Day 1

On arrival allow 1-2 hours at the Park Headquarters at Marangu Gatefor registration and payment of fees. It is recommended that you start this walk to'Mandara, avoiding the rain showers that sometimes fail in the afternoon. From the gate, you ascend a cleared ridge trail, formerly a vehicle track to Mandara Hut. The cleared trail is the fastest wery to Mandara, but opportunities to see wildlife or enjoy the forest are limited due to the heavy foot traffic. An alternative is to ascend along the parallel forest trail and descend on the main trail. The forest trail branches off to the left, a few minutes after the gate, and follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth. About halfway (1 1/2 hrs from the gate) you can choose to cross the stream and rejoin the main trail, or continue on the forest trail. Both trails continue on opposite sides of the stream, merging about one hour before Mandara Hut.
Day 2 From Mandara Hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest and skirts the base of Maundi Crater, crosses a meadow and a woodland stream, then emerges into grassland. It is well worth the short detour to scramble up to the rim of Maundi Crater for a superb view of the mountain and its surroundings. The trail crosses numerous moorland ravines before ending at Horombo Hut, which is set in a rocky valley with a fine stand of giant senecios or groundseis.
Day 3 From Horomoo Hut there are two trails to the SaddIe. The right fork is verystony and eroded and is the most direct route to the saddle and Mawenzi. From the saddle (about 2 hrs from Horombo), there are trails to Mawenzi Hut (1/2 hr) or Mawenzl Tam Hut (2 1/2 hrs) and across the length of the Saddle to Kibo Hut (3 hrs). The left fork from Horombo Hut is an easier trail and emerges on the saddle much closer to Kibo and about one kilometer from Kibo Hut.
Day 4 The trail to the summit lies directly behind Kibo Hut to the west. It is normal to start this days climb at 2 am or ealier. (You can see the sun rise over Mawenzi from the top of Kibo, the loose stone scree Is frozen - making It easier to climb, and you can get back in good time). The first part Is an uneven trail whlch leads to the Hans Meyer cave, a good rest point. After that, the trail makes more regular switchbacks most of the way to the top, with a last scramble over rocks to Johannss Notch and Giliman's Point. From there, the trail continues along the rim past Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. As you descend the from the rim back to Kibo Hut, it is tempting to run fast, but this can result in clouds of irritating dust and even unpleasant falls. The return to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent.
Day 5 Descend from Horombo Hut. You can easily make Mandaral Hut by lunchtime, and continue to the Park gate and Marangu in the afternoon. The van and driver will be waiting to pick you up.


This Itinerary can be expanded to include a stop over in Addis Ababa or five day Safari either after or before the MT Kilimanjaro Marathon at additional cost. A $500 deposit is required. Please sign up as soon as you are sure that you are going so we can reserve your place. Call me with any questions that you might have. I am always very happy to hear from the runners interested in this exciting journey. Hope to hear from you soon.