30 September 2016
This seven-day adventure takes you to Uhuru Peak at the summit of Kilimanjaro. Along the way you'll see unforgettable sights, from valleys filled with giant lobelia to strange, moon-like desert landscapes, and have the thrill of standing at the highest point in the whole of Africa.
Your tour begins today as you're met in Arusha town or at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to the town of Moshi, known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro.
After breakfast and a short tour briefing, you'll head to the Marangu Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park and begin your climb with a four-hour walk through thick rainforest to the Mandara encampment, where you'll spend the night.
Today you will continue your ascent through the forest to the heather and moorland zone at roughly 3,000m (approximately a six-hour walk), from where you can enjoy stunning views of the mountain peaks. You'll spend the night at Horombo Hut, in a picturesque valley surrounded by giant lobelia and groundsel.
Today you'll continue past the final watering point and onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro, between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. At approximately 4,000m you'll notice the vegetation thinning out, as you enter a desert-like zone often described as looking like a lunar landscape. Soon Kibo peak will come into view. You'll spend the night at Kibo Hut, a comfortable stone building.
Today's climb begins shortly after midnight, both because it's easier to climb the scree slope to Gillman's Point while it is frozen and in the hope of completing the six-hour trek to the summit in time for sunrise. From Gilman's Point, it is a further two-hour round trip along the crater's edge to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5,895m. After time at the summit to rest and take in the views, you'll begin the journey downhill to Horombo Hut, where you will spend your last night on the mountain.
Today you'll continue your descent past the Mandara encampment to the bottom of the mountain, where you'll receive a certificate to commemorate your achievement before transferring to a base hotel in Moshi for dinner and your overnight stay
After breakfast, you'll be transferred back to Arusha town, where your adventure comes to an end.
Standard fr £1391pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated