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Marangu route, Kilimanjaro

Overview

Day to Day Itinerary

Day One: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut

Elevation: 1,860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
Hike Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 8km/5mi
Habitat: Montane forest

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

Day Two: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
Hike Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 12km/7.5mi
Habitat: Heath

You leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

Day Three: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft;
Hike Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 9km/5.5mi
Habitat: Alpine desert

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Day Four: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft; • Down to 3700m/12,200ft
Hike Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
Habitat: Alpine desert

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Day Five: Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
Hike Time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 20km/12.5mi
Habitat: Forest

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Kilimanjaro Trek

Duration

5 days

Route

Marangu
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Safari at a Glance

  • Day One: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
  • Day Two: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
  • Day Three: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
  • Day Four: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
  • Day Five: Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi

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This is a suggested Tanzania safari itinerary. It can be adapted to suit your own personal needs and preferences, as well as for any seasonal changes or migratory animal movements.
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