Savannah to Summit Kilimanjaro Expedition

About the Experience

From rainforest to alpine desert to arctic snowcap, you draw closer to Uhuru Peak with every step. 19,340 feet to climb until you drink in the breathtaking 360-degree panorama and all of the strength that you gained on this journey.

Rising majestically from the golden grasslands of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro’s snowy crown has inspired generations to climb and stand atop her glaciers. Kilimanjaro endures as Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s highest volcanoes. The mountain is an island, ecologically speaking. Every 1,000 meters in altitude you gain, you will pass through a different ecosystem: lush agricultural land, rainforest teeming with wildlife including leopards, monkeys, buffalo, alpine meadow, the barren lunar landscape of the alpine desert between Kibo and Mawenzi, and finally the ice-capped summit herself.

We are excited to announce that your Wild Women group will be led by a local female Tanzanian certified guide, a rare occurrence on the mountain. Of the six established routes up Kilimanjaro you will approach the mountain on the Machame route.

While this ascent does not require any technical climbing, the trails are demanding. A sound level of fitness and an ability to acclimatize to altitude are essential prerequisites before attempting the summit.

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Savannah to Summit Kilimanjaro Expedition

About the Experience

From rainforest to alpine desert to arctic snowcap, you draw closer to Uhuru Peak with every step. 19,340 feet to climb until you drink in the breathtaking 360-degree panorama and all of the strength that you gained on this journey.

Rising majestically from the golden grasslands of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro’s snowy crown has inspired generations to climb and stand atop her glaciers. Kilimanjaro endures as Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s highest volcanoes. The mountain is an island, ecologically speaking. Every 1,000 meters in altitude you gain, you will pass through a different ecosystem: lush agricultural land, rainforest teeming with wildlife including leopards, monkeys, buffalo, alpine meadow, the barren lunar landscape of the alpine desert between Kibo and Mawenzi, and finally the ice-capped summit herself.

We are excited to announce that your Wild Women group will be led by a local female Tanzanian certified guide, a rare occurrence on the mountain. Of the six established routes up Kilimanjaro you will approach the mountain on the Machame route.

While this ascent does not require any technical climbing, the trails are demanding. A sound level of fitness and an ability to acclimatize to altitude are essential prerequisites before attempting the summit.

Blick auf den Mt. Meru von der Terasse des Jevas Hotels

DAY ONE: RIVERTREES GREETING

You step outside Kilimanjaro International Airport and you find yourself in the landscape you’ve been dreaming of. You did it. You’re here. Time to transfer to Rivertrees Group to meet your fellow wild women at 4 p.m. for a trek briefing and a delicious welcome dinner.

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DAY TWO: GATE OF MACHAME

Machame Gate is waiting for you this morning, as are the friendly porters, guides, and cooks that will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. Coffee farms and villages will dot the drive to your adventure’s starting line.

Your first day’s destination is Machame Camp. Each day, porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival. The moss-covered canopy of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest extends above you as you walk towards the heathers, tall grasses, and wildflowers. Take a look around you as you ascend for you might just catch a glimpse of your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak, as it calls you closer every day.

  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters / 3,935 feet
  • Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours

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DAY THREE: SHIRA PLATEAU

Notice the change in vegetation as you gain altitude. The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro’s famous high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia deckenii. You climb the Shira Plateau and realize: you are walking on the remains of the first volcano that expired on Kilimanjaro 500,000 years ago. Continue to Shira Camp and relax for the rest of the day. With Kibo to the west and Mount Meru to the east, you will fall asleep in the company of giants tonight.

  • Elevation Gain: 840 meters / 2,760 feet
  • Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours


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DAY FOUR: BARRANCO CAMP

After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. You’ll reach the highest point of the day after lunch before descending to Barranco Camp. If you prefer to move at a quicker pace, you can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside.

Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is critical for acclimatization.

  • Elevation Gain: 690 meters / 2,264 feet
  • Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

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DAY FIVE: KARANGA VALLEY

You will leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you will have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top, you’ll make a short descent into the lush green of Karanga Valley. Look westward for an unforgettable sunset over Mount Meru before tucking into your tent for a well-deserved rest.

  • Elevation Gain: 250 meters / 820 feet
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

day 6 - barafu camp

DAY SIX: BARAFU CAMP

After a hearty breakfast, begin your hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, take in the beauty of Kibo’s glaciers. Your path passes through an alpine desert with little vegetation, giving you stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks as well. Tuck yourself in as you finish dinner to prep you for your midnight summit to Uhuru Peak.

  • Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours

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DAY SEVEN: FINAL ASCENT

You wake up before midnight, unzip your sleeping bag, and smile at the butterflies in your stomach telling you: this is it. Here is your final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp and from the glow of the full moon for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.

The path from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb. The altitude, however, will make your hike long and demanding. You will hike for an hour more along the crater rim until you reach Uhuru, at last. You let out a collective breath of accomplishment before taking a moment for scanning the landscape and capturing photos of your group at the peak. Don’t stay too long, the gale force winds and low oxygen levels mean it’s nearly time to go. On the way down from Uhuru to Mweka Camp, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.

At Barafu Camp, it is time for you to replenish with breakfast and a short rest. You will have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

  • Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters / 4,240 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters / 9,170 feet
  • Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka

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DAY EIGHT: ARUSHA AND AWAY

After breakfast, you finish the trek with a hike back through the forest towards Mweka Gate. You look back towards your path and smile with pride at the incredible adventure you just completed. Your ride home will meet you to take you back to Arusha for a final goodbye before you catch your flight!

  • Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters / 5,250 feet
  • Hiking time: 4 hours
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