Day 01: Private arrangements for transfer to the city centredeparture pointfor theshuttle bus (with otherclients) 08.00hrs Depart for Moshi via Arusha. Customsand immigration at NamangaBorder. Stop in Arusha before continuing to Moshiwhere you will be dropped off at the Springlands Hotel for overnight (dinner excluded) This evening, attend a pre-climb breifing at the Hotel.
Day 02: Breakfast at the Hotel, leave Moshi town about 0900hrs and drive to about 45 minutes to Marangu Gaton the eastern side of Kilimanjaro.
Do the necessary paperwork at the park gate such as registrations. Begin hiking at about 1030hrs. Hike through rainforest from the park gate (6000 ft) to Mandara Hut (9000 ft), taking about 4 hours. Stop half way for lunch. Reach Mandara Huts at about 2 or 3 PM. Unpack, rest and have some tea or coffee. Dinner is served during early evening, about 7 PM. A side trip to Maundi Crater (about 15 minutes away) is a good way to see the surroundings as well as views of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Bathrooms are available with running water. Overnight at Mandara Hut
Day 03: Wake to breakfast (approx. 7:30am) and pack for the next leg. Break camp at about 8:30am and hike to Horombo Huts (12,000 ft). This leg should take 5 to 6 hrs. You travel through lower heath land with small shrubs being the main vegetation. Stop half way for lunch. Views of Mawenzi are amzing. The summit of Kibo can be seen from Horombo Huts. Arrive Horombo Huts at about 3 PM. Rest, unpack and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms are available with running water. Overnight at Horombo Hut
Day 04: Extra Day for Acclimatization: This day will be spent at Horombo Hut to acclimatize, walk and get familiar to the weather and altitude on the mountain. Hike up to Mawenzi base camp and return to Horombo Hut. All meals and overnight at Horombo Hut
Day 05: Wake to breakfast as usual (if you wake before sunup you can get some great photos of the sunrise). Pack and begin the hike to Kibo Huts (15,500 ft). The first half of the day’s hike traverses the upper heath land while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. Be careful to notice signs of altitude sickness. The day’s hike should take 6 to 7 hours, stopping half way for lunch. No running water at Kibo Huts. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut
Day 06: Wake at around midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for the summit ascent. This part of the hike
is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. Leave at about 1:00am and reach Gilman’s Point at about 7:00am. The climbers are met with views of the crater from Gilman’s Point because it is on the Crater Rim. Another 2 hours of hiking brings the climber to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft) at about 8:30 am. From there you will descend back to Kibo Huts, collect your things and cross the saddle again at Horombo Hut where you will spend the night. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep.
Day 07: Wake as usual, pack and descend to Mandara Huts. Take lunch there and continue on to the park gate arriving around 2-3pm where you will be met and transferred back to Springlands Hotel for overnight (dinner is excluded).
Day 08: Breakfast at the Hotel and depart for Nairobi by shuttle bus arriving late in the evening.
What is included in the price:
- Return shuttle Nairobi/Moshi/Nairobi
- Two nights accommodation based on bed and breakfast at Springlands Hotel in Moshi
- Transportation from Moshi to/from the Mountain
- Park entrance fees
- Hut/Camping fees
- Any emergency evacuation from the mountain to the base.
- Services of an experienced English speaking mountain guide, cook and porters.
- Three meals a day while on safari whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian prepared by our safari cook
What is not included in the price:
- All personal travel insurance.
- Flying Doctors service for emergency air evacuation (can be offered at US$30 per person)
- Sleeping bags (it is advisable to carry yours, but these can be rented too)
What you need to bring
- Quilted sleeping bag, Anorak (a waterproof jacket for wet conditions), climbing boots, tennis shoes for the rain forest and moorlands, light raincoat, warm sweaters, hat, gloves, hard underwear, puttees, sun oil and lip balm, good sunglasses or snow glasses water bottle, plastic bags, torch with spare batteries and spare bulbs, small rucksack to carry yourself, rucksack - possibly with lock in which to pack your belongings to be carried by porters. Note that the porters carry their loads on their heads. Maximum luggage 15 kgs.
It is essential to use sky light filters at high elevations, less sensitive film with 15DIN for bright areas and 17 or so for use in the dark rain forests.