Seven Day Kili Climb Marangu or Machame Route

Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).

But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.

  • Departs: Daily
  • Departure Point: Tour departs from centrally located Arusha hotel or JRO Airport
  • Departure Time: 07:30hrs
  • Duration: 7 days / 6 night (approx.)
  • Return details: Tour concludes with drop off at your flight or hotel. Please note safaris return between 2:00pm and 5:00pm, therefore we recommend if you are departing Nairobi the same day you do not book a flight any earlier than 8:00pm.

Day 1

Pick at your city center hotel and transfer to a base hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

The route begins from the park gate walking through the surest up to the first Uniport Hut – Machame Hut at 10,000ft/3,000m. Stay overnight.

Day 3

Cross the little valley and continue along in steep ridge going onto rock ridges through heather until the end and the route turns west into a river gorge reaching Shira Hut at 12,500ft/3,800m. Stay overnight.

Day 4

You continue walking toward east up to the junction, turn south to the glacier streams where Entrance Hut is situated at 13,000ft/3,900m. Stay overnight.

Day 5

From here you walk down up to the junction where you again ascend unto the Uniport Hut – Baratu Hut at 15,500ft/4,600m. Stay overnight.

Day 6

Early start for the summit Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19,340ft/5,896m. From her you descend to Gilmans Point at 18,640ft/5,681m. which is on the greater rim. Passing through Kibo Hut at 15,000ft/4,700m. and walking down the saddle passing the “Last Water Point” to Horombu Hut at 12,000ft/3,700m. Stay overnight.

Day 7

The day spent descending through open moorlands and the glades of forest passing Mandara Hut at 9,000ft /2, 750m. and straight down through the rain forest up to the Park Gates at 5,900ft/l,500m. Overnight at Hotel.