Kilimanjaro Expedition - 8 Days: Momella, Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb, Machame Route
Best time to visit Mt. Kilimanjaro: December-February, July-September
The Roof of Africa, is one of Africa's most magnificent sights. Snowcapped and not yet extinct, it is the highest peak on the continent at 19,340 ft. From cultivated farmlands on the lower levels, the mountain rises through lush rainforest to alpine meadow and finally across a barren lunar landscape to the twin summits. The rainforest is home to animals including elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and monkey. You may stumble across herds of eland on the saddle between the summits of Mawenzi and Kibo. It's a traveler's dream to scale the summit, watch dawn break and gaze out over a truly great expanse of bush land.
DAY 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transfer to Momella Wildlife Lodge for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
DAY 2: Morning and afternoon game drive in Arusha National Park. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the lodge.
DAY 3: After breakfast transfer to Machame Gate Climb to Machame Camp.
DAY 4: After breakfast transfer to Shira Hut to start Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb. Overnight Shira Hut.
DAY 5: Ascend to Burranco.
DAY 6: Barafu Hut.
DAY 7: At 1:00 AM, rise and begin the final ascent through scree and snow to Gillman's Point on the rim of the Crater, considered the summit of Kilimanjaro. Time, weather and stamina permitting, you can continue around the Crater to Uhuru Point. Descend to Kibo Hut for a meal and a short rest. Continue down to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8: After breakfast descend to Marangu Gate for transfer to Kibo Hotel (day room). Enjoy an early dinner, then depart for Kilimanjaro Airport.