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6 Days Marangu Route Climbing Safari in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mandara Hut, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Safaris in Tanzania

As one of the most popular countries in Africa and the world, Tanzania safari has it all! Many people travel to Tanzania for their first safari trip to Africa and are never disappointed. Witness yourself the stunning beauty of the highest mountain in Africa, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. As you climb through the Marangu route, as this is the only route on Kilimanjaro where it offers sleeping in huts rather than camping like other routes, you will be able to enjoy staying in huts as you reach the peak!

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Highlights

  • Climb to the Uhuru Peak
  • Entrance to all of the parks visited
  • See the breathtaking views of Mawenzi and Kibo
  • All camping and hut fees, and extra mountain gears
  • Services of experienced guide, porters, and cook
  • Transport to and from the mountain gates
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
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Accommodation

Mandara Hut

You will spend your first and fifth nights in Mandara Hut, a village of A-framed huts in a forest clearing on the Marangu route. Each hut features six to eight sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting, with a camp capacity of up to 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.

Horombo Hut

You will spend your second and fourth nights in Horombo Hut, 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.

Kibo Safari Camp

You will spend your third night in Kibo Safari Camp. The camp has 73 self-contained tents for single, double, triple, and family accommodation. The beds have been custom designed and locally made using bush logs and will ensure a good night’s sleep.

Program

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

After breakfast, you will be driven for two hours to Marangu Park Gate. You will register and then you will start the climb. You will walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9,000 feet or 2,740 meters. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, you can look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Camp

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 your trek, there, you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Day 3: Horombo Camp to Kibo Camp

Ascending, you will now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro. You can enjoy and see the breathtaking and stunning views as you pass between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into "moonscape." You will have dinner and rest as a preparation for the summit climb.

Day 4: Kibo Camp to Summit and Horombo

Very early in the morning, like midnight to 2:00 a.m., you will start the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman's Point located on the crater rim at 18,640 feet or 5,861 meters, it can take four to seven hours. Continuing, you can now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa, at 19,340 feet or 5,895 meters, it can take an hour to two hours.

There will be unbelievable views at every turn. You can ask to get your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. From here, you can now descend the mountain, it may take one to two hours. You will be stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for dinner and a tired but happy overnight.

Day 5: Horombo to Mandara Hut

After breakfast, you will climb down with packed or break for lunch to Mandara Hut, dinner and overnight Mandara.

Day 6: Mandara Camp to Arusha

After breakfast, a steady 2,700 meters descent will take you down through moorland to Mandara Hut, the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue for another 1,830 meters, descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the national park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy.

Gaiters and trekking poles will be a great help in your climb. Shorts and t-shirts are a good choice to wear in the trek but you should not forget to keep a rain gear and warmer clothing handy. A vehicle will meet you at Marangu Village to drive you back to the hotel in Arusha. After a fun week, you should not forget to tip your guides and porters.

Guides

Benson Laizer

Thadei Msofe

Abel Temu

David Mbaga

Jonas Lekule

Location

This adventure safari will take place in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is the continent's highest peak, and one of Africa’s most magnificent sighs. It is the highest freestanding mountain in the world, rising from cultivated farmlands, through lush rainforest to alpine meadows, and at last in between lunar landscape up to the twin summits of Kibo (5,895 meters) and Mawenzi (5,149 meters) peaks.

At around 6,000 meters, it towers over the plains of Eastern Africa and is one of the most iconic volcanoes in the world. As Africa’s highest peak, it is always on the lists of those visiting the continent that are keen on walking and mountaineering.

Located to the east of Arusha and north of the small town of Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most iconic sights in Africa (if the cloud is not there and if you are looking from Amboseli National Park in Kenya). To go ahead and climb this towering peak is endurance test worthy of anyone and is the reason why many thousands of travelers flock there every year.

Food

Three daily meals and drinking water are included in the prices.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

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

What's included

  • 3 daily meals and drinking water
  • All camping and hut fees
  • All park entry fees
  • Cook and all kitchen utensils
  • Extra mountain gears
  • Guide and porters fees and salaries
  • Rescue fees
  • Transport to and from the mountain gates

What's not included

  • Accommodation before and after climb
  • Airport transfers
  • Items of personal use
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Tips
  • Visa entry

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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