It is referred to as the tourist route because of services available on the way to the summit. Unlike other routes, this route has low success rate because many unfit people attempt Kili trek via this route and fail. It is a popular route and accommodation is in huts. Many trekkers prefer it. It is also beautiful, the easiest and shortest route. Ascent and descent are done on the same path.

Accommodation in huts as indicated in the itineraryProfessional English-speaking guide
Personal porterMeals as indicated in the itinerary
Drinking waterTransfers as indicated in the itinerary
Rescue fees National park fees
Accommodation in Arusha at the start and end of the tourVisa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
Beverages other than waterSleeping bag (can be rented, please ask us at the time of the booking)



Day 1

Arusha – Marangu Gate (1840m) – Mandara Hut (2670m): Gear, food, equipment and backpacks will be loaded after breakfast and you will set off to Marangu Gate (1 840 m) in the Kilimanjaro National Park. After registering at the park authorities you will start your trek through the forest. Gradually walking uphill, you will see and hear birds and monkeys, maybe spotting black and white colobus monkeys. You should reach Mandara Hut (2 650m) after about four hours walking. The rest of the day is free; relax or walk to the Maundi Crater to look out towards Kenya. Supper tonight will be a hot cooked meal with soup, meat and vegetables. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Mandara Hut (2670m) – Horombo Hut (3720m): Up early today. After breakfast you will ascend above the treeline and notice how the vegetation changes with the higher altitude. More scrubs, less trees. Today’s section will take between four and six hours before you will reach Horombu hut. This overnight spot has great views of the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks and towards the Masai plains. Have a cup of hot tea and a snack when you arrive and rest for the rest of the afternoon. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Horombo Hut (3720m) – Zebra Rocks ( 3980m) –  Horombo Hut (3720m): Today will be a return trip to Zebra Rocks. Ascending to higher altitude will help your body adapt to the height according to high altitude trekkers’ motto of “climb-high, sleep-low”. Acclimatisation is important to prevent altitude sickness. So, after a leisurely breakfast you will head out towards the aptly named Zebra Rocks. After about four hours you will return to the hut where a hot lunch waits. Rest and drink enough water as this will also help your body cope with the altitude. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m): Today will be a long day. You will pass the ominous-sounding ‘Last Waterpoint’ and then cross the Saddle. This piece of rock is actually a lava-flow formed when Kili was still young. It has now solidified and connects two of Mount Kilimanjaro’s three peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo. After about six hours of hard work, you will reach Kibo hut where hot drinks will be waiting. Eat as much as you can, drink lots of water and go to sleep early as you will need to wake up around midnight to start your summit attempt. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m): It will still be dark when you will be woken up with hot tea and some biscuits. Put on your warmest gear and headlamp and follow the string of lights slowly ascending towards the top of Kilimanjaro. The volcanic ash will be frozen and with the guide’s encouragement you will pass Hans Meyer cave at 5 200 m. A few hours later – at around sunrise – you will reach Gilman’s Point (5 715 m) on the edge of the crater. Well done! Keep going for one to two hours and you will reach the top. Uhuru peak at 5 895m is the highest point on the Kilimanjaro Massiv. You will have a few minutes for photos and hugs, before the descent starts along the same path. It will be dusty now as the ash will be defrosting. Soon you might start to feel relieve of the altitude and cold and before long you will be at Kibo hut (4 700m) where a hot meal waits. You will rest for an hour before continuing downhill. After a few hours you will reach Horombo Hut (3 720m). Here you will have supper and stay for the night. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1840m) – Arusha: Feeling a bit stiff? This is your last day on the mountain. The last stretch passes through heather and shrubs to Mandara Hut at 2 670m. You will rest and have a hot lunch here. Now you will descend into the forest with its cool, moist air. After about six hours hiking, you will reach the park gate (1 840m) and say goodbye to the porters and cooks. You driver will now return you to the hotel where fresh clothes, hot showers and something cool to drink will be waiting. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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