6 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

Destination

Tanzania, Kilimanjaro, Marangu Route

Tour Overview

6 Days on the Mountain, 2 Nights in Arusha Hotel1 Arusha – 1 Mandara Hut – 2 Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut – 1 Horombo Hut – 1 Arusha

Rates Per Person

Day by Day

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, check in then go through the security check point and officials at the counter will check the required documents to verify your identity. You will go to the exit door where you will find a Kojuu safaris driver guide with a signboard written your name on it. He will greet you and take your luggage to our transfer vehicle and transferred you to Arusha city. On arrival at the hotel our driver guide will assist you with check in process then the hotel porter will take your luggage to your room. You will freshen up after a long flight and later on you will go down the restaurant for dinner and after dinner you can choose to relax at the facilities area take photos and later on go to your room.

Accommodation: Overnight at Arusha Planet Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast basis

Journey Distance and Time: From Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha – 1 hour drive – 55km

Day 2: Arusha – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

Once you have finished breakfast, it is time to leave Arusha and head towards the southeast entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park, better known as Marangu Gate. Upon arriving at Marangu Gate, you will be given the time to check-in and register. This is where you begin your ascent of Kilimanjaro. The first leg of this route takes you through the woods and the rainforest where you will be able to take in the eucalyptus trees and various species of birds. If you are lucky, you may just spot a Colobus monkey or two – keep an eye out for black or white fur! Make sure you have the appropriate equipment and footwear because the low altitudes can produce wet, muddy soil. We take our picnic lunch at around 14.00hrs, and then continue the walk until we reach the hut about 17.00hrs. You will have time to relax and reflect on the day’s walk, chat to your guides or play cards. Dinner is prepared by your mountain chef and his team, and served at 19.30hrs.

Accommodation: Overnight at Mandara Hut

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: 4-5 hours’ walking, from 1970m at Marangu Gate to 2700m at the Mandara Hut

Day 3: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

To start off day 2, you will explore the final stretch of woodland as the massive stretch of moorland begins to open up right in front of your eyes. On your walk, you can appreciate the jagged peaks of Mawenzi that ascend up towards the skies of Africa. It is common for people to experience the onset of altitude sickness at these heights. It is important to pay attention to how you feel and communicate with your guide at the first and slightest indication of illness. After reaching the Horombo Huts, you will have time to unpack and experience the view of Kibo before dinner.

Accommodation: Overnight at Horombo Hut

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: 6-8 hours’ walking, from 2700m at Mandara Hut to 3720m at Horombo Hut

 

 

Day 4 - Horombo Hut- Zebra Rocks – Horombo Hut

Today is our extra day for acclimatization, You will spend an extra day at the Horombo Huts to allow your body to acclimate to the increasingly high altitude. You must stay at camp and relax if you are showing any signs of illness or are feeling especially tired. However, if you feel well-acclimated to the altitude, then you are free to walk up to Mawenzi Hut and admire the incredible view of Kibo and Mawenzi. Keep a steady pace and you walk the route and enjoy the magnificent landscape. Otherwise, you can take a journey to the remarkable Zebra Rocks. This requires a climb of 310 metres.

Accommodation: Overnight at dormitory accommodation, at Horombo Hut

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: 2-3 hours, 3720m at Horombo Hut to Zebra Rocks at 4100m and return to Horombo Hut 3720

Day 5: Horombo Hut– Kibo Hut

Breakfast at 7:00 and then depart at 08:00am, you will walk through varied and strikingly picturesque landscapes. To begin, you will continue across the heath as it slowly turns into the parched, desolate highlands between Mawenzi and Kibo. The scenery here is littered with huge and small volcanic rocks, acting as a testament to the volcanic activity of years past. The final stretch to the Kibo Huts is very steep and physically challenging.

Once you arrive at the Kibo Huts, it is time to organize your equipment and warm clothes for tomorrow’s journey to the peak. To prevent freezing, keep any water your plan on bringing in a thermos. Get to bed early, as the next day’s trek requires a full night’s sleep worth of energy. You are getting ready to take on Kilimanjaro’s most ultimate challenge!

Accommodation: Overnight at Kibo Hut.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: 6-8 hours’ walking, 3720m from Horombo Hut to 4703m at Kibo Hut

Day 6: Kibo Hut – Summit – Horombo Hut

As you awake around midnight, there is just enough time for a small meal before you begin your nightly hike. Many hikers consider the difficult terrain, scattered with loose rocks, to be the most difficult part of the climb. The goal is to reach Gilman’s Point by dawn. This is to make sure that you can make it to Uhuru, the highest point of Kibo, shortly after sunrise. There will be a quick stop at Gilman’s Point to experience the glorious view. Afterward, you will continue along the edge of the crater to Uhuru – this is the last part of the ascent and features a steady incline.

Depending on when you take your journey, you may face snow on the final stretch of the path to the Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa and the very top of Kilimanjaro. As you reach the peak, an altitude of 5,895, you can congratulate yourself as you experience the astounding view and get a picture in front of the Uhuru Peak Sign.

Now it is time to start back towards the Kibo Huts, you will find that this part goes by incredibly quickly. At the Kibo Huts, you will stop to relax and enjoy a much-needed lunch, before moving along to the Horombo Huts, where you will enjoy a well-deserved full night’s rest.

Accommodation: Overnight at dormitory accommodation, at Horombo Hut

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: 10-13 hours’ walking, from 4703m at Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak at 5895m then return to 3720m at Horombo Hut

Day 7: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha

As we make the final descent through the rainforest to the Marangu Gate, we will have lunch and say farewell to our mountain crew. Afterward, we will leave Mount Kilimanjaro National Park and drive back to Arusha for a much-need shower and a commemorative dinner!

Accommodation: Overnight at Arusha Planet Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast basis

Journey Distance and Altitude: 3-4 hours’ drive from Marangu Gate to Arusha

Day 8: Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Starting from:

$ 2,316

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Inclusions

  • Experienced and professional mountain guides
  • Guides, porters and cook
  • All park fees
  • Rescue fee
  • Sleeping bags
  • All meals including large portions of fresh, healthy and nutritious food
  • 3 liters of bottled water for the first day of hiking per person
  • Guides will boil water or use steripens for water sanitization for you along the route
  • Clean and purified drinking water and soft drinks
  • High quality and waterproof four-seasons tents,
  • mattress and sleeping bag
  • Climbing poles
  • Quality mess tents with tables and chairs
  • Private and portable flush toilets
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • First night and last night in Arusha
  • All airport transfers

Exclusions

  • International Airfares
  • International and domestic departure tax
  • Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
  • Entry Visas to the country

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