Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu Route 6 Days

Program Highlights

Duration: 6 Days
Category: Kilimanjaro Trekking
Destinations: Mt Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route
Major Attractions:
Vegetation zones, Wildlife, Mt Kilimanjaro
Tour Guides Language:
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
For other languages please send a special request prior to your safari -additional fee may apply.
Start in: Arusha/Moshi
End in: Arusha
Recommended Packing list: Camera with enough zoom and memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with UV radiation filtering etc.
Additional note:
Porters will escort and guide you all your climbing along the mountain

Itinerary Description

Day 0: Arrival, Tour Briefing and Resting
You will be picked up from the airport in Moshi (Kilimanjaro International Airport) and be transferred to the booked hotel in Arusha
Get the safari general briefing from the prepared safari consultant/guide
Dinner and overnight at the booked hotel in Arusha
Day 1: Climb from Marangu Gate (1980m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)
Have breakfast at your hotel, picked up from the hotel in Arusha and transferred to Marangu Gate
At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide perform registration formalities
You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest
During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog
Also, be able to encounter wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! After 3–4 hours of ascending, you will reach the Mandara Hut (2700m)
At this point temperatures may drop to freezing point
Have dinner and overnight stay at Mandara Hut
Day 2: Climb from Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3720m)
After breakfast, we will begin their ascent out of the rainforest and into the heathen moorland
The trail passes through the Maundi Crater and you are able to climb up to its rim for a spectacular view of the Kibo Crater
In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel
After 6 hours of hiking, you will reach Horombo Hut (3720m) which is located on a small plateau
Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this site
Have dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Hut
Day 3: Full day Acclimatization at Horombo Hut (3720m)
At Horombo Hut (3720m), you will spend the whole day allowing your body to acclimate to high altitude
You will have an option of doing a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for further acclimatization with your guide
Breakfast and dinner will be at the hut and lunch will either be packed or at the hut depending on your preference for the day
Day 4: Climb from Horombo Hut (3720m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)
After an early morning breakfast, you will continue your ascent into the alpine desert habitat
We will have the option of two trails that lead to Kibo Hut (4700m)
The upper route (located to the right of the fork) is the same trail used the previous day for the day hike to Mawenzi Hut
The lower route (located to the left of the fork) is the more popular route because it is a shorter hiking distance (1 hour shorter)
Kibo Hut is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert
An early dinner will be served so that climbers can rest before attempting the summit the same night
Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night
Have an early sleep in the night for preparation for midnight climb to the Summit
Day 5: Climb to reach Uhuru Peak
Guides will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt
The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m)
You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m)
Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude
Gillman’s is located on the crater rim
From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m)
Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment!
You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins
The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours
At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun
After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m)
Day 6: Descend from Horombo Hut (3720m) to Marangu Gate (1980m)
After having breakfast you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m)
You will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations

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