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ITINERARY


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As the continent’s high peak , Mount Kilimanjaro is indisputably the king among the islands in the African sky. It is only an awesome dormant volcano, but it is a spectacular and diverse showcase of the natural world as well. Within the short distance from the outskirts to the top of the mountain all aspects of life are transformed from the lush tropical conditions to an icy lava desert, so that both hot summer and icy-cold winter conditions are everyday phenomena. On the upper slopes, where a health vegetation prevails, life has discovered its own exceptional adaptations to the extreme natural conditions. Nothing id eternal, however, not even the huge glaciers covering the top of the mountain, and Mount Kilimanjaro is expected to lose its icy cap within a short period of time, perhaps during the current decade. Mt Kilimanjaro is the main attraction and you’ll probably be continually gazing north trying to catch a glimpse of it. Most of the time it will be hidden behind a wall of clouds, but nearly every evening after 6pm it emerges from the mist to whet your appetite for altitude. From December to June it’s usually visible during the morning ,too, and generally topped by much more snow.

Machame Route

The Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by porters.
The Machame route is a very scenic and beautiful route, which can be completed in 6 days,
however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days, allowing for more time to acclimatise.
The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low,
helping towards better acclimatisation. There are however two drawbacks on this route:


a. Firstly hikers will need to pass an area just before the Shira ridge and hike the Barranco Wall,
both of which are physically demanding and also present a potential problem for hikers with a fear of heights.

b. The second problem relates to the route’s high success rate, compounded by the fact that
other routes join the Machame route from day 3 onwards – higher numbers of hikers can be therefore be encountered on this route

Marangu Route

Known as the Coco-Cola route, the Marangu route is the oldest and most well established route.
Some prefer this route because the accommodation is in huts,
rather than camping however it is less private than having your own tent.
During peak season these huts can be very overcrowded. We avoid leading climbs on this route as it’s the least
scenic route and does not offer good acclimatisation opportunities – therefore a low success rate.

The Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoilt route and sightings of wild game in the forest section is possible.
The Lemosho route is one of the quieter routes up Kilimanjaro, this advantage however disappears when the route combines
with the Machame route on the 3rd day of the hike.
For those seeking a quiet route away from the crowds, the route is a superior option to the Rongai route.
Unlike the Rongai the Lemosho route has the same excellent pro-acclimatization features of the Machame route,
which it joins just before reaching Lava Tower.
We do not recommend hiking the Lemosho route during the rainy season as the start point of the Lemosho Route
is particularly inaccessible during the wet season. Climbers should be prepared to walk the final 2-5 kilometers
of the road following heavy rains. The journey time to reach the start point is quite long and joined to the possibility
of not reaching the end of the road by vehicle head torches may well be needed to reach Forest Camp on day 1.
The route descents along the Mweka Route, a descent-only route.
The Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoilt route and sightings of wild game in the forest section is possible.
The Lemosho route is one of the quieter routes up Kilimanjaro, this advantage however disappears when the route combines
with the Machame route on the 3rd day of the hike.
For those seeking a quiet route away from the crowds, the route is a superior option to the Rongai route.
Unlike the Rongai the Lemosho route has the same excellent pro-acclimatization features of the Machame route,
which it joins just before reaching Lava Tower.
We do not recommend hiking the Lemosho route during the rainy season as the start point of the
Lemosho Route is particularly inaccessible during the wet season.
Climbers should be prepared to walk the final 2-5 kilometers of the road following heavy rains.
The journey time to reach the start point is quite long and joined to the possibility of not reaching
the end of the road by vehicle head torches may well be needed to reach Forest Camp on day 1.
The route descents along the Mweka Route, a descent-only route.

Shira Route

The first day of this route is the Shira Route and then it meets up with the Lemosho route for the rest of the climb.
Although distance is shorter than the start of the Lemosho route it is much steeper.
Shira is a varied and beautiful route however Lemosho is recommended over Shira due to the high altitude of Shira's starting point.
It is possible that climbers will experience altitude related symptoms on the first day due to lack of acclimatization time.

Rongai Route

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border.
Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds.
Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking
for an alternative to the popular Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those
who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation).
Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.
Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through
true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route.

Umbwe Route

The Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route.
It is considered to be very difficult and is the most challenging way up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Due to the quick ascent, Umbwe does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimatization.
Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are also low.
The route is offered at a minimum of six days, though seven days is recommended when attempting this route.
The Umbwe route should only be attempted by those who are very strong hikers and are confident in their ability to acclimatize.
However, overall, the Umbwe route is not recommended and we discourage its usage for our clients.

Marangu Route

5 Day / 4 Night

  • Marangu / Mandara / Horombo / Kibo / Uhuru Peak / Marangu
  • 6 Day / 5 Night

  • Marangu / Mandara / Horombo / Kibo / Uhuru Peak / Marangu
  • 7 Day / 6 Night

  • Marangu / Mandara / Horombo / Kibo / Uhuru Peak / Marangu
  • 8 Day / 7 Night

  • Marangu / Mandara / Horombo / Kibo / Uhuru Peak / Marangu
  • Machame Route

    6 Day / 5 Night

  • Machame / Shira / Barranco / Barafu / Uhuru Peak / Mweka
  • 7 Day / 6 Night

  • Machame / Shira / Barranco / Karanga / Barafu / Uhuru Peak / Mweka
  • 8 Day / 7 Night

  • Machame / Shira / Lava Tower / Barranco / Karanga / Barafu / Uhuru Peak / Mweka
  • 9 Day / 8 Night

    Northwestern Machame Route:

  • Machame / Shira / Moir / Barranco / Karanga / Barafu / Crater / Uhuru Peak / Mweka
  • Rongai Route

    6 Day / 5 Night

  • Rongai / Cave / Mawenzi / School / Uhuru Peak / Horombo / Marangu Village
  • 7 Day / 6 Night

  • Rongai Gate / Simba / Cave Two / Kikelelwa / Tan Hut / Kibo / Uhuru Peak / Horombo / Marangu Village
  • Shira Route

    6 Day / 5 Night Safari

  • Londorosi / Shira / Lava Tower / Arrow Glacier / Uhuru Peak / Mweka
  • 6 Day / 5 Night Safari

  • Lemosho / Shira / Barranco / Barafu / Uhuru Peak / Mweka
  • 7 Day / 6 Night Safari

  • Lemosho / Shira / Barranco / Barafu / Uhuru Peak / Mweka
  • 9 Day / 8 Night Safari

  • Lemosho / Shira / Barranco / Karanga / Barafu / Crater Camp / Uhuru Peak / Mweka
  • Umbwe Route

    6 Day / 5 Night

  • Umbwe Cave / Barranco / Arrow Glacier / Mweka
  • 7 Routes to Trek Mt Kilimanjaro:

    Route Endorsed Recommended Day RuggednessDifficulty striking Transit
    Machame Highly recommend 6 or 7 days High Excellent High
    Lemosho Highly recommend 7 or 8 days High Excellent Medium
    Northern Circuit Highly recommend 9 days High Excellent Very low
    Rongai Recommended 6 or 7 days Medium Excellent Low
    Marangu Rarely recommended 5 or 6 days Medium Good High
    Shira Not recommended 6 or 7 days Extremely High Excellent Medium
    Umbwe Less recommended 5 or 6 days Very high Very good Very low

    GEAR LIST

    Communal equipment (tents, food, utensils, etc.) is provided. You are responsible for bringing the required, recommended and optional personal gear and equipment listed below. The most common mistake that climbers make is that they over pack. Be selective in what you take with you. Our porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs. (15 kgs) of your personal belongings.

    Technical Clothing

    Headwear
    Handwear
    Footwear
    Paperwork

    The necessity of having competent, high quality guides cannot be overstated when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Diakopés Expedition has the best local guides, all of whom are fluent in English,and other international languages and have received extensive training in first aid, mountain rescue, flora and fauna, and history. From College Of African Wildlife Management (MWEKA) https://mwekawildlife.ac.tz/. It is forbidden to climb Kilimanjaro without a guide.


    TIPS

    It is customary to tip your mountain crew upon completion of your trip. The decision on how much to tip should not be determined based upon whether or not you reached the summit, but by how well the guides, cooks and porters served you while you were on the mountain. The standard tipping amounts are roughly $20/day for guides, $12/day for assistant guides, $12/day for cooks, and $6/day for waiters, toilet porters, and standard porters. These figures are based on recommendations by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), the independent organization that advocates fair treatment of porters and is responsible for many of the improved working conditions of those who work on Mount Kilimanjaro.

    1 Lead Guide 1 Assistant Guide 1 Cook 1 Waiter 1 Toilet Porter
    Per Group Per 3 Clients 10 Climber Per Group 1 Per Group

    The number of porters in your party depends on the selected route and the number of days.
    Generally, there are two porters per person on the Marangu and Meru route, and three porters per person on all other routes.
    However, the number of porters is larger for small parties. Make an effort to know your porters and their roles if possible.
    They will appreciate the recognition.

    Kilimanjaro's dry season, and also the busiest time to climb, is June through October.
    December through February is also a busy time on the mountain although there tends to be more rain and snow.
    Clear skies are more likely from June to October, as the cloud cover burns off after the tree line.
    Because Kilimanjaro is such a large mountain, it has its own weather pattern – it often rains on Kilimanjaro
    when it is not raining elsewhere. You should prepare for rain and have your rain gear with you at all times while on the mountain.
    The coldest temperature experienced at the summit is around -30C. The lower elevations can be quite hot,
    so pack for a wide range of temperatures.
    It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro year round, however it is best to climb when there is a lower possibility of precipitation.
    The dry seasons are from the beginning of December through the beginning of March, and then from late June through the end of October.
    These are considered to be the best times to climb in terms of weather, and correspondingly are the busiest months (high season).

    Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro on a cloudless evening is without a doubt an unforgettable experience. Now imagine seeing the glaciers glitter in the moonlight of a full moon – absolutely stunning. The majority of a Kilimanjaro climb takes place during the day and it is only the summit attempt that starts before midnight in order to reach the summit at sunrise. A summit attempt done during a full moon could make the evening climb easier, since you might not need to switch on your head lamp in the bright moonlight. Planning a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro to coincide with the full moon dates detailed below, could further enhance the whole experience, as the bright moonlight would provide spectacular views of Kibo from most of the overnight camps.

    2019 full moon dates

    New moon First quarter Full moon Last quarter
    6 January 14 January 21 January 28 January
    5 February 13 February 19 February 26 February
    6 March 14 March 21 March 28 March
    5 April 12 April 19 April 27 April
    5 May 12 May 19 May 26 May
    3 June 10 June 17 June 25 June
    2 July 9 July 17 July 25 July
    1 August 7 August 15 August 23 August
    30 August 6 September 14 September 22 September
    28 September 5 October 14 October 21 October
    28 October 4 November 12 November 20 November
    26 November 4 December 12 December 19 December
    26 December 3 January 10 January 17 January

    2020 full moon dates

    New moon First quarter Full moon Last quarter
    3 January 10 January 17 January
    25 January 2 February 9 February 16 February
    23 February 2 March 9 March 16 March
    24 March 1 April 8 April 15 April
    23 April 30 April 7 May 14 May
    22 May 30 May 5 June 13 June
    21 June 28 June 5 July 13 July
    20 July 27 July 3 August 11 August
    19 August 25 August 2 September 10 September
    17 September 24 September 2 October 10 October
    16 October 23 October 31 October 8 November
    15 November 22 November 30 November 8 December
    14 December 22 December 30 December

    Please, be aware we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided in any of the above Full Moon tables.
    Although every effort is made to achieve accuracy in these moon calendars, users may use these dates strictly at own risk
    and are therefore strongly advised to confirm the accuracy of the details at own arrangement, before traveling.