5 Days

Area to visit

Simba camp, Third Cave, Kibo Hut, Uhuru Peak, Horombo hut


Full Itinerary

 DAY 1:  Rongai Start Point (1996m) – Simba Camp (2626m)

Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through a beautiful country side. The first night’s camp is at Simba Camp (2 626m). The camp facilities include a public toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner Included

 DAY 2: Simba Camp (2626m) – Third Cave (3956m)

We hike from Simba camp up towards Kibo till 3 450m for lunch at Second Caves, a distance of 8km. After lunch we continue trekking. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water can be found in a obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find a pool or two. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Third Cave.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 DAY 3: Third Cave (3956m) – Kibo Hut (4730m)

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area.

After breakfast we head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 11 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo hut.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 DAY 4: Kibo Hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m – Horombo Hut (3705m)

You will rise around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot.
The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.

Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it

Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest at Kibo hot, you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Included

 DAY 5: Horombo Hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m)

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. Met and transfer to Arusha Town, overnight at Naura Apartment (Bed & Breakfast).

Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. (It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely).

At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates.

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