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Summiting Kilimanjaro is an attainable goal by following the Marangu route. Used by most climbers, it has comfortable, mountain huts accommodations with solar power lighting along the way. This is classified as a moderate trek rather than a climb and is suitable for those adventurers who are not particularly experienced in the mountains, but you must be relatively fit. The views from Gillman’s Point as the sun rises behind Mawenzi on a clear morning are absolutely magnificent. The Rift Valley, Mt. Meru and the Masai Steppes stand out from the endless plains, almost three vertical miles below.
Sep 11 / 12 - Depart the USA (depends on air schedule)
Detailed AFS Trip Tips with air options emailed to participants to follow. These tips provide all you need to know! Air is easy roundtrip to Kili.
Sep 13 - Arrive Kilimanjaro – Land portion begins. D (Meals)
Welcome to Tanzania Africa! You will be greeted at the Kilimanjaro airport by our guides and transferred to Springlands Hotel, located in Moshi Town. These are the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and the perfect spot for starting our Kili expedition. Enjoy the property’s pool or bar and just relax. Today, you will have an extensive briefing by your guides about what lies ahead as you climb the tallest free standing mountain in the world!
If time permits for tours - Optional – An area tour which includes waterfalls, a culture visit to the local village and a tour of coffee plantations or Boma Bush Dinner with the Masai.
Overnight: Springlands Hotel (B) Tanzania J8CV+R9 Moshi, Tanzania +255 766 011 73
Sep 14 – The Kilimanjaro Experience begins! BLD
After breakfast, we head to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate which lies at the edge of Marangu and an elevation of more than 6 thousand feet above sea level. After completing our registration formalities, we start our upward trek, climbing 3 to 5 hours through a beautiful, unspoiled forest, enjoying lunch along the way. The forest finally opens up to a clearing and our accommodations for the night - Mandara Hut – located at almost 9,000 feet. (We provide your sleeping bags and mattresses.)
Mandara includes a group of 'A' frame wooden huts which feature comfortable dormitory style rooms. Water is piped onto site from a spring above for clean water as well as flush toilets. There is plenty of birdlife to enjoy as well as some monkeys near the huts. You can rest and enjoy the beautiful forest or perhaps take a short hike to take in the volcanic remains of the nearby Maundi Crater. (Avg. 5 miles hiking 4-5 hours at 2700m)
Overnight: Mandara Hut
Sept 15 - Trek to Kifunuka and back to Mandara hut for overnight (1st Acclimatization Day) BLD
Everyone needs at least one extra day to rest to greatly enhance your chance to make summit. . After breakfast, we begin our first day of acclimatization. trek to Kifunuka and back to Mandara hut for overnight.
Overnight: Mandara Hut
Sep 16 - Trek to Horombo BLD
Today, we have a 4 to 6 hour trek ahead of us. The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and in clear weather, there are breathtaking views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. It’s a steady climb ahead through the moorland zone, containing giant heathers and flowering herbs called groundsel. We eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo - almost 2 and a half miles above sea level.
Here, we truly get the sense of being above the clouds. The Horombo huts are similar to Mandara, but this is a larger complex. Here, too are spring fed waters piped in to handle water as well as the toilet facilities. Sunrises and sunsets are often spectacular, and the site is close to the strikingly beautiful glaciated dome of Kibo. (Avg. 6-hour hike, 7 miles to 37,000m)
Overnight: Horombo Hut
Zebra Rocks - There’s no need to pack today because it’s all about getting acclimatized. You can take in some sightseeing, but it’s important to use this time to have our bodies get used to the altitude so the rest of the trek will be easier. Our past groups found this to be crucial.
We’ll walk up the southern slopes of Mawenzi, to get some of the best views possible of Kibo as well as a gorgeous panorama overlooking the wild and inhospitable desert of the Saddle. We also visit places such as the strange Zebra Rocks -rocks streaked over the centuries by water until they resemble the flanks of a zebra.
Overnight: Horombo Hut (3,800m)
Sept 17 - 2nd Acclimatization day - Horombo Hut BLD
Overnight: Horombo Hut (3,800m)
Sep 18 - Saddle Between Mawenzi and Kibo BLD
We climb very gradually towards what looks like a lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. During the 5-hour hike, the terrain changes to broken rock fragments known as scree as we experience the sense of high altitude wilderness. Our goal is to reach Kibo Hut by midday. Located at an elevation of almost 3 miles, it is at the bottom of the crater wall.
Kibo is a stone-built block house with a small dining area and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor. At this elevation and the water has to be brought in.
We’ll spend the remainder of the day resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! (Avg. 6-8 hour hike, 6 miles to 4703m)
Overnight: Kibo Hut
Sept 19 – Summit Day - Uhuru Peak! BLD
A long day, but so worth it. We have an 11 to 15-hour day ahead of us, starting our ascent by flashlight at about 1 AM. The goal is to reach Gillman's Point by sunrise. The initial climb is over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags. A slow, but steady pace will have us up to Gillman's in about five or six hours. We will rest there and take in the goosebump-inducing sunrise, looking out over the world three miles below.
(If you are up for it, you can make the additional three-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. Elevation there is over 3 and a half miles and you will pass close to spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area.)
Then – it’s time to start heading back down. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for the night. (Avg. 6-8 hour hiking 10 miles to 5895m or 19,340’)
Overnight: Horombo Hut
Sept 20 – Final Descent Horombo to Marengo Gate BLD
Today is the victory lap! We head down towards Mandara, with rocky terrain giving way to green, lush forest. We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk down to the National Park gates. (Avg. 5-7 hour hike, 12 miles at 12,000 to 6000’)
After we finish the climb, we are picked up and head back to Springlands Hotel for overnight and an AFS farewell celebratory dinner with your certificate of completion.
Overnight: Springlands Hotel
Sep 21 - You made it! It's time to reward yourself for all the hard work with a little R&R.
Time for rest, relax and explore. Guide will provide ideas. Our past groups loved visiting to Kili Animal CREW sanctuary for wildlife interaction. Following breakfast, we are transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for our departure flight. You will land home Sept 22.