07.30 hrs: Depart Nairobi via Arusha (immigration and customs) arriving Moshi at around
16.00hrs. Overnight at Springlands Hotel.
Depart from your hotel, drive straight to Marangu National Park gate, where the climb begins (1860m) on the edge of the mountain forest. Walk through the semitropical dense rain forest, with camphor, cedar, juniper, wild olive and pillar trees festooned with lianas lichens and Spanish moss. Flowers of various species delight the eyes, while monkeys shake trees and touracos and other colourful forest birds sing in the forest profusion.
The walking takes 4 hours covering 9 km to Mandara Hut, at 2744m near Maundi Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.
Starting early in the morning towards Horombo Hut, you walk 5 hours to cover the first 4 km or so. The dense rain forest now gives way to the rolling moorland, clothed in knee-high gross tussocks dotted here and there with giant heather trees, some standing up to 9 m high.
Here is perhaps the most pleasant point, where the landscape looks nice with flowers etc., and the sun is refreshingly warm. From here, both Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks are magnificently viewed. Some animal species are found here, i.e. bush duikers etc. Here again the landscape becomes more rugged and rocky, now you arrive at Horombo Hut, and at 3761 m above sea level.
Dinner and overnight at the Horombo Hut. You should good place to buy ambien online have warm clothes due to strong winds here.
After breakfast, continue to Kibo Hut through the euphorbia trees and here high altitude causes difficulty in breathing and tiredness is felt.
The path leading you to Kibo Hut passes the water streams and skirts MAWENZI before opening out into the lunar landscape of the saddle. It forms a “U” between MAWENZI and KIBO Peaks. You will have covered 13 km, walking 6hrs from Horombo Hut, and you will be 4732 m above sea level. You will experience the winter night as cold and icy winds encircle the huts accompanied by frost and snow. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.
Walk up early after midnight for the final attempt on the summit, Walk for about
5 hours, the steepest and most difficult part of the route, to GILLMAN’S POINT, at 5681m above sea level, on the Crater rim. Try again, if your stamina allows, for UHURU Peak, reached in about
2 hours. This is the highest point in Africa. After signing the visitors book, descend to Horombo Hut, for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, descend to the MARANGU NATIONAL PARK Gate, meet your driver, drive back to Moshi. Overnight at Springlands Hotel
After breakfast, depart for Nairobi by shuttle bus arriving Nairobi at around 18.30 hrs.