6 DAYS MOUNT KILIMANJARO – MARANGU ROUTE

Daily Tour 6 day Availability: 2019-01-01
Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Tanzania

DAY 1: NAIROBI – ARUSHA (APPROX. 4HRS DRIVE)

You will depart after breakfast from Nairobi for Arusha aboard the shuttle bus, lunch enroute. Spend the entire afternoon organizing any gear you may require during the trekking period the trek. Overnight at Arusha or Moshi Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch and dinner on own arrangement.

DAY 2: ARUSHA – MANDARA HUT

Elevation: 1700m to 2740m
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 7kms
Habitat: Montane Forest

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), go through the check in formality and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 ft / 2740 m. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys.

DAY 3: MANDARA HUT – HOROMBO HUT

Elevation: 2700m to 3700m
Distance: 11 km
Walking time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heathland

After about 1 hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels. You will start to feel the effects of the altitude. If you wish to extend your trek, here you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT – KIBO HUT

Elevation: 3700m to 4700m
Distance: 10 km
Walking time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Ascending, we will pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins to illustrate their beauty with upper headland but then disappears into “moonscape”. You will have your dinner followed by rest, and eventually prepare for the summit climb.

DAY 5: KIBO HUT –SUMMIT (UHURU PEAK 5895M) – HOROMBO HUT

Elevation: 4700m to 5895m to 3700m
Distance: 4 km up / 14 km down
Walking time: 10-15 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim at 18640 ft / 5861 m (4-7 hours). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa: 19340 ft / 5895 m (1-2 hours). Unbelievable views at every turn. Get your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. From here, we now descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for dinner and a tired but happy overnight (1-2 hours). The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. “Pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

DAY 6: HOROMBO HUT –ARUSHA OR MOSHI

Elevation: 3700m to 1700m
Distance: 18km
walking Time: 5-7 hours

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m / 8858 ft), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m / 6004 ft). At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to the Arusha or Moshi Hotel. Dinner on own arrangement

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