This 7 day Marangu Route Climb spends 5 days on the mountain. Should you wish to extend you climb you can certainly do that.  You will be collected from Kilimanjaro Airport. Should you wish to transfer from Nairobi that can be arranged.

Day 01

Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi. Evening briefing and equipment check. Overnight at Springlands Hotel on bed & breakfast basis. Mount Kilimanjaro Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain at 5895 metres. The second highest is Mount Kenya at 5195 metres. Kilimanjaro used to be within the boundaries of Kenya. Legend has it that Queen Victoria gave the mountain to Kaiser Wilhelm in 1848 because he commented that it was unfair that Kenya had the two highest peaks. Since 1889, several attempts have been made to determine the exact height of the mountain. The Kilimanjaro 2008 Precise Height Measurement Expedition used GPS and gravimeter methods to output the value of 5,891.8 metres (19,330 ft). Due to Kilimanjaro's equatorial location and high elevation, almost every climate type on earth is represented, including a year-round snow-topped summit.

Day 2

The National Park Gate (1,830 m.) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.), a group of comfortable 'A' frame wooden huts. The largest cabin has a downstairs dining area and an upstairs dormitory and mattresses. Smaller huts sleep eight persons. The total capacity is sixty persons. Water is piped onto site from a spring above and there are flush toilets behind the main cabin. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. (3-5 hours walking)

Day 3

The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heathers and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.). The buildings here are similar to Mandara Hut, but total capacity is one hundred and twenty persons. Water is piped from the stream behind the huts. There are platform toilets south east of the main hut, about eighty metres down the slope and flush toilets have been built within the complex of small huts. Sunrises and sunsets here are often spectacular and the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo. There is a real sense of being above the clouds here. (4-6 hours walking) Day 4We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. Kibo is a stone-built block house with a small dining area and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor. There are bunk beds and mattresses for about sixty people . There is no water here so one has to bring an ample supply from the 'last water' supply above Horombo Hut. Platform toilets are behind the hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! (4-5 hours walking)

Day 5

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1.00 am., aiming to be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. For those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for the night. (11-15 hours walking)

Day 6

We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day and it really makes you realise how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. (5-6 hours walking).  When you finish the climb, there will be a vehicle waiting to meet you and transfer you back Springlands Hotel for overnight

Day 7

After breakfast you are transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight and end of our services.

  • Meet and greet services
  • Transfers as specified
  • Use of huts on the mountain
  • Meals on the mountain prepared by climb crew*
  • Services of an experienced English speaking mountain guide
  • Porters to carry backpack/rucksack and camping equipment
  • Accommodations and meals as indicated
  • Park fees, camping fees, mountain rescue fees** and government taxes
  • International Flights & Regional Flights
  • Visas
  • Airport tax
  • Travel/medical/baggage insurance
  • Tips for porters and mountain guide
  • Climbing gear such as goggles, walking stick, flashlight/torch, bed roll, etc. (though these are available to rent)
  • Drinks/laundry (unless specified)
  • Dining room tips
  • Porterage
  • Telephone bills
  • Any other items of a personal nature
Rate – US$ 16 Dec 2009 to 15 Dec 2010
Per Person Sharing Single Room Supplement Sole Climber Supplement
Climb Package 1290 90 1360
Extra Day on Mountain 250 NIL NIL
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