Day 1

Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi (888 m)

On arrival you will be met and transferred to Moshi, Keys Hotel, where you spend the night with bed and breakfast

included. A climb briefing is scheduled for today in order to meet your guides and discuss the Marangu expedition with you

in person.

The Keys Hotel offers comfortable accommodation with en-suite facilities, a fan, TV and mini-fridge in the room. The staff are very friendly and always ready to assist. The hotel has a pool and is conveniently situated close to town and offers views of Kilimanjaro. It is a perfect place to overnight before and after a Kilimanjaro expedition.

The Keys Hotel offers comfortable accommodation with en-suite facilities, a fan, TV and mini-fridge in the room. The staff are very friendly and always ready to assist. The hotel has a pool and is conveniently situated close to town and offers views of Kilimanjaro. It is a perfect place to overnight before and after a Kilimanjaro expedition.

Day 2

Moshi to Marangu Gate (1, 843 m)

Walking distance: 8 km/5 miles

Walking time: 3-4 hours

Altitude gain: 857 m/2,814 ft

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the Marangu Gate at Kilimanjaro NP for the start of your hike.

Walk through the beautiful rainforest with dense vegetation, often on a muddy trail. The trekking pace is slow and very comfortable, ensuring you have enough time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a photo and nibble on your packed lunch that we provide.

You’ll reach Mandara Hut (2 700m) after approximately 4 hrs of hiking from the Park Gate. There is a detour on this route to waterfalls in the rain forest, which is well worth following. All meals are included during the climb, and your guide/porter will prepare it for you.

Your accommodation is in dormitory style chalets. There are no shower/bath facilities while doing the climb and toilets will be long drops. You will be provided with bowls of warm water each morning, on request for washing.

Day 3

Mandara Hut (2, 700m) – Horombo Hut (3, 700 m)

Marangu walking distance: 12 km/7.2 miles

Walking time: 5-7 hours

Altitude gain: 1,000 m/3,280 ft

Continue the hike up to Horombo Hut, (3,700m). A steep, sometimes wet, 20 min walk through the upper part of the rainforest, followed by a 2km section of tall giant heather interspersed with large clumps of tussock grass, around 15km or 5 hrs from Mandara Hut. The vegetation changes to stunted clumps of heather with ‘everlasting’ flowers and short tussock

grasses. Lobelia and groundsels occupy the wetter areas.

Day 4

Horombo Hut (3, 700 m) – Kibo Hut (4, 700 m)

Marangu walking distance: 9.5 km/5.7 miles

Walking time: 5-7 hours

Altitude gain: 1,000 m/3,280 ft

After breakfast set out on a path that traverses west, before turning northwards towards a col between Middle Red Hill and the Triplets. It then turns west for the final 3km to Kibo Hut (4,700m). This alpine desert is littered with rocks and leaves you feeling as if you are walking on the moon. The views towards Mwenzi Peak to the east is most spectacular.

Day 5

Kibo Hut (4, 700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5, 895 m) – descent to Horombo Hut (3, 700 m)

Walking distance: 5.5 km/3.5 miles ascent + 15 km/9.5 miles descent

Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 5-6

hours down (the overall walking time may vary between10 – 16 hours)

Altitude gain: 990 m/ 3,248 ft (Gilman’s Point) or 1,195 m/3,920 ft (Uhuru Peak)

Descent: 2,195 m/7,200 ft

Wake up very early, quick bite to eat and a warm drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Gilman’s Point is very slow and steep on volcanic scree (5-6 hours). As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience – the sunrise over Africa! You may see the curving of the earth at this altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it.

Cameras at the ready, once you reach Gilman’s Point on top of the crater rim you are within reach of Uhuru Peak. Hike along fairly flat terrain for about 1.5 hour to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get that photo of you next to the sign marking the summit – definitely one for the album!

Day 6

– Horombo Hut (3, 700 m) – Marangu Gate 1, 843 m)

Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles

Walking time: 5 hours

Descent: 1,857 m/6,094 ft

Enjoy an easy hike through the rainforest to Marangu Gate. It is not a rare sight to view Black and White Colobus Monkeys in the trees as well as Blue Monkeys. Take time to enjoy the lush vegetation with the Old Man’s Beard (tree moss) growing on the giant trees as well as some Giant Ferns towering high over the forest bed. The path has many steps leading you down to Marangu Gate where you may find a cold beer or soft-drink to start celebrating your assault of Kilimanjaro. You will be transferred back to Moshi, Keys Hotel, to overnight and celebrate (breakfast included).

During the evening you’ll meet the guides to receive your Kilimanjaro Certificates. Optional celebration barbeque (book before the climb- additional cost.

Tipping – recommend USD160-USD180 for the climb, (the guide will apportion among the group). Any additional tipping is at your discretion.

Day 7

End of tour – Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Please note: Low season prices quoted.

The Kilimanjaro Expedition comes to an end. You’ll be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home or

continue on a safari or relaxing beach holiday. Please ask your Zambezi consultant about your options.

Please note our Kilimanjaro hikes include the following services:

  • accommodation at base hotel bed & full English breakfast (the Marangu option also includes dinners at the base hotel in the price).
  • transfers to park gate/return, accommodation in mountain huts / or tents depending on route. As appropriate, all camping equipment is provided, sleeping mats etc
  • porters & guides, all food on mountain, park fees & hut fees, mountain rescue fees

Excludes:

  • travel insurance, tips, drinks and items of a personal nature, personal equipment, and any meals not shown as included. Airport transfers and additional nights not included by may be booked with us.