Moshi | Kilimanjaro | Moshi
The famous peak of Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest and has been challenging climbers for many years. The Marangu Route is the most popular and relatively straightforward and makes use of comfortable mountain chalets, some with permanent staff, along the way; Mandara, Horombo and Kibo.
The trail doesn't present too many difficulties, apart from the last climb on day 5 which is considered to be more strenuous. Walking times given are approximate and based on a person with a moderate level of fitness. This route is classified as a trek rather than a climb and the view from the top is quite extraordinary.
Day 1 - Moshi
You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to your hotel for your pre climb briefing, afterwards relax and get to know your fellow climbers.
Overnight at Springlands Hotel.
Day 2 - Kilimanjaro - Mandara Hut
After breakfast set off for Marangu Gate. En route pass through the village of Marangu which is attractively set amid banana and coffee plantations. After completing entrance paperwork you will climb through the rain forest to Mandara hut which sits at 2700 metres. The climb this day is around 5 - 7 hours.
Day 3 - Kilimanjaro - Horombo Hut
Make a steep climb up through the forest and cross open moorland. On a clear day the views of Kibo and Mawenzi are quite spectacular. Continue through open moorland until your reach Horombo hut at 3720 metres. The climb this day is approximately 4 - 6 hours.
Day 4 - Kilimanjaro - Kibo Hut
Today you will climb through a varied landscape of moorland forest and then alpine desert before you will reach "The Saddle" between the twin peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. You will notice the change in altitude and changing terrain as you get higher. On arrival at Kibo Hut there is time to rest and prepare yourself for tomorrows big climb. Kibo lies at 4700 metres and the climb today is around 4 - 8 hours.
Day 5 - Kilimanjaro - Horombo Hut
Make a very early start for the summit on steep and heavy scree up to Gilman's Point which sits at 5686 metres and is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim which will take about two hours if you are fit to Uhuru Peak at 5895 metres the highest place in all Africa. Afterwards descend to Kibo Hut for refreshments and then down to Horombo hut for overnight. The climb today is around 11 - 15 hours.
Day 6 - Kilimanjaro - Moshi
Take a pleasant walk towards Marangu gate retracing your steps from a few days before. When you finish the climb a vehicle will drive you to Keys Hotel for hot showers, dinner and a warm bed for overnight. Walking time today around 5-6 hours.
Overnight at Springlands Hotel.
Day 7 - Farewell
After breakfast transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight.
Alternatively take the Machame route up the mountain. This is an 8 day tour that allows for a more relaxed pace and stays in basic 2 man dome tents
Departs daily. Optional extra day - normally spent at Horombo with a climb to Mawenza Hut (4600m), overnight stay and return to Horombo Hut from £180. Flights not included. Discounted flights available from most UK airports.
Discover amazing wildlife and sample the local culture on a real African adventure.
Your climb includes: