Arriving Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to hotel in Arusha or Moshi for dinner and overnight.


We depart Moshi or Arusha for Momella Gate in Arusha National Park for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins in open grassland with an armed ranger as the possibility of seeing wildlife – giraffe, zebras, antelope, elephant and buffalo – is high. Our hike on the Southern Route takes us through the rain forest to Maio Waterfalls and Fig Tree Arch until we reach Miriakamba Huts, situated in a grassy glade.

 Momella Gate to Miriakamba Huts

  • Elevation: 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft
  • Hiking Time:  4-6 hours
  • Distance: 14 km | 9 miles
  • Habitat: Rain Forest


Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts

  • Elevation: 8,250 ft to 11,712 ft
  • Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
  • Distance: 6 km | 3 miles
  • Habitat: Heath

We continue climbing through the rain forest until we enter the heath zone accompanied by giant heather and other moorland vegetation. Along the ridge of the saddle, we have views of Mount Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. After arriving at Saddle Huts, there is an option to hike to the top of Little Mount Meru for superb views and to further aid acclimatization.


Saddle Huts to Summit to Miriakamba Huts

Saddle Huts to Summit

  • Elevation: 11,712 ft to 14,977 ft
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Summit to Miriakamba Huts
  • Elevation: 14,977 ft to 8,250 ft
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Distance: 6 km | 4 miles
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Distance: 12 km | 7 miles
  • Habitat: Heath

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our climb to the summit. The trail is steep to Rhino Point and then Cobra Point. The path continues along the ridge of ash and rock to the summit – Socialist Peak. Here we enjoy magnificent views of Kilimanjaro and the sunrise before returning to Miriakamba Huts.


Miriakamba Huts to Momella Gate

  • Elevation: 11,712 ft to 4,921 ft
  • Hiking Time: 2-4 hours
  • Distance: 7 km | 4 miles
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we descend quickly through the tropical rainforest to Momella Gate. At the base of the mountain, our vehicle will meet us and drive us back to the hotel in Arusha or Moshi.


Departure day to Kilimanjaro International Airport


  • All National park fees
  • Hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Meals on the mountain on full board basis
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfers to and from the gate


  • Tip for crew
  • Personal insurance
  • Any other items of personal nature.
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