Mountain climbing in Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in African and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again. The most recent activity was about 200 years ago.
Climbing to 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa. The scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is breath-taking.
Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
We depart Arusha for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut. Thi 8 kms will take 4 to 5 hours.
Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro. This is a 12 kms hike taking 7-8 hours.
Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft
This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut. This is a five kms and will take 2-3 hours
Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. This a 6 kms hike taking 6-8 hours
Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. This is 6 kms and will take 6 to 8 hours to uhuru peack.
After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. 16 kms descending to 4 to 5 hours.
Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha. This is 20 kms and will take 4 to 5 hours to the gate.
Naromoru Gate to Met station 3300 mtrs
After breakfast, proceed to Naromoru Park Gate and start hiking to Met Station (3300m). The hiking takes about 3 hrs. Dinner and overnight.
Met station to mackinders camp 4300 mtrs
Depart Met Station after breakfast and proceed to Teleki Valley arriving Mackinders Camp (4300m) early evening. Picnic lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight.
mackinders to Austrian camp 4700 mtrs
Depart at 10:00 am after breakfast ascending along a steep screw to Austrian Hut (4700m). Covering this distance takes about 3 hrs. Dinner and overnight.
Point Lenana - chogoria 4985 mtrs
Departing at 5:30 am, proceed through Lewis Glacier to Point Lenana(4985m) arriving approx. 6:30 am in the morning. After the sunrise, descend down to Mintos Hut for full breakfast. Later descend along the famous Gorges Valley to Chogoria campsite. Dinner and overnight.
Chogoria - Nairobi 32kms
After breakfast, set on morning journey to Chogoria (32km).4WD vehicles are provided but during the bad weather, climbers have to walk some distance as vehicles may not reach the Bandas. From Chogoria transport is provided back to Nairobi, arriving late afternoon.
- Guarantee price/guarantee trek on confirmation;
- Transfer to and from the base of the mountain;
- Full board accommodation whilst on the trek;
- Accommodations in camps/huts as per the itinerary;
- All park entrance fees to include government taxes;
- Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook;
- Start and finish Nairobi and Arusha
- Laundry, sleeping bags, beverages/Drinks, accommodation before the trek and climbing gears;
- Hotel accommodations in Nairobi/Arusha before and after the trek;
- International flights;
- Visas to Kenya and Tanzania;
- Items of personal nature;
- Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary;
Other climbing routes available on request
We also organizing other climbing routes: kilimanjaro-lemosho-machame-ubwe and mount kenya: Naro Moru – sirimon-chogoria