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Day 1: Marangu Gate- Mandara Hut (1830m- 2745m)
This morning after breakfast, pack your climbing gear into the Land Rovers and drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park. Begin hiking head through dense rainforest to the trailhead. Be on the lookout for rare black and white Colobus monkeys swinging in the canopy. During heavy rainy season, lower elevations tend to be wet and muddy, we recommend you to bring your gaiters and trekking poles. After a hearty lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at late afternoon. Descend to Maundy Crater about 20 minutes trip and enjoy sunset views of Kibo, Mt. Kili’s first volcanic cone.
Hours trekking: 6-7 Hours Overnight: Mandara Hut
Day 2: Mandara Huts- Horombo Huts (2,745m- 3,710m)
Out of the Mandara hut, you’ll hike up through the heather and heath-like shrubs grow in this area as well as gorse-like bushes, attractive grasses and flowers. Stop half way for lunch and you will arrive at Horombo hut at late afternoon. Enjoy stunning views of the jagged Mawenzi and Kibo’s summit at a close distance. If you may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, we recommend you to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi. Hours trekking: 7 Hours Overnight: Horombo Hut
Day 3: Horombo Huts- Kibo Huts (3,690 m- 4,695m)
After breakfast, trek to your next Hut. Cross the alpine desert with intense radiation, high evaporation, and daily fluctuations in temperature; nights can be below 0˚C and in the day time as high as 40˚C in direct sun. Under these harsh conditions only the hardiest lichens, moss, tussock grass and bright yellow daisy-like flowers alongside the trail can exist. After a little lunch break cross the large saddle on the way to Kibo Hut. You'll explore the volcanic towers, rocky overhangs, and large boulder formations as you acclimatize. Rest up in preparation for tomorrow’s thrilling summit bid. Hours trekking: 7-9 Hours Overnight: Kibo Hut
Day 4: Kibo Hut- Uhuru Peak- Horombo Hut (4,695- 5,895 m- 3,690 m)
Wake up around midnight and have breakfast before you start hiking up Pole, Pole (Slowly, slowly) with headlamps or flashlights into the night on the steepest and demanding part of the Kilimanjaro. If you are lucky enough, the moonlight will light your steps up on the northwest through the most challenging heavy loose scree and boulders trails all the way to Stella point. At this point, you will have a short rest and welcome a new dawn with amazing and stunning sunrise. Begin your focused trek to the summit, reaching Uhuru Peak- the highest point in Africa and the world's highest freestanding peak where you create memories of lifetime. Enjoy free time to celebrate your success with your fellow trekkers, and snap stunning once in a lifetime photos before descending to Kibo Hut. At the camp, have lunch and a little rest. Then, pack your belongings then descend to Horombo Hut by crossing saddle. Hours trekking: 12-13 Hours Overnight: Horombo Hut
Day 6: Horombo Hut- Marangu Gate (3,690m- 1,830m)
Wake up and have an early breakfast as usual, then pack your belonging and descent to Mandara hut. At Mandara, you will have lunch before you continue descending through the most beautiful cloudy, foggy and lush moorland forests to Marangu Gate. After tipping and saying welfare to your guides, cooks and porters; you will be transferred back to the lodge/hotel in Arusha.
Hours trekking: 6-7Hours Overnight: Lodge/Hotel in Arusha
Day 7: Arusha – Fly Home
After breakfast, you can head to KIA and catch your flight home
Or prolong your stay in Tanzania by opting our Northern Tanzania Safari or for luxury and relaxation holiday in Zanzibar Island.
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