KILIMANJARO DAYLIGHT SUMMIT CLIMB
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
8 days / 7 nights
From $2999 per person sharing
2 nights hotel accommodation
5 nights tent accommodation
Porterage (you carry a small backpack only)
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Experienced mountain guides
Private departures: Daily
Summiting Kilimanjaro is achievable by anyone who has a good level of fitness, a positive attitude and, most importantly, the right guides. The feeling at the summit is indescribable; a huge sense of accomplishment and newly found confidence in your own ability.
On this variation on the Rongai Route trek, you will ascend at a slow, deliberate pace to enable your body to adjust to the altitude. You will avoid the feared Barranco Wall. Most importantly, you will start your summit push at dawn and walk during the day to avoid climbing in the dark, and crowds enroute and at the summit.
Your guides will monitor your condition to ensure that you are in good shape to continue safely. Hearty meals and plenty of time to rest enable you to enjoy the experience and finish strong.
Day 1 Moshi
On arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night. A climb briefing and equipment check will be held before dinner.
Stay: Local hotel TBA (D)
Day 2 1st Cave Camp
Register at the Marangu park gate and transfer (approximately 2 ½ hours) to the Rongai trailhead. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle 5 mile hike through beautiful country. The first night's camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 metres.
Stay: Camp on mountain (B,L,D)
Day 3 3rd Cave
The trail continues up towards Kibo, reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Today's hike is about 6 - 7 hours.
Stay: 3rd Cave camp (B,L,D)
Day 4 Mawenzi Tarn Camp
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Your hike today is about 3 - 4 hours. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Stay: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (B,L,D)
Day 5 Kibo Hut
Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around 4am.
Stay: Kibo Hut Camp (B,L,D)
Day 6 Summit Day
Depart around 4am after some tea and biscuits. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring physical and mental effort. It is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.
Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Take photos, admire the view and pat yourself on the back before descending to Kibo hut. Enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Stay: Kibo Hut Camp (B,L,D)
Day 7 Moshi
After breakfast continue your descent (8 hours) to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate receive your summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates.
Drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and a celebration!
Stay: Local hotel TBA (B,L)
Day 8 Depart Kilimanjaro
Transfer back to Kilimanjaro for departure..