Kilimanjaro National Park

Mweka Route

This is the most direct, fastest and steepest route to the summit. There are beautiful views of Kibo, the plains below and the Southern Glaciers.


Get a lift to the College of Wildlife Management (1400 m) or leave your car there (with permission). Continue along the old logging track to about 1700 m. This can be very slippery and difficult. After a two hours walk from the College, the track becomes a path following a gully. Keep on the path up the ridge to about 1/2 km above the forest, where you will find the Mweka Huts. From these lower huts continue up the ridge to the west of the lovely southeast valley to Barafu Huts. From Barafu you ascend directly to the rim of Kibo. The trail is very steep and leads towards the Rebmann Glacier (4870 m) where you pass a cliff and go into the gap between Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers. You arrive at the rim just west of Stella Point. It is about 1 hour onward to Uhuru Peak. Be careful in your descent to follow the same road down.


Mweka College to Mweka Huts: 6-8 hrs
Mweka Huts to Barafu Huts: 6-8 hrs
Bar Huts to Kibo Rim: 6 hrs, 1 hr more to Uhuru Peak.


Mweka Huts - 3000 m. 2 unfurnished uniports (round metal huts) sleep 8 each. Water below the huts but there are no toilets. Barafu Huts: 4600 m. 2 unfurnished uniports sleep 8 each. No water nor toilets.

Special Thanks to Thomson Safaris and Tanzania National Parks for contributing Tanzanian information.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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