6days – Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb – Tanzania
Marangu Route – Post WCC Conference
Day 1: Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980m ASL). 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 (Montane forest). During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. There are chances for wildlife spots, including Colobus monkeys! After 3-4 hours of ascending, you will reach the Mandara Hut (2700m ASL). Mandara huts sleeps 60 hikers per night.
Unlike all other routes accommodation in Marangu route are wooden huts. Early booking is advised to secure accommodation for this route.
Day 2: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
Following breakfast, you will begin your ascent out of the rainforest and into the heathen moorland. You will pass the Maundi Crater with a possibility of climbing 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 ASL). Horombo Hut sleeps 120 hikers and is located on a small plateau with a breathtaking view of the town and villages of Moshi.
Day 3: Horombo Hut – Acclimatization day
At Horombo Hut, you will spend the day allowing your body to acclimate (adapt) to high altitude. You will have the option of doing a day hike to Zebra Rocks point (4200m ASL) or Mawenzi Hut (4600m ASL) 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.
Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
Following an early morning breakfast, you will continue your ascent into the alpine desert habitat. You will have the option of 2 trails that lead to Kibo Hut (4700m ASL). 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 (less 1hr).
Kibo Hut is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. An early dinner will be served so you may rest before concur the summit the same night.
Day 5: The SUMMIT – Gilman’s Point – Stella Point – Uhuru Peak
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea or coffee and you will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m) passing Stella Point where Machame route make its first peak. Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours.
At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.
Day 6: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate
Following a well-served breakfast, your crew will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips and appreciation to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate. The National Park Authority requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681m ASL) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m ASL) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, you will drive back to your lodge for long overdue showers and more relaxations.
Climber’s Packing List (For personal preparation)
- Day pack, for you to carry
- Large duffel bag or backpack with your personal items, for porters to carry – The weight per porter is limited to 15 kg (35lb) which is enough for 3days trek. Your backpack/duffel bag will be brought from campsite to campsite – before you arrive it will already be there.
You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly. Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold up there! You want your inner layer to be wicking – no cotton. Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be water proof but breathable. Remember we will not attempt to summit the highest peak on this expedition.
- Shorts, for hiking during the day only
- Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
- Short-sleeved or t-shirts
- Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
- Long underwear
- Fleece jacket or wool sweater
- Fleece pants
- Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
- Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
- Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
- Sport bras, for women
Cold Weather Accessories
- Mittens and/or gloves (waterproofed & one thin pair for warming)
- Wool or pile hat for warming in the evenings
- Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated – optional)
- Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
- Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support – not too light and not too heavy (no need for gaiters)
- Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
- Hiking socks for warmer conditions
- Wool socks for colder conditions
- Water bottles and Camelback
- Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals.
- Sun hat with brim
- Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen
- Electricity adapter for charging your mobile phone or laptop
- Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
- Toilet papers
- Small towel
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hand sanitizer
- Comb and mirror if necessary
- Yellow fever certificate
- Tanzania Visa
- Medical insurance
- Address book
- Vaccination records
- Airline tickets
- Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers. Leave a copy with someone at home/ conference and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.
- Ibuprofen, Aceteminophen, or Paracetamol
- Throat losenges
- Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
- Bandages and tape
- Diarrhea medicine
- Ace bandage
- Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
- Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
- Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
- Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
- Diamox (talk to your doctor)
Costs per person: US $ 1,750.00
- Park fees ($ 70 per day, per person)
- Mandara & Horombo mountain huts ($60 per night, per person)
- Rescue fee (non-refunded $20 per person per trip)
- Transportation from Arusha to/from Marangu Gate
- Sleeping Mattresses/ bags & accessories
- Pulse oxi-meters
- First aid kit & service
- Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
- Hot water on the mountain
- Bottled Drinking Water
- Ski-Trekking poles (optional because no summit attempt)
- All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
- Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
- Meals and drinks not specified
Items of personal nature
- Flights links are available between Arusha/ Manyara and Serengeti.
- A holiday/ relaxation in Zanzibar Islands/ Mafia can be arranged following your climb.
- We can also arrange for a Taylor-made itinerary as you wish to suit your holiday in Tanzania or you can choose different climbing route based on your preferences.