Marangu Route 6 Days

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

  • Distance: 7km
  • Hiking Time: 3 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. Once signed in at the park and final preparations are complete, we start ascending on a cleared ridge trail through the rainforest. Our first night is at Mandara Hut camp set in a forest clearing. This camp consists of a group of wooden A-framed huts and flush toilets behind the main hut.

Day 2: Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts

  • Distance: 12km
  • Hiking Time: 6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

In the morning we leave camp and trek through a short stretch of forest through to moorland, circumventing the base of the Maundi Crater. In the afternoon we will reach the Horombo Hut where will we stay overnight.

Day 3: Acclimatization At Horombo Hut

A day here provides an opportunity for you to acclimatize gradually to the altitude. There are a few walks you can make in the vicinity of the hut – the most popular of which is to the base of Mawenzi Peak, the dramatic eastern summit of Kili. This walk takes four to five hours (round trip), and will get you to an altitude of 4048m before you return to the hut – this will stand you in good stead later on. Overnight stay at Horombo Hut (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).

Day 4: Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut

  • Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Time: 5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Today we continue our ascent into the Alpine desert zone to Kibo Hut. This afternoon we will have an early dinner, prepare your personal gear for the summit and then get some sleep. Our summit trek starts around midnight.

Day 5: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

  • Distance: 21km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Stone screed and ice-capped summit and Moorland

You will be woken around 23:30pm, and after a hot breakfast we will start our final summit. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to Hans Meyer point (5250m). The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5681m) on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of scree. From Gillman’s Point we could encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. After taking photos at the summit we start the 3 hours descent back to Kibo Hut. After a short rest we pack up all your personal gear and trek down to Horombo Hut (3 hours). Tonight is our last night on the mountain.

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

  • Distance: 18km
  • Hiking Time: 6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

This morning we make our final descent down to Marangu Gate where we started. You will be taken for lunch and here you will receive your summit certificate to commemorate your great achievement. We will then drive you back to your hotel where we will say our farewell.

Included:

  • All park fees
  • National Park approved guides and porters
  • All government levies and taxes
  • Accommodation on the mountain (Three-man mountain tents used for two people, because only on all routes except for Marangu Route as accommodation is in huts.). Stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain.
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Transport from Moshi or Arusha to the Starting point of the mountain and return to your hotel

Excluded:

  • International Flights
  • Tips to driver, porters and guide
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Airport ($20/person one-way)
  • Climbing gear – sleeping bags, shoes etc.

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