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climb Mount Kilimanjaro
for Marie Curie

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure

Leave London on overnight flight to Nairobi.

DAY 2

Nairobi to Marangu

Arrive in Nairobi and take a one-hour flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. We are met by our guides and take a short transfer to our overnight hotel. Spend the afternoon relaxing and preparing for the challenge before we have dinner in the hotel.

DAY 3

Naromoru Gate to Simba camp - 2,650 m

We start early and take the three to four-hour drive round the mountain to Rongai, part of the way on a bumpy track. On arrival, we meet our guides and porters, and complete the park formalities. Our ascent begins from Naromoru Gate at 1,950 metres and we stop for lunch not long afterwards. We then trek through fields and into the forest. It is a three to four-hour trek and 700-metre climb through the forest. We camp overnight at 2,650 metres near the end of the forest line. There is a good chance we may see the colourful colobus monkeys on our way. If the weather is clear we should get good views across to Tsavo in Kenya.

DAY 4

Kikelewa camp - 3,678 m

After an early breakfast, we leave Simba camp and climb through the moorland, mostly on a narrow path, with some fine views over Kenya to the north. We trek for around 4.5 hours to a lava tube cave where we have lunch. We then take a 4.5-hour walk to Kikelewa Cave, a pretty campsite situated at 3,600 metres. 

DAY 5

Mawenzi Tarn - 4,295 m

On this steeper trek to Mawenzi Tarn at 4,295 metres, we climb 600 metres in four to five hours. We arrive for lunch at our next campsite, set in moraines in a glaciated valley with good views of the peaks of Mawenzi. Afterwards, we take a short acclimatisation walk to a higher altitude and return to camp.

DAY 6

Kibo - 4,700 m

We start at 7am with a five-hour trek to our next camp at either School Hut or Kibo Hut at 4,700 metres. We then make a five to six-hour trek across the saddle, an alpine desert between the volcanic peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. On arrival at 4,700 metres, we rest and prepare for the summit day.

DAY 7

Summit Day - 5,895 m

This is a long, challenging day during which we trek for up to 16 hours. We wake shortly after midnight and climb Kibo to Gilman’s Point on the rim of the volcanic crater. It takes about six hours and we arrive for sunrise. On a clear day, there are spectacular views over the savannah plains with the possibility of seeing Mount Kenya. We trek two hours around the rim for the final push to Uhuru Peak, Africa’s highest point. It’s a chance to see the glaciers and have your photo taken confirming your achievement. We go down the way we came back to Horombo Huts, where we camp at 3,700 metres. The four kilometre trek takes 4.5–7 hours and covers 2,200 metres.

DAY 8

Horombo to Marangu Park Gates

We descend from Horombo through the moorland and forest to the gate at Marangu, arriving at around 3pm. From here, we transfer to the Impala Hotel for a celebration dinner.

DAY 9

Depart for London

The morning is free to relax. After lunch in Arusha we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Nairobi and connect to our overnight flight back to the UK.

DAY 10

London

Arrive early morning.

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