Marangu route 5 Days

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Duration

5 days

Tour Type

Overview

The Marangu Route is the oldest on Kilimanjaro and is also one of the most popular – mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers.

The route can be completed in 5 days; however, it is recommended that climbers take an extra day to acclimatize at Horombo Hut.

The main setback on the Marangu Route is that the ascent is exactly the same as the descent and therefore there is not as much variety in settings compared to other routes.

Included/Exclude

  • All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Professional English speaking guide(s)
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
  • Flights and Visa fee
  • Travel insuarence
  • Personal gear rentals
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent)
  • Soda and Alcoholic beverages

Itinerary

Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) to Mandara Hut (2,700 meters)

Distance: ~8km

Trekking time: 4-6 hours

Zone: Rainforest

The Marangu Route begins at Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) on the South-East side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Typically you will be driven to the gate from Moshi, which takes approximately an hour. If approaching from Arusha it takes over two hours to reach Marangu gate. At the gate you will meet your trekking team, register with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities and witness porters assembling and weighing packs of gear that they will be carrying up the mountain. Your first night is spent in the Mandara Huts (2,700 meters) Each hut has 6-8 bunk beds. If you are a light sleeper I suggest bringing ear plugs!

Mandara Hut (2,700 meters) to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

Distance: ~11.5km / 7 miles

Trekking time: 6-7hours

Vegetatio zone: Heather-Moorland

Day two begins with an early start. You will be served breakfast and should be on your way by 08:30. The trek continues through the rainforest, around the base of the Maundi Crater and then transitions rather rapidly into the low alpine moorland zone. If the weather is clear you should definitely take the opportunity to scramble up the Maundi Crater to get your first full view of Kibo. During the trek you will also see giant senecio which are scattered throughout the landscape at this altitude. At Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) you will be served dinner and shown to your sleeping quarters for the night.

Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)

Distance: ~10km / 6 miles

Trekking time: 5-6hours

Zone:

You will depart from Horombo Hut early to Kibo Hut which covers a distance of approximately 10km. There are two routes to Kibo. The first, or upper route, forks to the right. Six day trekkers would have trekked this route on their acclimatization day to Mawenzi Hut. You will most likely take the lower left hand route as it is easier and nearly an hour shorter. On the left hand route you will pass the last water point at 4,130 meters. Make sure to fill up your water reserves here as you will not find another watering point until you get back to Horombo Hut from the summit .At Kibo Hut you will be served an early dinner and should try get to bed before 19:00 as you will be awoken around 23:30 to start your 1,150 meter ascent to Uhuru Peak. Make sure that you have all your gear ready for a prompt departure, including insulated water, snacks, your headlamp and camera.

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Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

Distance: ~

Trekking time:

Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone

Day four begins with summit night. After being awoken you will be served some hot tea and biscuits and will then begin your summit ascent. The route follows a rocky path to the first check point, Hans Meyer Cave at 5,150 meters. It then continues to zigzag for a good 2-3 hours until you get to Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters) on Kibo’s crater rim. You will most likely be very tired at this point. Take some time to rest and refuel with a snack. The final push is tough and requires mental stamina. Focus on moving slowly and deliberately for the final 200 meter ascent. At Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) you will not be able to stay too long so make sure to get all the pictures you want to take and then begin your descent back to Kibo Hut, and onto Horombo Hut. In total you will be trekking upwards of 12-13hours. It will be one of the longest days of your life but well worth it!

Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Marangu Gate (1,870 meters)

Distance:~

Zone: Low alpine zone and rainforest

Day five from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate is nearly 20km but usually only takes 7 hours to complete. You will be exhausted at this stage and spend most of the hike imagining the hot shower you will be having that evening. At Marangu Gate you will be presented with your certificate, either for Gilman’s Point or Uhuru Peak (depending on how far you managed to get). It is customary to present your trekking team with their hard-earned tips at this point Guides and Porters .You will then be driven back to your hotel

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