Day 1: Arrive at KIA and transfer to Moshi Town
After you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met by Maasai Wanderlust representative and be transferred Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar in Moshi Town. In the evening there will be a briefing with our chief guide, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.
Day 2: Rongai Gate- Simba Camp (2,364m-2,671m)
After breakfast, you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's northern entrance: Nalemuru Gate. After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Simba Camp. Remember not to hurry and always keep a comfortable pace "Pole pole". By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you.
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness. This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:-
Day 3: Simba Camb- Second Cave Camp (2,364m- 3450m)
Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart from Simba Camp to start trekking towards your second high altitude camp: Second Cave Camp (3,480 m). This route is rather easy and will only take around 3 hours, so when you reach the camp you will still have ample time to rest and explore the surrounding area. After lunch you will have a couple hours to rest, followed by an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m) on a stretch of the Rongai Route at a short distance with a 100-meter gain in altitude, after which you will hike back down to Second Cave Camp.
Day 4: Second Cave Camp- Kikelewa Camp (3450m- 3600m)
After breakfast you will begin trekking to Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m), where you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest (barring cloudy weather). This will be a relief day, so after lunch you will have time to sleep before the next trekking towards Mawenzi Tarn Camp. In the evening after dinner the guide will check health conditions of the each person of the group and give the necessary instructions for tomorrow's trekking.
Day 5: Kikelewa Cave- Mawenzi Tarn Camp (3,600m- 4,315m)
After an early wakeup and breakfast, the start of trekking to Mawenzi Tarn Camp through the high Kikelewa valley is relatively short but steeper. Magnificent and dramatic closer views of both Mawenzi and the ice field on the crater rim. The vegetation zone becomes very dry and ends shortly before you reach desert like around Mawenzi Tarn beneath the towering Mawenzi summit, Kilimanjaro's second summit. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and a two-hour rest, after which there will be an acclimatization hike towards Mawenzi Volcano with a 200-meter gain in altitude, followed by a hike back down to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, where you will have dinner in the evening.
Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn Camp- Kibo Camp (4,315m- 4,720m)
This day will be spent trekking towards Kibo Summit Camp (4,700 m). The landscape will change significantly to give way to a rocky semidesert. The actual trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid strenuous activity, and drink as much as you can, because that very night you will be ascending Uhuru Peak(5,895 m).
Day 7: Kibo Camp- Uhuru Peak- Horombo Hut (4720m- 5895m- 3,720m)
Wake up around midnight and have breakfast before you start hiking up into the night on the steepest and demanding part of the Kilimanjaro. If you are lucky enough, the moonlight will light your steps up on the northwest through the most challenging heavy loose scree and boulders trails all the way to Stella point. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. At Stella point, you will have a short rest and welcome a new dawn with amazing and stunning sunrise. Then continue to Uhuru Summit, the highest point in Africa and the world’s highest freestanding peak where you create memories of lifetime. Take time to celebrate with your fellow trekkers, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Camp (3,720 m).
Day 8: Horombo Hut- Marangu Gate(3,720m- 1,879m) – Moshi Town
Wake up and have an early breakfast as usual, then pack your belonging and descent to Mandara hut. At Mandara, you will have lunch before you continue descending through the most beautiful cloudy, foggy and lush moorland forests to Marangu Gate. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates. After tipping and saying welfare to your mountain crew, you will be transferred back to Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar in Moshi Town.
Day 9: Departure
Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport or prolong your stay in Tanzania for Safari or luxury and relaxation holiday in Zanzibar Island.