Kilimanjaro Climb-6 days Marangu Route Itinerary.
Duration: 6 days 5 nights
Best time to travel: all year round
Distance: Approximately 12 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and drive to the Marangu Gate (1980m). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the look out for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! After 3-4 hours of ascending, you will reach the Mandara Hut (2700m). Each hut has 6-8 sleeping bunks (sleeps 60 hikers total) with solar generated lighting. Next to the central hut there are flush toilets. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will boil water for drinking and washing. The Cooker will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Following breakfast, hikers will begin their ascent out of the rainforest and into the heathen moorland. Hikers will pass the Maundi Crater and are able to climb up to its rim for a spectacular view of the Kibo Crater. In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. After 6 hours of hiking, you will reach Horombo Hut (3720m). Horombo Hut sleeps 120 hikers and is located on a small plateau. Similar to the first night, the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our Cooker. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this site.
At Horombo Hut, you will spend the day allowing your body to acclimate to high altitude. You will have the option of doing a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for further acclimatization with your guide. Breakfast and dinner will be at the hut and lunch will either be packed or at the hut depending on your preference for the day.
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
Following an early morning breakfast, you will continue your ascent into the alpine desert habitat. Hikers have the option of 2 trails that lead to Kibo Hut (4700m). The upper route (located to the right of the fork) is the same trail used the previous day for the day hike to Mawenzi Hut. The lower route (located to the left of the fork) is the more popular route because it is a shorter hiking distance (1 hour shorter).
Kibo Hut is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. There is no water at this camp, but hikers can buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru and 6 hours to Horombo
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers ascent and 21 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours.
At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m). You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.
Distance: Approximately 27 kilometers
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m). The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.
The adventure gets under way with a collection from Arusha and travelling west to Lake Manyara National park where you will arrive exactly during time for some sort of delicious lunch meal from a lodge or picnic lunch at the Park gate.
This alkaline lake is very large, taking up 60 % on the park and even captures substantial flocks of flamingos and also other water birds. The park at the same time boasts of its tree climbing lions, a leading Tanzania safari attraction among some other animals like zebras, giraffes, buffaloes and a few herds of elephants.
There is overnight accommodation in and around the park where dining and also lodging meet your standards.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Campsite
It begins with a good breakfast from your lodge found in Lake Manyara Park, and, proceeds to Serengeti National Park, through the beautiful low Karatu farmland as well as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will be in time for lunch from a lodge in the Serengeti and then an evening game drive from the park.
You can find excellent dining and lodging in and around Serengeti National Park depending on the budget and also taste.
Overnight at Serengeti Campsite
Just after breakfast from the lodge, travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. There are plenty of attractions to stop by along the way including a Masai Village and the famous site from Olduvai Gorge, for Dr. Leakey’s discovering about the history of early man dating back to millions of years ago.
Predators are an additional attraction, from the park as they wait to grab and tear the young and also frail prey which they come across. These include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and leopards.
Then at the evening we will go back to Arusha town.
All the package above is included
- Transfer from the Airport
- Private 4WD Land Cruiser with pop up roof hatch for safaris .
- All parks and reserves entrance fees.
- Camping Equipment, eg, Tents, mattress, bed sheets, blankets, towels,
- All daily accommodations/ meals base in FB (Break fast, Lunch and Dinner)
- Drinking water during safaris.
- Private professional guide.
- Professional Cook
- soft drinks during game drive.
The package does not included
- All items of a personal nature.
- Visa and Passport fees.
- Airport departure tax(6 USD for domestic departure)
- International Domestic flight.
- Tips for the staff.
Close from US$ 3000 per person