Mt Kilimanjaro- Marangu Route
Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro – 7 Nights
Resting at the foot of Mount Meru, the sprawling city of Arusha is known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania. It serves as an excellent base from which to explore the remarkably scenic surrounding area which includes majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from the safari circuit as it features a temperate climate and lush surrounds. Visitors can look forward to exploring the wildlife-abundant Serengeti National Park; the magnificent Arusha National Park; and taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain.
Arusha Serena Hotel Resort & Spa
Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in Africa. Straddling the Kenya/Tanzania border, the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro rises up to an impressive 5896 metres above sea level. It is one of the world’s highest volcanoes, the highest mountain on the African continent, and the highest free-standing mountain on earth; making it an international destination attracting trekkers and mountaineers from around the globe. Set within the Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro emerges from the sprawling plains of Tanzania and boasts dense tropical rainforests, glacial ice fields, moorlands, and mystical moonscapes. Take on the colossal challenge of climbing this majestic mountain, explore the lush forested foothills, soak up the breathtaking views or take a wildlife safari and spot some of Africa’s diverse wildlife including: elephant, buffalo, leopard, duiker, eland, hyrax, blue monkeys and more.
- Ilboru Safari Lodge (1 night)
- Mandara Huts (1 night)
- Horombo Huts (2 night)
- Kibo Hut (1 night)
- Horombo Huts (1 night)
- Ilboru Safari Lodge (1 night)
Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania. You will be greeted and then transferred to Arusha for Dinner and overnight stay. Once you settle in, your Mt Kilimanjaro guide will conduct a thorough briefing and equipment check to ensure that you have everything you need for the adventure ahead. If anything is missing we can simply organise it for you.. We will also weigh all bags to ensure that the weight does not exceed the KPAP porter maximum weight of 15kg.
Arusha to Mandara
Meet your guide and after the formalities, start hiking from Marangu Gate (1800 m). The hike is 3 to 5 hours through a fascinating rain forest to Mandara Hut (2700 m). Blue and Black and White Colobus monkeys are sometimes seen. Look for a tiny flower called Impatiens kilimanjaris; endemic to Kilimanjaro. Picnic lunch en route, optional hike to Maundi Crater (45 min) or rest upon arrival at Mandara Hut. Afternoon tea, dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut
Weather: warm and humid.
Clothing: wear T-shirt, shorts and lighter shoes.
Water: available the whole time from a river along the route.
Mandara to Horombo
After breakfast start hiking to Horombo Hut (3700 m). Leave the last glades of forest and follow the gently ascending path through the open alpine moorland. Today‟s hike takes 5 to 7 hours. Picnic lunch en route, the altitude begins to make itself felt, cautioning you to walk slowly. “Pole pole” (slowly slowly in Swahili) is the order of the day while enjoying the flora and panoramic views of Kibo massif. Giant Senecios stand guard along the path. Kibo and Mawenzi Peak can be seen on a clear day.
Afternoon tea, dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut
Weather: warm in the morning but cooler in the afternoon when clouds gather. Clothing: wear shorts, T-shirt and hiking boots. Carry a long sleeved shirt in the day path for the cool winds.
Water: fill water bottles at Mandara Hut. There is a stream half way to Horombo Hut.
An extra day at Horombo to acclimatize to the higher altitude, a day walk to “Zebra Rock”, rocks striped by weather If energy is there, walk to the foot of one of the three peaks on Kilimanjaro, Mawenzi. Return to Horombo in the afternoon. Pack lunch en route.
Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.
Horombo hut to Kibo hut
Hike slowly (6 hours) to Kibo Hut, Today leave the moorland and enter the alpine desert, past giant lobelia and walk on the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Pack lunch along the way. Afternoon tea, dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.
Weather: It is cooler as the altitude has increased.
Clothing: wear trousers and long sleeved shirt. Thin jacket or jumper in the day pack.
Water: fill up bottles at Horombo Hut. 2 hours from Horombo Hut is the last water sign. The porters will bring water for tea and the hike in the early morning.
Kibo Hut to Gillmans Point – Uhuru Peak 5,896m – Horombo hut
Start around 2 a.m., reaching Gillman‟s Point (5686 m) at sunrise. The path from Kibo to Gillman‟s is the most demanding 4 hours on the whole climb. Continue another 2 hours to the roof of Africa, Uhuru Peak (5896 m). Descend to Kibo and Horombo Hut. Meals and overnight at Horombo Hut.
Weather: cold; effects of high altitude is felt.
Clothing: Wear everything you brought.
Water: the porters have carried extra water to Kibo. Ask them and the will fill your bottles.
Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport
Today you will be transferred to back to Kilimanjaro International Airport. End of tour.
- Accommodation before and after trek (Half Board – Dinner and breakfast)
- Kilimanjaro National Park Fees
- Hut Fees
- Bottled water on first day
- Sterilised water each day on the mountain
- Crew services & rescue fees
- All guides (WFR qualified) and porters
- All food on Mountain with dedicated chef
- Transfers to / from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha
- All safety equipment (including oxygen),water proof
- kit bags to carry client’s duffel bags
- All hut fees
- All communication equipment (Radio Call/mobile phones)
- Packed lunch on first day and last day
- SARS – Kilimanjaro Search & Rescue Emergency Evacuation Service Cover
- KPAP monitored treks
- International Air fares
- Items of a Personal Nature
- Guide, Assistant Guide, Chefs and Porter Tips (see below for guidelines)
- Medical / Travel Insurance (Cover to 6000m altitude clause)
- Excess baggage fees
- Departure taxes and any other applicable airport taxes
- Tanzania Visa
- Personal health insurance
- Bottled mineral water on the mountain (boiled spring water can be provided)
- *All other expenses resulting from early descend before the completion of the climb*