Rongai Trail head (6562 ft) to First Cave (9449 ft)
Elevation gain: 2887 ft Distance: approx. 5 miles Time: 4-5 hours
Your first day's walk is a gradual ascent through the farms of Nalemuru and into the rain forest. You'll camp in tents near the First Cave and will be rewarded with some of the best views of Kilimanjaro.
First Cave (9449 ft) to Third Cave (12,713 ft)
Elevation gain: 3264 ft Distance: approx. 6 miles Time: 7 hours
As you cross the beautiful moorlands today, you will pass by Second Cave on your way to your campsite at Third Cave. You'll have fantastic views of both Kilimanjaro and Mawenzi as you hike.
Third Cave (12,713 ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (14,206 ft)
Elevation gain: 1493 ft Distance: approx. 7 miles Time: 4-5 hours
The trail begins to get steeper as you head in an Easterly direction towards Mawenzi Tarn. Here you have an excellent view of Mawenzi (4958m)
Mawenzi Tarn Hut (14,206 ft) to Kibo Camp (15,400 ft)
Elevation gain: 1200 ft Distance: approx. 5 miles Time: 5 hours
Today you will cross through what is known as "The Saddle", between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. The area is devoid of vegetation, with many small rocks dotting the landscape. You will rest at your campsite before making your summit attempt.
Kibo Camp (15,430 ft) to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft)
Elevation gain: 3,910 feet Distance: approximately 4 miles Time: 5 - 7 hours
Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft) to Horombo Hut (12,205 ft)
Elevation loss: 7135 ft Distance: approx. 14 miles Time: 6 - 8 hours
This is the longest day. You begin your ascent at around 12:00 am. The path up to Gilmanís Point, zigzags back and forth along a gravel path. After Gilman's Point you follow the crater rim over to Uhuru. The train can have snow and ice and there are a few parts that require care as you pass a rocky outcropping. After a few victorious photos, itís time to head back down to Kibo Hut for a short rest before making your way down to Horombo Hut.
Horombo Hut (12,205 ft) to Marangu Gate (6004 ft)
Elevation loss: 6201 ft Distance: approx. 11 miles Time: 6 hours
Enjoy your last views of the mountain as you descend through the moorland and rain forest zones on your way to Marangu Gate. The rain forest section is spectacular, and may even offer views of some of the local monkeys. At the gate, you will receive your completion certificate if you made it to Gillmanís Point or Uhuru Peak. Then itís back to the hotel for a hot shower and a dip in the swimming pool.