When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1

Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 7


 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1Moshi

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Moshi and head to the hotel. Attend a pre-departure meeting with the local guide to go over last minute details of the trip.

Please note: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour you will be advised of any amendments.

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

 
Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Moshi/Mandara Huts

Hike through the forested, lower slopes to Mandara escarpment.

Most days the hiking will begin early in the morning, with hikes of around 5 to 6 hours. The guides will set a moderate pace, so as to allow for time to acclimatize to the altitude changes. Guides will continually repeat the words, “pole pole” (po-ly, po-ly), which means “go slowly” in Swahili.

 
Private Vehicle
Moshi – Marangu Gate45m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Marangu Gate – Mandara Huts4h-5h8km

Walk 4 hours to the Mandara Hut (2743m, 8999 ft) after registering at the gate. The slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro are classified as rainforest zone so there will likely be rain in the afternoon while travelling under the lush canopy. Enjoy the view while hiking through the lower terrain and possibly spot some of the exotic wildlife in the area. The Mandra Hut has sleeping bunks, running water and flushable toilets. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Mandara Huts/Horombo Huts

Hike through the heather and moorland zone to Horombo Hut.

 

 
Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Mandara Huts – Horombo Huts6h-8h11km

Continue up through the upper rainforest zone and reach the moorland zone at 3000m (9842 ft). In this zone plants grow to outrageous heights like the giant lobelia and giant groundsel that can reach up to 5m (16 ft). Enjoy the view of the semi-alpine zone's plants and ravines. Reach Horombo hut (3720m, 12205 ft) and get some rest.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Horombo Huts/Kibo Huts

Proceed onto the Kilimanjaro Saddle, through a desertlike alpine zone, to Kibo Hut.

 

 
Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Horombo Huts6h-8h10km

Start the slow trek through the heathland and enter the alpine desert zone. Because of the increase in altitude, hike a slow pace today to allow time to get acclimatized but pay attention to any signs of altitude sickness. The ascent to the saddle of Mt Kilimanjaro is between the peaks of Kibo and Mwenzi, get a great view of Kibo after crossing the saddle. Rest for the night at Kibo Hut (4703m, 15430 ft) and prepare for the upcoming hike to the summit. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Kibo Huts/Horombo Huts

Night hike to the summit via Stella Point. Appreciate the beautiful sunrise from the roof of Africa, then descend back to Horombo Hut.

 

 
Kibo Hut to Summit
6h-8h6km

Wake up just after midnight to start climbing to the summit. Gillman’s Point (5861m, 19229 ft) on the crater rim is easier to reach when the scree slope is frozen so the climb is best done before daylight. The view of the sunrise from the summit is also worth the early start. From Gilman’s Point, continue on to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. 

 
Summit to Horombo Huts Camp
Uhuru – Horombo Huts5h-6h15km

Take a quick moment to enjoy the view and celebrate a successful climb before starting the descent to Horombo Huts Camp. Enjoy a well-deserved rest during the last night on the mountain. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Horombo Huts/Moshi

Descend the mountain, passing through villages and plantations on the slopes en route to Moshi.

Transfer by shuttle bus to Moshi and spend the night in deserved comfort.

 
Horombo Huts Camp to Marangu Gate
Horombo Huts – Marangu Gate5h-6h20km

Continue the descent to the Marangu Gate, passing by the Mandara escarpment on the way. Enjoy the easier descent and hikers who successfully reached Uhuru Peak will receive a summit certificate.

 
Private Vehicle
Marangu Gate – Moshi45m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities - Day 6

 
Moshi Mamas Massage
Moshi

Want to revive sore muscles with a relaxing massage? Have the Moshi Mamas come to your hotel and indulge in a 30 min massage after completing your hike to the roof of Africa! The Moshi Women’s Cooperative is a project supported by G Adventures, which provides business education to local women.

Accommodation

 
Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch
 

Day 7Moshi

Depart at any time.

Tour ends at approximately 8:00 am. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast
 
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