Mt Kilimanjaro Trek
Mount Kilimanjaro, towering above the east African plains at 5895 metres above sea level, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. With its classical, conical shape, it is also the highest peak in the world that can be scaled by non-technical climbers. To reach the summit you trek through a variety of vegetation zones including rainforest, open moorland and alpine desert. This six-day trek takes you up and down the Marangu Route, utilising mountain huts along the way and, most importantly, building in an acclimitisation day which enables you to more than double your chances of reaching the summit. You are supported by an experienced mountain guide and a team of porters. So get out your gaitors, store up your stamina and prepare yourself to stand atop Africa’s greatest mountain and watch the sun rise over the African plains.
Day 1 - MoshiThe tour begins today at our base hotel in the village of Moshi, located on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, giving you time to sort through your gear in preparation for your climb. Extra gear can be left in storage at the hotel. At 6pm your mountain guide meets you at the hotel for a full briefing on your climb. A public shuttle service can be booked from Nairobi or Arusha to Moshi, departing from 7.15am. This service arrives at your Moshi hotel approximately 3.30pm. If you are flying into Kilimanjaro Airport, or requiring a transfer to Moshi at any other time, you may book this private transfer service with Gecko’s at an additional cost.
Day 2 - Start Kilimanjaro Ascent - Mandara HutFollowing breakfast at the hotel, you are met by your guides and porters and transferred to the starting point of your trek. Here you will commence the assault on the summit, passing through a number of different landscapes along the way. Today’s walk takes you through luxuriant rainforest, which can be very wet at times, and up to Mandara Hut (2700m). Around 11 kilometres are covered today and you should arrive at the hut during the middle of the afternoon. Passing through the Mandara Gate you walk on a wide track that passes through forest until it reaches a fork. If you rather a more direct and shorter trail to Mandara Hut you should choose the right fork. If you choose the left fork you are walking the path less travelled - this longer alternative is a forest trail that offers opportunities to observe wildlife and enjoy the peacefulness of the forest. This trail rejoins the main trail after almost two hours and, after that, it is a further 90 minutes to Mandara Hut.Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 3 - Mandara Hut - Horombo HutAfter passing through a further steep section of lush rainforest, you suddenly encounter a substantial change. Rainforest gives way to open moorland that is bisected by small streams in a landscape that features stunted trees, giant grevilleas, lobelias and other native flora. Mist and fog will occasionally add to the effect, whilst in clear conditions, occasional views may be had of our objective – the main summit, rising above grass-covered ridge lines and now starting to look tantalisingly close. Today's walk covers approximately 17 kilometres and ascends 1000 metres, before reaching Horombo Hut at 3700 metres.Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 4 - Horombo Hut - Acclimitisation DayAfter yesterdays climb of almost 1000 metres the effects of altitude will probably start to become noticeable. Today an important day trek is planned with the aim of assisting you with your acclimatisation. This walk takes you up to The Saddle along an eastern path, where you can then explore the area around the lower slopes of Mawenzi Peak. The Saddle is a desolate, flat and incredibly beautiful plain, between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. You return for another night at Horombo Hut (3700m).Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5 - Horombo Hut - Kibo HutIn clear conditions the snowy mantle can be seen towering above you. The landscape becomes increasingly barren, as you move up on to the great volcanic saddle, which separates the main peak from its slightly lower partner, Mawenzi. It will probably take about seven hours to cover some 15 kilometres today, again ascending 1000 metres. Tonight’s destination, Kibo Hut, can be seen nestling on the shoulder of the main peak, at 4700 metres. Again there are two paths that can be taken today. The left fork (western path) gradually gains height as it passes the Last Water Point, where the highest running water on the mountain can be found. From here The Saddle beckons until the paths rejoin at a point called Jiwe La Ukoyo, or 'pointed rock', at 4394 metres. After a rest here you have just two hours left to trek for the rest of the day. If you are looking for a less travelled route the right fork from Horombo Hut (eastern path) is steeper and rougher, but still walkable.Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 6 - Summit Day - Horombo HutA long, hard (rewarding) day! Leaving Kibo Hut around midnight, we begin our final ascent in the dark, with the aid of torches and lanterns. Departing the hut in the middle of the night has the added advantage of making the walk up toward the summit safer and less strenuous. At this time there may be snow on the path as you commence the switchbacks up the scree from Kibo, past Williams Point (5000m) to Hans Meyer Cave Point (5182m). From here the gradient steepens for another five to six hours to Gilman's Point (5680m). Your reward in reaching Gilman's Point is a panorama of incredible landscapes. From here your view extends into the snow-filled crater, across the spectacular steeped cliffs of the eastern icefields, back down to The Saddle and Mawenzi and along the edge of the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. As we push ahead to the final summit of Uhuru Peak, at 5895m, a further two and a half hour climb away, we time our attempt to reach the peak at sunrise. Our perseverance and efforts are rewarded by standing atop one of the Seven Summits and the highest free-standing mountain peak in the world. After time to savour your achievement, we begin the leisurely descent to Horombo Hut. Returning along the same path you should be able to reach Gilman’s Point in 60-90 minutes, and arrive at Kibo Hut within another three hours, where lunch awaits. The final stage back down to Horombo Hut, for a well-earned dinner and overnight accommodation, should take a further 2-3 hours. Today you will have ascended 1200 metres and descended 2200 metres over a period of between 12 to 16 hoursBreakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 7 - Horombo Hut - MoshiToday your walk retraces your steps back down to the park gate, where our vehicle is waiting to take you back to the hotel. Here, you farewell your guide and porter(s). The walk from Horombo to Mandara should take three to four hours, and then from there the gate is just a couple hours further. Tonight there is time for a welcomed hot shower before dinner which will no doubt be followed by a few celebratory drinks with your fellow climbers!Breakfast | Lunch
Day 8 - MoshiYou may wish to pre-book a departure transfer with Gecko's to reach your next destination. A public shuttle bus can be booked departing Moshi at 11.30am to take you to Arusha or to Nairobi. The public shuttle bus will have you arriving in Arusha at 1.30pm. The shuttle bus will arrive in Nairobi in the early evening, where you can be dropped off at the airport or at a downtown hotel. Flights out of Nairobi tonight should not be booked before 10.00pm and additional accommodation in Nairobi can be arranged on request. A private transfer service can be pre-booked to Kilimanjaro Airport if you are joining or Zanzibar Revealed program or have an onward flight. All departure transfers and extra accommodation are at an additional cost.Breakfast
What to Know
An experienced mountain guide and porters (Days 2-7); park and mountain rescue fees; 2 nights hotel, 5 nights mountain huts.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers other than those specified above, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre-tour or post-tour accommodation, all other meals, drinks, sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping mat, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights (unless specified).
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
There’s no feedback available on this trip yet. If you’ve been on this trip and would like to contribute a review, rating or simply make a comment then please get in touch.