Day 1. Arrival
The group arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel under the program.
Our manager will visit you in the evening, bringing a printed, signed and sealed agreement. He will give you a brief trekking orientation and check your equipment.
The hotel price includes breakfast only.
Hotel check-in starts at 2 PM
Day 2. From Marangu Gate to Mandara Camp
Our guides and climbing crew will come to the hotel. You will have the transfer to the Eastern entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park – Marangu Gate (1843 m). After the guides arrange park permits and register the crew with the emergency service, the group will start trekking to Mandara Hut (2700 m). The first leg of the route lies through the tropical forest. The chances of a torrential rain are high. We recommend taking not only a change of clothes, but also raincoats (or waterproof ponchos).
The crew will arrange the camp long before your arrival and the cooks will serve a lunch.
This route is known for the huts built along all the way. They are very unpretentious. At the same, they are a nice alternative for those, who do not want to sleep in the tents.
It will be your first day on such elevation. We highly recommend you following these simple instructions:
• Reduce caffeine consumption;
• Drink 4 liters (or more) of water (you should better drink in small portions, but frequently);
• Once you find the symptoms of the high altitude sickness, intake of Diamox is advisable. Moreover, you can take the pill as a preventive measure at the beginning of the trekking. Please, consult your physician on the possible individual allergic reactions.
Acclimatization is more difficult at night because of respiratory activity decrease multiplied by high altitude. The chances of nausea and headache become high. Once you discover any symptoms of high altitude sickness, ask the guides for help.
Elevations: Marangu Hut (1843 m) – Mandara Hut (2700 m)
Trekking distance: 11 km
Duration of trekking: 5-7 hours
Day 3. From Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Your group leaves Mandara Hut early in the morning and start trekking to the second high-altitude camp Horombo (3720 m). When you arrive at the camp, you will see two volcanos (Kibo and Mawenzi) simultaneously.
After a couple of hours, you will have an additional acclimatization hike up to 200 m towards Barafu and go back to the camp, where you will have dinner.
Acclimatization hike is an easy trekking up to some minor altitudes. Please, kindly note, that these acclimatization hikes are very important in order to reach Uhuru Peak successfully and will help you to prevent AMS (acute mountain sickness).
Ascent from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut:
Elevations: Mandara Hut (2700 m) – Horombo Hut (3720 m)
Trekking distance: 12 km
Duration of trekking: 6-7 hours
Elevations: Horombo Hut (3720 m) – Set point (3920 m)
Trekking distance: 2 km
Duration of trekking: 1-2 hours
Day 4. From Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
You will trek to Kibo summit camp (4700 m) immediately after the breakfast. This trekking is not difficult, but choosing a proper pace is important to spare your strength before summiting. The cooks will have made a lunch before your arrival. We recommend resting, avoiding physical exertions and drinking much water.
Elevations: Horombo Hut (3720 m) – Kibo Hut (4500 m)
Trekking distance: 10 km
Trekking time: 7-8 hours
Day 5. From Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak and from Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
You leave Kibo Hut (4700 m) at night and start climbing the top of Kilimanjaro – Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Summiting will be modestly challenging, but the altitude is a huge concern. The Chief Guide will assign a personal guide for each couple of the climbers. He will be continually monitoring your stamina and fortitude (if summiting is successful, you will have an opportunity to visit a glacier). Then, you will go down to Kibo Hut. After 2 hours rest, there the group will keep on descending to Horombo Hut (3720 m).
Do not forget that the 90% of all accidents (broken hands, legs, fractures and strains) befall on the way down. Legs and feet are the most vulnerable areas (especially toenails).
Elevations: Kibo Hut (4500 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Horombo Hut (3750 m)
Trekking distance: 16 km
Trekking time: 9-12 hours
Day 6. From Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Warm breakfast and the team goes down by the familiar route. Passing through Mandara Hut, you will finish your trekking at Marangu Gate (1843 m). The team will salute you and congratulate with your accomplishment. You may share your impressions and memories and the guestbook. Then, (in our office) we will award you with the climbing certificates and transfer to the hotel.
Elevations: Horombo Hut (3750 m) – Marangu Gate (1980 m)
Trekking distance: 21 km
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Day 7. Departure
Rest at the hotel and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Hotel check-out is at 11:00. In the event of necessity (e.g. your flight is scheduled for evening time) you can prolong your stay for extra payment (charged by the hotel).
Marangu Route advantages
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