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If you are the first time climber and you want to climb Kilimanjaro in few days, the Marangu route is the route for you. The 5-day Marangu route itinerary is the only uncomplicated to Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro climbing because of its gentle slopes but it needs an optional acclimatization day that one can reschedule to 6 days. However, it is the only route on the mountain which offers accommodation in sleeping huts and serves beverages like Coca-Cola on the way.
Your accommodation for this safari will be in several huts around the Kilimanjaro area. You will spend your first and second night at Mandara Hut and Horombo Hut consecutively. Your third and last night of this safari will be spent at Kibo Hut and Horombo Hut consecutively.
Take a short drive from Moshi or Arusha town to the Kilimanjaro park gate (1,830 meters) which lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, you climb up through an attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 meters).
The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well.
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.
You climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach Horombo Hut (3,720 meters). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very stunning, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds.
Through desert saddle, you climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness.
You will reach Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free for you to contemplate the summit ascent. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night.
You will start your ascent by torchlight at about 01:00 so that you can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over a loose volcanic screen but there is some well-graded zig-zag and a slow but steady pace that you will have up to Gillman’s Point (5,685 meters) in about five or six hours. You will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise.
Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 meters), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and you will return to Horombo Hut for the night.
You will retrace your steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the national park gates to Moshi or Arusha town. The greenness and lushness of the forest are quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. It is the end of the safari services.
You can explore the volcanic remains of Maundi Crater during this safari.
Donatus has the experience in Tanzania tourism industry for more than 15 years, started from northern Tanzania and now based in Dar es Salaam of southern Tanzania and western side of the country. He is also an expert for safaris outside Tanzania in countries like Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya.
This safari will be held at Kilimanjaro National Park area in Tanzania.
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