Tanzania

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, 19341 ft - The rooftop of Africa

A dream for many; climbing onto Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. To reach Uhuru Peak 19340 ft of this huge 'hill' you don't need any climbing experience, a general good hiking fitness is sufficient. – Individual and group travel

It is planned to hike to the the top of the mountain via the Marangu Route – the only one offering accommodation in huts. If they are fully booked, then tents will be used on either the Machame or Rongai Route.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

You will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel in Moshi, 2550 ft. above sea (1 hour) (D)

Day 2: Hike to Marangu Gate (5900 ft) – Mandara hut (8850 ft)

Transfer to Marangu Gate (approx. 1 hour) where you will start your adventure. The path is very good so one will be able to walk with light hiking boots. It will be quite warm still so a T-shirt and shorts are recommended. There is a packed lunch, which will be given out before tour start. You will receive a packed lunch every day, which is freshly prepared by our cook. Our initial night on the mountains will be spent in a Marangu hut. An excellent dinner can be expected each evening. Vegetarian meals can also be cooked if we are informed in advance. (Walking time: 3-4 hrs; altitude difference: +2950 ft) (B, L, D)

Day 3: Hike from the Mandara hut (8850 ft) – Horombo hut (11100 ft)

Today the total height gain will be around 2300 ft and the distance covered is around 8 mi. (5-6 hours). It will be significantly cooler than the previous day. It is advised that you pack in a light jacket. The trail goes through alpine moors where you can see massive Erica and Seneca. In the afternoon one can walk onto nearby Mawenzi Peak.
An additional day can be spent here to improve acclimatization (Walking time: 5-6 hrs; altitude difference: +2300 ft) (B, L, D)

Day 4: Hike from Horombo hut (11100 ft) – Kibo hut (14100 ft)

The landscape gradually changes as we reach the high-alpine zone. The landscape is spars, rocky and shares a resemblance with Mars. It is always possible to turn around and make your way back down accompanied by a mountain guide. Whoever feels capable will continue to climb the 6 mi heights of 14100 ft (5-6 hours) to the Kibo hut. The Kibo hut is the base for the summit. Depending on the level of fitness, we will begin the night ascension at midnight or around 01:00 am (Walking time: 5-7 hrs; altitude difference: +3000 ft) (B, L, D)

Day 5: Peak ascension Kibo hut (14100 ft) – Uhuru Peak – Horombo hut (11100 ft)

During the lengthy ascent to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro we will cover an altitude of 5240 ft., the descent to Horombo hut will be another 8240 ft. This is a strenuous climb compared to the previous days. Headlamps will be needed if the night is cloudy, however the route is visible enough if the moonlight illuminates it. We will reach the crater’s edge at dawn or sunrise where Africa is lying at your feet. After spending half and hour to an hour’s time on the highest peak of the continent, we’ll descent via an ashy slope. The descending trail is identical to the ascending trail. The path is stable, and one can reach the Kibo hut without great difficulty. The porter will be anticipating our arrival at the hut, where lunch will be prepared. After a one hour nap or rest, we’ll tackle the descent to the Horombo hut. The total walking distance for the day is 13 miles. (Walking time: 12-14 hours; Altitude difference: +5240 ft, -8240 ft for descent) (B, L, D)

Day 6: Hike Horombo hut (11100 ft) – Marangu Gate (5900 ft)

The 5 to 6-hour descent to Marangu Gate leads through the rainforest again and leaves us with a wistful mood, as we have to say goodbye to this majestic natural wonder, which we have been exploring for the past 4 days. The vehicle will await us at the gate and transfer us to the hotel. In the evening we will celebrate, as we reminisce about our 19341ft. Mount Kili climb. The tour guide will hand out certificates and bids us farewell with “Kwa heri ya kuonana. Safari njema!” (Walking time: 4 hours; Altitude Difference: 5200 ft,) (B, L, D)

Day 7: Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport and home journey

Up until the time of transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport you can use the time to go for one last souvenir shopping trip. Departure by plane. (B)

Accommodation subject to availability

For those who get affected by the altitude during the climb of Kilimanjaro and feel unwell, you can always go back down with a guide.

You can combine the climbing vacation with our MTB trip around Mt. Kilimajaro and receive a great discount! Great safaris you can enjoy at the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and the Lake Manyara National Park.

Services

Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide
  • 2 nights in a hotel, 5 nights in mountain huts
  • 6 x breakfast, 5 x lunch, 6 x dinner, drinks (coffee, tea)
  • Porters to carry up to 12kg luggage, participants only carry a light day rucksack
  • National park fees
  • Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport and Kilimanjaro national park

Not included:

  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Visa – $50 USD to pay on arrival
  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned above and extra drinks

Hints

Recommended altitude training:
To be able to hike heights of 19685 ft., not only does the body need to be properly trained, but needs to adjust itself, which is necessary for the body’s acclimatization in these conditions. If one hikes the highest summit of the continent with too much haste, they might not make it to Uhuru Peak.

Hints:
For those who still have time and energy we can recommend a mountain bike tour around Mount Kilimanjaro, see left-hand side. A hiking and cycling combination is also possible in the rarely visited area of the Usambara Mountains. After an hours flight to Entebbe, Uganda, we also offer a mountain bike safari through the national parks of Uganda, as well as chimpanzee and gorilla trekking. For bathing, snorkeling, diving and surfing we recommend the herb and spices island Zanzibar or, for those who like it a little quieter, the small island of Mafia.

This tour is also available as a private tour, with minimum two participants.

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Group size

4 - 10 Participants
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1 Extra day between 10500-12000 ft. to acclimatize USD 240

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