One of the most amazing aspects of the mountain in the present day is the accessibility of its peak to climbers with no mountain climbing equipment or real previous experience of scaling such heights.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain that regular tourists can climb, although it remains a considerable feat of human endurance! The breathable oxygen at the top is less than half the amount than is common at sea level, and climbers cover at least eighty kilometres on nothing but their own two feet over the five days it takes to reach the top and return.
Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free standing, snow-covered equatorial mountain. Now charted and climbed; stories of her resident man-eating spirits are relegated to the realms of folklore. But Mount Kilimanjaro continues to preserve a mysticism that defies all recent knowledge of her slopes.
Mt Kilimanjaro Trekking – Marangu Route
Day 1 - Base Hotel (D)
Spend the night at the Capricorn Hotel, making final preparations for your ascent of the mount kilimanjaro. Overnight: Capricorn Hotel
Day 2 - Mandara Hut 9,000 ft. (BLD)
Walk through the rainforest for approximately 4 hours. Overnight: Mandara Hut.
Day 3 - Horombo Hut 12,450 ft. (BLD)
Trek across rolling moorlands for approximately 5 hours. Overnight: Horombo Hut
Day 4 - Kibo Hut 15,450 ft. (BLD)
Walk for about 6 hours, through giant groundsel and up to the Kibo Saddle traversing the Alpine desert between Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks. Overnight: Kibo Hut
Day 5 - Summit Day! 19,340ft. (BLD)
Leaving shortly after midnight, the tough 5 hour climb is up loose scree. On a starlit night there are amazing views of the towns and villages below. Arrive at Gillman’s Point just as dawn breaks and then the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. After photographs, return to Kibo Hut for a short rest. Continue the descent for about six hours. Overnight: Horombo Hut
Day 6 - Base Hotel (BLD)
An easy descent to Mt Kilimanjaro through Marangu Gate. Transfer to the Capricorn Hotel for a celebration. Overnight: Capricorn Hotel
Day 7 - Arusha (B)
After breakfast leave for Arusha.