The most popular of the routes up Kilimanjaro and probably the easiest way of reaching Uhuru Peak.
Day 1: From the Marangu gate you walk 3 - 4 hours through the fascinating rainforest to the Mandara hut at 9000ft close by the Maundi crater for overnight.
Day 2: The climb to Horombo hut start off as a steep walk through the last of the rain forest and out into tussock grasslands. The walk to Horombo Hut 3,720m (12,200ft) is about 14 km with attitude gain of about 1,000m and will take anything between 5 - 7 hours.
Day 3: From Horombo Hut you will climb to Kibo hut 4,703m, (15,430 ft) which is 13 km and take about 6 - 7 hours up then valley behind the huts, last water point and onto Saddle.
Day 4: The attempt to reach the summit begins shortly after midnight. For some 5 hours one climbs the steepest and most demanding part of the route to Gilman's point at 18,640 ft on the crater rim. The remaining 45 minutes to the highest point - UHURU PEAK are easier. Then descent is far less tiring, and the night is spent at Horombo Hut.
Day 5: The descend continue past Mandara Hut to the Park Headquarters where successful climbers may now collect their certificate of achievement.