- OUR TITLE – OHTL – 01 – MARANGU ROUTE.
- TOUR CATEGORY – HUTS ACCOMMODATION.
- TOUR LENGTH – 5 NIGHTS – 6 DAYS.
Day – 0 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where we are met on arrival and transferred to Arusha Hotel formerly new Arusha Hotel. The Hotel is situated at the center of Africa half way from Cairo and Cape Town for overnight (Bed and breakfast.)
Day – 1 – Marangu Gate (1800m) – Mandara Hut (2727m.)
After Early breakfast, you’ll be introduced to your guides at the hotel and depending on the size of your group assistant guides and porters will be waiting at the parks gate to sort out the food and bags to be carried up the mountain. After your gear has been loaded onto the vehicle you’ll be driven to the Parks gate from Arusha via Moshi town where spring water is available and should be purchased before you proceed to the gate. The journey from Arusha to Marangu parks gate takes (02h00) two hours.
At the gate office you will be asked to fill in your passport number and other personal details in the register, later familiarise with your porters who will carry your baggage on the climb. While you are at it you can also buy maps, books, postcards, camera films, snacks and drinks from the curio shop. Next you will be given a lunch pack and start your trek to Mandara Hut the first camp on the route.The three hour long walk through the rain forest can be very wet, muddy and slippery if weather conditio ns in the previous days have been less than pleasant.
Otherwise this is a very scenic and not too strenuous a walk allowing for a halfway lunch stop. On arrival at Mandara Huts (2727m) situated on the forest belt border just below the Maundi Crater (2800m) you have to report to the camp office for accommodation details. While the porters prepares your healthy, hot dinner and hot water for bathing you can visit the Maundi Crater only 15 minutes walk away from the camp or just sit around and relax sipping your favourite drink in the dinning hall where all meals are served.
Day – 2 – Mandara Huts (2727m) – Horombo Huts (3720m.)
Breakfast at the camp is served very early and depending on the guide, you’ll be asked to be ready for the roughly five-hour walk immediately afterwards. The day starts with a short walk to the border of the forest where, on a clear day, you can get the first gorgeous views of Mawenzi (5149m) and the south-eastern slopes of Kilimanjaro.
The footpath heads into the moor land and is in a fairly decent condition with grass, shrubs, bush and a few flowers dominating the landscape. The halfway mark between the camps is designated area for resting and lunching. You’ll arrive at Horombo Huts during the early afternoon and must report to the camp office for accommodation arrangements. Spring water, beer, soft drinks and snacks are also available at the camp. In the afternoon you can fumble around the area, rest or climb the ridge obscuring the breathtaking views of Mawenzi. As usual meals are served in the spacious dinning hall because the temperatures at the camp can drop below freezing point.
Day – 3 – Mawenzi Hut (4600m) extra day for acclimatization.
During the cause of this day you’ll gain over (800m) in altitude by walking for about three hours to Mawenzi hut. After about an hour you pass the Zebra Rock, one of the many miracles of nature you’ll se along your hike, the path turns east at the junction towards Mawenzi.
As you proceed along in a northerly direction, at the junction you’ll reach the memorial of Loretta Mae Hendricks who lost her life on the mountain in April 1979. The steep scree path ascending to Gillman’s Point (4600m) is also clearly visible. After reaching Mawenzi Hut you then return to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest. This extra day is highly recommended as you increase your chances of reaching the summit.
Day – 4- Horombo Huts (3720m) – Kibo Huts (4703m)
The walk to Kibo Huts heads up a footpath into the semi-desert landscape of the Saddle. When walking through the Saddle you get to see the Middle Red Hill, West Lava Hill and East Lava Hill to the east and the Barafu Hut (4600m) camp to the west. Halfway through the Saddle you stop for lunch and then proceed to the Kibo Hut. Here you are required to report to the camp office for accommodation arrangements. Note carefully that drinking water is not available at all at this camp, but some can be bought from the office along with the regular beer and soft drinks.
Before you retire remember to arrange all summit gear as preparations for the arduous summit bid is just before midnight when the temperature is well below freezing. A sense of energy and calm always prevails among climbers; they are true playmates of nature when climbing. Gambling with one’s life at every step, the human spirit illustrates the resplendence of creation through risk and danger.
Day – 5 – Kibo Huts (4703m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m)
This is when the going really gets though. You’re tired, you’re maybe even slightly nauseous because of the extreme changes in altitude and you may also be experiencing blisters. Because of the harsh summit conditions you should dress in layers in the from of thermal underwear, fleece jacket before heading out into the dark and bitingly cold night around midnight. The first section on the ascent takes about three hours up and winding rocky footpath to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m) where you short rest, then you continue for another three hours up the steepest section to Gillman’s Point (5685m) you can also have another short rest then proceed for another 45 minutes to Stella Point.
Temperature on the summit can be as low as minus –30 degrees Celsius with wind chill taken into account. About an hour past Stella Point you’ll be rewarded with the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru Peak (5895m) – the highest point on the African Continent. In the morning after the ultimate show you’ll be rewarded with the stunning aerial views of the spectacular glaciers illuminated by a hypnotic sunrise experienced only on the roof of Africa. Perhaps at this stage a burning passion for mountaineering will have finally invaded you, marking your soul and styling your existence. Learning so much about yourself and your co-existence with your environment will make you swell with vitality, intensity and substance.
Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Huts (3720m)
The urge to snap reams of photographs and capture nature’s marvellous wonders is uncontrollable; most climbers spend quite a while on the summit taking photos before the three-hour walk back to Kibo Huts for lunch break. At Kibo Huts you gather the rest of your gear and continue for another three hours down the Saddle to Horombo Huts for an overnight stay. Dinner is served before a well deserved rest filled with memories and stirring emotions of the summit and what it takes to get there.
Day – 6 – Horombo Huts (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1800m.)
When you finally drag your weary tired body from the sleeping bag, you’ll be served breakfast in the dinning hall, then walk for about three hours to Mandara Huts for lunch. Thereafter you will head through the forest for about two and half hours to Marangu Park gate. On arrival you will have to enter your particulars in the register.
Now come’s the “Awards ceremony”. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) is issued with green certificates and for those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. Unfortunately there is no documented recognition for those who did not make it to the Crater rim. Transport will be ready and waiting at the gate to take you to your Hotel in Arusha for a long overdue bath or shower, snacks and eventually dinner and a good night rest.
The hunt to reach the top of the African Continent is finally over. Whatever you may have experienced atop Mount Kilimanjaro will, in time, leave behind precious memories, which you’ll thumbtack to your life as badges of courage.
End of your trek.
Our Price is based on the remarks below:
Minimum number – Two persons USD.1,700 per person.
The above prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons sharing costs.
A price reduction is available for numbers above two persons sharing costs.
From 3 to 5 persons booking a Climb with us a saving of USD.400 per person.
Six persons may enjoy up to USD 500 saving on the per person rate.
The outstanding features are three volcanic cones,
The snow caped Kibo 5,895 meters the younger volcano,
Shira plateau, inactive strato-volcano in north-eastern Tanzania.
- 1 night Hotel accommodation in town hotels.
- Transfers to and from the Airport.
- Mountain huts accommodation.
- Guides and Porters salaries, accommodation, meals and entry fees.
- Park entry fees.
- Park rescue fees.
- Kilimanjaro certificates.
- Last Night accommodation in town hotels.
- Transfers to and from the Mountain base.
- Visa and vaccination fees.
- International and domestic flight tickets.
- Things of personal nature.
- Tips to driver guide, Hotel and Lodge staff.