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Mount Kilimanjaro(Africa's highest mountain):
Approaching legendary Kilimanjaro from the southeast, we take the popular Marangu Route, with a total trip time of six days, thus giving us even more acclimatization time and an even better chance of reaching the summit. Lush rainforest and Alpine moorland characterize the Marangu route, a trek that is challenging, make no mistake, despite the extra time given to acclimatize. You will have a private vehicle to take you to and from the mountain gates. Accommodation on the mountain on this ‘Basic’ category trip will be in mountain huts – a true adventure.
- Reaching the summit(Uhuru peak)! Experiencing that incomparable, ‘roof of Africa’ feeling
- A more relaxed pace than other routes, but longer in time and distance. But very challenging!
- Stunning views as you ascend.
- Discover the Coca-cola route.
- Encounter the 5 zones of the mountain, namely the cultivation, forest, tundra, desert, and arctic zones, with unique beauty and features.
- Explore the wildlife and plants at high altitudes.
- Dedicated guides, porters, and cooks – a great team to help you on your way.
*All equipment and climbing gear are available for rent. Contact our team beforehand to arrange this for you.
There are 5 ascending routes, namely; 1. Marangu route(From around $1850 for 6 days and you will need to reserve mountain huts because huts are mostly used in this route rather than tents), 2. Machame route($1,990 for 7 days); 3. Lemosho route($2,000 for 7 days); 4. Rongai route($2000 for 6 days) and 5. Umbwe route is among the hardest & shortest route ($2200 for 5 days). There are 2 descending gates; Mweka and Marangu gates. Joining a group reduces the price through cost-sharing.
- Specialized mountain guide
- Private Transport from pickup to dropoff
- All Entrance and rescue fees
- Meals & accommodation
- Visa & travel documents processing
- 10% taxes & tariffs
- Hiking gear and equipment
- Tips: Are given according to the personal discretion of the client
You will be received at Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO) and transferred to Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha. 48 km/29.826 miles about 1-hour drive on tarred road. After check-in, you will receive a briefing about the hike plus a gear checkup in preparation for the 6-day task of scaling Africa’s highest peak.
At 08:30hrs, you will depart from Mount Meru hotel which is 4593 feet/1400 meters above sea level to Marangu gate(6233 feet/1900 m.a.s.l) which is about 119.3 km/74.13 miles from Arusha town. During this 2.5 hours drive to Marangu, there will be a 15 minute break at Boma Ng’ombe for last shopping on snacks or any needed supplies. After arriving at Marangu gate, we will do registration procedures and the potters will organize and pack for hiking. We will begin the ascent at Marangu gate from 6233 feet/1900 m.a.s.l to Mandara hut (8,858 feet/2700 m.a.sl) which is a walking distance of 8 km/4.971 miles of 6 hours. You will have lunch boxes and dinner will be at the huts. The vegetation cover is Montane forest, thus you can expect rain, mud and foggy conditions. You should also be on the lookout for wildlife, such as primates, antelopes and rodents.
You will ascend from Mandara hut (8858/2700 m.a.s.l) to Horombo hut (12,204 feet/3720 m.a.s.l) which is a walking distance of 12 km/7.456 miles for 8 hours.
This stretch is comprised of moorland and you will spot exotic plants like the giant lobelia and groundsels. Temperatures drop below freezing at this point and especially get extremely cold at night.
You will spend the day at Horombo hut (12,204 feet/3720 m.a.s.l) to acclimatize and allow your body to get used to this high altitude by hiking to Zebra rock. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at the hut.
You will ascend from Horombo hut to Kibo hut (15,419 feet/4700 m.a.s.l), which is a walking distance of 10km/6.214 miles for 8 hours by starting early morning after breakfast and pass through the alpine desert. Kibo hut is located in the “Saddle” which refers to the area located between the 2 peaks of Mawenzi and kibo in the alpine desert. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit on the same night. Your guide will brief you on the details on how to prepare for the summit night.
This is the grand finale, where you will move from Kibo hut (15,419 feet/4700 m.a.s.l) to Uhuru peak (19,340 feet/5,895 m.a.s.l) which is a walking distance of 6 km/3.728 miles with a hiking time of 8 hours. The vegetation is comprised of stone scree and ice capped summit. You will awake at around 23:30hrs for tea and biscuits. Then you will begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to the Hans Meyer cave (16,896 feet/5,150 m.a.s.l). You will continue you ascent to Gillman’s point (18,638 feet/5,681 m.a.s.l). Gillman’s point is located on the crater rim. From this point, you expect to experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru peak(19,340 feet/5,895 m.a.s.l). You will be able to spend a short time on the summit and take photograph and drink water before starting your descend back to Kibo hut which takes 3 hours. At Kibo hut, you will rest and enjoy hot lunch in the sun and after eating you will continue to descend down to Horombo hut. You will have dinner, wash and rest soundly at the hut after the strenuous day.
Following a heavy breakfast, the porters and guides will sing and celebrate with you. You can give your tip to the guides, cooks and porters. After the celebration, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu gate with a walking distance of 22 km/13.67 miles. You will sign your name to receive certificates. Hikers who reached Gillman’s point will receive green certificates while gold certificates will be given to those who reached Uhuru Peak.