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5 Days Marangu Route Hiking Safaris in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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Kilimanjaro Mountain Climbing Safari Tanzania

Challenge yourself with this hiking safari where you will have the arduous but exciting task to climb up the Kilimanjaro mountain by way of the Marangu route. You will be treated with the most appealing sights once you get to higher ground! There will be spectacular views waiting for your appreciation. Be bold and take on this mountain climbing trip!

Meet the guides

Patrick
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Highlights

  • Guided trek to Kilimanjaro's peak
  • Kilimanjaro trek certificate of achievement
  • Professional and experienced mountain guides, cooks, and porters
  • Transport to and from the mountain
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 1
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
17:00

Facilities

  • Fireplace
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Picnic area
  • Currency exchange
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance

During this trekking trip, you will be staying at different Marangu route camps as mentioned in the itinerary: Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut, and Kibo Hut.

Program

Day 1: Arusha to Mandara Hut

  • Elevation: 1700 meters to 2740 meters
  • Walking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Distance: 7 kilometers
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 feet or 2740 meters. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys.

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation: 2700 meters to 3700 meters
  • Distance: 11 kilometers
  • Walking time: 6 to 8 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland

After about one hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You will start to feel the effects of the altitude. If you wish to extend you trek, here you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

  • Elevation: 3700 meters to 4700 meters
  • Distance: 10 kilometers
  • Walking time: 6 to 8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Ascending, you now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into "moonscape". Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Day 4: Kibo Hut to summit (Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters) to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation: 4700 meters to 5895 meters to 3700 meters
  • Distance: 4 kilometers up / 14 kilometers down
  • Walking time: 10 to 15 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2:00 a.m.), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman's point located on the crater rim at 18640 feet or 5861 meters taking up four to seven hours). Continuing, you now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa: 19340 feet or 5895 meters (one to two hours).

Unbelievable views at every turn. Get your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. From here, you now descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for dinner and a tired but happy overnight (one to two hours).

This beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. "Pole pole" and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Arusha

  • Elevation: 3700 meters to 1700 meters
  • Distance: 18 kilometers
  • Walking time: 5 to 7 hours

After breakfast, a steady descent takes you down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700 meters or 8858 feet), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 meters or 6004 feet).

At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to the Arusha Center Inn Hotel in Arusha. Dinner will be on your own.

Guides

Patrick Kusola

Location

On this safari tour, you will be heading up the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro with experienced guides.

Features

General

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Services

  • Currency exchange
  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Medical assistance
  • Mosquito net
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

Food

The price of the package includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If you want to extend your trip, you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi on the second day.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation at Arusha Center Inn before and after the hiking trip
  • 3 daily meals whilst on the mountain
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All hut and camping fees
  • All park entry fees
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Porters, guide, and cooks
  • Transport to and from the mountain on a shuttle bus

What's not included

  • Beverages and mineral water
  • Items of personal nature
  • Personal climbing gear including clothing and rucksack
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips for the guide, porters, and cooks
  • Visa

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 18% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 10 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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