OOAT 02 K Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
Tour Code: OAT 02 K MARANGU ROUTE
Tour Duration: 8 days
Destination: Kilimanjaro National Park - Tanzania
Specialty Categories: Trekking
Season: All year round
This Tour can NOT be. Customized
For the 5-day route, simply we exclude the additional acclimatization day at Horombo hut - day 4 on the itinerary below.
Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro and Transfer to Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and assisted with your baggage then board your vehicle. Transfer to Snowcrest Hotel for an overnight stay on bed and breakfast
Day 2: Arusha to Marangu Gate
The drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. The journey passes through the town or Moshi and the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment.
Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will always be with you to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro's animals are found. Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut, B,L,D. At an avarange height of (2700m) Mandara hut, Trekking time is approximately : 5 hours and the distance is about 12 km's, the habitat found here is Montane forest
Day 3: Mandara hut to Horombo hut.
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro's most spectacular plants - the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel, which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight. At an average height of (3720m) - Horombo hut, trekking time is approximately 6 hours and the distance is about 15 km's, the habitat found around is Moorland
Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) - Acclimatisation day
Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization. Always drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Huts , B,L,D.
Day 5: Horombo hut to Kibo hut
After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the "Saddle" (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. At an average height of (4700m) - Kibo hut, trekking time is approximately 6 hours and the distance is about 15 km's, the habitat around this area is Alpine desert
The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night's time (Mineral water are also sold at Kibo hut). always slow down and drink enough water. Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Kibo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office.
There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask.
Day 6: Kibo hut to Uhuru Peak
You will rise after midnight, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route.
From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs,
At a height of (5895m) - Uhuru Peak then Ascend to Kibo Huts and onward to Horombo hut (3720m) Trekking time to Uhuru peak is approximately 8 hours to Uhuru and 6 hours to descend to Horombo, the distance is about 6 km's ascent - 21 km's descent, the habitat at this stage is Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Then the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner on Mount Kilimanjaro (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions, B,L,D.
Day 7: Horombo hut to Marangu Gate
After breakfast you continue your descent, passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Arusha for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations. Overnight at Snowcrest Hotel on Bed and breakfast. Up to Marangu Gate at a height of (1980m) - Marangu Gate, ascending time is approximately 6 hours and the distance is about 27 km's
Day 8: Arusha to Airport for your Departure
Today after breakfast we provide a private transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. This trekking is suitable and recommended for extension safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Beach holidays to Spice islands of Zanzibar.
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Should you wish to extend the this program to the mentioned tourist destination, please contact us by e-mail
The costing for this route will include:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain, Marangu Route trek as itinerary depicts, Full board accommodation whilst on the trek, Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner, Accommodations at Snowcrest Hotel on First and Last day, Accommodation in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary, All park entrance fees to include government taxes, Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook, All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary, Treated water and boiled water on the trek, Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport
The costing will Excluded:
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears, Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value, International flights and taxes, Visas to Tanzania, Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.
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