Days
8
Price from
€2,790EUR

Conquer the highest peak in Africa, mighty Mt Kilimanjaro

With the help of our expert guides, step out of your comfort zone and climb Tanzania’s mighty Mt Kilimanjaro. The path to Uhuru Peak takes you through a diverse landscape, slowly shifting from verdant rainforests filled with monkeys and birdlife, to alpine meadows and desolate moon-like landscapes. Prepare to be challenged as you tackle both the steep climbs and thinning atmosphere, but be equally rewarded with breathtaking vistas of snow-capped mountain peaks, icy craters and verdant plains, which combine to make this a truly incredible adventure.


Start
Marangu, Tanzania
Finish
Marangu, Tanzania
Country
Tanzania
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFMR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Hike Kilimanjaro's climactic last stretch by lamplight, reaching Africa’s highest point in time for a stunning sunrise.

  • Taking the Marangu route to climb the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro allows you to stay in the comfort of huts

  • Travelling with experienced guides and porters, you'll be in good hands, with one guide for every two passengers

  • Spot monkeys hiding in the jungle on your way to Mandara Hut

  • Walk through stunning alpine zones, watching the scenery shift from rainforests to meadows and rugged lunar scapes as you gain altitude

  • From Gilman's Point, 6,685 metres above sea level, watch the sun rise from behind Mawenzi Peak and light up Kili's vast ice fields

Is this trip right for you?

  • You'll need a good level of fitness for this trip. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it much harder than your average uphill hike. The going will be slow as your body adjusts.

  • Tried and tested all-purpose hiking equipment is required. Temperatures at night can get very low when you're above 3,500 metres, so warm clothing and a sleeping bag are essential. You can hire this equipment if need be.

  • Your safety comes first. Our experienced guides will monitor each passenger for any signs of acute mountain sickness. If you show any signs, you'll descend immediately with a guide.

  • Hiking for several days without a shower can be tough – be prepared for some dust and dirt. A mask, wet wipes and face washer will be very handy.

  • The huts along this route sleep between 4 and 12 passengers and will be mixed-gender.

Itinerary

Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania. This journey begins at the the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. Please make sure you are at the hotel by early evening as the tour commences here with a full briefing and kit inspection with your experienced Kilimanjaro leader before dinner. You’ll need to look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where the meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Please note that it is sometimes necessary to have this meeting on the morning of Day 2 if someone arrives late. Please check at reception for up to date information on where and when this important meeting will take place.

Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:

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Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kilimanjaro Complimentary Airport arrival transfer
  • Trek briefing
  • Complimentary sleeping bag, down jacket, and walking pole hire ( must be requested at time of booking )
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Parts of this trip go above 2,800 metres (9,200 feet), where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
After breakfast, meet our guides and porters. It takes just 15 minutes to get to Marangu Gate (1,860 metres/6,000 feet) at the entrance of the Mt Kilimanjaro National Park. After completing registration procedures, you should be on your way there by late morning. The porters will carry your trek bag with all of your kit, while you’ll carry a day bag with your wet weather equipment, camera, lunch and water. Generally, the porters are much faster and will walk ahead.

In the forest there are many species of brightly coloured birds and different types of monkeys can be seen and heard. Walk through giant heather on the way to Mandara Hut (2,725 metres/9,000 feet), our stop for the night. From here you can choose to embark on an optional walk to nearby Maundi Crater. If the skies are clear, there may be excellent views of the nearby town of Moshi far below.

The distance from Kibo Hotel to Mandara Hut is 8 kilometres (approximately 3-5 hours).
Accommodation
  • Mountain Hut (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Services of experienced English speaking mountain guides ( first-aid qualified ), cooks and porters ( a minimum of 1 guide to every 2 )
  • Porterage of 1 bag (15kg max)
  • Return transfers from hotel to park gate
  • Emergency oxygen and comprehensive first aid kits which our guides have been trained on by a UK world-renowned altitude specialist
  • Fully catered trek including National Park entrance fees, climbing fee, mountain huts & rescue services (6 days)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Our second day on the mountain involves another long hike over a slightly steeper stretch. The rainforest gives way to open and rolling alpine meadows dotted with giant heather trees. Out of the forest canopy, the twin snow-tipped peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi lie directly ahead. During the day's walk, traverse several ravines before reaching the hut, which is set in a rocky valley. There’s time to enjoy a wide variety of vegetation and changing landscapes on the way to Horombo Hut (3,780 metres/12,000 feet), our base for the night.

Horombo is a small village of huts, perched on a plateau and flanked by lush greenery. The atmosphere here is one of adventure, anticipation and excitement, as hikers make their way to and from the summit.

The distance from Mandara to Horombo Huts is 12 kilometres (approximately 5-7 hours).
Accommodation
  • Mountain hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, walk towards Mawenzi Hut, passing the unusual Zebra Rocks on the way. It’s a steep climb up a grassy slope, but well worth it: the views over the area towards Kibo are second-to-none. Afterwards, return to Horombo for lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing and acclimatising to the altitude, or ask your guides about short walks in the area. Take advantage of the rest day here and drink plenty of water – the next couple of days will be pretty intense!

The distance from Horombo to Mawenzi Huts is around 5.6 kilometres (approximately 3 hours walk there and 90 minutes back).
Accommodation
  • Mountain hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The landscape becomes progressively more rugged and rocky and the air noticeably thinner today so we slow our pace accordingly. Pass giant groundsels and lobelias while travelling across the sparse moorland.

Skirting Mawenzi Peak, arrive at the stark lunar landscape of the Saddle. Reaching Kibo Hut in afternoon (4,740 metres/15,450 feet), we take the opportunity to have an early night before our 11pm wakeup call later this evening.

The distance from Horombo to Kibo Hut is 10 kilometres (approximately 5-7 hours).
Accommodation
  • Mountain hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After being woken by our guides and served hot tea late in the evening on Day 5, we begin the last leg of the trek to the summit.

The trek begins beneath the stars as we zigzag our way up a large scree slope guided only by torchlight to reach Gilman's Point (5,685 metres). Hopefully we'll arrive in time to see breathtaking views of the sun rising behind Mawenzi Peak. This is the stretch that most people find the hardest, and you should be prepared for a very cold morning. However, the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields of the crater will make the early start totally worthwhile.

For those who still have the will and the energy, it is a further two hours along the rim of the crater to Uhuru Peak (5,896 metres), the highest point in Africa. From this peak, there are unforgettable views of the crater, the ice fields and the vast and distant East African plains below.

After photos and time to catch our breath we descend back to Horombo Hut for a well-earned rest.

The distance from Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak is 14 kilometres (approximately 6-8 hours); the descent to Horombo takes approximately the same amount of time.
Accommodation
  • Mountain hut (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we continue our descent through alpine meadows and rainforest to the park gate. The distance from Horombo to Marangu Gate is 20 kilometres (approximately 5-6 hours). In the afternoon, we can return to the Marangu Hotel for a relaxing shower – a real treat after the physical exertions of the last few days. Over a celebratory meal, relive and share your experiences of the past six days on the mountain.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
You are free to depart at any time on the final day of your trip. A transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport or a shuttle to Nairobi can be arranged locally. Please speak to your leader about this at the welcome meeting.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Mountain hut (5 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Kilimanjaro Complimentary Airport arrival transfer
  • Trek briefing
  • Complimentary sleeping bag, down jacket, and walking pole hire ( must be requested at time of booking )
  • Services of experienced English speaking mountain guides ( first-aid qualified ), cooks and porters ( a minimum of 1 guide to every 2 )
  • Porterage of 1 bag (15kg max)
  • Return transfers from hotel to park gate
  • Emergency oxygen and comprehensive first aid kits which our guides have been trained on by a UK world-renowned altitude specialist
  • Fully catered trek including National Park entrance fees, climbing fee, mountain huts & rescue services (6 days)

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Important notes

1. Passenger Self Assessment Form required for this trip.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip for days 1 an 7 only.
3. The cabins on the climb will be 4-12 person share.
4. Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
5. Please make sure you arrange your flights in order to arrive at the joining point hotel before 4pm on Day 1 in order to attend the very important pre-climb briefing and information session that is usually held before dinner.
6. Please see the Safety section of the trip notes for important FAQ's.

Essential Trip Information

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