Explore The Beast of Kenya & Tanzania Safaris
The Marangu or main route is by far the most popular way to the summit. The accommodation on the way up and down is provided in mountain huts with all the basic necessities. It usually takes 5 days/4nights for the round trip. The trek can also 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.
Marangu Route – Details of the Huts, Mandara, Horombo and Kibo
Mandara hut 2700m. This is a group of
comfortable, wooden A-frame huts. The largest
cabin has a downstairs dining area and an
upstairs dormitory with bunk beds and
mattresses; smaller huts sleep 8 each. The total
capacity is 60. Water is piped into site from
springs above and flush toilets are behind the
Horombo Hut 3720m. The buildings are
similar to Mandara, but total capacity is
120. Water is piped from the stream
behind the huts. There are platform
toilets south-east of the main hut, about
80 m down the slope and new flush
toilets have been built within the
complex of small huts.
Kibo Hut 4703m This stone
built block house with a
small dining-room and a
number of dormitory rooms
leading off a main corridor
has bunk beds and
mattresses for 60 people.
The price includes:
- Ground transfers with pick-up and drop-off from Arusha or JRO to/from base Hotel in Moshi
- Transport from Moshi to the Mountain gate.
- Park fees.
- Fees of national park approved guide and porters.
- 18% VAT.
- 4 Season mountaineering tents (On camping routes only).
- Comfortable mess tents (On camping routes only).
- Camping chairs (On camping routes only).
- Camping tables (On camping routes only).
- Solar lighting in dining tent.
- Daily health monitoring (Twice a day with an oximeter).
- Delicious food on the mountain depending on the dietary requirements of the clients (B/L/D).
- Hot water for getting fresh in the morning and once you reach camp.
- Altitude sickness checklist.
- Full trip and safety briefing.
- Fully stocked first aid kit.
- Wash basin for each climber at camp.
- Three delicious and hearty meals per day.
- Snacks upon arrival in camp.
- Drinking water and fruit juices.
- Experienced cooks, guides and porters.
- 2 Nights hotel in Moshi HB (B/A the climb) in either Park View Inn, Sal Salinero Hotel OR Panama Garden Resort depending on availability.
The price does not include:
- Airline tickets
- Airport transfers,Airport taxes.
- Items of a personal nature.
Pick up from Arusha town or Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the
gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Half Board accommodation at a Base Hotel in Moshi.
After breakfast and a short tour briefing from the guide, we will depart to Marangu gate of Kilimanjaro National Park (it is a
45-minute drive from Moshi to the Marangu Gate). Upon registering with park authorities, our climb will officially commence
with a four-hour walk to the Mandara encampment. We will pass through a thick rainforest zone, where there is a high chance
of rain in the afternoon. We will spend the night at Mandara Hut (2,750m), an attractive collection of buildings. Bathrooms
are available with running water.
Today we will continue our ascent through the forest for a short time, before reaching the heather and moorland zone at
roughly 3,000m (approximately a six-hour walk). Enjoy stunning views of the mountain peaks at this altitude. We will spend
the night at Horombo Hut (3,720m), which lies in a valley surrounded by giant lobelia and groundsel, flora which are
characteristic of this semi-alpine zone. Bathrooms are available with running water.
Our trek continues past the final watering point, and ascends onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro, between the peaks of Kibo and
Mawenzi. The vegetation thins out as we enter the desert-like alpine zone (approximately 4,000m) and, once we cross the
saddle, Kibo peak comes into view. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. Be careful to notice signs
of altitude sickness. This seven-hour walk will be taken at a slow pace. We will spend the night at Kibo Hut (4,703m), a
comfortable stone construction (no running water at Kibo Hut). This semi-desert zone receives an annual rainfall of under
250mm; the ground often freezes at night, but ground temperatures soar to above 30 degrees Celsius by day. Few plants other
than lichens and grasses survive in these conditions.
Shortly after midnight, we will commence our climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, since it is easier to climb the scree slope
to Gillman's Point (5,861m) on the crater rim when it is frozen and an early start for the six-hour hike improves our chances
of reaching the summit in time for sunrise. From Gilman's Point, it is a further two-hour round trip along the crater's edge to
Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. From the summit, it is downhill all the way to Horombo Hut where we will spend our
last night on the mountain.
Today’s descent continues past the Mandara encampment to the bottom of the mountain, where each hiker will receive a wellearned
certificate. From here, you will be transferred to a Base Hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, transfer back to Arusha town. End of our services