MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMB ON THE MARANGU ROUTE DAY TO DAY ITINERARY:
Day 1 – Kilimanjaro / Arusha
Collection from Kilimanjaro Airport or in Arusha City, and transferred to Moshi Town.
Overnight: Hotel in Moshi.
Day 2 – Moshi Town / Mandara Hut
Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m)
Hiking time: 5h
Distance: Approximately 12kms
Habitat: Montane forest
The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. On arrival you will be assisted to register and make preparations for the climb. Porters will be on hand to carry the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment.
Your first night stop, Mandara Hut, is a group of wooden huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers.
Overnight – Mandara Hut
Day 3 – Mandara Hut / Horombo Hut
Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 15kms
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland.
On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the far distance with majestic glaciers in the morning sun. After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo Hut, where you will overnight.
Overnight – Horombo Hut
Day 4 – Horombo Hut – Acclimatization Day
Horombo hut (3720m).
Horombo Hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, with a capacity of 120 climbers. Horombo is normally bustling with hikers, guides and porters, with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatisation.
All meals for the day are provided at the hut.
Overnight- Horombo Hut.
Day 5 – Horombo Hut / Kibo Hut
After breakfast you continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Your guides will assist you in selecting the route.
The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same
night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid.
Overnight- Kibo Hut.
Day 6 – Kibo Hut = Uhuru Peak / Horombo Hut
(Summit Attempt) Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 8h to Uhuru, 6h to get to Horombo
Distance: Approximately 6kms ascent, 21kms descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will rise around 23h30, and after tea and refreshments, begin your climb. 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 (5681m), 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. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route.
From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.
Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo Hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight.
The return to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. Later in the evening enjoy dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.
Overnight: Horombo Hut.
Day 7– Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 6h Distance: Approximately 27kms
After breakfast you will 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.
Thereafter you will be transferred back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!
Overnight at the hotel in Moshi.
Day 8 – Moshi /Arusha City or Kilimanjaro Airport
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Airport for your return flight or to Arusha to start your safari.