This is the easiest route to take to ascend Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa with its two main summits, the craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, and the 'flat-topped', glaciated Kibo, 5896m. The Saddle, a 5km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert separates the two. From the summit glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland then forests lead down to the cultivated foothills. The Marangu route takes you at a gentle pace through these dramatically different zones. For the ascent to Uhuru Peak from Kibo Hut a very early start is made since the scree is easier to climb when frozen and the views from the crater rim at dawn can be spectacular. Accommodation on the mountain is in comfortable huts you will require a sleeping bag, a mat is provided. This is a tough walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. An extra day for acclimatisation to the altitude can be spent at Horombo. From Horombo there are various walks to enjoy. This trip is fully porter supported.
Day 1: Arrive Springlands hotel (B&B).
Day 2: Drive to Marangu Gate. Walk through the rain forest to Mandara hut (2743m), about 3 to 4 hours.
Day 3: Leave the forest and cross open moor land to Horombo hut (3760m).
Day 4: Rest and acclimatisation day at Horombo Hut. Day walk to Zebra Rocks or to Mawenzi Hut. This day can be missed out making a 7 day itinerary.
Day 5: Walk through moorland then alpine desert to "The Saddle" between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo and then on to Kibo hut (4730m).
Day 6: Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman's Point (5681m) which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim (which will take about two hours if you are fit) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo Hut for tea and biscuits or soup and then down to the thicker air and relative warmth of Horombo hut.
Day 7: Descend to Marangu gate. Drive back to the hotel (B&B).
Day 8: Depart after breakfast. Transfer to airport or continue on an extension.
Note: All other routes are available and longer or shorter trips may be arranged.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Transport, private vehicles used throughout
- All park fees, our own National Park approved guides and porters
- Accommodation on the mountain is in comfortable huts you will require a sleeping bag, a mat is provided
- Food on the mountain is plentiful and prepared fresh by skilled cooks
- Bed and Breakfast only at the Springlands Hotel.
- Tips, hotel meals other than breakfast at Springlands outside of Mountain Packages
- Visas. Airport transfers.
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