6 Days Marangu Route (Mount Kilimanjaro Climb)

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Overview

The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route into a 6-day trek, greatly increasing your chances of success. Shared hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are pottered and a cook prepares all your meals.

Marangu is the only route on Kilimanjaro with solar-powered sleeping huts. You will also find comfy beds at every camp. The huts are shared by all climbers on the route and their bunks are equipped with a sponge mattress and pillow. The huts at Mandara and Kibo each have 60 beds and the busiest camp, Horombo Hut, has 120 beds. The lower two huts have bathrooms and running water. Basic outhouses are available at the last camp.
The dining huts are a communal melting pot of trekkers from all over the globe.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1
ARRIVAL AT JRO- (OVERNIGHT ARUSHA/MOSHI)

Transfer to your hotel of stay. During the briefing session, our senior guides will take you through what to expect, matters relating to first aid, rescue and medical evacuation, and inspect your climbing gears.

Day 2
MARANGU GATE (1860M) - MANDARA HUT (2715m)

Hiking time: 5h
Distance: Approximately 8.1 km
Habitat: Montane forest
Pick up from the Lodge after breakfast and drive to Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you, as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers.

Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest.

The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found.

An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail branches off to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either after 1.5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.
Your first night stop, Mandara hut, consisting of a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut. Dinner is prepared by our cook and served in a communal dining mess.

Day 3
MANDARA HUT (2715M) - HOROMBO HUT (3705M)

Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 11.6 km
Habitat: Moorland
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun.
Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours trek from here, you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have a hot bowl of washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.

Day 4
HOROMBO HUT (3705M) - MARANGU GATE (1860M)

Horombo hut (3705m) – Acclimatization day
Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Horombo is normally bustling with hikers, guides and porters, with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here.
This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1,5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night’s rest.

Day 5
HOROMBO HUT (3705M) - KIBO HUT (4730M)

Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 9.6 km
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) should be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day (on your acclimatisation hike) towards Mawenzi hut. This section is very stony and eroded.

The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour shorter, and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night’s time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut).
Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!
Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Kibo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. There are platform toilets behind the hut.

The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.

Day 6
KIBO HUT (4730M) - UHURU PEAK (SUMMIT 5895M) - HOROMBO HUT (3705M)

Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 6 to 8 hours to descend to Horombo
Distance: Approximately 5.4km ascent and 15 km descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi/Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at an hotel.
END OF SEVICES.

Cost Includes

  • All camping fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cooks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the mountain
  • Hot drinks on the mountain
  • Flaying Doctor (on the requests).
  • Certificate for your successful summit attempt
  • Government taxes
  • National park fees
  • 1 night in Arusha/Moshi on bed and breakfast
  • Transfer to & fro start point on mountain
  • Certified experience English-speaking guide.
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Accommodation in mountain huts and tent
  • Cooking equipment, eating utensils, tent and foam sleeping pads

Cost Excludes

  • International flight
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Tips and gratuities for Crew on mountain, transfer driver/guide, hotel staff etc
  • • Travel and medical insurance
  • • Communication charges or other personal items
  • Meals or transfers other than those included on the cost of the climb
  • Optional activities
  • Beverages, laundry, personal gear or clothing on the mountain
  • Any charges resulting from an early descent such as additional hotels, transfers etc. (If a client returns before the completion of the climb)

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6 Days Marangu Route (Mount Kilimanjaro Climb)
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