Our group climbs have been scheduled to summit during full moon. A one day hike in the foothills surrounding Moshi has been build into your itinerary to give you maximum preparation physically and mentally. Being an easy hike it will give your body time to acclimatize and adjust to your new surroundings. It will also lessen the jet lag which you may have incurred during your trip to Moshi.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport where a representative of Local Moshi will greet you. From there you will be driven to your hotel in Moshi where dinner and a comfortable room are awaiting you. Team briefing; meet your guides and fellow climbers.
3-4 hours of hiking
After breakfast drive to Marangu Gate. Meet porters and complete registration formalities at the ranger’s office. The hike starts in lush rainforest leading upwards into increasingly thinning forest, eventually turning into long grasses and giant heathers intermingled with camphorwood trees, both draped by masses of bearded lichen. From here it is not far to Mandara Hut (2700m), the first campsite on the Marangu Route. En route you will enjoy a picnic lunch.
5-6 hours of hiking
Leaving Horombo the path starts of steep through the ever thinning vegetation of moorland zone until reaching the saddle, the dry and barren terrain between Kibo and Mawenzi. Continuing across the saddle soon Kibo Hut, although still far in the distance, come into view. Lunch will be served mid-way, before continuing to Kibo Hut (4700m), your last camp before summiting.
4-6 hours of hiking
After a good night’s rest, a continued descent past Mandara Huts, lunch stop for today, will lead you back to Marangu Gate, starting point of your hike. From here you will return to your hotel in Moshi.
Breakfast, equipment check, verification of mandatory travel/medical insurance. Following is a short acclimatization hike involving light hiking in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Return to hotel.
5-6 hours of hiking
Leaving Mandara Hut, the forest re-appears sporadically until passing Maundi Crater, where the alpine heath and moorland zone now dominates. Soon senecio kilimanjari and lobelias will make their first appearance. After lunch, the trail crosses numerous moorland ravines before ending at Horombo Hut (3720m), your camp for the night.
11-15 hours of hiking
Starting around midnight – 1.00am, the path leading to the crater rim starts directly behind Kibo Hut, reaching Hans Meyer Cave (5151m) about 2.5 hours later. Here it starts to zigzag across volcanic scree up the crater rim until reaching Gilman’s Point (5680m), then continuing past stunning glaciers and ice cliffs alongside the crater rim, leading to Stella Point (5752m) followed by Uhuru Peak (5895m).
From here you decent for lunch at Kibo Hut, then continuing downward to Horombo Hut, where you will spend your last night on the mountain.
After breakfast, we will take you back to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
For those of you with additional days to spare in Tanzania, the Local Moshi Team will be happy to assist you in planning a Safari, Cultural Tour or Zanzibar just for you.