5 Days Marangu Route

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Tour Details

The Marangu Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. The minimum days required for this route is five, although spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is recommended.Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. The huts are furnished with bunk beds and climbers are supplied with mattresses and pillows. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Also available are soft drinks, beer and bottled water.

The Marangu Route is a classic trek to the top of Kilimanjaro. However, it is the least scenic of the routes, as the ascent and descent are done on the same path, and is the most crowded for that reason.The Marangu Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. The minimum days required for this route is five, although spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is recommended.Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. The huts are furnished with bunk beds and climbers are supplied with mattresses and pillows.

The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Also available are soft drinks, beer and bottled water.The Marangu Route is a classic trek to the top of Kilimanjaro. However, it is the least scenic of the routes, as the ascent and descent are done on the same path, and is the most crowded for that reason.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi to Marangu gate to Mandara huts

Elevetion: 1879m to 2720m, Distance: 8km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montana forest

You will be picked up at your hotel in Moshi and drive to Marangu gate registration(2 hours). Afterwards, you will begin trekking though the rainforest to Mandara hut. Here you will have an acclimatization opportunity of visiting Mound Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara hut.

Day 2: Mandara huts to Horombo huts

Elevation: 2720m to 3720m, Distance 11km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast you will out climb the rainforest and continue trekking to Horombo hut where you will trek through rolling moorlands and get your fist clear view of towering Kilimanjaro.

Day 3: Horombo huts to Kibo huts

Elevation: 3720m to 4720m, Distance: 9km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

After a good night rest and breakfast you will trek past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle a great desert between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. An early dinner and overnight at Kibo hut.

Day 4: Summit Day, Kibo huts camp to Uhuru peak to Horombo huts camp

Elevation: 4720m to 5895m, Down 3720m, Distance: 6km up, 15km down, Time: 6-8 hours up, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Wake at midnight for a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent. Because you will climb to the summit in the dark you will need to have your headlamps/flashlights. It will also be very cold until start descending, so you will need to have all of your warm layers. This is an important time to keep on slowly slowly (pole pole in Swahili). The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru peak shortly before or after sunrise. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks up steep scree or possibly snow, and reaches Gilman’s point on the crater rim at 5685m 4 and 6 a.m. At this point you will have a view of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s. After your summit photos and taking in the view, descend back to the Kibo huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment and continue down trough re-cross the saddle to the Horombo huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.

Day 5: Horombo huts camp to Marangu gate to Arusha

Elevetion: 3720m to 1879m, Distance: 19km, Descending Time: 4-7 hours

After a long sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack, continue your descent through the moorland to Mandara huts. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates and you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! After lunch you drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!

Price Includes

  • 2 nights hotel stay before the start date and on last day of the trek including breakfast
  • Arrival and departure transfers from airport
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents (or hut fees for Marangu route)
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Oxygen tank
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain (Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food)
  • Porters, cook salaries and their park fees(Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO))
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures

Price Excludes

  • Your flights/visas
  • Tips to the mountain staff (Much appreciated)
  • Meals other than breakfast while in the hotel and Alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc
  • Personal gear like sleeping bag, hiking poles, etc. (Can be rented on arrival from us)
  • Portable toilets – can be provided for USD 80 per toilet
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