Probably the more popular route on Kilimanjaro, this route offers hut accommodation at all 3 camps. The route starts at the Marangu Parks Gate (1 800 m) where a well defined path heads into the rainforest until it reaches camp 1 – Mandara Hut (2 727 m) on the rainforest belt. Maundi Crater (2 800 m) is about a 15 minute walk from camp and is worth a visit.
On the second day there are gorgeous views of Mawenzi (5 149 m) and the south-eastern slopes of Kilimanjaro. These views dominated the sky line all the way to camp 2 Horombo Hut (3 720 m). Expect temperatures to drop below freezing with a possibility of frost in the mornings. An extra day for acclimitisation is highly recommended and allows for a hike to Mawenzi Hut (4 600 m). On route to Mawenzi you will pass Zebra Rock, one of natures miracles youll see along the route. As you proceed along in a northerly direction, youll reach a junction where there is a memorial plaque to Loretta Mae Hendricks who lost her life on the mountain in April 1979.
From this point you can view The Saddle and the south-eastern slopes of Kilimanjaro. The steep scree path ascending to Gillmans Point (5 685 m) is also clearly visible. This extra day is highly recommended and can increase your chances of reaching the summit. Camp 3 – Kibo Hut (4 703 m) is reached after a hike through the semi-desert landscape of The Saddle. On summit night you will follow a winding rocky footpath to Hans Meyer Cave (5 150 m).
After passing the cave you continue up the steepest section that zigzags to Gillmans Point (5 685 m). From Gillmans Point (5 685 m) you continue along the crater rim to Stella Point and eventually Uhuru Peak (5 895 m) the highest point on the African continent.