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Kilimanjaro Trek

Kilimanjaro Trek

Mt. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 metres above sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, rising 4,600mt (19,341ft) from base to summit. It was first climbed in 1889.

Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming a million years ago, when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. Two of its three peaks, Mawenzi and Shira, are extinct while Kibo (the highest peak) is dormant and could erupt again. The most recent activity was recorded just 200 years ago.

The Trek – Rongai Route

Rongai Route

Rongai Route

Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to accommodation in Arusha.
Day 2 – After breakfast, drive to NareMoru village (6,500ft) where the trekking starts. We will walk through the cultivated land and pine forest on the way to Simba Campsite, (8,900ft) – 4 hours.
Day 3 – Breakfast, then the hike via Second Cave to Kikelwa Camp. Today’s trek will offer impressive views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the rim of the crater, Kikelwa Camp, (11,800ft) – 6-7 hours.
Day 4 – After breakfast we leave Kikelwa Camp for Mawenzi Tarn. We will spend an afternoon for exploring the surrounding area of Mawenzi Tarn which will also help us on acclimatizing, Mawenzi Tarn, (14,150ft) – 4-5 hours.
Day 5 – Today we cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The rest of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, Kibo, Camping, (15,000ft) – 5 hours.
Day 6 – Very early start for the summit scree up to Gilman’s Point (18,930ft) which is on the crater rim – on the way up we will enjoy the unforgettable view of the sunrise over the endless African savanna. After a short break, we will push the final summit bid to reach Uhuru Peak, the top of Africa (19,341ft) – 6-7 hours.
Celebrations and pictures will keep us busy, before our descent to Kibo hut and then down to Horombo hut, (12,000ft) – 5 hours.
Day 7 – After breakfast, we will descend from Horombo hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take us back to Arusha – 5-6 hours.
Day 8 – Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for the return flight and the beginning of the story-telling.

As you may expect, there is full mobile coverage all along the trek to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.