6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Safari Via Marangu RoutePrint This Post
Referred to as the “Roof of Africa”, Mount Kilimanjaro is a crown jewel located at the far Northeastern corner of Tanzania kissing the southern border of Kenya. It is therefore Africa’s prominent mountaineering or hiking safari destination which offers preternatural adventures. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain with three Volcanic cones, the highest being Kibo standing at over 19’341ft asl. while Mawenzi stands at 16’890ft and Shira at 13’140ft.
It is a free standing dormant volcano offering dreamlike hiking challenge to mountaineers with various trailheads and routes. So there’s the Marangu, Machame, Mweka, Rongai, Umbwe and Londorossi available for trekking this superb adventure destination.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a beautiful trekking destination with remarkable scenery and an assortment of vegetation zones. These include tropical-lush zones to arctic, heathers and open moorland among others which for a breathtaking backdrop.
On your 5 days of this Kilimanjaro hiking safari, you will take on a challenge to the summit from the eastern trail head of Marangu route similarly known as Coca cola route.
Hiking Level: Moderate
Note: Welcome to the Land of Adventure! You will be warmly received by the company guide the day you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. He then transfers you to the accommodation where you will have your stay.
Overnight (o/n): Pink Flamingo lodge (Luxury)/Marangu Hotel(Mid-range) Bed & Breakfast
Today, wake-up very early and have breakfast. Later you will transfer with the guide early enough to the reception area at Marangu. After some briefing and registration you will then start off this adventurous trek of Mount Kilimanjaro. Trekking starts from Marangu at 1’860 meters to Mandara Hut at 2’720 meters and lasts about 4 hours (8-10kms) through elevated zone of tropical rainforest hosting various species of birds, primates like the Black & White Colobus Monkeys. At the Hut, situated close to the forest edge is where we shall camp for overnight and close to it is the Maundi Crater at 2’775m which you will pay a short visit and enjoy the scenic views of nature.
O/night: Mandara Hut Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board (FB)
Start off with breakfast, prepare to take on a more adventurous trek of about 6-7hours, hiking all the way from Mandara to Horombo hut at about 3’700 meters, crossing from the rain-forest zone of just about 1 hour on this trek to Alpine-Moorland zone characterized by varied Heathers, Lobelias and other plant species distinctive to this vegetation zone. This point (Horombo), commands stunning views through the saddle into Mawenzi in the far northeast and Kibo summit in the north.
O/n: Horombo Hut Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board (FB)
Today after breakfast, prepare for a 6-8 hours trek, you will continue trekking the Kilimanjaro Mountain all the way from Horombo hut further to Kibo hut crossing view points of the Zebra rocks (at 3’980 meters) and East lava hill on the upper route as well as Middle Red hill near the junction of the lower route and upper route. The two routes (Upper and Lower), offer different experiences to hikers, the Upper route is the oldest, its quite challenging (steeper) but most famous because of its attractiveness. For just a few hours walk, the path descends into the Kibo saddle to the foothills of Mawenzi an area characterized by high altitude desert and then it shortly ascends gradually to the hut at Kibo. The lower route is a little shorter and more direct to Kibo hut but less famous and it is commonly used for return (descending). At this point is where we prepare to take on the hike to the summit.
O/n: Kibo Hut. Meal Plan: Full Board
Prepare for a very early start on this fourth day, where you will be woken up in the night for a long trek of nearly 12 hours today forth and back the summit. At around or just past mid-night, you will set-off after dressing in your warm clothes and headlamps /flashlights to take on the hike to the summit through this serene arctic zone. The route from Kibo hut to Hans Meyer cave at 5’151 meters is somewhat gentle and indirect, leading past rocky area.
Be ready for a tricky loose surface, and continue on a 4-6 hours ascend across Gilman’s point to Uhuru peak at 5’895meters, which makes it Africa’s highest peak. The summit is undeniably beautiful and worth it. Prepare for the best Kodak shots at the Roof of Africa and this is a life changing adventure.
Afterwards, descend back to Kibo hut where you will break off for lunch and then continue further to Horombo hut where you will retire for the night with flashbacks of your moments at the highest point of Africa.
O/n: Horombo Hut Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board (FB)
Today after breakfast, prepare for a steady descend of nearly 6 hours, from Horombo hut to Mandara where you will break off and later continue through the lush tropical greenery all the way to the gate where you will find your safari vehicle that will transfer you back to the hotel for relaxation. At the end of this 5 days Kilimanjaro hiking safari, you will earn yourself a Trekkers certificate, to award your monumental and spiritual display of making it to the highest point on the continent.
O/n: Pink Flamingo lodge (Luxury)/Marangu Hotel(Mid-range). Meal Plan: Full Board
Today marks the end of your adventure in Tanzania; the land of epic adventure. Have a hearty breakfast and later be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will board your international flight back home.
Optional: You can end with a wildlife safari to Arusha National Park
Meal Plan: Breakfast. End of Safari
Note: * Safari Starts and Ends in Kilimanjaro
*Park entrance fees
*All activity (hiking) fees unless labeled as optional
*Professional English Speaking hiking guide&driver
*Ground Transportation in 4X4 safari vehicle with pop-up roof (Safari Land cruiser)
*Round trip Airport or Hotel transfers
*Drinking mineral water in the car and during hiking
*Meals as the itinerary details
*Accommodation during the tour, at the hotel and quality sleeping tents and mattresses during the hike
*Accommodation on the day of Arrival on Bed & Breakfast
*Porter fees *Government VATs
*AMREF Air Evacuation cover
*Tourist Visa fees (visa can be arranged on request)
*Accommodation on last day of Tour [can be arranged on request]
*International Airline ticket [can be arranged on request]
*Tips, Gratuities and expenses of personal nature