6 DAYS - MARANGU ROUTE

Day 1: Transfere / Marangu - Depart your hotel for a transfer to Taveta or Namanga border then proceed to Marangu for lunch. Afternoon at leisure, re-climb briefing on the trek. Dinner and overnight at Nakara Hotel.

 

Day 2: Montane Forest - Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu for the first section of the climb through the Montane Forest, leaving the forest you trek along a good path through open grassy moorland to reach Horombo Hut at 12000ft (3700)m, taking 8 to10 hours. Dinner and overnight at Horombo hut.

 

Day 3: Kibo Hut - Continue ascending past 'the last water point' traversing thee saddle between kibo and Mawenzi to Kibo Hut at 15000ft (4700)m, taking 5 to 7 hours. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.

 

Day 4: Peak - An early start for the summit on steep and heavy screed up to Gilman's point at 1,8640ft (5681)m. On the crater rim to arrive in time for sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340ft (5896)m. Descend to Horombo, taking 7 to 8 hours ascent and 4 to 7 hours descent. Dinner and overnight at Horombo hut.

 

Day 5: Descend - Descend the mountain to the park gate taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to Marangu. Dinner and overnight at Nakara Hotel. 

 

Day 6: Marangu / Nairobi or Mombasa - After breakfast drive to the border to get transfered back to Nairobi or Mombasa to extend your holiday in the coastal beach hotels.

 

8 DAYS - MACHAME ROUTE

Day 1: Transfere - Arusha - Depart your hotel for a transfere to Taveta or Namanga border. Proceed to Arusha town for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure acclimatizing. Dinner and overnight at a nice hotel in Arusha. 

 

Day 2: Arusha / Machame - Drive to Machame village. The climb begins at the end of the tarmac road. Walk throw the farms and through the forest to the Machame Hut (3000m) in about 6 hours. Dinner and overnight in the tents.

 

Day 3:Machame / Shira - Cross the village and continue along the steep ridge going on the rock ridge and through heather, the route turns west into a river gorge reaching Shira hut (3800m). Dinner and overnight in the tents. 

 

Day 4: Shira / Barranco - Continue east towards Kibo passing the junction, then east towards the lava towers. Shortly after, climb down to Barranco hut (3940 m). Dinner and overnight in the tents.

 

Day 5: Barranco / Barafu - From Barranco, a steep rocky climb , passing the Barranco wall, then up and down until you come to Karanga valley and then onto Barafu heart (4600m).Dinner and overnight in the tents.

 

Day 6: Barafu / Mweka / Horombo - Very early start for the summit, first to Stella point and then to Uhuru peak ( 5896m). There are two ways to descend on this route to Marangu or Mweka. The Mweka hut will take about 6 hours. The route is steep but picturesque. The Marangu route to Uhuru to Kibo to Horombo is the main route, it is easier but can be dusty and busy, and it is also longer. 

 

Day 7: Mweka / Horombo / Arusha - Mweka hut to Mweka gate will take about three hours .Horombo to Marangu gate will take about 6 hours. Drive to Arusha for hot showers, dinner and warm bed . 

 

Day 8: Arusha / Nairobi or Mombasa - After breakfast drive to the border to get transfered back to Nairobi or Mombasa to extend your holiday in the coastal beach hotels.