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KILIMANJARO HIKING MARANGU ITINERARY

Kilimanjaro Hiking Marangu Route-Tanzania
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Duration

7 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Espanol, Francais

Overview

Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, is a dormant volcano in North-Eastern Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa at 5,893 metres or 19,334 ft above see level.(the Uhuru Peak / Kibo Peak) Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain as well as 4th most prominent mountain in world. Rising 5,882 metres or 19,298 ft from the base. The exact meaning and origin of name Kilimanjaro is unknown. It is thought to be a combination of the Swahili word Kilima (Meaning “Mountain”) and the Kichagga word Njaro, loosely translated as “Whiteness” giving the name White Mountain. The name Kibo in Kichagga means “Spotted” and refers to rocks seen on snowfields. The Swahili word Uhuru translates as “freedom” a name given to commemorate Tanzanian Independence from Great Britain in 1961.

 

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "Easy" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens' and ladies' latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.
  • All groups, often from different countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer may be for sale at the huts. The Marangu Route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route to 6 days hike, greatly increase your chance of success. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Pre Departure (Arrival)
Day 1: Pre Departure (Arrival)

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet and great then transfer to your hotel dinner and overnight at Park View Hotel
TRANSFER: KILIMANJARO AIRPORT / HOTEL
MEAL PLAN: Hb (Breakfast & Dinner)
ACCOMMODATION: STANDARD HOTEL

Day 2: Marangu Gate (6000 ft) – Mandara Hut (9,000 ft)
Day 2: Marangu Gate (6000 ft) – Mandara Hut (9,000 ft)

Hiking time: 4 hours
Habitat: Mountain forest
Leave Marangu Hotel Kilimanjaro about 0900hrs and drive to about 20 minutes to Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro. Do the necessary paperwork at the park gate such as registrations. Begin hiking at about 1030hrs. Hike through rainforest from the park gate (6000 ft) to Mandara Hut (9000 ft), taking about 4 hours. Stop half way for lunch. Reach Mandara Huts at about 2 or 3 PM. Unpack, rest and have some tea or coffee. Dinner is served during early evening, about 7 PM. A side trip to Maundi Crater (about 15 minutes away) is a good way to see the surroundings as well as views of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Bathrooms are available with running water.
MEAL PLAN: Fb (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
ACCOMMODATION: Mandara Huts

Day 3: Mandara Hut (9,000 ft) – Horombo Huts (12,000 ft)
Day 3: Mandara Hut (9,000 ft) – Horombo Huts (12,000 ft)

Hiking time: 6 hours
Habitat: Heathland
Wake to breakfast (approx. 7:30am) and pack for the next leg. Break camp at about
8:30am and hike to Horombo Huts (12,000 ft). This leg should take 5 to 6 hrs. You travel through lower heath land with small shrubs being the main vegetation. Stop half way for lunch. Views of Mawenzi are amazing. The summit of Kibo can be seen from Horombo Huts. Arrive Horombo Huts at about 3 PM. Rest, unpack and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms are available with running water.
MEAL PLAN: Fb (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
ACCOMMODATION: Horombo Huts

Day 4: Extra Day for Acclimatization
Day 4: Extra Day for Acclimatization

Extra day will be at Horombo Hut you will have full day (third and fourth night will be at Horombo); clients will go up to mawenzi base camp and come back to Horombo Hut. Clients will acclimatize; walking and get familiar to the weather and altitude on the mountain. Forth day will continue trekking up kibo Hut and Midnight start to summit.
MEAL PLAN: Fb (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
ACCOMMODATION: Horombo Huts

Day 5: Horombo Huts (12,000 ft) – Kibo Huts (15,500 ft)
Day 5: Horombo Huts (12,000 ft) – Kibo Huts (15,500 ft)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Wake to breakfast as usual (if you wake before sunup you can get some great photos of the sunrise). Pack and begin the hike to Kibo Huts (15,500 ft). The first half of the day’s hike traverses the upper heath land while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. Be careful to notice signs of altitude sickness. The day’s hike should take 6 to 7 hours, stopping half way for lunch. No running water at Kibo Huts.
MEAL PLAN: Fb (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
ACCOMMODATION: Kibo Huts

Day 6: SUMMIT DAY (19,340 ft)
Day 6: SUMMIT DAY (19,340 ft)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Wake at around midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for the summit ascent. This part of the hike is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. Leave at about 1:00am and reach Gilman’s Point at about 7:00am. The climbers are met with views of the crater from Gilman’s Point because it is on the Crater Rim. Another 2 hours of hiking brings the climber to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft) at about 8:30 am. From there you will descend back to Kibo Huts, collect your things and cross the saddle again at Horombo Huts where you will spend the night. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep.
MEAL PLAN: Fb (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
ACCOMMODATION: Horombo Huts

Day 7: Descending from Horombo to the Marangu Gate
Day 7: Descending from Horombo to the Marangu Gate

Wake as usual, pack and descend to Mandara Huts. Take lunch there and continue on to the park gate where you will be met by your transport back to your Hotel. You should reach the park gate around 12.00hours then drive to Moshi to your hotel dinner and overnight at park View Hotel.
MEAL PLAN: Fb (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
ACCOMMODATION: Standard Hotel

Included/Excluded

  • All park entry fees
  • All hut fees
  • Guide Fees
  • Porters fees
  • Transport to and from the mountain gates
  • Meals 3 times daily
  • Cook
  • All kitchen facilities
  • International Flights
  • Hard and soft drinks
  • Tips
  • All mountain Gears (We can arrange to hire this)

Durations

Multi day

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