Note that this is not a stand-alone tour offered by ElderTreks. Extensions are optional additions that we offer to extend some of our already great adventures.
• Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain
• Reach the famous Uhuru Peak
• Includes 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
• Includes services of a guide, cook and porters
• 7 land days
• Start and finish in Moshi
• Activity Level: 5+
Kilimanjaro's snow-capped peak at 19,345 feet rises up from the surrounding plains and is regarded by many as one of the most magnificent sights in Africa. It is a traveler's dream to climb to the summit and watch the sun rise over the East African Bushland. Climbing from hut to hut, the African landscape unfolds in all its majesty down below. The goal for many is Uhuru Peak, the pinnacle of the climb. For those born of an active spirit, our Kilimanjaro climb is designed to satisfy.
The Marangu Route is the most popular route to trek up Kilimanjaro. It's a well-travelled path through the rainforest at Marangu Village, into the heath and moorland, and then into the alpine desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, and on to the crater rim at Gillman's Point, which only half of all trekkers reach. It is a relatively smooth trail, winding through some beautiful scenery, which changes quite dramatically every day.
The route is done typically in five days, and is physically challenging for most people, because the time to acclimatize is very short, and the overnight trek to the summit requires mental and physical toughness. We take an extra day at Horombo Hut, to help with acclimatization, and also to witness the beautiful scenery. On the optional acclimatization day, there is a trek to the base of Mawenzi, at nearly 15,000 feet (4,600 m).
Accommodation is in A-frame style huts on this route, and all huts except Kibo have toilets and running water, as well as other public campsite facilities.