Day 1 – Friday – 17 February 2017
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred to the Keys Mbokomu Hotel in Moshi. Overnight inclusive of breakfast.
Day 2 – Saturday – 18 February 2017
7 day/6 night Rongai Route hike up Mt Kilimanjaro. The Rongai route ascends up the northern side of Mt Kilimanjaro and down the south-eastern side. It is not so frequently used and as a 7 day hike it is doable for any novice hiker.
Nights are spent in high-quality 3-man alpine tents’ sleeping a maximum of two persons per tent (so there is space for your luggage too). All your supplies and camping equipment are portered up for you (tents, 20-25 mm compressed foam sleeping mats, awnings, stools, lights, etc), and your meals are prepared. Your personal baggage limit is 12 kg for the climb. South African tents and sleeping mats are supplied on this trip.
The guides employed are excellent (some have climbed Kilimanjaro over 400 times)! Each trip is led by a senior guide, with other guides in a ratio of approximately one guide per 2 or 3 climbers – if you are a bit slower than the rest or get ill and have to descend, a guide will always be with you.
Food served on the mountain is generally plain and wholesome, including a lot of carbohydrates, stews and soups, vegetables and fresh fruit. Vegetarians are catered for, but please notify us in advance. Wild Frontiers will send you the comprehensive Kilimanjaro Information Pack with booking which will include suggested gear, medical and training advice.
Rongai Gate (1,950 m/ 6,397.6 ft) – Simba Camp (2,650 m/8,694.2 ft) – FB
Walking distance: 7 km/ 4.3 miles
Walking time: 2 – 3 hours
Altitude gain: 700 m/2,296.6 ft
After breakfast you will be transferred by road (approx. 3-4 hour ride) from the town of Moshi to the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. The day’s climb takes you from the village of Nale Moru up to Simba Camp. The climb will take about 2 – 3 hours. This part takes you through the cultivation area of the mountain, where you can see how local farmers tend to their lands on the slopes, and the rainforest. The trekking pace is slow and very comfortable, ensuring you have enough time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a photo and nibble on your packed lunch that we provide. Overnight camping at Simba Camp.
Day 3 – Sunday – 19 February 2017
Simba Camp (2,650 m/8,694.2 ft) – Second Cave Camp (3,450 m/11,318.9 ft) – FB
Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles
Walking time: 3.5- 4 hours
Altitude gain: 800 m/2,624.7 ft
Start your hike after breakfast. The hike today is relatively easy taking you well into the Moorland. Enjoy fantastic mountain scenery en-route as well as splendid mountain vegetation. Camp at Second Cave Camp at 3,450 m (approx .4 hours hike).
Day 4 – Monday – 20 February 2017
Second Camp (3,450 m/11,318.9 ft) – Kikelewa (3,600m/11,811 ft) – FB
Walking distance: 9km/ 5.5 miles
Walking time: 4 –5 hours
Altitude gain: 150 m/492.1ft
Make your way over the gently rising moorland over several ridges to Kikelewa Caves, 3,600 m, approx. 4 hours. Optional afternoon acclimatisation hike.
Day 5 – Tuesday – 21 February 2017
Kikelewa (3,600m/11,811 ft) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,206 ft) – FB
Walking distance: 5 km/3.1 miles
Walking time: 3 hours
Altitude gain: 730 m/2,395 ft
Today you gain more altitude. The hike takes about 4 hours today to reach Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m). Option to do a short acclimatisation hike time allowing this afternoon at camp.
Day 6 – Wednesday – 22 February 2017
Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m/14,206 ft) – Kibo Camp (4,700m/15,419.9 ft) – FB
Walking distance: 9 km/5.5 miles
Walking time: 4.5 – 5 hours
Altitude gain: 370 m/1,213.9 ft
Depart for Kibo Hut, which will take you 4.5-6 hours to get to your camp for the night. The hike today takes you over the saddle between Mawenzi Peak and Kibo. The camp is at an altitude of 4,700m. Here you will need to rest early as the next day’s trek starts around midnight. The evening will be spent at Kibo Hut, where you will camp.
Day 7 – Thursday – 23 February 2017
Kibo Camp (4,700 m/15,419.9 ft) – Gillman’s Point (5,681m/18,638 ft) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,341ft) – Horombo Hut (3,720 m/12,204.7 ft) – FB
Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles ascent + 10 km/6.2 miles descent
Walking time: 6 hours ascent + 5-7 hours descent
Altitude gain: 1,195 m/3,921.1ft
You will be woken at around midnight with tea and a biscuit. You will be walking up scree for approximately 5-6 hours. The guide will stop frequently to rest and check on his group. The views from the mountain (on the way up) are spectacular – you gain incredible height over a short distance. You arrive at Gillman’s Point (5,681m), just at the top of the crater rim, have a rest – the sun should be rising now – remember to enjoy the view. From here continue the approximately 1.5 – 2 hour hike on a relatively easy path on the crater rim past Stella Point all the way up to Uhuru peak (5,895 m), the highest point in Africa.
You will descend from Uhuru Peak to Kibo Hut. Depending on the timing of your summit, you will be able to have a short rest here (maybe a sleep) and something to eat, before continuing down the Southern side (Marangu route) to Horombo Hut. Arrival at Horombo Hut (3,700 m) on the edge of the rainforest, late afternoon, overnight camping. Time to reflect on the day’s achievements.
Day 8 – Friday – 24 February 2017
Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,204.7 ft) – Marangu Gate (1,860m/6,102.3 ft) – FB
Walking distance: 19.5 km/12.1 miles
Walking time: 5-6 hours
After breakfast you will have a three to four hour pretty decent through the rainforest to the Park Gate, where you will sign out of the park for the last time, and the vehicle will meet you. There are generally beers and cokes for sale at the park gate. Transfer by vehicle to the hotel (approximately 1 hour drive) ready for an evening of celebration by the swimming pool. Your certificates are generally handed out by the guides (either at the gate or on occasion they may join you for a celebratory drink at the hotel). Overnight Keys Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 9 – Saturday – 25 February 2017
Today you should collect your race number from registration at Keys Uru Hotel, Uru Road. Spend the day relaxing at the pool or you may choose to go into the town of Moshi, where you can buy curios and have some lunch at one of the local restaurants. Day trips can be arranged at an additional cost.
Day 10 – Sunday – 26 February 2017
Kilimanjaro Marathon – RACE DAY
Transfers to and from the stadium will be provided for all Wild Frontiers clients. The Wild Frontiers Hospitality tent with shade and drinks will be provided exclusively to all Wild Frontiers clients at the finish.
Day 11 – Monday – 27 February 2017
Return transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight.