Kilimanjaro Climb

7 day Mountain Trek - from £1579

The famous peak of Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest and has been challenging climbers for many years. The Marangu Route is the most popular and relatively straightforward and makes use of comfortable mountain chalets, some with permanent staff, along the way; Mandara, Horombo and Kibo.

Highlights:

  • Magnificent scenery
  • Hike through different ecosystems
  • Photo by the highest point in Africa sign
  • Stay in simple but comfortable mountain huts
  • Private mountain climb

Your Kilimanjaro Climb

This trail doesn’t present too many difficulties, apart from the last climb on day 5 which is considered to be more strenuous. Walking times given are approximate and based on a person with a moderate level of fitness. This route is classified as a trek rather than a climb and the view from the top is quite extraordinary.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Moshi

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a travel representative and taken to your hotel near Moshi. The hotel is located in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro and provides all of the essentials for a comfortable stay including cozy rooms, friendly staff and a swimming pool.

In the evening, there will be a briefing with by the climb representatives, who will share various information or your upcoming climb and ensure you are ready to embark on your adventure.

Hotel: Aishi Machame Hotel
Meals: none

Day 2 - Trekking from Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Your guide will arrive at the hotel this morning to hold a quick briefing, before taking you by vehicle to Kilimanjaro’s eastern entrance at the Marangu Gate (1,860m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits, start trekking up to Mandara Hut (2,700m). The path winds through rainforest where you may be able to spot a variety of wildlife including monkeys and brightly coloured species of bird.

Whilst you will not be climbing as part of a group, there will be other people on the route who you can converse and swap motivational talk with. All the while you have the benefit of a private porter to do the heavy lifting!

By the time you reach the camp, the crew would have taken care of everything, pitching the tents, and preparing a simple but tasty lunch. Throughout the entire Marangu route, spend your nights in special huts, offering simple but comfortable accommodation, ideal for those who do not want to sleep in tents.

Change in Elevation: Marangu Gate 1,860m – Mandara Hut 2,700m
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Trekking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Early in the morning after breakfast, depart Mandara Hut to start the moderate trek towards the second-high altitude camp of Horombo Hut (3,720 m). The route take you through forest and open moorland and when you reach the camp, you will be treated to views of Kibo and Mawenzi volcanoes.

Several hours after lunch there will be an acclimatisation hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200m gain in altitude, and then a hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you.  This is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude designed to speed up the acclimatisation process and therefore hopefully increasing your chances of successfully reaching the summit.

Change in Elevation: Mandara Hut 2,700m – Horombo Hut 3,720m
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Trekking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

After breakfast trek to the Kibo Hut (4,700 m) which takes you through a varied landscape of moorland forest and then alpine desert, before reaching ‘The Saddle’ between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. The actual trekking is not too difficult but a sensible pace is recommended so as to maintain strength for the ascent on the summit the next day.

When you reach the camp you will be served lunch, after which the advice is to sleep as much as you can, avoid any strenuous activity and drink lots of water.

Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut 3,720m – Kibo Hut 4,700m
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 4-8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Trekking to Uhuru Peak and descent to Horombo Hut

Make a very early start for the summit at Gilman’s Point which sits at 5,686 m on the crater rim. Continue to Uhuru peak which at 5,895 m is the highest point in the whole of Africa. The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a more serious challenge for many. Each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide who will monitor your stamina and mental resolve and of course encourage you along!

After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired, before returning to Kibo Camp for a two-hour rest and then finally a descent to Horombo Hut (3,720m).

Change in Elevation: Kibo 4,700m – Uhuru Peak 5,895m – Horombo 3,720m
Hiking distance: 16 km
Hiking time: 9-12 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the National Park’s exit at Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent, converse with fellow hikers swapping congratulations and tales of endurance, before being presented with your commemorative certificate.

Afterwards, transfer to the hotel where you can relax and recuperate after your adventure.

Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut 3,720m – Marangu Gate 1,860m
Hiking distance: 18 km
Hiking time: 5–6 hours
Hotel: Aishi Machame Hotel

Day 7 - Farewell

After breakfast this morning, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.

Meals: Breakfast

7 day Mountain Trek - from £1579

Options

  • Add extra days to your Kilimanjaro Climb to acclimatise between days 3 and 4 from £289
  • Choose the 8 day Machame Route Climb from £1895

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Tour departs daily. Prices are per person based on 2 sharing and include en suite accommodation in Moshi (days 1 and 6) but shared facilities on mountain days. International flights not included. Discounted flights available from most UK airports. Other climbing routes are available – speak to your Africa Expert for more information.

Your Kilimanjaro Climb

Trek through mountain landscapes and enjoy the exhilaration of reaching the summit on this African adventure.

Your climb includes:

  • Hut or dome tents (Machame route)
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Pre and post climb hotel
  • Porter to carry up to 15kg of equipment
  • Wilderness First Responder and First Aid Crew
  • Park fees
  • Most meals (3 meals on days 2-6)

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