Day 4: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
Horombo hut (3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 15 km's
Habitat: Alpine desert
Elevation change: + 980 m
The climb is becoming more difficult as the oxygen at these altitudes begins to thin out considerably. To begin today you can take one of the two trails to the "Saddle", located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. We usually stick to the lower route, which is much easier and has the added benefit of taking you past the last watering point. You should stock up with all the water you will need - the next watering point will be at Horombo hut when you return there on your descent the night after next. Once again remember to take it slowly and drink enough water. It will take from 5 to 7 hours to reach Kibo Hut where you will rest and have dinner. This is a barren area of extreme conditions, with temperatures at night sometimes dropping to below freezing point and daytime temperatures being relatively high. Kibo hut is a large stone dormitory house split into several sleeping rooms with bunk beds. There is no water supply at this hut. There are toilet facilities behind the hut.
Spend time this afternoon preparing your equipment as you will be making your final ascent tonight. You will need your ski-stick and extra thermal clothing for your summit bid - also ensure that your headlamp and camera batteries are in order and make sure you have spare sets of batteries available as well. Carry your water in a thermal flask otherwise it will freeze later. Make sure you are in bed by 7:00 pm - you will need all the sleep you can get before your very early wake up call in only four and half hours time.
Day 5: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
Kibo hut (4700 m) - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) - Horombo hut (3720 m)
Hiking time: 10 hours
Distance: About 27 km's
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Elevation change: + 1195 m, - 2175 m
Today will by far be your toughest day, you will be woken just before midnight and soon head off into the cold night up a rocky path towards to the Hans Meyer Cave at 5150 metres - you may take a short rest here before continuing your ascent up to Gillman's point at 5680 metres. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route as it is very steep and stony - go slowly and carefully here. From Gillman's Point, you will more than likely be walking through snow for the next 2 hours, when you will finally reach the summit of Uhuru Peak at an altitude of 5,895 metres above mean sea level.
Cold and fatigue will set in quickly here and you may find it very difficult to get started again. So spend a short time enjoying the fact that you have conquered Kilimanjaro, get the camera out and take some pictures, then it will be best that you get moving again - it's a long way down! The first part of your descent to Kibo hut will take almost another 3 hours. After a short rest you which will be accompanied with a hearty breakfast, you will begin the next part of your descent - it will take another 3 hours of hiking to get to Horombo hut. We arrive at Horombo huts in the afternoon and have a hot hut lunch and a rest. Later we enjoy dinner and spend the night there. You will no doubt have a good sleep, feeling exhilarated and rightly proud of your achievement.
Day 6: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
Horombo hut (3720 m) - Mandara hut (1980m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 27 km's
Habitat: Moorland + Rain Forest
Elevation change: - 1740 m
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, you continue your descent passing the Mandara huts, down to the Marangu gate - this will take the best part of six hours. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register so the park authorities know you have arrived back safely. To make your achievement official, you will receive a summit certificate. If you reached Gillman's Point you will be presented with a green certificate, and if you made it all the way to Uhuru Peak you will have earned yourself a gold certificate. We drive you back to your hotel where you have certainly earned a long hot shower and a drink or three to celebrate before getting a decent night's rest in a comfortable bed.
Day 7: Arusha or Moshi
Departure day. If you would like to book additional nights please inform us as early as possible. We will arrange for you to be transferred to the airport or you may join a Kili Base Adventure safari and continue your holiday exploring the world famous games parks of Tanzania.