OVERVIEW

Marangu Route 6 days Itinerary & Prices

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EXTRA MACHAME TREK INFO

Duration _ 8 Days
Arrival City _ Arusha
Departure City _ Arusha
Activities and Interest _ Hiking
Comfort Style _  Comfort

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MARANGU ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

Summit Mt Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits of the world at 19,340′

Cross 6 ecological zones from lush rainforest to the harsh, beautiful arctic zone

Follow expert Mountain guides, full of knowledge of the mountain and it’s environment

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AREAS VISITED

Arusha

Mount Kilimanjaro

 

A taste of what to expect…

Day 0
Arusha
Distance: 30km /50km

Met on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport. Transfer to planet Lodge for dinner and overnight HB. (40 km, 30 minutes).

  • MEALS: Dinner | Overnight HB
  • Accomodation: Planet Lodge or similar Accommodation

Day 1
Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)
Hiking time: 4 -5 hours
Distance: Approximately 8 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven 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 chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Bed | Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Kilimanjaro Mountain Huts

Day 2
Marangu route 6 days – Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours
Distance: Approximately 12 kilometers
Habitat: Moorland

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 chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this site.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Bed | Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Mountain Huts

Day 3
Marangu route 6 days – Horombo Hut (3720m) – Acclimatization day
Hiking time: 1-2 hours
Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
Habitat: Moorland

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.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Bed | Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Mountain Huts

Day 4
Marangu route 6 days – Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Distance: Approximately 10 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.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Bed | Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Mountain Huts

Day 5
Summit Attempt, Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m).
Hiking time: 6-8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 4-5 hours to descend to Horombo Hut
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometer ascent and 16 kilometer descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will wake up around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. 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 madeit. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut for a short rest ten after you descent to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The descent to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around almost 14 hours, . Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and well-earned sleep

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Bed | Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Mountain Huts

Day 6
Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: Approximately 20 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), 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 or Moshi where your trekking tour ends with sweet memories.

  • MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Bed | Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Planet Lodge

Day 7
Departure

If your time in Africa ends today our transfer team will drive you back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your departure. If you have booked with us a safari or a few days to dissolve into the pristine sandy beaches and tropical waters of Zanzibar, we will be there to help you comfortably transition from your climb into your next Tanzanian adventure.

Tanzania Faqs

You bet they are. Tanzania is one of Africa’s most stable countries. You’ll be welcomed by its friendly people and always taken care of by attentive staff. After full days of climbing Kilimanjaro, wildlife viewing, rest up at handpicked camps and lodges, which offer authentic African charm and modern-day conveniences, you will be dropped of at the airport safe and sound.

You will stay in a hotel on your arrival and the day after your climb,While on the Mountain, you will Camp in comfort in customized all-weather tents with upgraded zippers, flysheets, and closed-cell full-ground pads. Private solar-lit dining tents are provided daily. Hot meals are prepared from fresh ingredients by the camp’s chef. In the afternoons, hot drinks and snacks are provided.

Follow this link to see what you need to pack for your Kilimanjaro Climb and if you will have further questions please feel free to contact us Tanzania Packing list(https://www.tanzania-expeditions.com/packing-list).

We have the best guides in the mountain and all our clients have be very thankful for that. Our guides are knowledgable, friendly, are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR), which means they have the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions. They receive annual training in emergency first aid and can prevent, recognize and treat altitude-related illnesses. Safety is our number one priority. Having the right outfitter makes the whole difference. We have very much confident to say that 98.9 percent of our clients make it to the summit. 

 Meals are included as mentioned in the itinerary. For breakfast there will be a choice of fruit, scrambled eggs, porridge, toast, jam, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Lunch will be provided in form of a lunch box containing sandwiches, boiled eggs, chicken etc. For dinner you will enjoy soup and bread followed by meat or poultry along with starch (i.e. chips, mashed potatoes, pasta or rice) as well as vegetables. While breakfast and dinner are served in a mess tent equipped with a table and chairs, lunch is enjoyed en-route. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).

Tanzania’s climate is typically sunny, dry, and warm, though there are variations. Tanzania’s climate is typically sunny, dry, and warm, though there are variations. December through March is warmer (70ºF – 80ºF) with a higher chance of occasional rain. May through November is cooler and drier (60ºF – 80ºF). April, like in North America, usually brings more rain.

Currently there are no immunization shots required in order to gain entry to the East African countries of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda unless prior to your arrival you travel through countries that are infected with yellow fever, cholera or other diseases. However for accurate and the most up-to-date information, please visit the embassy web site for the countries you plan to visit.

prices

Rates including VAT

  • $2,850 per person when 1 person travels alone
  • $2,440 per person when 2 persons travel together
  • $2,358 per person when 3 persons travel together
  • $2,320  per person when 4+ persons travel together

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The tour was perfectly organized and still we are having all the flexibility during the trip. We had the spacious land cruiser 7 seats car for two of us. Our guide was nice, knowledgeable and has great passion. With everything included the price was very fair! – Mark S – UK

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Thank you for making my dream come true. Peter and Steve were our guides. They did a wonderful job.  This was a gift to me from my son. He always promised to take me there when he was just 6 and 7 years old. –  Swypeterson – USA

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We were group of 8 adults travelling to Tanzania and going for Safari for the first time. As an travel organizer, I was in touch with Justin and later with Alex for almost a year and exchanged over 50emails – Bhatakna – India

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