Karibu – welcome – to Tanzania. Our driver will meet you at the airport outside of Arrivals and bring you to The Vijiji Center for dinner and overnight, as well as a briefing with your mountain guides.
Trek Day 1
Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
(Elevation: 1860m to 2715m; Duration: 5 to 6 hours)
Enjoy an early morning breakfast with your mountain guides and then travel to the Marangu Gate (approximately 3 hours away) where your guides will handle the registration and entrance fees for trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mountain porters will take all the necessary food and equipment for you – all you will need to carry is a small daypack with essentials such as water, your lunch and extra clothing. Once through the gate, you begin your trek, walking 10 kilometers through lush montane forests to Mandara Hut, where you’ll have dinner and overnight.
Trek Day 2
Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
(Elevation: 2715m to 3705m; Duration: 6 to 7 hours)
After an early morning breakfast at Mandara Hut, you’ll spend the day trekking to Horombo Hut, a distance of approximately 12 kilometers. The hike takes you out of the forests and into the moorland, an ecosystem unique to Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will have dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.
Trek Day 3
Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Peak
(Elevation: 3705m; Duration: 4 to 5 hours)
Today is a day to acclimatize to the elevation. Your guides will take you on a hike from Horombo Hut to the base of Mawenzi Peak (about 3 hours up) and then back down to camp (about 1 hour down) for dinner. All meals today are prepared at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a good night’s sleep before for your next day of trekking upwards to the top of Kilimanjaro.
Trek Day 4
Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
(Elevation: 3705m to 4730m; Duration: 7 hours)
Breakfast is early again this morning, followed by a day’s trek to Kibo Hut, with views of Uhuru and Mawenzi Peaks. You’ll have dinner and catch a few hours of sleep before beginning your ascent to Kibo Peak at the top of Kilimanjaro.
Trek Day 5
Kibo Peak Summit
(Elevation: 4703m to 5895m; Duration: 7 to 8 hours)
Your ascent to Kibo Peak begins shortly after midnight so you arrive at the summit in time to see the sun rise over East Africa. After watching the sunrise, celebrate your success with your team, take some amazing photographs, and then descend to Kibo Hut for breakfast. After breakfast, you hike back down to Horombo Hut, for dinner, overnight and a well-deserved rest!
Trek Day 6
Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
(Duration: 7 to 8 hours)
After breakfast at Horombo Hut, you begin your downward journey back to the Marangu Gate where you will be met by our driver and transported back to The Vijiji Center in Arusha for hot showers and a freshly prepared dinner! Congratulations!
Departure Day - Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari
Karibu tena Tanzania!
After breakfast, relax at The Vijiji Center or, for an additional charge, take one of our cultural tours before our driver takes you to the airport for your return flight. Karibu tena Tanzania!