Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually, of which, about two-thirds are successful. Altitude-related problems is the most common reason climbers turn back. We partner with experienced guides and well organized crew who ensures that you as a climber deals well acclimatization related problems. We can’t pledge 100% chance for you to summit but, your chances are rather high when you climb with us!
Almost every kind of ecological system is found on the mountain: cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit. Our experienced guides will show you around and help you see while yet experience all these kinds of ecological systems. No matter which route you elect, it’s guaranteed to be a transformative experience.
The dates listed coincide with the Safari* and Zanzibar trip, making for a great way to experience many of the wonders this area has to offer. However, this excursion can easily be booked on it’s own at any point in time. Simply email us with your preferred dates and we’ll get back to with availability and next steps.
This five-day hike will take you along the most popular trail: Marangu.
Arrive to JRO Airport where your tour guide will greet you. A 30-minute ride to Arusha allows for shopping, money exchange, and review of your inventory to ensure you're 100% ready for the hike. If rental equipment is needed, you'll make a visit to the shop to pick out what you need. Conclude with dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, you'll be picked up and head to Marangu to enter Kilimanjaro Park. Along the drive you will see many coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, climb up through unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby, and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen. Total estimated hiking time is 5 hours.
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant flowering tree heath and other natural foliage, to eventually reach Horombo Hut (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very stunning, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. 4-6 hours of hiking.
Today, climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed and there is a palpable sense of high-altitude wilderness as you remain above the clouds. It's typical to reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday, leaving the afternoon free to contemplate the summit ascent! Enjoy time resting and eating in preparation for the final climb to summit. 4-5 hours walking.
Today, it is all mental. It will not be easy, but you can do it. The ascent begins by torchlight at about 1 a.m. in order to reach Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic screen, opening up into a well-graded zigzag. A slow but steady pace (pole, pole as they say on the mountain) will bring you to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. Take time to rest and enjoy the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.). Here you will experience spectacular glacier landscaping that occupies most of the summit area. If you can, make the trek; it's an experience of a lifetime! The descent is surprisingly fast, having you back to Horombo Hut for the night. 11-15 hours walking.
You're likely exhausted, but you made it! Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara followed by peaceful forest walks to the National Park gates. to Moshi town at the hotel where you will overnight. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, allowing you to appreciate the depth of nature on Kilimanjaro. After completing the decent, return to the hotel to enjoy a hot shower and bed.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel as this portion of your travels conclude. Perhaps you're joining the Safari & Zanzibar Experience or departing on your own ways. Either way, you are sure to be leaving a stronger, more confident version of you with an incredible appreciation for the planet earth.
Interested in a private tour, alternate dates from what’s listed, or other questions or inquiries? We’d love to help!