Climb Mount Kilimanjaro via Marangu route


Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft

Distance: 8 km/5 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Moshi for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.


Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft

Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Heath

We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks - two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.


Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Heath

Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 14,400 ft to 12,205

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

Habitat: Heath

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut.


Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.


Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft

Distance: 16 km/10 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Heath

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.


Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft

Distance: 20 km/12 miles

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

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Recommended gear: Kilimanjaro Packing List Footwear Water-resistant hiking boots (should be reasonably broken in) 2-4 pairs of Woolen socks. 2-4 pairs of thin Liner socks. Gaiters (optional but helpful for descent). Comfortable shoes/sandals – for wearing in the evenings around camp. Clothing 2 pairs of Thermal Base Layer – Wool is the best as you can wear for weeks without washing. Expedition Top Balaclava Minus33. 2-3 pairs of Hiking Pants (No Jeans) 1-2 pairs of Shorts. Down Jacket for higher altitudes. Waterproof Outer Layer Jacket (Goretex or other breathable fabric). Waterproof over Pants. T-shirts/Underwear (Breathable, lightweight, odor resistant and long-wearing) Thin Fleece Jacket/Top. Half Zip Heavy gloves. Marmot Men’s U-notch Glove or Marmot. Big Mountain Mitt Winter hat (anything warm). Climbing Equipment. Cold weather sleeping bag (at least sub-zero celsius). Marmot Lithium MemBrain Down Sleeping Bag. Sleeping pad,Therm-a-Rest Trail Pro Mattress. Daypack that can carry extra layers/lunch (roughly 750 to 1500 cubic inches) Recommended to get a daypack with water storage like the Camelbak Products Ante Hydration Packs. Larger pack for all of your clothing, etc. to be carried by one of your porters. Walking sticks/ski poles (optional but handy for the descent). Headlamp (with extra set of batteries). Water bottles (Nalgene®) and/or a Camelbak®) NALGENE Tritan 1-Pint Narrow Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle This is what we recomend,you can have a choice of your own. You can also read from our website with the link below
Included in price: o -- 2 Airport Transfers, from JRO Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi when you arrive, then transfer back to the Airport for your flight home. o -- 2 nights Hotel Lodging on Bed and Breakfast basis, Double or Triple Occupancy (3 star hotel you will need to pay extra if you want to have a 4 or 5 star hotel) o -- 3 Delicious meals a days plud snacks if applicable, boiled and filtered drinking water while on the mountain. o -- Warm water for washing to be provided every morning and evening. o -- Oxygen Cylinder - only for emergency o -- English Speaking Guides (Wilderness First Responder certified), cook and porters o -- Staff salaries and fees. o --All huts and camping fee o -- Transport to/from national park gates. o -- Emergency telephone between the guides and our office in Moshi town. o -- 3 litres of bottled drinking water to be provided on the first day your hike, on the mountain porters will fetch water from the streams to be boiled and filtered for you o Camping equipment on Machame/ Shira/ Lemosho/ Rongai & Umbwe routes (tents) o Portable oxygen for emergencies (returnable on completion of climb) o Certificate of successful completion o Tanzania government taxes.
Not Included in price: o -- Prices do not include sleeping bags o – Gratuities (tips for guides and porters) o -- Soda/alcohol unless otherwise noted (plenty of water will be provided for hydration) o -- Health insurance o -- International airfare o -- Laundry o -- All Meals and drinks in Moshi town o --Round-trip airfare to and from Kilimanjaro (JRO airport) o --Travel and visa documents o --Optional travel insurance o --Additional equipment rental (walking sticks, sleeping pads, etc.) o --Personal items
Additional Information: For many years Marangu used to be the most popular Kilimanjaro route. It has now been delegated to number two by the Machame route (see below). Duration: 5 days, acclimatization day can be added Advantages: • Low cost. • Accommodation is in huts, no camping equipment needed. • Supposedly the easiest route. (I beg to differ.) Disadvantages: • Lowest success rate. (See? Not that easy after all!) • Very crowded. • Camping is not allowed. • The only route that uses the same way up and down.
Refund policy : o -- Cancellation before 1 month: full refund of advance paid o -- Before 15 days: 75% refund o -- Before 7 days: 50% refund o -- Less than 7 days: no refund
Cancellations : o -- Cancellation before 1 month: full refund of advance paid o -- Before 15 days: 75% refund o -- Before 7 days: 50% refund o -- Less than 7 days: no refund
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