Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

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Marangu Route

Day 01: Marangu Gate to Mandara huts (5mi/8km)

After breakfast, we will leave the Marangu gate early in the morning and head to the Mandara huts. The hike is about 5 miles (8 km), at a pace of 4 to 5 hours to acclimate to the altitude change. The hike is steadily uphill through the rainforest and light rain is expected in the afternoon. The scenery in this area is absolutely gorgeous with streams and waterfalls, as well as the opportunity to see exotic wildlife. We will stop for a quick lunch before heading to the next huts. Then, we arrive to the Mandara huts where we will be sleeping, which are similar to cabins with running water and toilets. Dinner will be served before heading to bed. (Total ascent: 2760ft/840m, during 3-4 hours hiking.)

Day 02: Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts (7.2mi/12km)

We will awake to breakfast to fuel our climb for the day. Then, we will continue to adventure through the lush, green rainforest for about 7 hours until arriving at the next hut. A picnic lunch will occur half way through the ascent. During this hike you will see insanely tall plants like the giant lobelia and giant groundsel that grow to around 16 ft tall (5 m). When we reach Horombo we will be at 12205 ft (3720m). We will enjoy dinner before getting rest for the night in preparation for the next day. (Total ascent: 3280 ft/1000m, during 5-7 hours hiking.)

Day 03: Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts (5.7mi/9.5km)

Once we have finished breakfast, we will taking a slower trek through the alpine desert zone of Kilimanjaro, about 6-8 hours and 6 miles (10 km). The pace will be much slower to avoid altitude sickness. During this climb, we will ascend to the saddle of Mt Kilimanjaro between the Kibo and Mwenzi peaks, which is an absolutely beautiful view. To keep up our calorie intake, we will enjoy lunch and snacks along the hike. Then, we will being going to sleep very early at the Kibo Huts to prepare to prepare for a midnight hike towards the summit. (Total ascent: 3280ft/1000m, during 5-7 hours hiking.)

Day 04: Summit attempt via Gilman's Point to Uhuru Peak and descent to Horombo Huts (3.5mi/5.5 km ascent + 9.5mi/15 km descent)

Around 11:30pm the guides will wake you up to prepare for the midnight summit. Hot beverages and food will be provided. We will climb for 6-8 hours to Gillman's Point at 19229 ft (5861 m) to catch a beautiful sunrise from the highest point in Africa! Here we will celebrate, take photos and then begin the 5-6 hour descent down the mountain to get a full nights rest at the Horombo Huts. (Total ascent: 3280ft/1000m to Gilman's Point and 3920ft/1195m to Uhuru Peak, during 5-8 hours hiking. Total descent: 7200 ft/2195m, during 5-6 hours hiking.)

Day 05: Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate (12.5mi/20km)

After breakfast as we descend down the mountain, we will pass through several villages and plantations. Once arriving at the Marangu Gate, we will say grab a bite to eat and say our goodbyes to the guides. Our vehicles will take you and your crew back to your hotel for showers before our last night celebratory dinner. (Total descent: 6040ft/1840m, during 5 hours hiking.)


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