Mt KilimanjaroBoards shuttle bus from Nairobi at 0800 hrs and proceed to Arusha arriving at 1300hrs. Depart for Moshi at 1400hrs arriving at 1530hrs. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Moshi or (Pick up from Kilimanajaro airport and transfer to hotel in Moshi)
Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m)
Hiking time: 5 hoursDistance: About 12 km’sHabitat: Montane forest Moorland
After breakfast, start the climb through fascinating rain forests till you reach the first hut Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (9,000ft).
Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine – meadow. The altitude begins to change and slowdown your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut 12km from Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (12,520).
Extra Day for acclimatization
A leisurely walk to The Saddle by the right hand path takes you close to Mawenzi. This is an extra day of acclimatisation and it’s an ideal day to rest as well as walk high and sleep low. You then return to Horombo for the night.
Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15 km’sHabitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, resume the climb, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear. Climb to Kibo Hut. Meals and overnight at the hut. (15,520ft)
Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru
6 hours to descend to Horombo Distance:
6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
The beginning of the last ascent is made in the wee hrs of the morning while the scree is still frozen. Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMANS POINT (most difficult and tiring part). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hour’s walk along the crater rim. (19,344ft). Start the walk along the craters rim. (19,344ft). Start the descent to Horombo hut for overnight
Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 27 km’s
Return to a hotel in Moshi. After lunch, have a good rest, meals and overnight at your