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KILIMANJARO CLIMBING - MARANGU ROUTE
Resident Special EA Citizen Special


Tanzania Citizens: from USD 715 (double/triple sharing)

Tanzania Residents: from USD 1925 (double/triple sharing)

Non-Residents: from USD 2210 (double/triple sharing)

From USD   715* | from £ 0 521.95*

per person Min 4 Pax

Mt. Kilimanjaro, a scenic show piece of Tanzania would always greet you on arrival. Just as you cross the Equator, Kilimanjaro white flat top, shimmers in the blue sky. Grand and majestic, it looks “as wide as all the world, great, high, and amazing white in the sun” as Hemingway had seen it .Standing at 5895 metres above the sea level, the Kilimanjaro is the highest attraction in Africa, the highest free standing mountain in the World as well as the one of the highest dormant volcanoes in the World.

Day 1:
Pick up from the Airport transfer to Moshi town to a hotel for briefing and overnight stay.
A pre-climb briefing will be arranged with one of our mountain guides to ensure that you have all the correct mountain climbing gear (see our packing list for further information).  
We’ll also talk you through what will be expected during the climb and share all our best secrets for conquering the highest point of Africa!   

Day 2: 
Marangu Gate (1970m) to Mandara Hut (2700m).

Elevation Gain: 870 meters / 2,900 feet 
Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours 
Habitat: Rainforest 

After breakfast, pick up from Hotel and transfer to Marangu entrance gate.
Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations start to hike. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have in hand all your pack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch box, and extra clothes) with you as the porters ascend a lot faster than hikers. Our guides will at your reach if you need any assistance or information. You will then leave the Park gate and start ascending using a well maintained walking trail which will make you absorbed in the spectacular montane forest and hiking time is 4 to 5 hours to Mandara hut. The Montane forest, is packed with mist and wetness, with beards of moss, and you can get chance to see varieties of Birds, Primates i.e. Black and white colobus Monkey and varieties of beautiful flowers. Mandara hut will be your first stop over (first night), is a group of A shaped- wooden huts in Montane forest. Each hut featured 6 to 8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is accommodate 80 hikers with all facilities including water and toilets.

Day 3: 
Mandara hut (2700m) to Horombo hut (3720m).

Elevation Gain: 1,020 meters/ 3,300 feet 
Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours 
Habitat: Moorland  

Hiking time is 6 hours, from Mandara hut to Horombo hut (second stop over) and the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi crater and then emerges into the transition from montane forest to Moorland vegetation zone. It is worth taking a short deviation to the rim of Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will shine at a distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get  a chance to see some flora which are endemic in Mountain Kilimanjaro i.e. Giant lobelia, Protea kilimandsharica, Senecio kilimanjari, Lobelia deckenii etc. After six (6) hours from Mandara you will reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest an evening meal and overnight at the Hut.  

Day 4:
Horombo hut (3720m) Acclimatization day.

Horombo hut is a village of huts balanced on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a capacity of 160 hikers. Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and pleasure, you will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. Hike towards the mawenzi saddle, passing the Zebra rocks on the way, is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly (pole pole). Retreat to bed early and get a last good night’s rest.

Day 5: 
Horombo hut (3720m) to Kibo hut (4700m).

Elevation Gain:  980 meters / 3,200 feet 
Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours 
Habitat: Alpine Desert 
After full breakfast you now continue your ascend into the alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there two trails to the saddle (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut.
The suggested lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour and it also passes the last water point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until you return to Horombo hut in two night’s time (unless you’re willing to buy mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to walk slowly (pole pole) and drink enough water. Situated in the desolate Alpine desert is Kibo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 hikers, no stream with water nearby.
The summit now stands at a distance/height of 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Get your equipment ready like ski-stick, headlamp and batteries for camera and make sure you have extra set available as well and thermal clothing for your summit bid. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go for rest until 23hrs ready for the last blow to defeat the summit.
  
Day 6:
SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Kibo hut (4700m) to Uhuru (Freedom) peak (5895m) 

Elevation Gain: 1,195 meters / 3,940 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters / 7,140 feet 
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours to Uhuru Peak; 7 to 8 hours to Horombo Huts 
Habitat: Arctic conditions 

To Uhuru peak it will cost you about seven (7) to eight (8) hours to reach the peak. You will have to wake up around 2230hrs get all the important things (equipment) in place like putting on climbing warm clothes, and after some tea and biscuits you scuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets hard. The first section of the trail consists of rocky path to the Hans Meyer cave (5150m), also a good resting point. The path Zigzags up to Gilman’s point (5168m), which is located on the Crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Most likely the most challenging section of the entire route, and move slowly (pole pole) and always listen to your guide.
From Gilman’s Point you will normally come across snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the roof of Africa. Total happiness and approval you made it. Weather conditions on the Summit will determine how long you will be able to spend for appreciation of the scenic beauty and taking photos, before 3 hours descend back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather your belongings you left behind when you were ascending and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem amazingly fast compared to ascending. The total time used up walking on this day is 14 hours, so be ready for a very tough day.
Later in the evening you will enjoy you dinner and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
 

Day 7:
Horombo hut (3720m) to Marangu gate (1970m)

Elevation Loss: 1,890 meters / 6,200 feet 
Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hours 
Habitat: Rainforest 

After full breakfast you keep on your descend by passing Mandara Hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in register. This is also where successful hikers are awarded certificates, for those who reached Gilman’s point (5150m) and Uhuru peak (5895m).
You will drive back to the Hotel enjoy shower, hot lunch and celebration.

Day 8: Kilimanjaro airport
After breakfast check out from lodge and transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight to Home. 

End of climbing.

Includes:

  • Marangu route trekking for 6days/5nights 
  • All park fee for client.
  • 3 meals a day plus a cup of hot drink.
  • Entry fee for crew
  • Payments of the crew
  • Meals for the crew.
  • Transfer from Moshi to park entrance gate.
  • Service of a private English speaking professional and qualified mountain guide.
  • Cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisional and client’s private bags,
  • All food and catering equipment,
  • Boiling water on the trek.
  • Pre and post accommodation on bed and breakfast basis.

Excludes:

  • Tips for guides, Cooks and Porters,
  • Personal mountain equipments and all types of hard and soft drinks
  • Hire of any Equipment or gear besides those arranged and provide by the office.
  • Medical Treatment or check up.
  • Laundry service, telephone calls, Bear/ Soft drink, Gift and souvenirs.
  • Personal and luggage Insurance.
  • Any rescue fee apart from the Kilimanjaro national park authority.
  • All other Items of a personal nature.
  • Any return transfer from boarder.
  • Any luggage more than 15kg per client.
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