Day 1: Start: Marangu Gate (1905m) Finish: Mandara Huts (2720m)
Total distance: 8.75km
Hiking Time (approx.): 3 hours
Marangu gate, the headquarters of Kilimanjaro National Park, lies a 45 minute drive from Moshi town. Stop at Kisamboni for your picnic lunch before continuing on upwards, with the trail steepening as you pass through the forest.
Day 2: Start: Mandara Huts (2720m) Finish: Horombo Huts (3720m)
Total distance: 12km
Hiking Time (approx.): 6-8 hours
After a short stretch of forest at the start of the day, you will be walking mostly through moorland You’ll stop for a picnic lunch along the way before reaching the Horombo Huts.
Day 3: Horombo Huts – Zebra Rocks (4050m) – Mawenzi Huts (4535m) – Horombo Huts
Hiking time (approx.): 4-5 hours
Not only does this extra day provide you with extra acclimatisation but you will get to a spectacular viewpoint, seldom seen by others on the mountain. Leave Horombo huts following a leisurely breakfast to head up to Zebra rocks.
Day 4: Start: Horombo Huts (3720m) Finish: Kibo Huts (4715m)
Total distance: 9km
Hiking Time (approx.): 4-6 hours
This day you will pass across the saddle, the rather barren stretch of alpine desert that separates Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. You’ll arrive here for a late lunch and then rest up in preparation for your summit.
Summit Night: Kibo Huts (4715m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) back to Kibo Huts Total distance: 6.25km
Hiking Time (approx.) 6 hours
Start: Kibo Huts (4715m) to Horombo Huts (7720m)
Total distance: 9km
Hiking Time (approx.): 3-4 hours
Depending on how you have fared with the altitude in the days before, you will be woken at 11pm-12am to start your ascent up to Uhuru Peak. Upon reaching Gillman’s point you will stop for a well-deserved rest.
Day 6: Start: Horombo Huts (3720m) to Marangu Gate (1905m)
Total distance: 20.75km
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
A long last day, which will no doubt feel like a walk in the park after yesterday’s efforts.