Kilimanjaro summit climb


Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of those events in your life that will live with you for ever. It is a journey for the soul through some of the most beautiful scenery. It does not require any technical expertise, but does require lots of determination. Shrouded in mystery, the name Kilimanjaro is said to have varying interpretations, from "Mountain of Greatness" to "Mountain of Caravans." There is a word in Swahili, 'kilima' which means top of the hill and an additional claim is that it comes from the word "kilemakyaro" which, in the Chagga language, means "impossible journey". Some argue that the word 'njaro' refers to a demon of the cold. But whatever the meaning, the image of Kilimanjaro is that of a large, looming mountain, situated on the equator, yet covered in ice.
Price per person sharing from $1665 - $1707.00
Travel Dates: 1 - 31 August 2018


Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro

Day-2: Marangu Gate  - Mandara Hut (2700m)

Elevation: 1,860m to 2,700m
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
We leave Moshi town at about 0900hrs for Marangu Gate and start hiking between about 10h30 and 12h00. The route takes one through a thick rainforest from the park gate to Mandara Hut. Dinner is served during the early evening in communal dining areas.

Day-3: Mandara Hut - Horombo Huts (3700m)

Elevation: 2,700m to 3,700m
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath Zone
This morning we start out towards Horombo Huts on a route that will take about 5-6 hours. The climb will take us through the heath  zone  with small shrubs being the main vegetation. At our lunch stop about half way up, we will get stunning views across to Mawenzi. We will arrive at Horombo Hut around 15h00 with Kibo crater summit already in view.

Day-4: Horombo Huts  - Kibo Huts (4700m)

Elevation: 3,700m to 4,700m
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath Zone
Wake to breakfast as usual. Pack and begin the hike to Kibo Huts. The first half of the day's hike traverses the upper heath zone while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. It is here that you may begin to feel the first effects of altitude with shortness of breath and irritability, assuming it had not taken effect earlier. The day's hike should take 6 to 7 hours, stopping half way for lunch.


Elevation: 4,700m to 5,895m to 3,700m
Distance: 24 km/14 miles
Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
Habitat: Alpine Arctic to Heath Zone
Wake around midnight and prepare for the summit ascent. This part of the hike is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Kilimanjaro Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. Leave at about 1:00am and reach Gilman's Point at about 7:00am. The climbers are met with views of the crater from Gilman's Point. Another 2 hours of hiking will bring you to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft) at about 8:30 am. From there you descend back to Kibo Hut, collect your possessions and cross the saddle again at Horombo Huts where you spend the night.

Day-6: Mandara Huts

Elevation: 3,700m to 1,860m
Distance: 20 km/12 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest Wake as usual, pack and then descend along the same route to Mandara Huts for lunch, before hiking down Marangu park gate where you will be met by your transport back to Moshi. You should reach the park gate around 14h00. Those climbers who climbed to Gilmans Point (5700m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates for your Marangu Route climb on Kilimanjaro.


After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for you flight home.

End of the services

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person sharing and are subject to change until paid in full.

Price per person sharing for 2-5 people            : $1705.00
Price per person sharing for 6-10 people          : $1665.00

Price Includes:

  • Transfers from the airport to hotel and return
  • Return transfers to the park gate
  • All park fees
  • The climb
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Hut fees on the mountain
  • Kilimanjaro park rescue fees
  • Eating utensils
  • Two nights accommodation in Moshi on a bed and breakfast, twin / triple share basis.
Price excludes:
  • International flights
  • Required airport taxes
  • Visa's
  • Vaccinations
  • Porters tips
  • Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.  
  • Ratio of porters per climber: 2/3 to 1


Tour must be paid in full at time of booking

Price applies to a minimum of two people per person sharing and excludes single supplements where they may apply.

Price applies to tours taken between 1 - 31 August 2018, subject to availability


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