06 days Kilimanjaro climbing Marangu route

DAY 1: MARANGU GATE (1,800M/5,905FT) TO MANDARA HUT (2,743M/9,000FT)

Leave Arusha at 8am for Marangu Gate. After completing gate registration, begin your Kilimanjaro trek. Walk along a narrow trail through the rainforest of Kilimanjaro for most of the hike,have lunch on the way day one’s halfway point. After lunch continue walking through the rainforest until reaching Mandara Hut. Relax for the rest of the day or take a short walk to Maundi Crater. The views to the east over Taveta and to the northwest to Mawenzi Peak are stunning on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort.

The A-frame Mandara Huts can accommodate up to seventy people and consist of several sleeping huts and a dining area. All of Marangu’s huts have beds with mattresses.

DAY 2: MANDARA HUT (2,743M/9,000FT) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT)

After breakfast, leave Mandara Hut and Kilimanjaro’s forests for Horombo

Hut. Most of the day’s hike will be through Kilimanjaro’s moorland, a rocky landscape with desert-like plants. Eat a picnic lunch at Kambi ya Taabu before continuing to Horombo Hut. If the weather is clear, enjoy beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at Horombo Hut at around 3pm and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing.

Although extremely busy, the Horombo Huts are considered to be the nicest on Kilimanjaro. The small, A-frame buildings can accommodate up to eight people each and provide lodging for hikers ascending, descending and acclimatizing. Horombo can accommodate up to one hundred hikers and many more porters, cooks and guides.

DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO MAWENZI HUT (4,600M/15,100FT) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT)

Day three is an acclimatization day. We suggest hiking all the way to Mawenzi Hut to allow for maximum acclimatization. The hike will increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, and also reward you with magnificent views of Kibo. Return to Horombo for a late lunch. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing at Horombo.

DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO KIBO HUT (4,750M/15,580FT)

Leave Horombo Hut after breakfast to hike through the moorland and alpine desert of Kilimanjaro’s upper altitudes. After hiking for about an hour arrive at Maua River, a small mountain stream. After Maua, the terrain becomes flatter and the vegetation begins to disappear. Break for lunch at Middle Red Hill. After lunch, continue on a steady incline for another two hours through Kilimanjaro’s Saddle. Although the environment on the way to Kibo is a bleak desert with little vegetation, you will see many stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Reach Kibo Hut around 3pm to rest and prepare for your midnight climb.

DAY 5: KIBO HUT (4,750M/15,580FT) TO SUMMIT (5,895M/19,340FT) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT)

Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, 3,760 feet

Around midnight, awake for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The hike begins with a demanding five hour hike to Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. Although this is considered to be the easiest of the three crater ascent paths, it is still extremely difficult. The first major rest stop, William’s Point, lies at 5000 meters and is approximately a two hour hike Kibo Hut. Continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will continue to Gillman’s Point (5,681 meters).

The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

On the way down from the summit, you will see all of the magnificent views you could not see on the way up. Stop for a short break and snacks at Kibo Hut before continuing on to Horombo Hut. Reach Horombo Hut in the afternoon and enjoy your last night on the mountain.

DAY 6: HOROMBO HUT (3,720M/12,200FT) TO MARANGU GATE (1,800M/5,905FT)

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.

Home Cooked Meals
Street Food
Languages spoken: English
Recommended gear: CLOTHING Sweat-wicking T-shirts First layer Long sleeve warm shirt Underwear Thermal long underwear Gore-tex rain jacket Smart wool socks Hiking pants Balaclava Fleece hat Fleece ear warmers Fleece jacket Fleece sweater Down jacket Walking boots Hiking boots Gore-tex ski gloves Light gloves GEAR Sleeping Bag (Rated -25 degrees C/-10 degrees is recommended) Day pack, for you to carry Large duffel bag for porters to carry Water bottles or Camelback Trekking poles Headlamp Batteries - bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life Binoculars Pocket knife Gaiters TOILETRIES Ear plugs Toilet paper Small towel Soap Toothbrush and toothpaste Wet-wipes Hand sanitizer Lotion Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision) Eye drops Feminine products FIRST AID Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin Throat lozenges Band-Aid Moleskin/2nd skin Sunscreen (SPF 15+) Lip balm with sunscreen Insect repellent Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream Diarrhea medicine Antihistamines Ace bandage Sleep aid Malaria pills (talk to your doctor) Antibiotics (talk to your doctor) Diamox (talk to your doctor) OTHER Plastic/zip-lock bags Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals. Water filter or iodine purification tablets Sun hat with brim Sunglasses Energy bars, snacks Duct tape
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Not Included in price: alcohol
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