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Total hiking distance: About 96 kms (Excluding any acclimatization hike)
Tour Feature: Generally known as the "Coca-Cola route", Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route to a 6-day march, greatly increasing your chances of success. Hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are pottered and a cook prepares all your meals. For the 5-day route, simply exclude the additional acclimatization day at Horombo hut - day 3 on the itinerary below.
Day 1: Arrival –Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport
Day 2: Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m)
After early breakfast, you will be driven to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro animals are found. An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1½ hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.
Your first night stop will be at Mandara hut, which is a group of wooden A-framed 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. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut, B, L, D.
Day 3: Mandara hut (2700m) - Horombo hut (3720m)
It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater (side Trek) for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro most spectacular. After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.
Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) - Acclimatization day
Day 5: Horombo hut (3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m)
After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the "Saddle". There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby.
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. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest as possible.
Day 6: Summit Attempt, Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)
You will rise around 23h30, and 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. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.
From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. 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 start heading 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 you enjoy your last on the mountain and a richly deserved sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions, B, L, and D.
Day 7: Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)
After breakfast you continue your descent for about 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 will be received by your tour guide and taken for an overnight at your hotel at Moshi before departure or proceed to Arusha town if you are to either continue on a safari or depart via Jomo Kenyatta international Airport in Nairobi.
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