Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu Route- 6 Days

The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro that allowed hikers to ascents and descend in the same routes. But also offer accommodations in huts/banda. This could partially be the fact that the Marangu is inexpensive route; it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thus getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. Though is not the best idea due to a shorter acclimatization time, we recommend at least 6 days. The difference between the Marangu 5 days and 6 days routes is the additional acclimatization day at Horombo Hut which it will take you to Zebra rocks.

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Day 1: arrival Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO)

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, or Shuttle from Nairobi, you will be met and greet by our representative, assisted with your baggage and transfer to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi Town. After shower and rest our Tour consultant together with our mountain guide will meet with you for a comprehensive briefing of the tour, pack your mountain gears and equipment ready for trekking next morning (it all depends with your arrival time otherwise it will be done the next day morning before departure).
Overnight on bed and breakfast basis.
Meals: bed and breakfast
Accommodation: hotel

Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate1860m – Mandara House 2700m

Approximately Hiking time: 4-5hours
Distance approximately 8.1 km
Habitat: Montane forest

After breakfast, Trip briefing and equipment checks for the last time before drive from Arusha/Moshi to Marangu gate. Register at the park office, and then start hiking through rain forest to the upper edge of the forest. Lunch will served on the way if weather allows, stretch to Mandara Camp approximate hiking is3-4 hours. Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut (2715m) on FB.
Habitat found here is montane forest.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: hut

Day 3:Mandara hut (2715m) – Horombo hut (3720m)

hiking Approximately time: 5-6hours
Distance approximately 11.6 km
Habitat: Moorland
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi
Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3m in height and more.
Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut on FB.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: hut

Day 4: Horombo House – Acclimatization day trek to Zebra rocks

Hiking approximately time:3- 4hrs
Distance approximately 7 km uphill and 7 km downhill
Habitat: Alpine desert

This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut,
passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is recommended.
This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization helping your body to adapt the high altitude environment. The secret your success to drink enough water and move slowly pole pole!! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut on FB.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: hut

Day 5: Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m)

Hiking approximately time: 5-6hrs
Distance approximately 9 km
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast start hiking through the moorland into alpine desert of Kilimanjaro’s upper altitudes. about an hour you will arrive at Maua River, a small mountain stream, from Maua River the terrain becomes flatter and the vegetation begins to disappear. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo).

There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. Break for lunch at Middle red Hill. Afterwards continue on a steady incline for another two hours through Kilimanjaro’s Saddle. Arrive at Kibo Hut rest and prepare for your midnight attempt to reach UHURU PEAK. Dinner and overnight on full board.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: hut

Day 6: Kibo hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3705m)

Approximately total time: 14-16 hours to reach Uhuru Peak and to descend to Horombo
total Distance approximately: 20km ascent and descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Wake up around 23:30hrs midnight, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the toughest part of the route begin, simply because it starts at midnight thus denying any trekker the sufficient rest times required. The other reason is that unlike the rest of the route, most of the climb up to the summit involves winding through scree filled slopes that make sure for every one step up the mountain you take half a step downward.

. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim.
From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa well known as the “ROOF OF AFRICA”. Weather conditions on the summit determine how long you will spend on the Roof of Africa obvious it won’t be long, on the same day, you make a descent from the summit through Kibo huts and finally spending a night back at Horombo huts. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 -16hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. It’s a most challenging day but will reward you a life time experience. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: hut

Day 7: Horombo House – Marangu Gate 1860m

Hiking approximately time: 5-6hours
Distance approximately 19km

After breakfast you continue your descent, passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At
Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those who reached Gillman’s Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. You now drive to the hotel in Arusha/Moshi for a hot shower before we transfer you to Kilimanjaro airport for departure flight.
Up to Marangu Gate at a height of (1980m) – Marangu Gate, ascending time is approximately 6 hours.

Note: Depend with your flight schedule you can go for a Day trip into Arusha national park, Tangier national, Lake Manyara national park and Ngorongoro crater. There is lot to do like extending your tour to Zanzibar for breath taking into its white sand beach.
This is the standard route, tailor made routes are available and may follow a different schedule some do the whole route in two days where others do it in 10 days.
MOUNT KILIMANJARO TREKKING – MEALS MENU WHILE ON TREK:

BREAKFAST: Fruit Juice, Fruit, Cereal / Porridge, Eggs bread / French-toast / Plain-toast / Pancakes,
Sausages, Margarine, Jam / Honey, Tea / Coffee / Drinking chocolate.

SNACKS: Peanuts / Crisps / Popcorn / Cookies.

LUNCH: Sliced Carrot and Cucumber stripes, Avocado slices, Boiled egg, Vegetable / Meat cutlets,
Sandwiches (Egg / Cheese / Tomato/ Tuna / Meat / Peanut butter), Fruit.

DINNER: Soup (Mushroom /Asparagus / Chicken / Tomato / Vegetable), Bread, Salad, Rice / Pasta /
Potatoes, Chicken / Meat, Mixed Vegetables (Zucchini / Carrot / French -Beans / Cabbage), Lentils,
Fruit Salad, Fruit with custard, Tea / Coffee / Milo / Drinking chocolate.

- Return transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- 4X4 Landcruiser with English speaking driver guide for Safari.
- Lunch box,
- Accommodations on BB in Arusha,
- Accommodation on full board basis during Safari,
- Crater fee
- All park entrance fees including government taxes.
- International and domestic flights and taxes,
- Tips
- Laundry,
-Drinks ,
- Visas to Tanzania and items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.
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