DAY 1. Arusha – Marangu Gate (1,816 masl) – Mandara hut (2,740 masl)
Your first day of the hike to Kilimanjaro National Park through Marangu route will begin early in the morning 7:30 am after breakfast. Genius Expedition Safaris team will drive you for 2 – 3 hours to Marangu Gate. Your hiking adventure will commence soon after completing all the necessary registrations at the gate. After about 3 hours of hiking your will have your packed lunch at Kisambioni. After lunch you will proceed with your hike for a further 2 hours passing through the dense rain forest. On arrival at Mandara Hut you will rest before visiting Maundi Crater. The view of Kibo peak is amazing from here. You will then return to Mandara Hut where you will be accommodated for the night. You will be served with dinner prepared by Genius Expedition Safaris chief chef after which you will retire for the night.
Day 2 Mandara Hut (2,700 masl) – Horombo Hut (3,700 masl)
On day 2 you will be served breakfast by Genius Expedition Safaris chief Chef. After breakfast you will depart from Mandara Hut heading out of the rain forest into heather moorland. Our destination is Horombo Hut. The hike to Horombo Hut will take about 5 to 6 hours including time for lunch. During your ascent you will spot spectacular plants such as giant lobelia and the giant groundsel. At Horombo Hut you will relax and later in the evening you will be served with dinner then retire for the night.
Day 3. Horombo Hut (3,700 masl) – Zebra Rocks (4,020 masl) – Horombo Hut (3,700 masl)
Day 3 is an extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. After breakfast you will hike towards the Mawenzi hut passing the Zebra Rocks on the way. The hike will take about 3 hours up and 11/2 hours down. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization. This acclimatization day doubles the chances of a successful summit. You will then return to Horombo Hut for your dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 Horombo Hut (3,700 masl) – Kibo Hut (4,700 masl)
On day 4 you will proceed with hiking for 6 hours after breakfast. Our destination today is Kibo Hut. We will traverse the “saddle,” the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. After lunch and relaxation, dinner will be served early in the evening to allow adequate rest before attempting the summit the same night. Genius Expedition Safaris guides will brief you in detail on how to prepare for the summit night. You will spend the night at the Kibo Hut.
Day 5 Kibo Hut (4700 masl) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 masl) – Horombo Hut (3,700 masl)
At around midnight Genius Expedition Safaris will wake you up with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. Your headlamps, and the moonlight at times, will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point at 5,730 metres above sea level, reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak, where you can enjoy the sunrise over the roof of Africa. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film you will start the descent along the same route back to Horombo Hut where Genius Expedition Safaris team will be awaiting you with some snacks and refreshments. Later you will be served with dinner and retire for the night.
Day 6. Horombo Hut (3,700 masl) – Marangu Gate (1,816masl) – Arusha.
On day 6 our team will serve you with breakfast after which you will have a traditional farewell ceremony hosted by Genius Expedition Safaris team. You will thereafter start your descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate taking about 6 to 7 hours. On arrival at Marangu gate you will be signed out and awarded a golden certificate for summiting Uhuru Peak. You will then proceed to your hotel in Arusha for overnight stay before departing.