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At the first day you have to drive about 2 hrs. through Kilimanjaro in the morning the semi-tropical foothills to Marangu area which situated on the south-eastern side of the mountain. As you drive, there is usually some admirable view of the snow-capped peak of the mountain. On arrival at Marangu gate, you meet your team of guides and porters, pick up any last minute supplies for the trek, and head to the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park to register for the climb.
From the cluster of buildings at the gate it is some four to five hours walk through patches of coffee plantation and dense rainforest to Mandara Hut. The forest teems with brightly-coloured bird life, colobus and other varieties of monkey. The flora includes numerous mosses, lichens and flowers, as well as delicate orchids. If the skies are clear you may have fine views over the town of Moshi lying at the boundary of the plain far underneath. Mandara Hut is a collection of basic, A-frame mountain huts with bunk beds - quite adequate for your needs - where you inevitably meet up with fellow trekkers who are bent on the same goal. Overnight stay Mandara Hut - 1 night enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The second day on the mountain beginning with a steep climb all the way through the last envelop of rainforest, while this soon gives way to rolling alpine pasture scattered with giant heather. Once upon a time you depart the forest covering, Kilimanjaro twin peaks - snow covered Kibo and rocky Mawenzi - which lie straight in front, dominating the skyline. In additional when you cross a zone of open heath with stunted vegetation, before emerging onto bleak moorland. Today you gain roughly 1,000m in altitude, and your walk can take anything from five to seven hours - depending on your pace. Tonight you stay at Horombo Huts - another collection of buildings similar in style to those at Mandara - which offer shelter and basic accommodation to those on the mountain. Overnight stay at Horombo Hut - enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
At that day provides you an opportunity to get to know yourself more and more to the altitude. Statistics show that an adaptation day like this effectively doubles the chance of making it to the summit, so this time is well spent! The day is not exactly wasted as there are a few walks you can make in the surrounding area of the hut - the most popular of which is to the base of Mawenzi Peak, the spectacular eastern summit of Kili and it takes four to five hours in our tour, and will get you to reach altitude of 4,600m earlier than you return to the hut - this will stand you in good stead later on. Overnight stay at Horombo Hut- enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The countryside becomes with time more rocky and uneven as you leave the everlasting flowers and other bizarre alpine plants behind. Giant groundsels and lobelias appear in the sparse moorland. Today's trail up to Kibo will again take anything between five and seven hours. Skirting Mawenzi Peak, cross a stark, almost lunar landscape onto "The Saddle", a broad tundra desert between the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you start to get unbelievable views of the upper reaches of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Hut (4,705m), a dry stone walled hut with dormitories and restricted facilities. Tonight you prepare for tomorrow's final beating - THE SUMMIT. Repacking to leave any supplementary items with the porters; you need to summon all your energy to get to the summit so there is completely no point in carrying anything you don't need! An early night is imperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles, and then have time to get back down to the hut. Overnight stay at Kibo Hut for 1 night.
Enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Its long and demanding day! The guides wake you soon after midnight and you start out in darkness, zigzagging up a long scree slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of day the scree is still frozen which makes it easier to walk on! After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer's Cave which is named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889; where he found the remains of a frozen leopard.
The gradient gets steeper and three hours on this is the hardest stretch of the ascent, you should reach the crater rim at Notch. From here it is a short scramble to Gillman's Point - 5,685m in time for crack of dawn. Your reward is the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi - the profusion of colors and shapes make all the suffering seem worthwhile! For those who still have the energy and drive, it takes another couple of hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak 5,896m. Your fall approximately 3 hrs retraces the route back down past Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut for a well deserved rest. Overnight stay at Horombo Hut for 1 night: enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The pace quickens as you continue your triumphant way back down across alpine meadow and past Mandara Hut through the rainforest to Marangu Gate where you board the vehicle for the journey back to Arusha. Breakfast and Lunch are included in this day
- 5 nights budget camping accommodation.
- Meals: Full Board - Breakfast, Hot Lunch or Picnic Lunch and Dinner while on Safari.
- All Transfers and Transport, Park Fees, Hotel Accommodation.
- Game viewing activities as stated in the above tour/safari description.
- Services of a Safari Driver/ Guide.
- Safari tent, Safari cook and camping supplies.
- International air fares.
- Any required Visas.
- Travel Insurance.
- Items of a Personal Nature.
- Tips and Gratitudes to Safari Staff.
- A warm sweater as the nights can be chilly at high altitudes.
- Comfortable shoes.