Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro international Airport

Arrival at JRO airport and transfer to your Hotel for Dinner and Overnight Nakara Hotel Marangu.

Day 2: Marangu to NaleMuru to Simba Camp

After breakfast at your hotel you will meet up with your porters and guides and transfer to Rongai Gate where you will complete registration procedures. The climb begins from the village of NaleMoru at around 1950 meters. Today’s walk is about three to four hours, beginning on a small path that winds its way through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. A gradual ascent through attractive forest brings us to the edge of the moorland zone at around 2600 meters. Extensive views over the Kenyan plains will be a highlight of today’s camp. Note that it can be wet in the rainforest. The night is spent camping at Simba Camp. 6,400 ft / 1,950 m to ~8,650 ft / ~2,600 m 3-4 hours 4 miles Meals: BLD Overnight: Simba Camp

Day 3: Simba Camp to Second Cave

After breakfast, you will set off at around 8am to head up to the Kikelewa Caves. Today your walking time will be about six to seven hours. From your overnight campsite a steady ascent is made up to ‘Second Cave’ at 3450 meters. Here you are rewarded with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields of the crater rim. Leaving the main trail after lunch, we travel across the moorland on smaller paths towards the jagged Mawenzi peaks. Tonight we camp at Kikelewa Caves at 3800 meters. 8,650 ft / 3,800 m to 11,320 ft / 3,450 m 3-4 hours 4 miles Meals: BLD Overnight: Second Cave

Day 4: SecondCave to ThirdCave

Today’s walk is a shorter one at three to four hours but involves some steeper sections. After leaving camp a short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by a real sense of wilderness and stunning all round views. The vegetation zone is left behind shortly before we reach our next campsite at Mawenzi Tarn at around 3450meters. 11,320 ft / 3,450 m to 12,700 ft / 3,870 m 4 hours Meals: BLD Overnight: ThirdCave

Day 5: Third Cave to Kibo Camp

Hike to Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and a very early day! 12,700 ft / 3,870 m to 15,600 ft / 4,750 m 5 hours Meals: BLD Overnight: Kibo Camp

Day 6: Kibo Camp to Summit and Horombo Huts

Begin the final and by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb beginning around 1 am. Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic screen to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point. Rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to UhuruPeak, the highest point in Africa. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast to the final campsite at Horombo. 15,600 ft / 4,750 m to 19,340 ft / 5,895 m 19,340 ft / 5,895 m to 12,200 ft / 3,720 m 6-8 hours / 5 miles for ascent 3-4 hours / 6 miles for descent Meals: BLD Overnight: Horombo Hut

Day 7: Horombo Huts to Moshi/Arusha

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest paths to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi . Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration! 12,200 ft / 3,720 m to 5,500 ft / 1,700 m 5-6 hours / 11 miles Meals: BL Overnight: In Hotel at Moshi or Arusha

Day 8: Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport, B.

PRICE INCLUSIONS

Transport from the hotel to the mountain and back to the hotel All airport transfer Sleeping tent and mattresses on the mountain Meals as indicated above (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Dining tent on the mountain All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, government taxes and all applicable fees and taxes. Services of a Professional Leading Guide who is medically trained, certified, licensed and English speaking. Services of English-speaking assistant guide (s) and enough number of porters for your luggage, food, and water, and a skilled cook. Flying doctor Drinking Water Hyperbaric chamber

EXCLUSIONS

- Personal travel insurance - International and domestic flight - Visas - Expenses of a personal nature - Tips and Gratuities for guides and porters - Sleeping bags, personal day bag and mountain clothing