet
Distance: 6 kilometers, Hike time 3.5 hrs
After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike.
Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet
Distance: 18 kilometers
Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours you will hike using walking poles and light of your headlamp. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.
The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.
At Barafu Camp you will eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.
Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)
Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet
Distance: 10 kilometers, Hike 3 Hrs
After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your black and white colabus monkeys and other primates during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Ringo Expeditions vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi Town. You will be able to purchase t-shirts and sodas at the gate. Also you also will have the opportunity to get a hot shower and some relaxation time before the next destination. You will stay at Keys Hotel for the Bed and breakfast.
Day 1 ; Umbwe Gate to Forest cave Camp.
Day 2 : Forest cave Camp to Baranco Camp.
Day 3 : Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley.
Day 4 : Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp.
Day 5 : Barafu Camp to Uhuru ( Peak of the Mountain ) then to Mweka Camp.
Day 6 : Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate.
At the Summit of Africa with Mr. Ringo
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