— To First Cave 1950m to 2600m 6400ft to 8500ft About 4 hours Transfer by Land Rover/Land cruiser
(about 3 hours) to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1950 m). 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 (2600 m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
To Kikelewa Camp 2600m to 3600m 8500ft to 11,800ft About 7 hours The morning walk is a steady
ascent up to the Second Cave (3450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater
rim. After lunch, leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the
jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios near Kikelewa Camp
To Mawenzi Tarn 3600m to 4330m 11,800ft to 14,200ft About 4 hours A short but steep climb up grassy
slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Leave the vegetation
behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4330 m), spectacularly situated in a
cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the
surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.
To Kibo Camp 4330m to 4750m 14,200ft to 15,600ft About 5 hours Cross the lunar desert of the
‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4750 m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater
wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early
To Summit and Horombo Hut 4750m to 5895m (and down to 3720m) 15,600ft to 19,300ft (and down to
12,200ft) About 11 hours Begin the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb
by torchlight around 1 a.m. Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose
volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5685 m) Rest there for a short time to enjoy the
spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip
to Uhuru Peak (5895 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of
the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4700 m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment,
continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo (3720 m).
Moshi Elevation (ft): 12,200ft to 5500ft Elevation (m): 3720m to 1700m, Hiking Time: 5-7 hours After
breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m), the first
stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to
the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m). At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and
trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer
clothing handy). Transfer to Moshi.