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8 DAYS KILIMANJARO TREKKING (MARANGU ROUTE)

Duration
7 Nights / 8 Days
Validity
All year
Prices
USD 2,068
Code No
LS2011
Tour Description

The Marangu route, also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path.

Travel Itinerary
DAY 1: Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi (-/-/D)
  • Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met and transferred to Moshi
  • Overnight in Moshi
DAY 2: Marangu Gate (1,830m) – Mandara Huts (2,700m) (-/-/D)
  • Your head guide will meet you for the drive from Moshi to the Marangu Gate

Logistic Info:

Trekking time: 4-5 hours of walking.

Elevation gain 870 m / 2900 ft

After registration, begin trekking through lush undisturbed forest where you may be lucky enough to see Colobus monkeys.  The path gradually climbs to your camp at Mandara Huts, a trek taking approximately 4 to 5 hours. Mandara Huts is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing.  Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting.  The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. Alternatively simply rest and enjoy the beautiful forest around you.

  • Overnight in Mandara camp.
DAY 3: Mandara Huts (2,700m) - Horombo Huts (3,720m) (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast, Your head guide will meet you for the drive to Horombo Huts

Logisitic Info:

Trekking time: 5-6 hours, approx.

Elevation gain 1020m/ 3300ft

From Mandara Hut the trail climbs steeply through a short stretch of forest, soon emerging into grassy moorland.  On a clear day, you will catch your first glimpse of Kibo, the summit cone of Kilimanjaro, and the jagged second peak Mawenzi. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional groundsel which can reach heights of up to 5 metres.  After around 4 to 6 hours walking today you will reach the hut complex at Horombo where you will have hot washing water, dinner and overnight. Overnight in Horombo Camp.

Horombo is a village of huts perched on a small plateau with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers!

  • Overnight in Horombo camp.
DAY 4: Acclimatization Walk (B/L/D)
  • This is addition day for Acclimatization.

Logistic Info:

Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Today you can have a lie in, as you will be staying at Horombo Huts for a second night and therefore do not need to pack!  This extra day and night will aid your acclimatisation and is therefore very important in preparation for your summit attempt.  The day will be spent hiking towards the seldom visited base of Mawenzi Peak, passing Zebra Rocks en route.  The landscape feels more alpine here and there is a greater sense of peacefulness than in other locations on this route.

  • Overnight in Horombo camp.
DAY 5: Horombo Huts (3,720m) - Kibo Huts (4,700m) (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast, we leave Horombo Camp and heading to Kibo Huts.

Logistic Info:

Elevation Gain: 980m/ 3200 feet

After breakfast you will continue your ascent into the alpine desert, heading towards the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. The terrain is much more open here and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness.  You will arrive in camp for lunch giving you the afternoon to rest before your summit attempt.

  • Overnight in Kibo Camp
DAY 6: Kibo Camp - Uhuru Peak (5,895m) - Horombo Hut (B/L/D)
  • In the early hours of the morning you will begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak.

Logisitic Info:

Elevation Gain: 1195 m / 3940 ft

Elevation Loss: 2175m / 7140 ft

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your flashlight. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.  The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring.  After summit celebrations you will descend to Kibo Huts.  You will eat here before continuing your descent to Horombo Huts.  This will seem surprisingly fast.  The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day.  Later in the evening enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • Overnight in Horombo Camp
DAY 7: Horombo Huts (3,720m) - Marangu Gate (1,830m) (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate.

Logistic Info:

Trekking time: 5-6 hours

Elevation Loss: 1,890 metres / 6200 feet

Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery.  This trek will take approximately 5-6 hours.  At the gate, you will be met and transferred back to Moshi.

  • Overnight in Moshi
DAY 8: Moshi – Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Today you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro airport, in time for your flight.
Camp Envisaged:

Chanya Lodge 1 Night

Mandara Camp – 1 night

Horombo Camp – 2 nights

Kibo Camp – 1 night

Horombo Camp – 1 nights

Chanya Lodge 1 Night

Inclusions
  • 1 x Night accommodation at Chanya Lodge on HB basis before trek
  • 1 x Night accommodation at Chanya Lodge on HB basis after trek
  • Kilimanjaro National Park conservation fee
  • Kilimanjaro National Park hut fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park trained and certified English speaking mountain guide/s
  • Kilimanjaro National Park trained and certified porters (1 x porter carrying personal mountain luggage of 15kg max.)
  • Kilimanjaro Porter’s Assistant Project (KPAP) partnership & monitoring
  • Trained chef/cook and eating utensils (inc. cutlery & crockery)
  • Meals indicated on the itineraries [B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner]
  • 1 x transfer from Moshi to Marangu park gate per group
  • 1 x transfer from Marangu park gate to Moshi per group
  • Safe and luggage storage at Chanya Lodge while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut onwards)
  • Additional day for acclimatisation
  • Basic first aid kit per group
  • 1 x sleeping mattress per person (provided in the Huts by Kilimanjaro National Park)
  • 1 x Emergency oxygen cylinder per group
  • Airport Transfer
Exclusions
  • Tipping; hiring of any personal mountain equipment such as clothing or a sleeping bag and items of a personal nature.
  • You also have the option of taking an oxygen tank and/or a private toilet if you wish.  Speak to us regarding prices for these.
  • Anything not mentioned under inclusions
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