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Kilimanjaro-Marangu Route

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Tour Operator: Mem Tours

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called by the Masai “the House of God”. Close to the western summit there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude” from The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway. Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every campsite with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. This route is usually done on 5 days but we recommend 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day is spent at Horombo with a walk up to Zebra rocks to help acclimatize.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $1400 - $3500
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 6 days
Best months: January - February, June - December
Countries visited TanzaniaTanzania
Parks visited Kilimanjaro
Activity level Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
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Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro to Moshi 45Km (27 miles) 50 Min drive,
Elevation 800M (2,624 Ft).

Day 2: Start trekking on Marangu route
Moshi to Marangu Gate 70 Km (43 miles)
Elevation 1800M (5,905 Ft) to Mandara hut 2750M (9,021 ft)

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Mandara hut 2750M (9,021 ft.) to Horombo 3780 (12,400 ft.)
Km/miles of walking: 7km (4.43 Miles)

Day 4: Acclimatization Day
Horombo to Mawenzi Hut – Zebra Rocks

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Horombo 3780M (12,285 ft.) to Kibo 4,700M (15,420 ft.)
Km/Miles of walking 6 Km (4 miles)

Day 6: Kibo Hut to the Summit and then down to Horombo hut.
Kibo 4,700M (15,420 ft.) to Summit 5,895M (19,340 ft.) back to Horombo 3780 (12,285 ft.)
Km/miles of walking 10 km (6 miles)

Day 7: Horombo to Marangu gate
Horombo hut 3780M (12,285 ft.) to Marangu gate 1800M (5,850 ft.)
Km/miles of walking 4 km (2.5 miles) Ascend and 14 Km descend (8.75 miles)

The overall height difference between Marangu Gate at the National Park entrance and the summit of Uhuru peak is 4100 meters (13,450 ft) with a one way distance of 32 km (20 miles).