Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Nairobi.
Fly on to Kilimanjaro where you will be met and driven to your guesthouse for the night. Settle in here, relax after your flights and this afternoon, meet the rest of the group who will be doing the Kilimanjaro climb with you for a briefing with your guide.
Next morning, you will be driven to the Machame Gate of Mount Kilimanjaro. From here you will ascend through rainforest to Machame Camp. The day`s climb is relatively straightforward, although the path can be a little slippery underfoot. Your trek will take around 5-7 hours. Leaving the Machame Hut and the rainforest behind, this will be a fairly full day`s climb of around 7 hours. You`ll have one section of scrambling up onto the Shira Plateau, rewarded by spectacular views at Shira Camp.
Leaving the Machame Hut and the rainforest behind, this will be a fairly full day`s climb of around 7 hours. You will have one section of scrambling up onto the Shira Plateau, rewarded by spectacular views at Shira Camp.
You will continue trekking up the ridge before descending slightly into the Barranco gorge to overnight at the Barranco Hut. The walk will be around 5 or 6 hours over rough alpine desert, with views towards the lave tower, Kibo and even Mt Meru in the distance.
Today is a half day hike. You will climb through the Barranco valley and have a tough scramble up the Barranco wall, where you will have wonderful views of Kibo`s southern glaciers. You can choose to spend the afternoon exploring the Karanga Valley, or snoozing in camp.
Your trek will take you on a short, steep walk up to Barafu Camp. This will be a 3-4 hour walk, with Mawenzi and Kibo`s glacial valleys towering over the path.
You will rise early in the morning and begin the pre-dawn climb to the summit. After 5 - 6 hours you should reach Uhuru Peak and be standing on the summit of Africa. After savouring the moment you will begin the descent via Barafu Hut to Mweka Hut.
Your final day on the mountain is all downhill and you will be met at the Mweka gate and transferred to your lodge where you can spend the evening celebrating (or perhaps nursing your aching limbs!)
A seven day trek will give you heightened chances of acclimatising to the altitude compared to shorter routes.