10 days Kilimanjaro hike and Arusha safari

10 days Kilimanjaro hike and Arusha safari is a tour which involves a hike on Mount Kilimanjaro along the Machame route for a period of 7 days on the mountain before returning to Moshi and driving to Arusha where you will engage in a tour around the town and experience life of the locals.

DAY 1; arrival

Your guide will welcome you on arrival at the airport and after a short briefing and introductions; you will be driven to Moshi where you will check in at your hotel.

Accommodation; Bristol cottages

DAY 2; Machame Gate to Machame Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

DAY 3; Machame Camp to Shira Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path through Machame Camp, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

DAY 4; Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert
10 days Kilimanjaro hike and Arusha safari
Shira plateau

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

DAY 5; Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

On the 5th day of your 10 days Kilimanjaro hike and Arusha safari, after breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

DAY 6; Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

DAY 7; Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
  • Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

10 days Kilimanjaro hike and Arusha safari
Mweka Hut

At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 8; Mweka Camp to Moshi

  • Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

Day 9; pick up and tour around Arusha

On the 9th day of your 10 days Kilimanjaro hike and Arusha safari, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Moshi and you will be driven to your hotel in Arusha for check in. Your guide will drive you around Arusha and you will visit the Maasai market and learn how to make local crafts and also enjoy traditional lunches. You will also enjoy shopping and later return to your hotel where you will have dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation; Tulia boutique hotel and spa

Day 10; departure

After having breakfast at your hotel in Arusha, you will be driven to the airport which will bring your tour to an end.


Price includes 

  • Camping fees
  • Guide, Porters, and cook
  • Rescuer fees
  • Three meals per day ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and mineral Water)
  • Tent, Foam, Cooking equipment, eating utensils
  • Oxygen Cylinder and Oxy-meter
  • All Government Tax (Vat)
  • park fees
  • transportation during the Tanzania safari

Price excludes

  • Flights
  • visas
  • Tips for crews ( Guide, Porters, and cook)
  • some equipment is available for rent
  • Lunch and Dinner at the Hotel
  • Items of personal nature
  • anything else not included in the itinerary
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