DAY 1: Drive to Marangu Gate. Walk through the rain forest to Mandara hut (2,743m, 4 hours).

DAY 2: Leave the forest and cross open moorland to Horombo hut (3,760m).

DAY 3: Rest and acclimatization day at Horombo Hut. Day walk to Zebra Rocks or to Mawenzi Hut. This day can be omitted.

DAY 4: Walk through moorland then alpine desert to “The Saddle” between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you will walk for about an hour to reach Kibo hut (4,730m).

DAY 5: Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman’s Point (5,681m), which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo Hut and then down to the thicker air and relative warmth of Horombo hut.

DAY 6: Descend to Marangu gate.