Summiting Uhuru peak at sunrise, gazing out across Africa from its highest mountain.
Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and the ambition of avid trekkers everywhere. Follow the famous Marangu Route, ascending through a number of different vegetation and climate zones affording fantastic views, so that every day is not only challenging but also unique and rewarding. This trek of five days, assisted by our experienced team of guides and porters, is highlighted by reaching the summit of Uhuru as the sun rises over the savannah!
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Our climb will officially commence with a 4-hour walk to the Mandara encampment. We will pass through a thick rainforest zone, then spend the night at Mandara hut (2750m). (Hiking Time: 5-6 hrs).
We continue our ascent through the forest, before reaching the heather and moorland zone at roughly 3000m. Enjoy stunning views of the mountain peaks at this altitude. We spend the night at Horombo Hut (3720m), which lies in a valley surrounded by giant lobelia and groundsel, flora that are characteristic of this semi-alpine zone. (Hiking Time: 6 hrs).
Our trek ascends onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro, between the peaks of Kibo and Mwenzi. The vegetation thins out as we enter the desert-like alpine zone (approximately 4000m) and, once we cross the saddle, a stunning view of Kibo peak comes into view. Spend the night at Kibo Hut (4703m), a comfortable stone construction. This semi-desert zone receives an annual rainfall of under 250mm and few plants other than lichens and grass survive in these conditions. (Hiking Time: 6 hrs).
Around midnight, we commence the climb towards the summit of Kilimanjaro. An early start time improves our chances of reaching the summit in time for the famous Kili sunrise. From Gillman's Point (5685m), it is a further 3 hour round trip along the crater's edge to Uhuru Peak (5896m), the highest point in Africa. From the summit, it is downhill all the way to Horombo Hut where we spend our last night on the mountain. (Hiking Time: 14 hrs).
Today’s descent continues past the Mandara encampment to the bottom of the mountain, where each hiker will receive a well-earned certificate. Take a swim, have a congratulatory beverage, and enjoy a good night's sleep in the comfort of our hotel in Moshi. (Hiking Time: 6 hrs).