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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
Transport - Minibus, on foot.
Accommodation - Mountain hut (4 nts), Hotel (2 nts)
Meals - 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
All Kilimanjaro park fees are included in the price.
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Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania.
Your hike begins at the Marangu Hotel in the foothills (1,300 m/4,500 ft) of Mt Kilimanjaro. On clear days, in the evenings and early mornings, the snow-capped mountains are visible from the hotel grounds.
Please make sure you are at Marangu Hotel by early evening, as your tour commences here with a full briefing and kit inspection before dinner by an experienced Kilimanjaro climber, in preparation for the start of our trek.
Please note that it is sometimes necessary to have this meeting on the morning of Day 2 if someone arrives late. Please check at reception for up to date information on where and when this important meeting will take place.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Marangu Hotel is a beautiful farmhouse set in 12 acres of delightful tropical gardens.
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly
Hotel (1 nt)
Mandara Hut (2700m)
You meet the guides and porters after breakfast. Each person has a personal porter and there are extra porters for camping equipment and food. It takes just 15 minutes to get to Marangu Gate (1,860 m/6,000 ft) at the entrance of the Mt Kilimanjaro National Park. You have to register as a group which can take a little bit of time depending on how busy things are. From here it is a long but easy walk through dense rainforest to the first mountain hut.
In the forest there are many species of brightly coloured birds and different types of monkeys can be seen and heard. You walk through giant heather on our way to Mandara Hut (2,725 m/9,000 ft) where you stop for the night. From here an optional walk to nearby Maundi Crater can be undertaken. If the skies are clear, there may be excellent views of the nearby town of Moshi far below.
The distance from Marangu Hotel to Mandara Hut is 12 km (approximately 3-5 hours).
- Fully catered trek including National Park entrance fees, climbing fee, mountain huts & rescue services (5 days)
- Services of highly experienced guides and porters
Mountain hut (1 nt)
Horombo Hut (3720m)
The second day on the mountain involves another long hike over a slightly steeper stretch. The rainforest gives way to open and rolling alpine meadows dotted with giant heather trees. Once out of the forest canopy, the twin snow-tipped peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi lie directly ahead.
During the day's walk you traverse several ravines before reaching the hut, which is set in a rocky valley. As you walk there is time to enjoy a wide variety of vegetation and changing landscapes on the way to Horombo Hut (3,780 m/12,000 ft), where you spend the night.
The distance from Mandara to Horombo Huts is 15 km (approximately 5-7 hours).
Mountain hut (1 nt)
The landscape becomes progressively more rugged and rocky and the air noticeably thinner today so you slow your pace accordingly. You pass giant groundsels and lobelias while travelling across the sparse moorland.
Skirting Mawenzi Peak, you arrive at the stark lunar landscape of the Saddle. Reaching Kibo Hut in afternoon (4,740m/15,450ft), you take the opportunity to have an early night.
The distance from Horombo to Kibo Hut is 15km (approximately 5-7 hours).
Mountain hut (1 nt)
Uhuru Peak/Summit (5895m)
At around 11pm you are woken by our guides and hot tea is served before you begin the last leg of our trek to the summit.
The trek begins beneath the stars as you zigzag our way up a large scree slope guided only by torch light to reach Gilman's Point (5,685 m). Hopefully we'll arrive in time to see breathtaking views of the sun rising behind Mawenzi Peak. This is the stretch that most people find the hardest, and you should be prepared for a very cold morning. However, the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields of the crater will make the early start totally worthwhile.
For those who still have the will and the energy, it is a further two hours along the rim of the crater to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), the highest point in Africa. From this peak, there are unforgettable views of the crater, the ice fields and the vast and distant East African plains below.
After photos and time to catch our breath you descend back to Horombo Hut for a well-earned rest.
The distance from Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak is 14 km (approximately 6-8 hours), and the descent to Horombo takes approximately the same amount of time.
Mountain hut (1 nt)
Today you continue the descent through alpine meadows and rainforest to the park gate. The distance from Horombo to Marangu Gate is 27 km (approximately 5-6 hours).
Here transport awaits and you return to the Marangu Hotel for a relaxing shower or bath - a real treat after the physical exertions of the last few days. Over a celebratory meal you can relive and share our experiences of the past five days on the mountain.
Hotel (1 nt)
You are free to depart at any time on the final day of your trip.
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One of the most challenging and exhilarating experiences of my life, I had the company of a great group of people. When the going got tough at 4am, climbing to Gilmans Point, I realised how many friends I had made.