6 Days Marangu Route

 

The Marangu route is perhaps the easiest and most comfortable way to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. The route is popular, well-developed and the climb is constant and moderate. The approach to the summit is the exception, however, and demands more from the body and mind. Accommodation is in dormitory style rustic huts that are more comfortable and sheltered from the elements on cold nights. This is the only route on the mountain where you do not sleep in tents.

Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Moshi

Arriving at Kilimanjaro airport, you will meet with our driver and drive into our hotel in Moshi. The rest of the day will be free. Relax at the pool or explore the small and picturesque town of Moshi. Later you will meet our operations team. Your gear will be checked and you will be briefed on what can be expected the next few days.

Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be collected and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After some paperwork at the gate, the porters will load the gear and your trek can begin. Soon you will find yourself in the misty forest – trees, ferns, flowers and birds abound. You might also see blue monkeys or the white-tailed black and white colobus monkeys. You will reach Mandara Hut after about four hours. After resting a while, you can walk to the Maundi Crater from where you will have views towards Kenya. Supper in the dining hall of Mandara Hut.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)

After an early breakfast you set off and soon you will be out of the forest. Continuing into a section of shrubs and grass – the moorland zone where you will stop for lunch on the way. Continue for a couple of hours to reach the bustling Horombo Huts at 3700m. The huts have great views over the farms and plains below.  You might start to experience the altitude: headaches, nausea. Drink a lot of water, eat well and rest.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: Horombo Hut – Zebra Rocks (4020m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)

Up and down. Today will help your body to adapt to the altitude. This section will improve your chance of reaching the summit. After breakfast, you will hike to the Zebra Rocks (4020m) named after distinctive black and white stripes of the rock formation. Returning on the same path, you will be back at Horombo in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore. Overnight again at Horombo Hut.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today’s section is long and uphill. The scenery changes into a moon landscape, barren and rocky as you cross the ‘Saddle.’ The piece of mountain was formed when the volcano erupted. The resulted lava flow now links Kilimanjaro’s two peaks – summit Kibo and Mawenzi.  If you experience headaches and nausea, these are symptoms of altitude sickness. Help your body cope by drinking water and walking slowly. You should reach Kibo Hut after about five to six hours. Supper will be served early so you can get to bed. Try to rest as you will need to be up and walking again by midnight.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today is summit day. You start out at night when the volcanic ash is still frozen and walking is easier. The mountain guide will wake you up and after some tea and snacks you will begin the slow trek to the summit. You will stop briefly at Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m. Continuing ‘pole pole’ you should reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) on the crater’s rim by sunrise. As you feel the warm rays of the sun, you will continue for an hour or more up to the peak. Standing here on Uhuru Peak at 5895m you are now on the ‘Roof of Africa’, the highest point on the continent. After a few photos and hugs, you will turn back. The descent is fast and dusty as the lava ash will now have thawed. After a few hours you will stop at Kibo Hut for snack and a rest. From there you will continue down to Horombo Hut (3700m) arriving in the afternoon. Eat well to replace lost energy and have good rest.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Marangu

The final leg of your Kilimanjaro trek passes along the same path that you ascended on – through the heather, red-hot pokers and shrubs of the moorland vegetation zone. You will stop for a cooked lunch at Mandara Hut (2700m).Soon, you will descend into the humid and green forest where you might spot the extravagant tails of the colobus monkeys. After a total time of six hours hiking, you should reach the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. Transfer back to the hotel in Moshi where a hot shower and fresh clothes, cold beers are waiting.

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8: After breakfast, you continue with your travel plans or take a transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport.

6 Days  Marangu route +2 nights hotel

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4-5 people
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$1 555 $ 1385 $1362 $1350 US$ 1302

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Price includes:

  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health check up, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • 2 nights hotel in Moshi one prior the climb and one after the climb(B/B)
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport and transfer to the entry and exit gate.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, mountain hut fees, and rescue fees.
  • All government taxes (VAT)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs of your personal gear.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.

Price excludes:

  • Airfares and taxes
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
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