DAY ONE: 6 HOURS WALK
Leave Arusha after breakfast and drive to Machame Gate to begin your budget trek on kilimanjaro's Machame/ Mweka route . Walk through the forest to Machame Hut (3,000 m) in about 6 hours.
DAY TWO: 4 HOURS WALK
Trek after breakfast across the valley and continue along the steep ridge, past the Giant Heather and into a river gorge to reach the Shira Hut at 3,800m.
DAY THREE: ACCLIMATISATION
A full day is spent at Shira Hut acclimatizing for the higher altitude.
DAY FOUR: 6 HOURS WALK
We proceed east towards Kibo, then continue towards the Lava Tower. After the tower we go up to Arrow glacier at 4876 m before descending to Barranco Hut at 3,860 m for dinner and overnight.
DAY FIVE: 8 HOURS WALK
After breakfast we continue on a steep ridge past the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley to Barafu Hut at 4,600m. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can clearly be seen from this position. Dinner and overnight.
DAY SIX: 11 HOURS WALK
Early morning ascent to Stella Point (5,745) on our way to the Summit (Uhuru peak, 5,895 m) which we reach after about 6 hours pre-sunrise trek. We watch the sun rise from the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro. We then begin our descent which takes about 5 hours. The route is steep but picturesque. Dinner and a well-earned sleep at Mweka Hut (3,100 m).
After breakfast leave Mweka Hut and descend to Mweka Gate for transfer back to Arusha.