Kilimanjaro Marangu Route 5 days (7 days in total)
If you are the first time climber and you want to climb Kilimanjaro in few days, here I have suggested you climb Kilimanjaro via the easy Marangu route. Our 5 Days Marangu route itinerary is the only uncomplicated to Uhuru peak onMount Kilimanjaro Climbing because of its gentle slopes but need optional acclimatization day that one can reschedule to 6 days. However it is the only route on the mountain which offers accommodation in sleeping huts and serves beverages like Coca-Cola on the way.
Kilimanjaro Marangu Route 6 days (8 days in total) – acclimatization
For the 6-day route, add an additional acclimatisation day at Horombo Hut on the itinerary below (an extra day between day 3 and day 4). On the extra day you can make a scenic walk towards Mawenzi Hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1,5 hours down). The extra day helps to get used to the high altitude.
Day 1; Kilimanjaro Airport Arusha Town
Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport in the evening, meet and greet by your guide, then make a short transfer to Arusha Town to the hotel for an overnight.
Briefing about the Kilimanjaro climb by your guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your equipment. Anything missing can be rented the next day.
Day 2; Arusha Town – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
Marangu Gate (1.850m) – Mandara hut (2.700m)
Pick up from the hotel in Arusha Town, do some brief shopping around town before we leave the town and drive to Marangu Gate. Meet your Kilimanjaro team: guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.
The hiking starts to 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. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail is possible). After some hours walking through the misty forest we reach Mandara Hut. This is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6 to 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 flushing toilets. After a good and warm dinner we take a good rest.
2.700m / 8,900ft – Trekking 4 hours
Day 3; Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
Mandara hut (2.700m) – Horombo Hut (3.700m)
After a good breakfast we start hiking again. The first part leads us through the misty forest, until we reach Maundi Crater, where the forest emerges into moorland. It is well worth a short detour to walk up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo Peak will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. In the open moorland you will 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 a beautiful walk we reach Horombo Hut, where you will have hot washing water and a good warm meal. Overnight in one of the huts.
3.700m / 12,100ft – Trekking 6-7 hours
Day 4; Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
Horombo Hut (3.700m) – Kibo Hut (4.700m)
After breakfast we ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. We walk through this strange and beautiful landscape to Kibo Hut. On our way we pass the last point where we will get our water for 2 days. Horombo Hut is a stone build block house which has 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 1.195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask!
4.700m / 15,400ft – Trekking 6 hours
Day 5; Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut
Kibo Hut (4.700m) – Uhuru Peak (5.895m) –Horombo Hut (3.700m)
Your guide wakes you up before midnight and after a hot cup of tea and some biscuits you will start your trekking to the summit! When we reach Gillman’s Point (5.700m / 18,700ft) we see a spectacular sunrise with Mawenzi in the background. We take a short rest to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunrise and Kibo Crater. We continue to walk on a relatively flat path, surrounded by beautiful glaciers, to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895m / 19,340ft). Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live! After taking photos we start to descend to our base camp, Kibo Hut (2 to 3 hours walk). We reach the camp, where we will have a rest and a good lunch. After lunch we descend to Horombo Hut (about 3 to 4 hours). Exhausted, proud and excited we will have a well-deserved dinner and very good sleep.
3.700m / 12,100ft
Trekking: 7-8 hours to summit
6-7 hours back to Horombo
Day 6; Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha Town
Horombo Hut (3.700m) – Marangu Gate (1.850m)
After a good night sleep we start our final Descend to Marangu Gate. We go through the misty and beautiful forest again, all the way to Marangu Gate. The monkeys say goodbye and we realize we are about to end this great experience. After getting our certificates we will celebrate our Kilimanjaro adventure with our Guides, Cook and Porters. We all did a great job! Transfer to your hotel for your much-needed shower and very comfortable bed.
Overnight; Mc Ellys Hotel
Day 7; Arusha Town – Kilimanjaro Airport
After a good night sleep we wake up in our hotel where we will relax. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home, or proceed with the second part of your Tanzanian holiday.
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