Hike through Mount Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route

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About Marangu route : Marangu Route starts from the south-east giving you an opportunity to sleep in the Huts, which is not present in any other route to Kilimanjaro like Machame route (which has the Borranco wall). The locals and tourist call it Coca-cola route as it cheaper and easier to climb than Machame route. Spending an extra day is highly recommended for proper acclimatization. You will ascend to the summit and descend back to the gate on the same path. In our Marangu Route Itinerary there are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Best time to climb is the dry season. Marangu route Geology: The Marangu route is popularly known for its beautiful scenic views and most incredible geological structures in the entire Kilimanjaro routes. The main geological structures in Kilimanjaro Marangu Route like Kibo, has a gas emitting fumarole in its crater. It is capped by a symmetrical cone with the escarpments rising more than 180 meters. This route has a continuous layer of Lava which buries most old geographical features. The Kibo plateau has 5 main lava cones; Phonotephrites and tephriphonolites of the Lava tower group which is almost 4,80,000 years ago. Aphyric Phonolite lavas, which is 4,60,000 years ago The Marangu route starts through the fertile rainforest and you may feel the humid temperature at the beginning. The heath and moorland region or zone gives you a bit drizzle of rain or snow. The summit attempt is made from Barafu in the early morning hours, often during the full moon day. This is the coldest and windiest section your climb. However, the sun comes up soon and the rest of the layers will be cleared early. The route experiences 2 seasons. Wet and dry, during the wet season the rainfall can be steadily heavy every day and this makes the terrain the mountain bit difficult. However, during the dry season you will be able to summit the Kilimanjaro in an ease. The huts of Marangu route are: Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut and Kibo hut. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Included o Pre & Post Trek accommodation at hotel o Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged. o 4Season mountain tents o Sleeping Mats o Transportation to & from the mountain gate o Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters o 3 meals daily while on the mountain o Filtered water throughout the trek o Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) o Portable flush toilet provided. Not Included o Flights and Visa. o Items of a personal nature and Laundry Services o Tips to mountain crew Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended from KINAPA for group sharing as following:
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Trip Itinerary

Kilimanjaro International Airport - KIA (JRO)

Day 1-2
Arrive in Moshi Town. You will be pickup from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town. On this day you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at Kili Wonders.

Mandara Huts

Day 2-3
After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior. Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi Approx. time taken: 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Horombo Huts

Day 3-4
The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe. Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi Approx. time taken: 9 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Kibo Huts

Day 4
Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 - 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short. Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi Approx. time taken: 7 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Uhuru Peak

Day 4-5
Today is “The Big Day” - the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 - 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 - 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut. Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Marangu Gate

Day 5-6
The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro. Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi Approx. time taken: 8 hours Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included
Trip Summary
Hotel & Camping & Bed & Breakfast
6 days trip
Kilimanjaro International Airport - KIA (JRO), Mandara Huts & 4 more
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