This route has a moderate slope, making it less difficult to climb. It is the most popular way up Kilimanjaro, and is the only route with emergency evacuation service. Also, it is the only route with huts, having dormitory and dining rooms, descending on the same route.
Day 1: Marangu Gate (1,828m) - Mandara Hut (2,743m). At the gate you’ll meet the porters, guides, and cooks that will spend the next six days trekking with you. Registration and final preparations normally take almost an hour. On this trek you will walk along a narrow trail through the rainforest of Kilimanjaro. Then will be lunch time and you can enjoy a picnic lunch at Kisambioni, the day's halfway point. After lunch continue walking through the rainforest for another 1.5 hours to Mandara Hut. You will reach the hut about 2pm, here is the point you can rest until dinner. Elevation Gain: 915 meters. Hiking Time: 3 to 5 hours. Distance: 6 km.
Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,743m) - Horombo Hut (3,720m). After breakfast, fetch Mandara Hut and Kilimanjaro's forests. Most of day two's hike passes through bleak heather and moorland. Eat a picnic lunch at a spot called Kambi ya Taabu before continuing go to Horombo Hut. If the weather is clear, you will have a great views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at Horombo Hut at around 3pm and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing till dinner. Elevation Gain: 977 meters. Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hours. Distance: 11 km.
Day 3: Horombo Hut (3,720m) - Mawenzi Hut (4,600m) - Horombo Hut (3,720m). Day three will be spent acclimatizing and exploring the area around Horombo Hut. It is suggested to hike around all the way to Mawenzi Hut to allow for greater acclimatization. You will not only increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, but you will also be rewarded with amazing views of Kibo. You will return to Horombo Hut for a late, hot lunch. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing at Horombo. Elevation Gain and Loss: 880 meters. Hiking Time: 3 to 4 hours.
Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,720m) - Kibo Hut (4,750m). Fetch Horombo Hut after an early breakfast to hike through the moorland and alpine desert of Kilimanjaro's upper altitudes. After about an hour hiking, you will reach Maua River. Break for lunch at Middle Red Hill. After lunch, continue on a steady incline for another two hours through the Saddle, the environment on the way to Kibo is bleak desert with little vegetation but you will see many stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Arriving to Kibo Hut about at 3pm, take enough rest and get ready for the midnight climb to the top.
The Kibo huts are made of stone and are not very warm and that’s why you have to be sure you have put on enough warm clothes. Most hikers experience some of the effects of altitude sickness at this point, but if you feel very sick, you have to tell your guide about that. Elevation Gain: 1,030 meters. Hiking Time: 5 to 6 hours. Distance: 11 km.
Day 5: Kibo Hut (4,750m) - Summit (5,895m) - Horombo Hut (3,720m). At midnight you will climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. Your hike begins with a five-hour hike to Gillman's Point on the crater rim. Although this is considered to be the easiest of the three crater ascent paths. The first major rest stop- William's Point, lies at 5000 meters and is just under two hours away from Kibo Hut. You will need to drink water and eat a snack at this point.
Continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will continue to Gillman's Point (5,681 meters). The trek from Kibo Hut to Gillman's Point takes approximately five hours and is physically hardest part of the summit hike. After reaching Gillman's Point, rest for a few minutes and then continue on the crater hike towards Uhuru Peak. The rest of the 1.5-km hike is a gradual climb and it is not very difficult. Because of the altitude you will need to proceed very slowly, and be very stubborn if you want to make it to the top.
During the crater hike, you will pass by several glaciers. You will not be able to see the glaciers on your way to the top, you will see them on the way down. The crater rim hike takes about 1.5 hours and you should reach Uhuru Peak around sunrise. Take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut. Stop for some tea and a short break at Kibo Hut before continuing go on to Horombo Hut. Reach Horombo Hut in the afternoon and enjoy your last night on the mountain. Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters. Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters. Hiking Time: 12 to 15 hours. Distance to Uhuru: 5 km. Distance from Uhuru to Horombo: 16 km.
Day 6: Horombo Hut (3,720m) - Marangu Gate (1,828m). After breakfast you'll finish the descent trek through the rainforest to Marangu Gate. You will be picked by our car to the Lodge. Elevation Loss: 1,892 meters. Distance: 17 kilometers. Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours.
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