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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
Transport - Minibus, on foot.
Accommodation - Lodge (2nts), mountain huts (5nts).
Meals - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners.
All Kilimanjaro park fees are included in the price.
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Tour starts; Arusha
The tour starts at the Arusha hotel. Set at an altitude of 1390m, Arusha is surrounded by lush fertile land and is one of Tanzania’s most attractive and lively towns. Once settled into your lodge you have time to relax and gather up your energy for the big trek! Lodge - 1 night (D)
Mandara Hut (2700m)
This morning you meet your Group Leader, in the hotel reception at 08.30, who will then brief you on the trek. You then drive (about two hours) through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu (1372m), situated on the south-eastern side of the mountain. As you drive, there are usually some excellent views of the snow-capped peak. On arrival at Marangu, you meet your team of guides and porters, pick up any last minute supplies for the trek, and head to the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park to register for the climb. From the cluster of buildings at the gate it is some four to five hours walk through patches of coffee plantation and dense rainforest to Mandara Hut. The forest teems with brightly-coloured bird life, colobus and other varieties of monkey. The flora includes numerous mosses, lichens and flowers, as well as delicate orchids. If the skies are clear you may have fine views over the town of Moshi lying at the edge of the plain far below. Mandara Hut is a collection of basic, A-frame mountain huts with bunk beds - quite adequate for your needs - where you inevitably meet up with fellow trekkers who are bent on the same goal. Hut - 1 night (BLD)
Horombo Hut (3720m)
Your second day on the mountain starts with a steep climb through the last swathe of rainforest, though this soon gives way to rolling alpine meadow dotted with giant heather. Once you leave the forest canopy, Kilimanjaro's twin peaks - snow-covered Kibo and rocky Mawenzi - lie directly ahead, dominating the skyline. Further on you cross a zone of open heath with stunted vegetation, before emerging onto bleak moorland. Today you gain roughly 1000m in altitude, and your walk can take anything from five to seven hours - depending on the pace of the group. Tonight you stay at Horombo Huts, another collection of buildings similar in style to those at Mandara which offer shelter and basic accommodation to those on the mountain. Hut - 2 nights (BLD)
A day here provides an opportunity for you to acclimatise gradually to the altitude. Statistics show that an acclimatisation day like this effectively doubles the chance of making it to the summit, so this time is well spent! There are a few walks you can make in the vicinity of the hut - the most popular of which is to the base of Mawenzi Peak, the dramatic eastern summit of Kili. This walk takes four to five hours (round trip), and will get you to an altitude of 4600m before you return to the hut - this will stand you in good stead later on. (BLD)
Kibo Hut (4703m)
The landscape becomes progressively more rocky and rugged as you leave the ‘everlasting flowers’ and other bizarre alpine plants behind. Giant groundsels and lobelias appear in the sparse moorland. Today's trail up to Kibo will again take anything between five and seven hours. Skirting Mawenzi Peak, you pass ‘Last Water’ then cross a stark, almost lunar landscape onto "The Saddle", a broad tundra desert between the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you start to get fantastic views of the upper reaches of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Hut (4703m), a dry-stone-walled hut with dormitories and limited facilities. Tonight you prepare for tomorrow's final assault - re-packing to leave any non-essential items with the porters; you need to summon all your energy to get to the summit so there's absolutely no point in carrying anything you don't need! An early night is imperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles, and then have time to get back down to the hut. Hut - 1 night (BLD)
Uhuru Peak (5895m)
This is a long and demanding day! The guides wake you soon after midnight and you start out in darkness, zigzagging up a long scree slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of day the scree is still frozen - which makes it easier to walk on! After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer's Cave - named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 - where he found the remains of a frozen leopard. The gradient gets steeper and three hours on (this is the hardest stretch of the ascent!) you should reach the crater rim at Johanne’s Notch. From here it's a short scramble to Gillman's Point (5680m) in time for dawn. Your reward is the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi - the profusion of colours and shapes make all the suffering seem worthwhile! For those who still have the energy and drive, it takes another couple of hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru (Freedom) Peak (5895m). Your descent (approximately three hours) retraces the route back down past Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest. Total walking time approx. 11 hours. Hut - 1 night (BLD)
The pace quickens as you continue your triumphant way back down across alpine meadow and past Mandara Hut through the rainforest to Marangu Gate where you board the vehicle for the journey back to Arusha. After the solitude of the mountain this town seems like a lively metropolis. Here you can take a well-earned shower and relax with a celebratory drink! Total walking time approx. 8 hours Lodge - 1 night (BLD)
The morning is free to relax, shop, or explore. It’s worth a look at the covered market, or the stalls and shops around the clock tower. However the likelihood is that you will want to relax, maybe with a drink, at the lovely lodge in Arusha resting those tired legs and reminiscing about your journey to the highest point in Africa!! (B)
If you fancy completing your African adventure with a safari many departures are combined with Serengeti Explorer, or you can extend your stay and chill out on spicy Zanzibar island.
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