6 Days/5 Nights
All Group and Private Tours include 2 nights hotel stay, transportation to and from accommodations and Mt. Kilimanjaro along with breakfast, lunch and dinner on the mountain.
These routes allow for novice, intermediate and advanced climbers
Designed to accommodate up to 25 climbers
- Duration 6 Days/5 Nights
- Active Hiking 41 Hours
- Final Elevation 19,300 ft
Moshi to First Cave (Simba) (1950m to 2600m)
Hike Time: 4 hrs
Elevation Change: 6400ft to 8500ft
Simba to Kikelelwa Camp (2600m to 3600m)
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios near Kikelelwa Camp (3600 m).
Hike Time: 7 hrs
Elevation Change: 8500ft to 11,800ft
Kikelelwa to Mawenzi Tarn (3600m to 4330M)
If you are spending an extra day on the mountain, you will camp for two nights here. You can hike up and around Mawenzi for your acclimatization hike.
Hike Time: 4 hrs
Elevation Change: 11,800ft to 14,200ft
Tarn Hut to Kibo Camp (4330m to 4750m)
Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4750 m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting and preparation for the final ascent
Hike Time: 5 hrs
Elevation Change: 14,200ft to 15,600ft
Kibo to Summit and Horombo Hut (4750m to 5895m)
Begin the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb with headlight around 1 a.m. Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5685 m) Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5895 m); passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descents to Kibo (4700 m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo (3720 m).
Hike Time: 12-15 hrs
Elevation Change: 15,600ft to 19,300ft
Horombo hut to Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m), 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 (1830 m). At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
Transfer to Moshi
Hike Time: 5-6 hrs
Beginning Elevation: 3700 m/12150 ft
Ending Elevation: 1830 m/6000 ft