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(Takes 5 – 6 Days, About 96 Kilometers)

Day 1

Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 5 Hours - Distance: About 12 Kilometers - Habitat: Montane Forest

The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate takes approximately 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

Day
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Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6 Hours - Distance: About 15 Kilometers - Habitat: Moorland

From Mandara Hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and emerging into transition from rain forest to moorland. After about 6 hours from here you arrive at the Horombo Hut where you will have hot washing water, an evening meal and an overnight.
Day 4 Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 Hours - Distance: About 15 Kilometers - Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast you will continue into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails, an upper route and a lower route. It passes the last watering point at 4130m, where you will have to replenish all your water bottles / flasks with as much water as needed until you return to Horombo Hut in two days time.
Day 5 Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 8 Hrs to Uhuru – 6 Hrs toHorombo - Distance: 6 Km ascent – 21 Km descend
Habitat: Stone Scree & Ice capped Summit

The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s Point (5861m), located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring both physical and mental alertness. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa, YOU MADE IT! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Day 6

Horombo Hut (3720m) –Marangu Gate (1980m)

Hiking Time: 6 Hours - Distance: About 27 Kilometers

After breakfast continue with your descent, passing the Mandara Hut down to the Marangu gate. At the Marangu gate you record your name and details in a register. This is where the successful climbers receive their Summit Certificates.




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