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Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour- Marangu Route

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8 days

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All year round
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Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour- Marangu Route

The Marangu route offers a well-developed and gradual trail to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is considered to be the more comfortable and easiest route, as your climb is moderate and constant with only the final leg to the summit becoming slightly more challenging. Overnights will be spent in simple mountain huts.

Description

The Marangu route offers a well-developed and gradual trail to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is considered to be the more comfortable and easiest route, as your climb is moderate and constant with only the final leg to the summit becoming slightly more challenging. Overnights will be spent in simple mountain huts.

Itinerary

Day 1

Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

At Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly driver who will transfer you to the Meru View Lodge close to Usa River, close to Arusha.

The rest of the day is for you to enjoy as you please. You can opt to spend the day relaxing by the lodge pool or explore the town of Arusha (short taxi drive away). In the late afternoon you will be briefed by our team on what to expect on your upcoming trek. The night will be spent at the Lodge.

Activities

  • Transfer To Lodge
  • Dinner At The Lodge

Optional Activities

  • Arusha Town Tour

Accommodation

The Meru View Lodge

  • It offers 15 guest rooms scattered within 11 individual cottages, all of which, provides private en-suite shower and toilet facilities. Some feature a terrace and or patio; rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished with traditional decor.
Day 2

Arusha – Marangu gate (1,860 m) – Mandara Hut (2,700 m)

After breakfast, you will be taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate (1,840 m). Upon completion of the necessary paper work, your trek commences and soon you will be hiking through the dense rainforest of Marangu.

Looking up, you might have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the thumbless, black and white colobus monkeys. After you have reached the Mandara Hut (2,700 m), which should take approximately 4 hours, you will have some time to catch your breath, you can join a walk to the Maundi Crater too.

Enjoy wonderful views towards Kenya and over the gleaming lakes, which share the border between Kenya and Tanzania.

Begin the first day of your trekking experience, making your way to Mandara Hut

Activities

  • Trek From Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut
  • All Meals Full Board

Accommodation

Mandara Hut

Day 3

Mandara Hut (2,700 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

An early breakfast gets you ready for the trek ahead and shortly after leaving Mandara Hut, you will reach the cross roads between Horombo Hut and Maundi Crater.

Heading in the direction of Horombo Hut, the vegetation will change to shrubs as you cross the open moor land reaching your destination in approximately 4 to 6 hours. Looking back, your path will already be shrouded in clouds. While looking forward, you will catch glimpses of Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Masai steppe. After your evening meal you will drift off to a well deserved sleep at the Horombo Hut.

Notice your surroundings change, as you trek through the shrubbery from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Activities

  • Trek From Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut
  • All Meals - Full Board

Accommodation

Horombo Hut

Day 4

Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Zebra Rocks is on the agenda today, this is in order for your body to acclimatise to the altitude. Acclimatisation plays an important role in improving your chances of reaching the summit. This 2 to 4 hour trek offers you the opportunity to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh air.

Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) is named after the distinct black and white stripes covering the rock formations. A hot lunch awaits you on your return and the rest of the afternoon is for you to enjoy the spectacular views around you and regain your strength for tomorrow’s hike. You will stay another night at Horombo Hut.

Acclimatisation Day - trekking to the distinctive Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) before returning to Horombo Huts to relax

Activities

  • Trek From Horombo Hut To Zebra Rocks & Back To Horombo Hut
  • All Meals - Full Board

Accommodation

Horombo Hut

Day 5

Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

After breakfast a long and tough journey to Kibo Hut awaits you. The vegetation slowly changes into alpine desert. You will pass the “last waterpoint” on your way to the so-called “saddle” - a plateau situated between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. You will arrive at the Kibo Hut in approximately 5 to 6 hours. It'll be an early night, to prepare for the summit call which will be roughly 11pm.

Pass the "Saddle" and continue your trek to Kibo Hut, noting the beauty around you

Activities

  • Trek From Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut
  • All Meals - Full Board

Optional Activities

  • Photography

Accommodation

Kibo Hut

Day 6

Kibo Hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

The summit day has finally arrived! Around midnight, when the lava ash is still frozen, you will start your ascent. Your path will be strenuous, with only your headlights leading the way. You will pass the Hans Meyer Cave at 5,200 m and slowly make your way up. Gilman’s Point at 5,715 m will be reached as the sun rises over the crater rim.

You will continue another 1 to 2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). The cold is soon forgotten as you stand on the “Roof of Africa”, basking in the sunsgine. After a well-deserved photo opportunity, you will descend along the same path. The lava ash will now have thawed, allowing for a faster descent. Upon your arrival at Kibo Hut, a warm meal and approximate 2 hours rest awaits you, before you continue down to the Horombo Hut, where you will then stay the night.

Summit Day is here! Time to stand on the “Roof of Africa” and bask in spectacular views

Activities

  • Trek From Kibo Hut To Uhuru Peak & To Horombo Hut
  • All Meals - Full Board

Optional Activities

  • Photography

Accommodation

Horombo Hut

Day 7

Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Arusha

The surrounding vegetation becomes greener as you continue your descent and soon you will arrive at the Mandara Hut (2,700 m), where a well earned hot lunch awaits you.

The journey back to the park gate, gives you another chance to observe the beautiful tropical rainforest and spot anything you have missed on the way up. This could include the Impatiens Kilimanjari Flower, which is endemic to the rainforest on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Arriving at the gate you will say goodbye to your mountain crew and be taken back to the Meru View Lodge. At the lodge you can enjoy a shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.

After your victorious summit, begin your descent and notice how the beautiful vegetation changes around you

Activities

  • Trek From Horombo Hut To Marangu Gate
  • All Meals - Full Board

Optional Activities

  • Photography

Accommodation

Meru View Lodge

Day 8

Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

After your last African breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. Alternatively, you can extend your trip and go on a fascinating safari tour or relax by the Indian Ocean.

Activities

  • Airport Transfer

What's Included

Accommodation

All Accommodation as per itinerary

Ground Transport

All Transfers as per itinerary

Guides/Crew

Professional, English-speaking guide and Mountain crew (cook & porters)

Extras

NOTE: Visa fees and Travel insurance are not included

  • Please bring your own Sleeping bag

Flights

All International/Domestic Flights

Meals

All Meals, on a Full-Board Basis

Fees

All National Park Fees

Scheduled/Private

Please Note:

  • The price for this trip is based on a Private Group of 6 people.
  • We do also have scheduled departures available, Maximum Groups of 10 people at $2140pps
Created by
Marylyn Maposa

I have been in the travel and hospitality industry for 8 years in South Africa and United Arab Emirates. In the last four years, my key focus has been on safari based travel, with a world-renowned African Safari Travel Company. I graduated from the University of South Africa with a BCom in Tourism Management. I am now a Co-owner and founder of an African Safari Tour Operator, Maps Tours and Travel.

For me travel has always been my passion, my first love. My whole life’s been geared towards travel. My number one priority is my customers. I go above and beyond to ensure my clients are happy and their vacation becomes a dream come true! My long-standing relationships with top industry suppliers allow me to provide extraordinary variety — from small, comfortable hotels, to world-class luxury resorts, to exclusive, intimate hideaways — all at extremely competitive prices. Connect with me and let's start planning your next African adventure!

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