Arrival & briefing
Today has no planned activities and is only an arrival day for you to reach your base lodge in Moshi in time for a pre-climb briefing (time to be confirmed) with your mountain guide. Base lodge is not included but optional lodges are available on request.
moshi to marangu gate
This morning, you’ll be transferred by road from Moshi townto the Marangu gate. After registration you trek today through the mountain rain forest zone with your guide. You may encounter some wild animals such as colobus monkey and various bird and plant species on your way to the Mandara hut. After a rest you will trek to the rim of the Maundi Crater with a spectacular view of the Mawenzi peak. Later, you’ll descend back to the Mandara hut to sleep.
into the moorland
Today’s hike is a little longer than the day before and takes you outside the rainforest and into the heather & moorland zoneascending through beautiful landscape. Today starts to feel more like a mountain trek with the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi towering in the background on a clear day. Tonight you’ll sleep in the Horombo Hut which will be your base for 2 nights.
Today is all about acclimatisation. You’ll climb towards the jagged peaks of the Mawenzi cone (Kilimanjaro’s third and generally unclimbed peak) up to the rim of the Mawenzi ridge. The alpine desert landscape here offers stunning views of both the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks before taking you back down into the heather and moorland at the Horombo huts for a second night.
towards the kibo cone
Your hike today takes you directly towards the Kibo cone steadily climbing through the alpine desertwith the landscape changing dramatically as you leave the heather and moorland zone behind and journey on the barren saddle (the dip between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks). You reach Kibo hut in time to rest for your summit attempt tonight.
to the summit
Around midnight, you begin your final ascent to
the summit. The trek is a steep hike over
loose volcanic scree through the dark and cold night and takes a slow pace in a
zig-zag pattern towards Gilman’s Point. From here a short but difficult hike remains
to take you past Stella point and further around till Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. After reaching the summit you continue the
descent back through the alpine desert and
heather and moorland and back to Horombo for the night.
back to moshi
Your final day on Kilimanjaro is a descent
through the south-eastern rain forest zone until you reach the Marangu gate
where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshitown. Usually,
the crew will leave you at Marangu gate. There is no accommodation included on
this day but options are available on request.
Your Journey at a glance
Ideal duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Price: from US $2010
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