SEVEN DAYS - KILIMANJARO CLIMB RESERVE

Mt.Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the largest extinct volcanoes. It can be climbed at anytime, except in April and May during the long rains. January to March, and August to October are the best climbing seasons. We use the Machame and Marangu routes which are the easiest and the most accessible.

(A) MARANGU ROUTE
DAY 1

Depart Nairobi 8.00am, arrive at Namanga border town at 10.00 hrs. Continue to Arusha for lunch . Drive to Moshi where the afternoon is spent organizing climbing gear. Dinner and overnight stay at a Hotel in Moshi.

DAY 2

After breakfast, drive 45 kms to Marangu gate, an altitude of 1,860m. Walk 9 kms to Mandara hut, 2,744m (900 ft.) through dense semi-tropical rain forest, for your first overnight stay on Kilimanjaro. Meals/overnight stay in the hut.

DAY 3

Start early morning for a ten-hour walk towards Horombo. The landscape becomes more rugged and rocky but superb, with both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks in view. You spend your second night at the mountain at Horombo hut, an altitude of 3,761 m (12,335 ft).

DAY 4

Take a tiring 13 km wall which takes 6hrs to Kibo hut 4,732m (15,520 ft). above sea level. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia appear. Meals and overnight stay at the hut.

DAY 5

The final attempt to the summit is made in the early hours of the morning at 2.00 a.m. it takes about 5 hours to climb the steepest and most difficult part of the route to Gilman's Point (5681m) 18,630 ft. From Gilman's, it takes 1.5 - 2 hours to Uhuru Peak, 5,896m (19,344 ft.). Descend to Horombo for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 6

Descent is rapid. After breakfast, walk down to Marangu gate for transfer to Moshi. Overnight stay at Moshi.

DAY 7

After breakfast, drive to Arusha for lunch, then to Nairobi via Namanga border town arriving early in the evening. Please note: On this itinerary, clients may be accommodated at suitable hotels in Arusha. Accommodation may also be up-graded at extra cost.