Marangu route is the shortest route to reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro compared to the rest of the routes, it offers a package of 5/6 days hike, with least-cost. The uniqueness of this route compared to the rest is the accommodation facilities, that it offers a shared Mountain hut/cabins, with beds and mattresses. Facilities like clean wash rooms, solar power and piped water are the extra services available in Marangu route.
Hike in Marangu route can be done within 5 and/or 6 days, if done in 6 days, the one day extra is used for acclimatization on Zebra rock, Horombo hut. The short falls on this route is acclimatization, this may results into altitude sickness, insufficient oxygen as altitude increases. An overall successful rate of this route is 80%, others may fail to summit successful due to several factors like unfriendly weather(heavy rainfall snow and wind) altitude sickness or/and a state of personal illness.
During 6 days hiking, from Marangu gate you will pass through the following points, where you will spend some nights;
DAY 00: ARRIVALS
Upon your arrivals at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our office representative, followed by an hour drive to the hotel in Moshi Town. After having a short rest at the hotel, our Mountain guide will meet you to check with your climbing gears and equipment. If some gears will be missing, our guide will help you on how to rent those missing gears from the rental shops.
DAY 01: (beginning of the tour) From Hotel to Marangu gate-Mandara Hut.
Around 0900hrs, the drive from Moshi town to Kilimanjaro National Park-Marangu gate will take place, it will take not more than one hour to reach Marangu gate, passing through the villages located on the lower slopes of the Mountain. At the gate you will have to register all the important details like name, Nationality and passport number. While the registration process is taking place, porters will be seen sorting and weighting the luggage. You will have spare time to move around taking photo and reading the historical information of Kilimanjaro Mountain.
After all process being completed, you will slowly start hiking, to the first point, Mandara Hut, where you will spend the rest of the day, dinner and overnight. Distance from Marangu gate to Mandara hut is 8km and it can take you up to 4 hours hiking, and the trail is through Mountain rainfall forest.
DAY 02: From Mandara hut to Horombo hut.
After breakfast at Mandara Hut, you will start hiking to Horombo hut, 11km from Mandara, and it may take up to 7 hours. The trail passes through the short stretch of forest to the base of Maundi crater, and you will have a time to take a short tour to the rim of the crater. Once you reach at Horombo hut, you will have a rest, dinner and overnight.
DAY 03: Acclimatization day at zebra rock then back to Horombo hut.
DAY 04: From Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut. (Summit overnight)
After breakfast at Horombo hut, you will start ascend to Kibo hut, passing through the alpine desert habitat. Distance from Horombo to Kibo is 9.6km and the approximated time is up to 6 hours. At Kibo hut you will have a hot lunch, rest and early dinner because you will be supposed to go to bed as early as possible.
After 6 hours of sleeping, you will be awake around 01:00am, preparing yourself with the summiting gears, remember to have enough warm clothing and gears that will accommodate up to -10 Celsius. Guides will lead you slowly to hike up, passing through Hans Meyer cave to Gilman’s point (5681m), before finishing at Uhuru Peak (5,895m)
DAY 05: From summit to Kibo hut-Horombo hut.
The dawning of the fifth day might still caught you at the peak of Kilimanjaro, if it’s not so much cold, you will have time to take photos of your lifetime adventure in Tanzania. After all you will slowly start to descend to Kibo hut, where you will have a short rest and breakfast, then later descending to Horombo hut where you will have rest, lunch, dinner and overnight.
DAY 06: From Horombo hut to Marangu gate.
After breakfast, you will hike down using the same trail as when you ascended. Distance now is 19km and because it’s hiking down, it will take up to 7 hours. At Marangu gate you will have to sign out as you signed in, receiving the certificates for those who summit successfully, followed by an hour private drive to the hotel in Moshi.
PRICE CHARGED FOR THIS TOUR
$ 1900 per single person
$ 1600 per group sharing
$ 1450 per 3+ group sharing.
-Airport transfer on arrival and departure day
-2 nights comfort stay in hotel/lodge
-Transport to and from Mountain
-All park entrance fee +18% VAT
-All park accommodation fee + 18% VAT
-Park rescue fee
-Food on the mountain (3-meals a day)
-Non personal hiking equipment and gears
-Salary to guide, cook and the crew.
-Personal hiking gears and rentals
-Other personal expenses out of the mentioned above.
ESSENTIAL MOUNTAIN CLIMBING GEARS
-Warm clothes including trouser, sweater, thermal underwear and enough pair of warm socks.
-Balaclava, snow goggles or ski sun glasses and scarf.
-Water proof layers, sun roof hat, warm sleeping bag, mattress, warm jacket and pair of gloves.
-Comfort mountain boots and walking poles
-Sun cream, first aid kit, knapsack, pair of getters and water bottle minimum 2litres each.