Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route – 7 Day
This is the easiest route to take to ascend Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa with its two main summits, the craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, and the ‘flat-topped’, glaciated Kibo, 5896m. The Saddle, a 5km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert separates the two. From the summit glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland then forests lead down to the cultivated foothills. The Marangu route takes you at a gentle pace through these dramatically different zones. For the ascent to Uhuru Peak from Kibo Hut a very early start is made since the scree is easier to climb when frozen and the views from the crater rim at dawn can be spectacular.
Ski sticks are useful when ascending the scree to the summit. Accommodation on the mountain is in comfortable huts you will require a sleeping bag and mat. This is a tough walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. An extra day for acclimatization to the altitude can be spent at Horombo. From Horombo there are various walks to enjoy.
Day 1: Nairobi – Moshi
Depart Nairobi in the morning , after immigration formalities proceed to Moshi. You will spend an overnight at the mountain’s base hotel.
Day 2: Moshi – Mandara (2,275 m 17,462 ft)
After breakfast you will be driven to Marangu gate. This is the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro National park. From here you will walk through the rainforest to you first overnight stop at Mandara Hut situated at 2,725 meters.
Day 3: Mandara Hut – Horombo (3,780 m/12,398 ft)
Experience the landscape change from rolling moorlands on this day walk. After approximately 5 hours walk along the broad path you will arrive at Horombo Hut situated at 3780 meters where you spend the night.
Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (4,740 m/15,547 ft)
Set off very early and continue up to the dry and rugged saddle area between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Overnight in Kibo Hut situated at 4,740 meters.
Day 5: Kibo -The summit (5,685 m/18,647 ft)
Horombo The last part of the ascent starts a few hours after midnight. The air is now very thin and the next five hours will be the most demanding of the whole trek as you push on to Gillmans point at 5685 meters. However, you are richly rewarded as the first rays of the morning sun appear and Africa lies at your feet. If you are not too tired and if the snow conditions permit you can continue after a short rest on the final walk up to Uhuru peak at a height of 5685 meters – the highest point in Africa! Descend to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest.
Day 6: Horombo – Base Hotel
You will easily descent along the familiar paths to Marangu Gate. At this point you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Day 7: Base Hotel – Nairobi
Return to Nairobi through Namanga boarder.
The above safari includes :
- All meals and excursions as per the itinerary.
- Park entrance fees in the Game Reserves and National Parks.
- All road transportation and Game drives using custom-made Safari minivan complete with pop-up roof for enhanced game viewing and photography.
- Full board accommodation on Safari.
- Experienced English speaking driver-guides.
The above safari excludes :
- All flights.
- Additional sightseeing or deviation from the itinerary.
- All items of a personal nature such as tobacco, laundry, phone calls, tips and drinks/beverages.
- Extra meals.
- Any other items not mentioned above.
- Medical/Travel Insurance.