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5 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Via Marangu Route

Kilimanjaro hiking Via Marangu Route - Short and Luxurious Kilimanjaro Route Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
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The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatization period.

The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route into a 6-day trek, greatly increasing your chances of success. Shared hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route.

Day 0: arrival to Tanzania.
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro international airport and transferred to your hotel in moshi town, you will meet your Kilimanjaro guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek (5 Days Marangu Route Hiking and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day. Marangu Route is one of the Kilimanjaro Easy Route.
Meals: no lunch & dinner included.

Day 1: Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut 7kms 3 to 4hrs up 835m
Leave for Marangu from Moshi town, start at Marangu gate 1970m. Short walk through the Maundi Crater overnight at Mandara Hut. (2720m)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 2: Mandara Huts (2,740 m/9,000 ft) to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft) 11 km, 6-8 hours
Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast, and pack for your next trek. Break camp by 8:30 AM, hike for an hour through rainforest glades, then follow an ascending path through heath land where you can look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3 PM, where you can see Kibo summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available. You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibo sub peak Mawenzi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 3: Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to Kibo Huts (4,695 m/15,400 ft) 10 km, 6-8 hours Alpine Desert
Wake to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the days hike climbs through the dwindling heath land that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 4: Summit Day! Kibo Huts (4,695 m/15,400 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft) 4 km up, 14 km down 10-15 hours
Alpine Desert Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilmans Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africas highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep! You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, pole pole, and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 5: Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft) to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft) 18 km, 5-7 hours
Wake as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration!
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch. Dinner Not Included.

- What Will You Do

1. Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport
2.Drive from your hotel to Marangu Gate for registration and then Hike from Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
3. Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo hut
4. Hike from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
5. Kibo hut to Uhuru Peak then descend to Horombo hut
6. Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate then back to your hotel in Moshi

- What To Expect

- Professional Mountain Guide
- Amazing Kilimanjaro food and Accommodation
- Service of a personal touch
- Best Sceneries on Hike
- Safety
- Personal Doctor when hiking

- What Is Included

- Private transport to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation in Moshi town.
- 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi.
- Park entry fees.
- Accommodation in wooden cabins on the mountain.
- Camping fees.
- 18% VAT on tour fees and services.
- 4 season mountain tents.
- Double layered sleeping mats.
- Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porter.
- 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain.
- Enough treated and filtered drinking water throughout the trek.
- Hot water for washing.
- Fair wages for mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro national park and Kilimanjaro association tour operator.
- Government taxes.
- Portable oxygen tanks and ox-meter.
- Emergence first aid kit.

- What Is Not Included

- Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
- Travel insurance.
- Flights.
- Laundry (available in hotel)
- Personal items at toiletries.
- Gratuities for guides, porters and cook.
- Portable flush toilet tents are available for extra charges $ 70 for entire trek.

- Know Before You Go

- Overall fitness is required when planning to hike Kilimanjaro
- You are responsible for bringing personal gear
- Check with your doctor before hiking Kilimanjaro (Avoiding Altitude diseases)

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When should I go?
Kilimanjaro is climbable all year round. The best months to climb are December-March, and September-October, which are the warmest and driest months. The next best are June to August, but they are colder. July, August, and September are the busiest months. Summiting on or soon after a full moon is very beautiful and helps illuminate the landscape without using headlamps. However, it is also very bright for sleeping and stars are not as visible.
What is whether like on Kilimanjaro?
Temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius at the foot of the mountain and -15 to -20 degrees Celsius on top plus wind chill. Lower down, it can be wet and humid, but higher up, there can be snow. Rain and snow may be encountered any time of the year!
How is it difficult to Climb Kilimanjaro?
It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.
How is the Marangu Route different from Machame Route?
Physically, the Marangu and Machame routes are rather different. The main force of Kibo's volcanic activity occurred out towards the west (the Machame side) and so Machame is steeper - especially in the first day and a half - and more rugged than Marangu. It is often considered more scenic because the views of Kibo are more impressive than from the south-east (the Marangu approach), but many consider the vegetation on day 2 of the Marangu route to be more attractive than anything seen on the western side. As always with mountains, every route has its advantages and drawbacks. The difficulty grading has Marangu as a 1, and Machame a 1+, so there's not a great deal in it.
How many guides, Porters and Cook should we get?
The number of staff that you will have depends on how much gear and weight is brought up the mountain, the route chosen and number of days on the mountain; however a typical trek will have (per 4 persons); 1 guide, 1 assistant guide, 1 cook, 1 waiter and 9 porters.
Are the guides licensed/Certified?
Kilimanjaro guides are trained and certified by the Kilimanjaro National Park. They start out as porters and work their way up to assistant guide. When they are ready (after about 2-4 years), they go through the national park certification process.
What are the recommended tips?
- Guide $ 15-20/guide/day. - Cook $ 10-15/day. - Porter $ 8-10/porter/day.

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