7 days Trekking / Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route – Day one
Transfer from Moshi town to Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m).
Hiking time: 5 hours.
Distance: About 12 km’s.
Habitat: Montane forest.
Elevation change: + 720 m
After your breakfast, you will be briefed about the hiking by our seasoned mountain climbing guides. You will then depart to the Marangu Gate where you will complete the necessary paperwork and official formalities before you start your trek. You will be accompanied by porters who will carry your major pieces of equipment while you carry all your necessary item which you need frequent access to on the trek in a backpack.Ensure all your gear is in order cause being well equipped is vital for the trip. Before you start the hike our guide will show you the trail and share all additional information you might need for the trek. Now you will start your hike on a cleared ridge making your way through the rainforest shrouded with mist and bearded moss. After making your way through the edge of a small stream in the lush vegetation of the forest and ninety minutes of hiking you will reach Mandara Hut.
The weather at Mandara hut isn’t much cold and normal dressing and a jacket is enough. With an exception of Kibo hut the other huts have 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.
7 days Trekking / Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route – Day two
Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Distance: About 15 km’s.
Elevation change: + 1020 m
Day two of your trek begins after a light breakfast. No sooner have you started you would have made your way through the last vestiges of the montane forests, making your way around the Maundi crater to enter the heather moorland vegetation zone. If you take a short detour to the rim of the Maundi Crater, weather permitting, you can enjoy the impressive views of the Kibo glaciers. Besides the heath, you will also see the fascinating a lobelias and groundsel that reach up to impressive heights of 3 and 5 meters respectively. In the afternoon you will reach Horombo hut, the site of your overnight. The temperatures fall below freezing points at night, make sure you have warm clothes in order. Horombo hut has a capacity of 120 beds so sleeping in won’t be a problem.
7 days Trekking / Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route – Day three
Horombo hut (3720m)
Horombo Hut – OPTIONAL acclimatization Day
Kilimanjaro is a high altitude trek and acclimatization is necessary to mitigate the effects of altitude sickness. So today is dedicated for acclimitization and you will stay put at Horombo hut and use the day to undertake measured hikes to bring into play climb high/sleep low principles. You will go on a three-hour ascent zebra rocks on the way to Mawenzi hut and descent which will around 90 minutes. Stay hydrated and observe pole -pole and don’t rush through the trek. Horombo hut has twice the number of huts and is always buzzing with activity since the groups going up and descending down converge for a night halt at this site. So you can look forward to plenty of leisurely chatter. After dinner, you will turn in early as sleep and rest are necessary for the grueling couple of days that lie ahead.
7 days Trekking / Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route – Day four
Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 15 km’s
Habitat: Alpine desert
Elevation change: + 980 m
As we continue to ascend the oxygen levels deplete in the atmosphere and the body struggles to adapt. You begin your ascent for the day after breakfast. From this site, you have two option to reach the Saddle, between Mawenzi and Kibo. We recommend forsaking the upper route which is rocky and tough for the lower route which is relatively easier and is en route the “Last Water Point” (4,200 m). Fill up your camelbacks and continue your ascent slowly to the Kibo hut (4,700 m), nestled in the alpine desert. The temperature at this altitude is extreme and wicked. The morning sun scorches your skin and at night it is freezing cold The night accommodation at Kibo huts consists of 60 bunk beds in blockhouses built with stones. Platform toilets are also available to save you the trouble of relieving yourself in stark barren surroundings.
The ascent to the summit begins at midnight. So you will have an early dinner and turn in early by 7 pm. Make sure your gear is in order. ski sticks, trekking poles thermal clothing, headlamps et al and importantly hydrate yourself well.
7 days Trekking / Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route – Day five
Kibo hut (4700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Horombo hut (3720 m)
Hiking time: 10 hours
Distance: About 27 km’s
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Elevation change: + 1195 m, – 2175 m
The ascent to the summit begins at midnight. Today’s trek is by far the toughest challenge you will undertake on the trail. The first part is a steep ascent into darkness and after 90 minutes of trekking, you will pass Williams Point (5,000 m). As you continue the trek you would soon reach Hans Meyer Cave (5,150 m). Your pre-summit goal of Gillman’s Point is now just about an hour of a trek away. The trek to the Gilman point is a tricky one as it’s a steep and zigzag ascent negotiating large rocks. From Gilman’s point, it’s just about an hour and a half to reach the summit at Uhuru peak. The trail to the Uhuru is laden with snow and scree along the crater’s rim. Once you summit at Uhuru pull out your camera to capture the breathtaking vistas that open up to you and also capture photos with your team to mark a personal milestone. Bask in the glory of your achievement for a few moments and then make your descent towards Kibo hut (4,700 m) where you will have a heavy breakfast and brief stop for rest. From Kibo hut, it is just another there hour descent to reach Horombo hut (3,720 m) where you will have your dinner. Overnight accommodation will be in the Horombo Hut.
7 days Trekking / Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route – Day six
Horombo hut (3720 m) – Mandara hut (1980m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 27 km’s
Habitat: Moorland + Rain Forest
Elevation change: – 1740 m
This is your last day on Kilimanjaro and after a breakfast you will continue your descent from Horombo Hut passing through Mandara hut (2,700 m) all the way to down reach the Marangu gate; where you will receive your summit certificates(green certificate – Gilman’s Point and gold certificate – Uhuru Peak) from the park office as a recognition of your efforts. After that, you will sign the registration book and mark the end of your climb. Then you will drive to your hotel and after a hot shower and drink later you will usher in the celebrations before turning in the comfortable beds.