This approaches Uhuru peak from Kenya, spectacular view over Amboseli National Park of Kenya, considered the easiest camping ascent also is much less crowded so is more private trekking. The climb is gradual, on descending joins the Marangu route.
Day 1: Rongai Gate - First Cave Camp. After registering at the gate, begin your climb to Uhuru, the peak of Kilimanjaro. On the first day hike through forests you’ll see and hear wildlife including colobus monkeys and birds. Break for picnic lunch on the way before continuing through the forest to the first campsite. Although the hike is not long, the hike is slow to allow for proper acclimatization. On arrival at the campsite, enjoy hot tea and snacks. Beginning Elevation: 1800 meters/6400 feet. Ending Elevation: 2560 meters/8400 feet. Elevation Gain: 760 meters/2000 feet. Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours.
Day 2: First Cave Camp - Third Cave Camp. The trail goes through the forest and then opens up to the more barren moorland. Carry plenty of drinking water, as the hike can be quite hot on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above. Break for lunch on the trail before continuing on to the campsite. The second campsite is just before the saddle. Beginning Elevation: 2560 meters/8400 feet. Ending Elevation: 3600 meters/11810 feet. Elevation Gain: 1040 meters/3412 feet. Hiking Time: 5-6 hours.
Day 3: Third Cave Camp - Mawenzi Tarn Camp. This day is an acclimatization day, allowing you to hike in the beginning of the day and rest in the afternoon and evening. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is situated below Mawenzi Peak and offers stunning views of both Mawenzi and Kibo. Beginning Elevation: 3600 meters/11810 feet. Ending Elevation: 4300 meters/14100 feet. Elevation Gain: 700 meters/2290 feet. Hiking Time: 3 to 4 hours.
Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp - Kibo Camp. This day cross the saddle to arrive the final campsite. There will be astonishing views along the way of Kibo and Mawenzi. View Kilimanjaros glaciers along the way and the high alpine vegetation. Arrive at the campsite around lunchtime. This day is important for acclimatization, and the afternoon will be spent resting for the final ascent of Kilimanjaro to begin at midnight. Beginning Elevation: 4300 meters/14100 feet. Ending Elevation: 4700 meters/15400 feet. Elevation Gain: 400 meters/1300 feet. Hiking Time: 5 to 6 hours.
Day 5: Kibo Camp - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Hut. At midnight you will begin your ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, you will hike by the light of your flashlight. It is helpful if you have a headlamp so your arms are free during the ascent. The final ascent will be the most challenging part of the climb. The pace is extremely slow until you reach the top at Uhuru Peak. At dawn, reach Gilmans Point which is on the crater rim. The hike from Gilmans to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and not very difficult. However, the altitude makes the going slow and dangerous. Be aware of your health and inform the guide of any serious symptoms of altitude sickness. Upon reaching Uhuru, enjoy amazing views above the clouds. This day ends at Horombo hut. Beginning Elevation: 4700 meters/15400 feet. Summit: 5896 meters/19340 feet. Ending Elevation: 3700 meters/12000 feet. Hiking Time: 15 to 16 hours.
Day 6: Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate. After breakfast you'll finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through the tremendous trees of the cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our car will be waiting at Marangu gate. Beginning Elevation: 3700 meters/12000 feet. Ending Elevation: 1830 meters/6000 feet. Elevation Loss: 1870 meters/6000 feet. Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hour.
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