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Day 1: Arrive into Moshi overnight in Sprnglands Hotel.
Day 2: Marangu, to Mandara Hut
Early this morning, transfer by vehicle to the park entrance to begin your climb. The first day's hike is through the rain forest for a gentle 3-hour walk to Mandara. This can be done much faster but it is the first day of your climb and there is absolutely no point in rushing it. The slower the better for the eventual success of your Mount Kilimanjaro Trek. It is worth the gentle walk to enjoy the beauty of the scenery. Whenever you feel like it you can stop for your packed lunch. Once you do reach the hut it is likely that you will have time on your hands before the evening.
Day 3: Mandara, to Horombo Hut
The first half hour or so today continues through the rain forest after which you emerge into alpine meadow for the approximately 10-mile walk to Horombo. If the day is clear there are splendid views to be had of both peaks and also of the plains stretching away below the mountain. The vegetation around is also spectacular, especially higher up where you might see giant lobelia. As you go higher the vegetation thins and you may experience some of the effects of altitude, commonly shortness of breath.
Day 4: Horombo Hut
Spend an extra day at Horombo hut on the ascent. This day is usually spent walking up towards the saddle between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. The important point to remember about this extra day is not to become overtired by attempting to climb as high as possible during the day in the hope of becoming better acclimatized.
Day 5: Horombo, to Kibo Hut
After breakfast start the climb to Kibo Hut. At this stage you are closer to Mawenzi than to Kibo, and the climb appears to be taking you to the wrong peak. There is a more direct route to Kibo which the porters use, but it is not advisable on the ascent, as the route you will follow will assist in a more gradual acclimatization, and there is the added advantage of spectacular views of Mawenzi from just under the peak.
Day 6: Kibo Hut, to Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro!
You will be woken shortly after midnight with a hot drink, and then you put on all your warm clothing. The first part of the ascent to the Hans Meyer cave is quite indirect, going around large rock outcrops and it is not as steep as the latter part. The surface is loose and hard going and it is very important to pace yourself. After the cave the scree slope becomes extremely steep and you have to climb in a zigzag fashion. It takes an average of 6 hours to cover the 4 miles from Kibo Hut to Gillman's Point on the crater rim. If you are lucky you will see a fiery sunrise from behind Mawenzi.
Day 7: Hormobo, to Moshi Springlands Hotel
Today you complete the trip back to the Park Gate, still going slowly so as not to sprain an ankle nor twist a knee. Arrive back to the park gate at approximately 1:00 pm. Transfer by vehicle back to Marangu.
Day 8: Depart Moshi
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