Day by Day Itinerary

Walking Conditions

Most of the trails on the Kilimanjaro trek are well defined and of good quality but some forest sections are often slippery, and moorland paths can be very wet in poor weather.

The final ascent to Uhuru peak is almost exclusively on scree and loose rock, without permanent footpaths, but no technical skills are required.

During the trip we shall spend time at both high and low altitude – experiencing extremely cold and quite hot conditions. You will need complete confidence in your physical ability to attempt this trek. You should be prepared for an early start every day on Kilimanjaro.

All guest and staff cooking is done on gas stoves (rather than firewood) and all rubbish is carried off the mountain. Hot washing water in bowls is provided to avoid polluting the streams. Our partners actively support the training and education of local staff during the rainy seasons in Tanzania and are currently working towards providing English language training in Arusha, Tarakea, and Marangu. Porter welfare is an important part of our partner's policy.

Our local coordinators, The African Walking Company are actively working with the management of Kilimanjaro National Park to improve visitor facilities, the treatment of local staff, and the training of local guides. They were chosen by Comic Relief to operate the successful trek completed by celebrities including Chris Moyles and Cheryl Cole in 2009.

 

Day 01: Depart London

Day 02 :Arrive Kilimanjaro

After arriving at Kilimanjaro airport in the early morning, you’ll transfer by private bus to Marangu (about 85km away). Those not flying with the group will join us in Marangu. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the local village and waterfalls.Comfortable Hotel.

Unless you are told otherwise on arrival, you should be in the hotel reception at 17.30 hours when the trip briefing will take place.

Please bring with you your passport and insurance details, and your air ticket. The briefing will cover all aspects of your trip and will include the distribution of any hired equipment you have booked.

Day 03: Transfer to Nale Moru, start ascent through Rongai Forest (2600m)

With the necessary registration formalities out of the way, we’ll transfer by 4x4 vehicles to Nale Moru (1,950m) to begin our climb. Today it’ll just be a half-day walk on a small path that winds through farmland and pine plantations. It’s a consistent but gentle climb through attractive forest that shelters lots of wildlife. By late afternoon we’ll reach our first overnight stop, at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m). Approx 3-4 hours walking. Full-service Camping (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 04: Ascent to Kilkelewa Caves for overnight (3600m)

A steady ascent in the morning takes us up to the Second Cave (3,450m), where your reward is superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice-fields on the crater rim, the youngest and highest of the three volcanoes that form the entire mountain. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike outacross the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaksof Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro's volcanoes. Our campsite, which we reach in late afternoon, is in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m). Approx 6-7 hours walking. Full-service Camping (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 05: Mawenzi Tarn (4330m)

A steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb panoramas of the Kenyan plains to the north. We leave vegetation behind close to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque beneath the towering cliffs of Mawenzi. Theafternoon will be free to rest or to explore the surrounding areaas an aid to acclimatisation. Approx 3-4 hours walking. Full-service Camping (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 06: Crossing the Saddle to Kibo (4700m)

We leave our attractive campsite to cross the lunar desert of the'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite(4,700m) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by earlyafternoon. The remainder of the day is spent resting inpreparation for the final ascent before a very early night! Approx5-6 hours walking. Full-service Camping (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 07: Summit Day (5895m)

We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight at around midnight. Itwill be extremely cold as we walk very slowly in darkness on aswitchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the Craterrim at Gillman's Point (5,685 m). We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those whoare still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip along the snow-covered rim to the true summit of Uhuru Peak(5,895m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to KiboHut (4,700m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshmentsand rest, we continue descending to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720m). This is an extremely long and hard day, with between 11 and 15 hours walking at high altitude. Full-serviceCamping (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 08: Descent to Marangu

A sustained descent with wide views across the moorland takes usinto the lovely forest around Mandara (2,700m), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. The trail continues throughsemi-tropical vegetation to the national park gate at Marangu(1,830m). We leave the local staff to return to our hotel in Marangu by mid-afternoon for a well-earned rest and a muchneeded shower and beer! Approx 5-6 hours walking. Comfortable Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 09: End Marangu

Depending on the time of your return flight the day can be spentresting in the hotel garden or exploring the village for souvenirs.There is a highly recommended but optional village walk thatexplores Marangu for half a day. This village is a fascinatingmixture of small but fertile coffee and banana farms, friendlyChagga people, and some beautiful scenery with waterfalls andmagnificent views. (Breakfast)For those on group flights, these depart in the afternoon and willarrive in the UK the following day.

Day 10: Arrive London 

Accommodation

The descriptions in this link are just guidelines, but should give you an idea of the accommodation offered.

When to Escape

July to September and December to January

The driest months, with January and February being the warmest.

April to June

The long rains, non-trekking season.

November to December

The short rains, have no affect on climbing the mountain.

“Any doubts about whether you should do it? Don't worry, the challenge is absolutely worth it !  We experienced all weathers and scenery conceivable on Kili'. Average temperatures of 20°C  soared to 35°C in the highland desert and then plummeted to -25°C on making the the final ascent. Nothing can prepare you for the exhilaration and emotion which you will feel on reaching the summit.”

Kevin H, London.

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