Day 1 Moshi
Today guests will arrive, be met at the airport, and transferred to their hotel in Moshi for an overnight stay.
Day 2 Moshi - Marangu Gate - Mandara Huts - Montane Forest
After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, we will leave Moshi at 9:00 AM, drive 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate, and register with the national park. By 10:30 AM guests will begin hiking in the rainforest. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles are recommended. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but rain gear and warmer clothing should be kept handy. We will stop halfway for lunch and reach the Mandara Huts between 2:00PM and 3:00 PM. We will unpack, rest, and enjoy tea or coffee. Dinner will be served at about 7:00 PM. Bathrooms with running water are available.
Optional: We may take a 15 minute side trip to Maundi Crater to see the surroundings, including Northern Tanzania and Kenya, prior to dinner.
Day 4 Horombo Huts - Kibo Huts
Today we will awake early and have an opportunity to capture some great photos of the sunrise. We will hike from the Horombo Huts through Mawenzi and eventually overnight in Kibo. We should be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.
Day 5 Kibo Huts - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Huts
We will wake at midnight to a light breakfast and prepare for the summit ascent! The goal is to climb before dawn so that we can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. We will leave at 1:00 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman's Point between 5:00AM and 7:00AM. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes us to Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa's highest point! After the summit stay, we will descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, and return to the Horombo Huts for dinner and some well-deserved sleep!
NOTE: We will do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold and guests you will need all of their warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slow and steady, or, "pole pole," and an optimistic attitude will get guests to the summit peak!
Day 6 Horombo Huts - Marangu Gate - Moshi
Today we will descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts, have lunch, and then continue their triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate between 2:00PM or 3:00PM. We are encouraged to Remember to tip their guides, cooks, and porters before leaving. A vehicle will transport us back to their hotel in Moshi.
Day 7 Moshi
Today guests will depart from Moshi. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.