Your Daily Schedule While on Kilimanjaro
Your day will start bright and early while on Kilimanjaro, with the wake-up call often coming while the sun is just starting to peek over the horizon. Our friendly staff will bring you hot drinks to your tent if you require a morning beverage before gathering with your fellow travelers for breakfast.
When exiting your tent at the start of the morning, be sure to dress in the appropriate trekking apparel for the day and pack all of the gear you’ll need in your daypack as well. Everything else should go into your duffle bag, which the porters will carry with them to the next campsite. While you’re eating your first meal of the day, they’ll be busy breaking down camp and preparing to hit the trail too.
After breakfast you’ll set out on the hike with trekking poles in hand and your daypack on your back. The guides will lead you along the trail, going at a moderate pace that will allow all of the hikers to slowly acclimatize to the altitude. You’ll spend all morning and a good portion of the afternoon trekking along the route, with occasional stops to catch your breath and eat some snacks. You’ll also take a nice long break for lunch too.
Throughout the day the guides will make sure that the entire group stays close to one another and that no one gets left behind. The trail is easy to follow and the group will stick together at all time. There is no rush and we’ll walk at a steady pace that allows everyone to take in the views along the way.
When we reach the campsite at the end of the day the porters will have already set up camp and your tent will be ready and waiting. You can climb inside for a quick nap before dinner or join some of the other members of the group in the dining tent for snacks, drinks, and conversation prior to our meal. After dinner, you’re welcome to spend more time in the tent if you like, but many trekkers are happy to crawl into their sleeping bags after a long and busy day.
This is a typical schedule for most days on the mountain, although it does change somewhat on summit day. When it comes time to head to the peak of Kilimanjaro, you’ll wake up around midnight and hit the trail, making your final push to the top. You’ll want to dress warm, as the high winds and colder temperatures can make the hike a chilly one. You’ll probably want to break out your base layers if you haven’t already.
It takes roughly 8 hours or so to reach the summit, depending on how much traffic there is on the trail and how strong the team is feeling. The group will stop to take occasional breaks along the way, but the aim is to reach the top not long after sunrise. After daybreak, you’ll truly be able to enjoy the views, most of which will have been hidden in shadows prior to that point.
The trek culminates at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5895 meters (19,341 ft). From there, you’ll be able to look for miles in all directions, while also getting stunning views of the volcano’s crater and the famed snows of Kilimanjaro. It will be a joyful and invigorating moment that will stay with you for the rest of your life, but the day won’t be over just yet. You’ll still have to descend back down the mountain, which will take an additional two or three hours. By the time you return to camp that afternoon, you’ll be more than ready for some rest.