Day 1: Rongai Gate to Simba Camp
Today, we’ll depart the hotel early and start the 3 hrs drive to Rongai Gate at 2100m via several villages. At the gate, we will have lunch and complete the registration. After registration and lunch we will commence the 7 km trek to the first cave campsite at 2635m. Part of the route is dry and dusty, and it’s teaming with wildlife in the rain forest zone. The walk will take 4 hours walking to the 1st cave, where we will camp and overnight.
Day 2: Simba Camp To Third Cave Camp
Your morning walk is a steady ascent up to the third cave. Enroute you will enjoy superb views of Kibo and Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
Day 3: Third Cave Camp To School Hut
Today you will walk up to school hut (4717m). Here, we will camp and overnight at Kibo Hut.
Day 4: School Hut To Uhuru Peak Via Junction With Kibo Hut Route
We depart the camp after breakfast and trek to School Hut at 4717m. The walk today is at a lower pace due the altitude. The path is steep and rocky at points which is rewarded with superb views of Mawenzi Peak. The walk will take 4 hours maximum to Mawenzi Turn Hut campsite where we will camp and overnight. This day, we’ll have an early dinner and prepare for ascending to the summit.
Day 5: Uhuru Peak - Descend To Horombo Hut
We’ll wake up at around midnight and commence the climb with a scramble on rocks before trekking up the scree slopes to Gilman’s Point. We will rest for a few minutes, get a hot drink and catch our breaths, before making the final trek to Uhuru Point via Stella Point at 5732m. After experiencing the view from the top of the mountain and taking photos, we will descend down to base camp where we will rest for 1 hour and then descend down to Horombo Hut where we will camp and overnight. This is a real hard day, so we will take 13 to 15 hours.