6 DAYS - KILIMANJARO TREKKING
Day 1: January 2021: Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha Town.
Arrival pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and met by your Driver/Guide and our representative. We will take you to the Moshi town for dinner and overnight at Mount Meru Hotel (BB)
Day 2: January 2021: Kilimanjaro Climb – Arusha to Marangu Hut.
At 7:30 a.m., we’ll transfer to the Marangu Park Gate (5,950 ft. / 1,815 mt.). After registering with the park authority, we’ll begin our climb through the lush forest Coca-Cola. Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and many even see black & white colobus monkeys and Sykes monkeys as they hike along the knotted roots and mud on the forest floor. We’ll continue on to some heath land before reaching our overnight Hut at Mandara Hut (2720 m above the see level, 4-5 hours of walking), just above the forest zone. The trek is quite long, but not steep.
Day 3: 08 January 2021: Kilimanjaro Climb – Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.
Today’s segment of the ascent will continue across beautiful heath land and alpine moorland with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro Peak. We begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of Giant Heather and Erica. Scramble around large boulders as you enter the moorland zone, marked by lobelia and senecio plants, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards, which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. We’ll overnight at Horombo hut (3720m, above the see level 5-6 hours of walking).
Day 4: 09: January 2021: Kilimanjaro Climb – Horombo Hut full Day Acclimatization Mawenzi
We’ll draw nearer the peak as we get closer to the zebra Rock. The trek becomes a bit more strenuous as the trail steepens on the approach to the, Rocks Mawenzi a 300 foot tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet. In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Horombo Hut. Horombo Hut is set on a cool (flat area) enclosed on three sides with steep valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjaro), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Then we slowly ascend to our overnight stop at Horombo Hut(12,950 feet, 5-6 hours of walking). This day and the following day will be your acclimatization day.
Day 5: 10 January 2021: Kilimanjaro Climb – Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Day 6: 11 january 2021: Kilimanjaro Climb – Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
We’ll trek up through the Kibo Hut; the trail turns steadily uphill, following the Moorland to the Kibo hut. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Kibo Hut. Kibo Hut is set on a small exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight this night. Kibo Hut (4720m, above the sea level feet, 6-7 hours of walking).
Day 7: 12 January 2021: Kilimanjaro Climb – Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut
Just after midnight we start on a challenging trek (12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 12:30 to 1am, passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at point Gilman’s point cross Stella point. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. As dawn nears, we’ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the culmination of – and the reward for – 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. We’ll then descend back to Kibo Hut, resting for a while before continuing our descent to Horombo Hut (3720m, above the sea level, 3-4 hours of walking on the descent).
Day 8: 13 January 2021: Kilimanjaro Climb – Horombo Hut to Park Gate Marangu, transfer to Arusha
We’ll make our final descent to the park gate, a walk of about 3 or 4 hours. After bidding our farewells to our guide and porters, we’ll drive to Arusha. Dinner and overnight at Mount Meru Hotel (HB)