Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Rongai Gate (Nale Moru) and hike to Simba Camp

We pick you up from your hotel and set off for the charming wooden village of Nale Moru. The drive takes us via Marangu where we stop to get permits and it takes us about two hours to get to our destination. Our trail begins amidst fields of maize and potatoes and then leads us into pine forests. At this point the trail begins to slope gently upwards and we will climb through beautiful forests teeming with wildlife. As we approach the edge of the moorland, the forest thins and we stop for the day at Simba Camp. There are beautiful views of the Kenyan plains at this, our first camp.

Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft

Distance: 6km/4mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals: LD

Budget Lodging: Simba Camp


Day 2 : Simba Camp to Second Cave

Day 2 is a relatively short day with only about 3 or 4 hours of hiking to our next camp at Second Cave. Don’t be fooled though – it is a steady ascent. Second Cave camp gives us the breathtaking vistas of Kibo and the Eastern Ice Fields right on the rim of the crater.

Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft

Distance: 6km/4mi

Walking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Second Cave Camp


Day 3:Second Cave to Third Cave

The hike from Second Cave to Third Cave is not very steep and an ascent of only about 400m. But its a good long 9 kilometres of hiking – the most boot-pounding day of the trip so be mentally prepared.

Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3880m/12,700ft

Distance: 9km/5mi

Walking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Third Cave Camp


Day 4: Third Cave to Kibo Hut

Day 4 is a fairly short hike to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Here the Rongai Route converges with the Marangu before the final push to the summit. After a good meal, the remainder of the day is best spent in rest as we prepare to make the final ascent. Its a very early start the next day so be prepared!

Elevation: 3880m/12,700ft to 4750m/15,600ft

Distance: 5km/3mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut Camp


Day 5 : Kibo Hut to Summit and back down to Horombo Hut

On Day 4 we will commence our climb in the wee hours. Perhaps that is an understatement. You see, we will start somewhere between midnight and 2 a.m. You will need to use headlamps or flashlights as you will begin in darkness. Make sure you wrap up well as the cold will cut through your clothing. The route is steep with switchbacks and you may have to resort to steadying yourself with your hands. You can expect heavy scree or snow all the way up to Gilman’s Point which is located on the rim of the crater. This is by far the toughest section of the entire trek. Patience and optimism will get you through in flying colours though. There are wonderful rewards awaiting.

From Gilman’s Point we will continue to ascend to Uhuru Peak – the highest point on the continent of Africa. The views are breathtaking and the shutters will keep firing away as you seek to capture every moment for posterity (and the envy of all and sundry on Facebook).

Rest as Uhuru Peak and take in the views of a lifetime before descending. We will pause for a while at Kibo for a bite of lunch and a bit of rest. Then on towards Horombo where you will have earned a delicious meal and blissful sleep.

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft

Down to 3700m/12,200ft

Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut


Day 6 : Hike from Horombo Hut to trail head and drive to Moshi

Ravenous from the rigours of the previous day, we tuck away a healthy breakfast and set off. We will descend through the moorland back to Mandala Hut. Moving past it we will re-enter the rainforest to emerge at the National Park gate at Marangu, where our adventure began. After the cold of the highlands it could be warm, wet and muddy so trekking poles could come in useful, as well as gaiters. Keep your warm weather clothes handy as well as your rain gear. You will be picked up at Marangu village and safely deposited at your hotel in Moshi.

Relax and unwind. Its time to celebrate.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft

Distance: 20km/12.5mi

Habitat: Forest

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

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