Marangu gate to Mandara Hut
1700 m to 2740 m, 5500 ft to 9000 ft, 7 km, 4-5 hours, Montane Forest.
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 ft/2740 m. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys.
Mandara Hut to Horombo Camp
2700 m to 3700 m, 9000 ft to 12,100 ft, 11 km, 6-8 hours, Heathland.
After about 1 hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You will start to feel the affects of the altitude. If you wish to extend you trek, here you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.
Horombo Camp to Kibo Camp
3700 m to 4700 m, 12,100 ft to 15,400 ft, 10 km, 6-8 hours, Alpine Desert
Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.
Kibo Camp to Summit and Horombo
4700 m to 5895 m, 15,400 ft to 19,300 ft, 4 km up/14 km down, 10-15 hours, Alpine Desert.
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 a.m.), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim at 18640 ft/5861 m (4-7 hours).
Horombo to Mandara Hut
After breakfast, climb down with packed or break for lunch to Mandara Hut, dinner and overnight Mandara.
Mandara Camp to Arusha
3700 m to 1700 m, 12,100 ft to 5500 ft, 18 km, 5-7 hours.
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700 m), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m).