Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, lies just three degrees south of the equator and is permanently snow-capped. It offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability. The trek takes you through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest. It is open to any normally fit and healthy person prepared for physical exertion and exercise.

 

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Arusha
DEPARTURE TIME Early Morning
INCLUDED
Airfare Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide

 

NOT INCLUDED
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
International flights
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Personal Items
Tips

 

 

 

Additional information

Days6 Days
DestinationTanzania

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Day 1: Marangu route Gate (1980m) to Mandara hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 5 hours, Distance: About 12 km’s, Habitat: Montane forest

Drive from hotel to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 90 minutes. The journey passes through Moshi and Nairobi, which is located far from Arusha town. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro animals are found.

Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6 – 8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.

  • Main destination: Marangu Gate
  • Accommodation: Mandara Hut Budget mountain hut located in or near Marangu Gate
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
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Day 2: Mandara hut (2700m) to Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 6 hours, Distance: About 15 km’s, Habitat: Moorland

From Mandara hut, the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here, you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.

  • Main destination: Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Accommodation: Horombo HutBudget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
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Day 3-4: Horombo hut (3720m) for acclimatization

Hiking time: 6 hours, Distance: About 15 km’s, Habitat: Moorland

From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here, you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.

On our 4th day, we stay at Horombo hut (3720m) for a full day to acclimate.

  • Main destination: Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Accommodation: Horombo HutBudget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
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Day 5: Summit Attempt, Kibo hut (4700m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo
Distance:6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest, you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day.

Later in the evening, you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

  • Main destination: Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Accommodation: Kibo HutBudget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
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Day 6: Horombo hut (3720m) to Marangu Gate (1980m) - Moshi

Hiking time: 6 hours, Distance: About 27 km’s

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate, you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to the Hotel in Moshi
overnight at Leopard Hotel Moshi.

  • Main destination: Moshi
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
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End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

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