6 Days Marangu Route Mount Kilimanjaro Climb
DAY 1 – MANDARA HUT
At the first day you have to drive about 2 hrs through Kilimanjaro in the morning the semi-tropical foothills to Marangu area which situated on the south-eastern side of the mountain. As you drive, there is usually some admirable view of the snow-capped peak of the mountain. On arrival at Marangu gate, you meet your team of guides and porters, pick up any last minute supplies for the trek, and head to the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park to register for the climb. From the cluster of buildings at the gate it is some four to five hours walk through patches of coffee plantation and dense rainforest to Mandara Hut. The forest teems with brightly-coloured bird life, colobus and other varieties of monkey. The flora includes numerous mosses, lichens and flowers, as well as delicate orchids. If the skies are clear you may have fine views over the town of Moshi lying at the boundary of the plain far underneath.
Mandara Hut is a collection of basic, A-frame mountain huts with bunk beds – quite adequate for your needs – where you inevitably meet up with fellow trekkers who are bent on the same goal.
Overnight stay Mandara Hut – 1 night enjoying Break fast, Lunch and Dinner
The second day on the mountain beginning with a steep climb all the way through the last envelop of rainforest, while this soon gives way to rolling alpine pasture scattered with giant heather. Once upon a time you depart the forest covering, Kilimanjaro twin peaks – snow covered Kibo and rocky Mawenzi – which lie straight in front, dominating the skyline. In additional when you cross a zone of open heath with stunted vegetation, before emerging onto bleak moorland. Today you gain roughly 1,000m in altitude, and your walk can take anything from five to seven hours – depending on your pace. Tonight you stay at Horombo Huts – another collection of buildings similar in style to those at Mandara – which offer shelter and basic accommodation to those on the mountain.
Overnight stay at Horombo Hut -enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
At that day provides you an opportunity to get to know yourself more and more to the altitude. Statistics show that an adaptation day like this effectively doubles the chance of making it to the summit, so this time is well spent! The day is not exactly wasted as there are a few walks you can make in the surrounding area of the hut – the most popular of which is to the base of Mawenzi Peak, the spectacular eastern summit of Kili and it takes four to five hours in our tour, and will get you to reach altitude of 4,600m earlier than you return to the hut – this will stand you in good stead later on.
Overnight stay at Horombo Hut- enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 4 – KIBO HUT 4,705m
The countryside becomes with time more rocky and uneven as you leave the everlasting flowers and other bizarre alpine plants behind. Giant
groundsels and lobelias appear in the sparse moorland. Today’s trail up to Kibo will again take anything between five and seven hours. Skirting
Mawenzi Peak, cross a stark, almost lunar landscape onto “The Saddle”, a broad tundra desert between the two peaks of
Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you start to get unbelievable views of the upper reaches of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Hut (4,705m), a dry-stone-walled hut with dormitories and restricted facilities. Tonight you prepare for tomorrow’s final beating – THE SUMMIT - re-packing to leave any supplementary items with the porters; you need to summon all your energy to get to the summit so there’s completely no point in carrying anything you don’t need! An early night is imperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles, and then have time to get back down to the hut.
Overnight stay at Kibo Hut for 1 night:-Enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Its long and demanding day! The guides wake you soon after midnight and you start out in darkness, zigzagging up a long scree slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of day the scree is still frozen – which makes it easier to walk on! After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave – named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 – where he found the remains of a frozen leopard. The gradient gets steeper and three hours on this is the hardest stretch of the ascent, you should reach the crater rim at Notch. From here it’s a short scramble to Gillman’s Point -5,685m in time for crack of dawn. Your reward is the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi – the profusion of colors and shapes make all the suffering seem worthwhile! For those who still have the energy and drive, it takes another couple of hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak 5,896m. Your fall approximately 3 hrs retraces the route back down past Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest.
Overnight stay at Horombo Hut for 1 night: enjoying Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The pace quickens as you continue your triumphant way back down across alpine meadow and past Mandara Hut through the rainforest to Marangu Gate where you board the vehicle for the journey back to Arusha. Breakfast and Lunch are included in this day
Kilimanjaro Trekking 6 Days- Shira Route-
In 6 Days Shira Route -Kilimanjaro Trekking sometimes called the Lemosho Route because it runs parallel to the Lemosho Route at the beginning but begins much higher up. The Shira Route connects with the Machame Route at Shira 2 Camp.
DETAIL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE PRODUCTS
Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Shira Gate, Hike to Shira 2 Camp
The drive from Moshi to the trailhead takes about 3 hours. We hike through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Shira Camp.
Day 2: Hike Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Starting the Shira Plateau we keep on to the east up a ridge, fleeting the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our way changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elevation range between 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Day 3: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Following breakfast, we go away Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the crossroads which connects with the Mweka Trail.
Day 4: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
We keep on up to the Barafu Camp. You have accomplished the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
Day 5: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
Extremely early in the morning midnight to 2 am, we go on our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You beginning in a northwesterly direction and climb through deep scree towards Stella Point on the crater edge. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be happy with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to observe. Closer hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.
Starting Stella Point, you may come across snow all the way on your 1-hour way up to the summit. Until that time at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!
From the summit we begin our drop by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
Day 6: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi
After breakfast we continue the drop down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help.
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel you book.
Day 1: From Arusha drive to the Machame route, often called the “Whiskey Route”. From the Machame Park gate is a gentle climb up through the original mountain forest, carpeted with unique -busy lizzie- flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. Slope of 1,200m and 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 2: Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. Herds of eland up here occasional lion and there are attractive geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. The Gradient is 840m and you can walk from 4 to 5 hrs
Day 3: Starting from Shira, go up towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the uneven high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Elusion approximately its foundation and underneath the impressive western break, slide down into the privileged Barranco Valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 6 to 7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists getting used to.
Day 4: Up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley where you take a break for lunch.
Subsequent to lunch hike on to Barafu Hut having hiked a total of 7 - 8 hrs and ascended 650m. You have unbelievable views across to Mawenzi peak from the camp after having finished a longer day of hiking which now requires you to sufficiently relax in groundwork of the challenging summit hike early the next morning.
Day 5: A stimulating 1am start to climb the steep ice-covered scree. This is inescapable on any route but we aim to go past Gillman’s end to reach Stella Point on the crater border for sunrise another for almost 40 minutes and you are at the uppermost top on the continent that is Kibo: peak 5900m frequently in warm sunshine and then return on the Mweka fall route.
The gradient of 1,300m high and about 7 hrs trekking to the summit; 2,600m gradient and 6 - 7 hrs trekking to the Mweka campsite 3400m on top of Mweka gate. This is a long hard day but you experience absolutely delighted when you have complete it!
Day 6: Starting Mweka campsite it is a 4 to 5 hours drop from side to side the forest to Mweka gate which depend on individual fitness to accumulate certificates and get together the vehicle ready to back Arusha for the nighttime.
Departure dates: Any time with a minimum of two people.
Season: the best times are January to March and June to December.
Scheduled group trips: Daily during best seasons.
Somewhere to stay is camping all the way through in 3 person mountain tents shared by two people. All your equipment will be carried by vehicles or local porters; you only carry a daypack with personal equipment. When camping you will not have to participate in camp responsibilities. We buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff. We can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments.
You can start this route from both the Tanzanian side of the border or from Rongai in Kenya, but all park fees and arrangements must be made at the Marangu gate.
The route may only be used for the rise and the Marangu route must be used for the move down.
They are several big caves along the route, which are used by the porters to overnight for the first two nights.
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3Days: Oldonyolengai Trekking
Day 1: Departature from Arusha at 7.00 am and drive to Ngaresero village Lake Natron with full lunch. This will take about 8 hours driving and you have dinner and overnight at Kamakia camp.
Day 2: At very early morning 1.00 a.m. drive to the base of the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain to start the climb. Attain at the summit during sunup and spend few minutes there before coming down to the bottom of the mountain. Starting their customers will be transferred to Kamakia camp for shower and rest and then having dinner and overnight at Kamakia camp.
Day 3: Breakfast. Drive back to Arusha
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