Marangu Route 6 Days

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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.

Additional information

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro route gate
Government taxes
Sleeping mountain tents
Double layered Sleeping Mats
Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Filtered water throughout the trek
Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
Hot Water For Wash

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

International flights
Items of a personal nature
Tips for the mountain crew
Laundry Services
Travel insurance
Visa fees
Personal expenses not included in the itinerary
Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic beverages
Laundry Service
Trekking equipment not included in the itinerary (clothing, footwear, portable toilets and tents, accessories)

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