5 days trekking - mountain huts
The most direct and popular Kilimanjaro climb, this path is well defined and ‘climber friendly’ to make your adventure a little easier. Camps on the route have solar-powered sleeping huts and beds with pillows, in communal dorms. The trail runs via rainforests and waterfalls onto high moorland, where you trek amongst amazing giant plant life! The final steep push takes place on the morning of the fourth day, before you stand, elated, on the Roof of Africa! The descent follows the same route down.
Day 1 Moshi
Today you are free to arrive in Moshi at any time. Check in at any time after 12 noon and relax for the remainder of the day. Your guide or other staff member will meet you in the hotel for a briefing about the trek, and at check-in to the hotel you will be told when this will be. In the meantime settle in and explore the Moshi. With a population of some 150,000, Moshi is home to the Chagga and Maasai peoples and is a typical Tanzanian town. There are markets to wander and a small array of cafes and restaurants from which you can watch Tanzanian ‘life’ go by. The town is situated on the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro and on a clear day there are views of Kilimanjaro from some of its rooftop.
Day 2 - Trek to Mandara Hut
After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, we leave Moshi and drive 45 minutes t6o Marangu Gate on the eastern side of the mountain. We begin our trek here, walking through forests tall eucalyptuses, home to a range of birdlife and colobus monkeys which we may see jumping though the canopy. It can be muddy here, so trekking poles and gaiters may help. After a stop for lunch we may have the time to detour to Maundi Crater, from where there are beautiful views across the surrounding region, including Southern Kenya across the border. We aim to reach Mandara Huts, our first camp in the late afternoon. Our porters and cook arrive at camp before us to start setting up and preparing dinner.
Day 3 - Trek to Horombo Hut
We rise early and continue our trek after breakfast, hilking through rainforests glades and follow an ascending path up through unique mountain heathland on the slopes of the Mawenzi massif consisting of giant lobelias and groundsel vegetarian, some which reach over 3 meters high. Continuing on we enter the area of low shrubs and moorlands where we take lunch. Although a long and quiet strenuous walk, there are amazing views of Mawenzi from the moorland and by the time we reach our huts we have views of Kibo itself. We arrive at Horombo Huts at approximately 3pm where there is time to rest before dinner.
Day 4 - Trek to Kibo Hut
If feeling energetic you could rise early this morning and catch great photos of the sunrise over Kilimanjaro. After breakfast we set off and climb through the dwindling moorland which blends into a rocky moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Stopping for lunch we have great views of the peak and will be able to view the summit route we’ll be taking early tomorrow morning. This afternoon we cross the surprisingly wide saddle of alpine desert, to the foot of Kibo at Kibo Huts. This evenings camp does not have running water so our porter will prepare washing water for us. We will also eat early so you have as much sleep as possible before our very early start for the summit. At this altitude we will be looking out for signs of altitude sickness. While many people are affected by mild altitude sickness, the guides will advise if symptoms are acute and summit should not be attempted
Day 5 - Summit & Descend to Horombo Hut
We wake at midnight to a light breakfast and leave the camp at 1am for the ascent. Our goal is to climb before dawn so that we reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Setting off, we take switchbacks across a large scree slope and reach Gillman’s Point on the crater rim at 5686m between 5-7am. Here, views of the fabled crater and possible ice caps great you. After another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim you have the final push to reach Kilimanjaro’s true summit at Uhuru Peak. This is Africa’s highest point and the highest for approximately 500 kilometres!
On the summit we enjoy our accomplishment and enjoy the view of the surrounding plains as they wake up to the day before our descent back down. It is another 7-8 hours descent back to Horombo but a new view looking down! We arrive back, eat dinner prepared by the cook and get some well earned sleep.
Day 6 - Trek to Marangu Gate and return to Moshi
Today after a healthy breakfast we descend back through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. We have lunch there before our triumphant return back through lush forest to the park gate. We should reach there by approximately 2-3 pm. Saying our goodbyes and tipping our cooks, porters and guides we transfer back to our hotel in Moshi, where its definitely time for a celebration and relax!
Day 7 - Moshi
Arrangements end after breakfast but the hotel can arrange transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or road transfers to Arusha or Nairobi.
TAILOR YOUR TREK
Once you have decided which route you want to trek, you can then tailor your booking to your requirements. Our basic trek starts/finishes in Moshi, however if you feel that it is more cost effective to fly into Nairobi, in neighbouring Kenya, you can book one of the regular daily shuttles services to Moshi. If you also have time, we recommend that you select the extra acclimatisation day to increase your chances to reaching the summit. This must be selected at the time of booking and cannot be added whilst on the mountain. Once completed the trek you have the option to head on safari to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater or take a short domestic flight (not included) to beautiful Zanzibar for a 4 day Island