There are a handful of routes to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro but many guide services attempt to get their teams to the top in 4 days. This route is one that will allow you to acclimatize well and also see different aspects of this great peak. You will start on the north side of the mountain from a town called Loitoktok in Kenya. From there you will be driven to the Rongai Gate and to the Nalemuru trailhead at 6500 feet. This is where you'll meet your guides and porters and begin the climb. Camp 1 is at 8700 ft about four miles up the trail making it a relatively short hike to reach the campsite. The climb on this day is through a large area of cornfields created by Tanzanian squatters at the edge of the park, then a brief incursion into a thin band of forest before the trees turn into tall scrub. Your guides will be working with you to find a slow pace that you can sustain all day (and night) for the summit day.