DAY 1: Depart from Moshi

Today you will set off from the Marangu Gate where you will be briefed about this trek informed of all the necessary formalities. The trail starts with a very beautiful descent in the tropical rain-forest. On the higher edge of the verdant forest you will be able to see some blue monkeys. Afterwards, the trail widens all the way to the Mandara Hut exposing the beautiful hillsides. You will spend the night at the Mandara Hut.

Route Plan: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Elevation: 6,046 feet to 8,858 feet

Distance Covered: 8 kilometers

Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours

Habitat Moved: Rain Forest

Day 2: Transfer from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Today you will continue on the trail in the forest which eventually will take you to the higher moorland. Here you will be able to catch you very first views of the Mawenzi peak as well as the Kibo peak. These are part of the three volcano peaks that make the Kilimanjaro summit.

Route Plan: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 8,858 feet to 12,205 feet

Distance Covered: 12 Kilometers

Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours

Habitat Moved: Heath / Moorland

DAY 3: Spend time acclimatizing and exploring the Mawenzi Ridge

This is an additional day set aside for you to acclimatize. It will be spent hiking on the Mawenzi Ridge. The exceptional landscape here offers nice views of the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. You will spend time exploring this area before finally heading back to the Horombo hut for dinner and the overnight.

Route Plan: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge

Elevation: 12,205 feet to 14,400 feet

Distance Covered: 5 Kilometers

Hiking Time: 2 to 3 hours

Habitat Moved: Heath / Moorland

Return to the Hut

Route Plan: Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 14,400 feet to 12,205 feet

Distance Covered: 5 Kilometers

Hiking Time: 1 to 2 hours

Habitat Moved: Heath / Moorland

DAY 4: Transfer from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Today you will gradually ascend before crossing the lunar-desert found between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Later on, you will make it to the Kibo Hut where you will rest and have dinner quite early to enable you have ample rest as you prepare to reach the summit the following day. The Kibo Hut is found at the bottom of the wall of the Kibo Crater

Route Plan: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation: 12,205 feet to 15,430 feet

Distance Covered: 10 Kilometers

Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours

Habitat Moved: Alphine Desert

DAY 5: Summit Kilimanjaro at Gilman’s Point (18,600 feet)

You will begin the hike very early at around mid-night and begin your journey to the summit. This is actually the most challenging section of the trail, both mentally and physically. At this time, it is extremely cold and very windy. You will ascend for several hours in the darkness as you take short breaks in-between. Towards daybreak, you will reach the Gilman’s Point which is one of the highest point on the mountain, standing at an elevation of 18,600 feet. There you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views of the sun rising over the Mawenzi Peak. Eventually, you will make it to the Uhuru Peak which is the highest point on Mountain Kilimanjaro as well as the ‘Roof top of Africa’

You will be allowed to spend some time at the peak to take photos of this great achievement. Afterwards you will descend to the Horombo Hut. There you will enjoy your final meal up in the mountains and have some good sleep with a contented heart of a champion.

Route Plan: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Summit to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 15,430 feet to 19,341 feet ascent & 19,341 feet to 12,250 feet descent

Distance Covered: 16 Kilometers descent

Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours ascent & 4 to 5 hours

Habitat Moved: Arctic ascent & Moorland / heath descent

DAY 6: Transfer back to the Marangu Gate | End of Hike

This is the final day of our 6 day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. You will make a long descent through the verdant tropical forest all the way down to the park headquarters found at the Marangu Gate. There you will be rewarded with acknowledgment certificates appreciating you for making it to the summit.  A safari vehicle will be waiting for you there, and that will transfer you to your hotel within Moshi.

Route Plan: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation: 12,250 feet to 6,046 feet

Distance Covered: 20 Kilometers

Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hours

Habitat Moved: Rain Forest

Mount Kilimanjaro Routes

Machame Route

Lemosho Route

Northern Circuit

Shira Route

Marangu Route

Rongai Route

Umbwe Route