Day 1: Rongai Gate (Nalemoru) To Simba Camp

Drive to the attractive wooden village of NaleMoru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains

Day 2: Simba Camp To Second Cave

The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater’s rim.

Day 3: Second Cave To Third Cave

Today we continue our hike from the Second Cave to the Third Cave.

Day 4: Third Cave To Kibo Hut

Hike to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and a very early start!

Day 5: Kibo Hut To Summit, And Down To Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am),we  commence the climb to the summit on steep, heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater’s rim (elev. 5700 m/18,700 ft). We then ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek, with many switchbacks. Going slowly–“pole pole”–and keeping an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 6: Horombo Hut To Trail Head, Drive To Moshi

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. The descent continues through lush forest paths to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be adequate clothing (but keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Our vehicle will meet you at Marangu Gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).


  • Overnight stays in mountain Huts
  • Professional, experienced mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides’, Porters’, and Cooks’ salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking waters

Not included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation outside of trekking route
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb, etc.)