To climb Mount Kilimanjaro via Marangu route doesn’t need any professional. accommodation on the way up and down is provided in mountain huts with all the basic necessities. There are 60 bunk beds each (for 60 people each) at Mandara Hut (2700m) and Kibo Hut (4700m), and 120 bunk beds (for 120 people) at Horombo Hut (3720m) which is also used for descent. Climbers are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags should be brought along. There are communal dining halls, washrooms and toilets. The trek can be taken in 6 days/5 nights to add acclimatization with an extra day at Horombo Hut. The supplementary cost for an extra day is indicated separately as an option.
Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance approx. 12 km
Vegetation type: Montane forest & moorland
After breakfast at your lodge in Arusha, we pick you up and drive be Marangu gate. It will take you about 2.5 to 3 hrs of driving along chagga villages, and farms of sweet potatoes, cassava, beans, maize & through coffee & banana plantation. On arrival at the gate you will sign in at the park office and your guide will work on park formalities. The actual number of potters to support you will depend on things to be carried but from the office we will weigh all the luggage and have a rough idea of the number of porters. According to park rules & regulation each potter should carry not more than 20 kg, you will carry your lunch box, drinking water, some clothes and all your valuable. Potters are hiking first so once they carry any of your things you will meet them at the camp.
Today, your Kilimanjaro climb on Marangu route 6 days starts by trekking up to Mandara hut at (2700 m), your will hike through beautiful landscape of the mountain forest & along little streams and water falls. Kisamboni picnic area the place for lunch can be reached after 1.5 hrs walk from the park gate. From Kisamboni another 1.5 hrs will be needed to reach Mandara hut (2,700). The vegetation type at the campsite is of low alpine zone and moorland, with shrub and trees accompanied with lots of lichens.
Mandara hut is placed at a clear forest with wooden A-shaped framed and here is where your will first night on Kilimanjaro Mountain will be spent here. Mandara huts is having a capacity 60 people sleeping in bunks, each hut has 6-8 sleeping bunks. Water around this area is from the spring and can be used for cooking, drinking & flushing toilets. At the camp you will have hot water to wash, tea/coffee & snakes before changing the clothes that you have been hiking with & put on dry cloth, on the mountain we say stay warm all the time. This procedure will be carried out in almost all camps.
You can have a short walk to the Maundi crater where you can enjoy a good weather and possibly a great view Mawenzi peak. Blue Monkeys, black and white coloubus Monkeys can be spotted around this place.
Overnight at Mandara Hut (2700 m). All meals included.
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance approx. 15 km
Vegetation type: moorland zone
After light breakfast, your second hiking day on Kilimanjaro Mt. Marangu route starts, this day you will hike along the last patches of the mountane forest past the other side of Maundi crater and soon you will reach the moorland vegetation zone.
The area is more dominated by heather, Lobelia Deckenii and lovely Dendrosenecio kilimanjari. With a good weather condition, you can have a stunning view of both Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Later you will arrive at Horombo huts and if you wish you can bath with hot water before dinner followed by sleeping in a luxurious bed.
Horombo huts can accommodate 120 people all sleeping in beds and it is like a small village and the only huts on Kilimanjaro with beds. You have one day here for relaxing and acclimatization be prepared as nights here tends to be crazy cold.
Climbing Marangu route 6 days itinerary continues as you start your 4th day. Come on you will make it!
After breakfast Horombo Hut, spend a day here allowing your body to adjust to high altitude. If you wish you can have a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (46 00 m) for further acclimatization with your guide. Your preference for this day will decide on where to have lunch if you will hike to Mawezi then you will take packed lunch.
Overnight at Horombo Hut (37,20 m). All meals included
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance approx. 15 km
Vegetation type: Alpine desert
Your hiking day will start after breakfast.
Saddle the area in-between Mawenzi and Kibo can be reached in two different routes, through the upper route which is eroded and stomy or by taking the lower route which is easier and most recommended where you can pass near the water point at (4200 m) which is the last in this route.
We will fill your bottles with enough drinking water as this will be the last water point before reaching Horombo huts again, otherwise you can buy mineral water or soft drinks at Kibo huts. If you wish you can take a short break at this last water point and perhaps sit at the picnic site for lunch.
You will reach Kibo huts at (4700 m) after 2 walking hours. Kibo hut is at the barren Alpine desert with only grasses and everlasting flowers. Kibo huts are built with stone blocks and have 60 bunk beds and platform toilets. Reaching the camp same procedures will follow as per previous days.
Overnight at Kibo Hut (4,700 m). All meals include.
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru Peak, 6 hours to Horombo hut
Distance approx. 6 km ascent 21 km descent
Vegetation type: Stone scree / ice-cap summit
This is the final part of your Mt Kilimanjaro climbing on Marangu route will, you will start at midnight. On this day after early dinner your guide will give you a detailed briefing on how you can successfully get to the summit, what to pack, what to wear and on so. You will then prepare all needed gears before going to sleep as the starting hours will be around mid-night depends on your pace. Things to be prepared for this attempt are mostly thermal clothing, ski-stick, thermal flask for water, hand warmers, batteries and headlamp among others. Your guide will point them pot during briefing.
Since your guide has been watching your pace on previous days, he will schedule the staring time which will likely to be at 23:00 or 23:30, you may have some tea and biscuits before starting. You will face a challenging part of your Mt Kilimanjaro climbing at the beginning which is rough and rocky path.
On the way you will pass Williams Point at (5,000 m), Hans Meyer Cave at (5,150 m) and Gillman’s point at (5,681 m) positioned on the crater’s rim. To reach Hans Meyer Cave from Kibo hut you will spend almost two and a half hours. Gilman’s point is placed just a short distance from Hans Meyer Cave, it is about an hour to get there.
From Gilman’s point you will possibly need not less than 1 hour and a half to reach the summit. The rest of your climbing all the way up to Uhuru Peak will be covered with snow and the walking will be along the rim of crater’s. Stella point at (5,752 m) will be passed on the way and this is the point where other Kilimanjaro routes reach the rim.
Mt Kilimanjaro climbing tours continue and at this point your about to reach the summit but it can be of a great challenge. Getting there weather how you feel will determine the time to be spent at the summit enjoying & taking pictures but it will not be much longer at this altitude before starting your way down and back to Kibo hut at (4700 m) for lunch break. After lunch you will stretch further down to Horombo hut at (3720 m), it will take you not less than 3 hours to get there. At the camp same procedures of hot water to wash & so forth will take place. Later you will be served dinner and spend a night at the luxurious beds.
Overnight at Horombo Hut (3,720 m). All meals included.
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance approx. 27 km
Vegetation type: Low alpine zone, moorland and montane forest.
You will have breakfast at Horombo hut before starting your last day down from Kilimanjaro. Hot lunch will be served at Mandara hut (27,00 m), little rest before starting your way, hopeful the path is familiar as you have passed here on your first day.
Reaching Marangu gate, you will provide some details to the register on where you have reached. Certificate for reaching Gilmann’s Point is in green color & gold certificate (big Diploma) for reaching Uhuru Peak the actual summit of Kilimanjaro Mountain. This will be the time for celebration singing & dancing followed by tips session, you may start with potters, cook & lastly the guides.
Afterward meet you driver at the gate who have already be there & drive back to Arusha or drop off at the airport. (Accommodation on this day can be arranged upon request at an extra cost)
Congratulation you are among the heroes who have successfully Climbed Mt Kilimanjaro Marangu route in 6 days.
Bon Voyage/ Safiri Salama/ Good Bye