DAY 1: Drive 2 hours from the Marangu gate to the Rongai Gate. Walk to Simba Camp at 2,650m, 3 hrs. The walk is initially through plantations then rain forest and finally bush country.
DAY 2: Walk to second Cave at 3,450m, 3½ hrs, through bush then heathers. After lunch, traverse through moorland over several ridges to Kikelea Caves, 3,600m, 3 hours.
DAY 3: Moorland then screes to Mawenzi Tarn Hut, 4,330m, 3-3.5 hrs.
DAY 4: Easy angled screes slopes lead across the Saddle to Kibo Hut, 4,700m, 4.5-5 hrs.
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.