Accommodation at Outpost Lodge (or equivalent). Evening briefing and gear check.
We depart the lodge at around 7.30am heading to the National Park Gate for registration. After completing permit registrations we transfer to the start of the Rongai Route. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that winds through local farm fields before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long cape of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and our first camp, Forest Edge Camp, is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. (3-4 hours walking).
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to an area known as the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.). It has superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and head across the moors on a small path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m.) (6-7 hours walking).
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb views and a sense of total wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization up to 4500m. (3-4 hours walking).
his is a critical day for acclimatization. Today we walk down to Third Caves Camp at an altitude of 3,900m. It is an easy day and at the lower altitude climbers have a strong appetite and are able to enjoy a good sleep – essential preparation for the summit attempt next day.
We climb an altitude of around 850m to reach School Campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! (5-6 hours walking).
We start the final day by torchlight at around Midnight. This is by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb. Plodding very slowly in the darkness along a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree, we head for the crater rim and Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) We will 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 (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m.) is surprisingly fast. Lunch boxes will be waiting for you at Kibo Huts to replenish depleted energy reserves. After a short break we continue the descent to our final campsite at Horombo (3,720 m.). (11-15 hours walking).
A steady descent takes us through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). (5-6 hours walking). Transfer by vehicle to your lodge in Arusha, arriving around 5.30pm.
Guided climb up Mt Kilimanjaro with local guides and porters. Lead guides Wilderness First Responder trained.
Quality Mountain Hardware Alpine sleeping tents. Comfortable sleeping mattresses (2” thick).
Toilet tent. Comfortable mess tent, tables and chairs.
Nutritious balanced meals, incl fresh fruit daily (special dietary requirements with advanced notice).
Full First Aid kit and emergency oxygen tank and breathing equipment (First Grade supplied by Summit Oxygen).
All park fees, alpine forest fee and charges
Medium range Arusha Hotel (Outpost Lodge or equivalent) - 2 nts, full-service alpine camping - 6 nts.
Small group experience – minimum group size 6
Airport Transfers x 2
Private Insurance (Mandatory)
Tips budget 10-15% - $200-295 per person