DAY 1. To Simba Camp (First Cave).
Distance;- 4miles, walking Time 3-4hours.
Transfer by 4WD to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru. After park formalities you will begin hiking on the wide path that winds through maize fields and potatoes before entering pine forest.
The track then starts to climb, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety 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. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 2. To Second Cave.
Distance;- 4miles, walking Time3-4hours.
The morning walk is steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
DAY 3. To Third Cave.
A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb views and tangible sense of wilderness. You leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn(4330m). The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization(3-4hours walking).
DAY 4. To Kibo Camp.
Hike to Kibo campsite at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall. The remain of the day is at leisure in preparation for the final ascend before a very early night.
DAY 5. To Summit and Horombo Hut.
Distance;- 5miles, walking Time 11-13hours-Ascent and down 3720m about 3-4 hours-6miles.
Begin the final and by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 1am. Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s point(5685m/18,650ft). Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hours around trip to Uhuru Peak passing close to spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs, that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and after some refreshments continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo.
DAY 6. To Marangu Gate.
Distance;- 11miles, walking Time 5-6hours.
After breakfast, a steady descend through Moorland to Mandara Hut(2700m/8858ft), the first stopping place at Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Marangu Gate. 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 gears and warmer clothing handy).
Receive your summit certificate at the Park Gate, a vehicle will meet you at the Marangu Gate/village to drive you back to your hotel.