A typical day during the Mt. Kilimanjaro trek
On a typical day on the mountain, you will be awakened from your tent around 6:30 AM by a staff member. Breakfast is usually served around 07:00 AM. Before eating breakfast, you should pack your day pack and duffel bag and bring them outside of the tent so the porters can take down the tent. Meals are served in a mess tent or occasionally outdoors. The mess tent includes chairs, tables, dinnerware and silverware. Your trek usually begins around 8:30 AM. The porters will stay behind to clean up the campsite, and pack up the tents and other equipment. A health check will also be performed in the morning. Your walking time differs from day to day, but on average your walking time will be around four to seven hours per day. Your guide will assess the performance of the group and will decide the pace and when to take a break. The porters move ahead of the group in order to prepare food, collect water, and set up tents so that everything is ready when the group arrives. The cook will prepare a hot lunch or occasionally a lunchbox.Dinner is served around 6:00 PM. Another health check is performed in the evening. The guide will discuss the next days hike with the group after dinner. The rest of the night you can spend relaxing and enjoying the experience.

Summit Day
The summit day is tough and usually takes around 10 to 17 hours. It starts very early in the morning (around midnight), because the guides usually want to reach Uhuru peak at sunrise. After a light snack or breakfast at the camp, you will start your summit. It will be dark, cold and windy. The slope will be steep and the climbing will be difficult at times.
The team of Moana Tanzania guides will be with you every step of the way to assist you during your ascent. Short breaks (usually less than ten minutes) will be taken along the way and you will have a quick snack and enough drinking water. This is to make sure the climbers stay energized and hydrated but do not get cold by standing/sitting still. The guides will regularly check to see how everyone is doing and offer a hand to those who may need extra help.
Once you reach the summit, some time is spent celebrating and taking photos, before returning to Kibo hut/Barafu camp. You will be served a lunch and after the lunch, you will descent to a lower camp. This is usually when climbers become very tired, due to the long hike and the short night’s sleep before summit day. This totally normal and our guides will make sure to keep the spirits up.

 

What should I wear on summit day?
On the top, the four clothing layers typically consist of: base layer, soft jacket, waterproof jacket, and down jacket. For those who get cold easily, an additional base layer or soft jacket might be a good addition. On the bottom, the three clothing layers typically consist of: long underwear, hiking pants, and waterproof pants. Some hikers might need a fourth layer, fleece pants, but this is rarely needed. Gaiters are optional (great for reducing the wind). Wear gloves on your hands and a warm hat on your head. If it is extra cold and windy, use a balaclava or neck gaiter over your face.

Temperature during the summit
At the Mount Kilimanjaro summit the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 C). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountaincreates its own weather patterns. This makes it hard to predict the weather. To see up-to-date weather forecasts of Mt. Kilimanjaro, we advise you to check mountain forecast websites such as https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-
Kilimanjaro/forecasts/5963