The summits of Mt. Kilimanjaro consists of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo 19,340 ft. (5,895 meters), Mawenzi 16,896 ft (5,149 meters) and Shira 13,000 fts (3,962 meters). The main route from Marangu is the most popular way up Kilimanjaro, the path meandering through lush rain forests on the lower slopes, and then moving higher through moorlands, rocky ravines and highland desert before reaching the summit. Whilst reasonable fitness is required, the schedule, trails and accommodation are designed to allow visitors to acclimatize easily.
- Ascend Kilimanjaro, the Roof of Africa, and behold stunning views from the summit
- Climb the Marangu Route, seeing diverse ecosystems from rainforest to alpine desert
- Join a team of local African guides who help you accomplish this amazing feat
Day 1: Departure
Depart USA, overnight transatlantic flight.
Day 2: Europe
Arrive in Europe early in the morning. This evening, leave on overnight flight to JKIA Nairobi.
Day 3: Nairobi
Upon arrival in the Morning, you are met by Ashford Tours & Travel Representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning is at leisure. In the afternoon you join on a City Tour of Nairobi that includes a visit to National Museum and the Snake Park. Then back to your hotel for overnight. Hotel: Nairobi Safari Club BB.
Day 4: Nairobi – Arusha
After breakfast in the hotel, you are transferred to Kenya-Tanzania border where you change vehicles. Then proceed to Arusha. Rest of the day is free for packing in preparation for the mountain climb. Hotel: Mountain Inn BB.
Day 5: Arusha – Mt Kilimanjaro
Your expedition starts today. Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park gate. Ascend, walking through the rain forest to MANDARA HUT lying at 9,000 ft/2750m. Stay overnight.
Day 6: Mountain climbing
Leave the glades of forest and follow ascending path on the open moorlands to HOROMBO HUT (12,000 ft/ 3,700 m). Stay overnight.
Day 7: Mountain climbing
Ascend past the “last water”, walking on to the saddle between the peak of Kibo and Mawenzi arriving at KIBO HUT at 15,000 ft / 4,700 m. Stay overnight.
Day 8: Mountain climbing
Early start for the summit on steep and loose slopes up to Gillman’s Point at 18,640 ft. 5869 m. The trek continues along the crater rim at Gillman’s Point to UHURU PEAK, giving magnificent views over the vast plains below. The highest point in Africa at 19,340 ft / 5896 m. From here you descend going straight down to HOROMBO HUT. Stay overnight.
Day 9: Mt. Kilimanjaro – Arusha
The day is spent in descending down to the park gates. Drive to Arusha for an overnight stay at Mountain Inn DBB.
Day 10: Arusha – Nairobi
After breakfast you are transferred to Nairobi where a day room waits for you at the Hotel Intercontinental. That evening you are transferred to the Airport for departure by an overnight flight to Europe.
Day 11: Transfer to USA
Arrive in Europe early in the morning. Connect to USA bound flight, arrive later this day.
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