This is an exhilarating hike that offers views of the summit on all days from the 1st day of the hike till the day you summit. This particular route is one of the less challenging routes. Scale to the peak of Kilimanjaro summit and the stunning views from the rooftop of Africa. On the descent, walk through moorland into a beautiful natural forest characterized by giant ancient trees.
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Day 1: Nairobi – Loitokitok
Our safari guide will receive us upon arrival at the airport or pick us up from our hotel after lunch and take us to Loitokitok. The drive takes about 4hours. The first part takes us along the busy Mombasa Road to Emali. As we branch off to the Emali – Loitokitok road, we can see snow covered glaciers of the majestic Kilimanjaro miles ahead. After another 100km we reach Kibo Slopes Cottages on the slopes of Kilimanjaro for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Loitokitok – Nalemoro (2000m) - Sekimba Camp (2700m, 4 hours)
After breakfast at 7.30am time we fill our water bottles, take our mountain gear and hand over the remaining luggage to the hotel personnel for safe keeping. A short 14 km-drive takes us to Tarakea where we complete the border formalities (yellow fever certificate is required) and drive another 8km to the Nalemoro starting point at 2000m. Here we meet our mountain guide and his crew and after registration with the National Park Authorities we embark on our trek. Our journey takes us through farmland, followed by a natural forest to the moorland. On the way we stop for a lunch break. Our crew has arrived at the campsite long before us and set up the tents. We are welcomed with a hot cup of tea before dinner. Overnight stay will be in tents.
Day 3: Sekimba Camp (2100m) – Third Caves (3900m, 7 hours)
Today we will have our first breakfast outdoors with excellent views of the plains below and the massive Kibo point towering above us. At about 8.00am our hike through the moorland leads to the 3rd Caves, where vegetation ends giving way to alpine desert. The climb takes about 7 hours with a lunch break at the 2nd Caves, a scenic spot at 3300m. Dinner & Overnight stay will once again be in a fly camp.
Day 4: Third Caves (3900m) – School hut (4750m, 5 hours)
After our good night rest before the summit ascend, we hike through rocky moonlike landscape to School Hut at 4750m. This hut was originally built by the Outward Bound Trust and renovated by Kibo Slopes Safaris in the early nineties. It is now under the management of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. Usually it is not crowded & provides a good shelter for resting before next day’s challenge. As we approach the school hut the oxygen getting scarce and our speed gets gradually slower. Depending on our speed we can have a lunch stop on the way or have a late hot lunch at the hut. In the late afternoon, we rest and enjoy the view of the clouds below and the rugged Mawenzi Peak in the east. As the sun sets, we retire to our sleeping bags on the hut’s plank beds.
Day 5: Schoolhut (4750m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m, 7 hours) - Horombo Hut (3800m, 6 hours)
After a short night and a hot drink, the final ascend starts at about 1.30am. We fill our water bottles with a hot drink and take off. The path gets gradually steeper finally taking us to the Gillman’s point (5685m) where we can watch the sunrise over the Mawenzi Peaks and the magnificent northern ice fields. After a short break, we proceed along the crater rim to the Uhuru Peak and arrive there at about 9.00am. After our summit photo, we descend to Kibo Hut for lunch before descending another 3hours to Horombo (3720m) where we spend the night in a fly camp. The brave ones can have a cold dip in the nearby stream which is surrounded by senecia and lobelia on the river banks.
Day 6: Horombo (3800m) – Marangu (1800m, 5 hours) – transfer to Moshi
After breakfast, and final glance at the Kibo summit which we have conquered, we now take off on the final leg. The 6-hour hike takes us from the moorland into a beautiful natural forest characterized by giant ancient trees. After lunch at Mandara, we get to the Marangu Gate (1800m) at 1.00-3.00pm depending on our speed and strength. Here, we will be awarded certificates for a successful climb & bid the crew goodbye. After about an hour transfer to Leopard Hotel in Moshi, we finally get the long awaited hot shower, a delicious dinner and a good night rest in a comfortable bed.
Day 7:Moshi – Nairobi
After an early morning breakfast, we take 6.00am shuttle bus back to Nairobi. The journey takes about 7 to 8 hours drive.