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Kilimanjaro Marangu Route 8 Days

Marangu Route Kilimanjaro
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Duration

8 Days 7 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

Why Marangu?

This is the traditional and most straightforward route on the mountain. It is also the busiest and best equipped. If you accept that there will be others around, there are the advantages of good huts, good views of Mawenzi and, of course, others to walk with. If you are travelling by yourself, this is the only route on which you can easily join a group.

Itinerary

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Day One: Arrival
Day One: Arrival

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by our representative and taken to Keys Hotel. It is a family run hotel located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, with comfortable accommodation, variety of meals, clean swimming pool and friendly services. Located only ten minutes walking distance to Moshi town centre, palatable meal and luxurious accommodation; Keys Hotel is the most spectacular place one will always wish to stay, Keys Hotel - 2700 ft (BB).

Day Two – Marangu Gate (1,843 m/6,046 ft) – Mandara Hut (2,700m/8,860 ft)
Day Two – Marangu Gate (1,843 m/6,046 ft) – Mandara Hut (2,700m/8,860 ft)

Walking distance: 8 km/5 miles
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Altitude gain: 857 m/2,814 ft

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Marangu Gate at Kilimanjaro National Park. Today, walk through the beautiful rainforest with dense vegetation, often on a muddy trail. The trekking pace is slow and very comfortable, ensuring you have enough time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a photo and nibble on your packed lunch that we provide
You will reach Mandara Hut (2 700m) after +- 4 hrs of hiking from the Park Gate. There is a detour on this route to waterfalls in the rain forest, which is well worth following – discuss with your guide before you set off. Your accommodation is in dormitory style chalets. There are no shower/bath facilities while doing the climb and toilets will be long drops. You will be provided with bowls of warm water each morning, on request, to wash with. Dinner and overnight: Mandara Hut (FB)

Day Three – Mandara Hut (2,700m/8,860 ft) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft)
Day Three – Mandara Hut (2,700m/8,860 ft) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft)

Walking distance: 12 km/7.2 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1,000 m/3,280 ft

Continue the hike up to Horombo Hut. A steep, sometimes wet, 20 min walk through the upper part of the rainforest, followed by a 2km section of tall giant heather interspersed with large clumps of tussock grass, around 15km or 5 hrs from Mandara Hut. The vegetation changes to stunted clumps of heather with ‘everlasting’ flowers and short tussock grasses. Lobelia and groundsels occupy the wetter areas. Dinner and overnight: Horombo Hut (FB)

Day Four – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft) – acclimatization walk – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft)
Day Four – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft) – acclimatization walk – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft)

Today is an extra day to acclimatize, and it is best spent taking a day hike up toward the Maundi Hut by the upper trail to a viewpoint at 14,100 feet (4 hours round-trip). If you are feeling very fatigued, it can be spent resting or exploring the nearby region. Birdlife is abundant at Horombo. The rains come upon us almost every afternoon. So plan your day hike to be back inside the lodge with a cup of tea and good book by 4 p.m. Most climbers begin to feel the altitudinal changes at this level. After the rain clears, Horombo typically has beautiful sunsets and a night sky full of stars. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut (FB)

Day Five – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m/15,420 ft)
Day Five – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m/15,420 ft)

Walking distance: 9.5 km/5.7 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1,000 m/3,280 ft

After breakfast we will set out on a path that traverses west, before turning northwards towards Middle Red Hill and the Triplets. Heading west for the final 3km to Kibo Hut (4,700m) is a little challenge which so much impresses climbers. This alpine desert is littered with rocks and leaves you feel as if walking on the moon. Whilst here, the view towards Mawenzi Peak to the east is most spectacular. Dinner and overnight: Kibo Hut (FB)

Day Six – Kibo Hut (4,700 m/15,420 ft)- Summit via Gilman’s Point (5,690m /18,668 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) and descent to Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft)
Day Six  – Kibo Hut (4,700 m/15,420 ft)- Summit via Gilman’s Point (5,690m /18,668 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) and descent to Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft)

Walking distance: 5.5 km/3.5 miles ascent + 15 km/9.5 miles descent
Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 5-6 hours down (the overall walking time may vary between10 – 16 hours)
Altitude gain: 990 m/ 3,248 ft (Gilman’s Point) or 1,195 m/3,920 ft (Uhuru Peak)
Descent: 2,195 m/7,200 ft

You will have to wake up very early to have a quick bite to eat and something warm to drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Gilman’s Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. The headlamps on the trail towards the summit almost look like fireflies flying in a long row. As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience – the golden sunrise over Africa! You may over and over again see the curving of the earth at this high altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it. Keep your camera ready at all times as there are plenty of photographing opportunities along the summit. Once you reach Gilman’s Point on top of the crater rim you are within reach of Uhuru Peak. Hiking to the peak is fairly flat terrain which normally takes about 1.5 hours to conquer Uhuru Peak (Summit of Africa). Spend a few minutes at the top to get that photos of your choice next to the sign marking the summit. Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Gilman’s Point on the Marangu route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideways moves. Try it, it is fun! With every step going down your body enjoys having more oxygen to breathe in. Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Kibo Hut before descending down to Horombo Hut. Dinner and overnight: Horombo Hut (FB)

Day Seven – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft) – Marangu Gate (1,843 m/6,046 ft)
Day Seven – Horombo Hut (3,700 m/12,140 ft) – Marangu Gate (1,843 m/6,046 ft)

Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles
Walking time: 5 hours
Descent: 1,857 m/6,094 ft
Enjoy a slow hike through the rainforest to Marangu Gate. Take time to enjoy the lush vegetation with the Old Man’s Beard (tree moss) growing on the giant trees as well as some Giant Ferns towering high over the forest bed. The path has many steps leading you down to Marangu Gate. You will be transferred back to Keys Hotels for hot shower and overnight rest. (BB)

Day Eight – Departure

Included/Excluded

  • Transport from JRO airport
  • A night before and after the trek on bed and English breakfast.
  • All food on the climb.
  • Transfer to and from the gate.
  • First aid kit/Bottled of oxygen/pulse oximeter
  • Park fees, Hut fees and Rescue fees
  • Forest fees where applicable
  • Guides and porters fees as per government regulations, their food
  • Public Liability insurance for the porters/guides.
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) and other government taxes
  • Transport back to the airport.
  • 3 liters of water for the first day.
  • Drinks
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Food for the first and last night at the hotel
  • Personal equipment for mountain climbing

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Marangu Route Kilimanjaro
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