Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route

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This is without a doubt one of the classic mountain adventures and anyone can do it. Our experienced and qualified guides will lead your party to the top of the mountain - the Marangu route is reputed to be the easiest of the available routes. Accommodation is in comfortable mountain huts meaning less camping equipment which lowers the porterage costs; making it the most affordable route.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut Meals: B L
The actual hike begins at the park gate (6,000 feet) and we hike 5.5 miles up to Mandara Hut (8,860 feet) near the upper edge of the forest line. The hike takes about 4-6 hours. The path is interesting, starting off through rain forest vegetation, then opening up to giant heather. If time and weather permit, a short walk from Mandara to Maundi Crater is worth the effort. Accommodations here, as well as at Horombo, are in wooden A-frame huts that sleep 4 to 8.

Accommodation: Mandara Hut
Day 2 - Mandara Hut to Horombo Meals: B L D
Today the destination is Horombo Hut at 12,200 feet. It takes a good 5-6 hours to cover the 10-mile journey and we often get our first views of the Kibo summit. The trail is strenuous and slippery and takes us clear of the forests and out onto the moorland. It passes beneath the rocky southern face of Mawenzi-one of the three volcanoes that make up Kilimanjaro. Rainfall in this region is frequent.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut
Day 3 - Horombo to Kibo Hut Meals: B L D
Another long hike, this time up to Kibo Hut at almost 15,500 feet. Although somewhat shorter in distance, this usually takes 7 hours because it is steeper and the altitude slows everyone down. The route passes directly up onto the Saddle, a wide, flat area with the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi looming overhead. Views from here can be fantastic. The last part of the trail passes across the arid plateau before ascending to Kibo Hut. Kibo Hut is a stone hut with rooms that sleep 10-15 people in bunk beds. We will have a light dinner, and turn in early for any sleep if possible. The guides give a little pre-climb talk after dinner.

Accommodation: Kibo Hut
Day 4 - Kibo Hut to Gilman’s to Uhuru to Horombo Meals: B L D
We are awakened at about midnight, and have tea and biscuits in preparation for the climb ahead. The guides try to get everyone ready to climb as quickly as possible, leaving between 1:00-1:30 a.m. Starting off, the trail swings back and forth up a steep scree slope and the ambience is bitterly cold. The summit climb is an event you will not forget, with the night sky full of stars and only your breathing to help focus your mind. Most climbers arrive at Gillman's Point, elevation 18,635 feet, in time to enjoy sunrise at around 6:30 a.m. The views from the top looking down on the plains of Africa make it all worthwhile. Some climbers decide that they have reached their goal and head down from here. For those who still have some fight in them, the true summit at Uhuru Peak (19,340 feet) is an additional 3 hours' round-trip. The descent from Gillman's Point is fairly rapid, taking about 2 hours. Most climbers take a short rest at Kibo Hut before descending to Horombo Hut for the night, arriving in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut
Day 5 - Horombo to Marangu gateMeals: B L D
Today involves a long 14-mile hike back to the Marangu gate and park's headquarters. We will stop at the hotel, pick up our gear and drive to our hotel in Moshi. It is a welcome treat to sleep in a comfortable bed, take a hot shower and celebrate the climb with a meal and some drinks. Relax - there will be no climbing tomorrow!

Accommodation: Moshi Hotel
Day 6 - Depart Meals:
Today you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport where your tour will end. It might be the end of your Kilimanjoro expedition but you will have some memories to last a lifetime, and maybe just a few blisters.
Included
  • All food during the climb on the mountain  (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Kilimanjaro park entrance fees, camp/hut fees, standard KINAPA rescue fees.
  • Kilimanjaro briefing and de-briefing.
  • Services of trained English speaking mountain guide, cooks and porters (porters are Swahili speaking mostly)
  • Guide wages, cooks and porters standard to the norm of Mountain Society of Kilimanjaro.
  • Portage of 1 bag (maximum 18 kgs) per person. 
  • Oximeter Safety equipment to check blood oxygen levels of clients daily.
Excluded
  • Tips to the guides, cook and porters
  • Accommodation before and after the climb
  • All transfers to and from the climb start point 
  • Lunch and day room on the last day
  • Climbing equipment such as clothes, sleeping bags, sleeping mat etc.
  • Bottles water
  • Visas
  • Laundry
  • Travel insurance
  • Telephone calls
  • All other expenses resulting from early descend before the completion of the climb such as transfer, extra nights etc.
  • Gamow Bag
  • Oxygen Cylinder
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