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Kilimanjaro Climb: Marangu Route 7 Day

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,955

Also known as the “Coca Cola” Route, Marangu is the easiest and busiest route on the mountain. Each route has its own degree of difficulty, but the view from the top is certainly worth it.


This is the most popular route to the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain – the highest free standing mountain in the world. Scale almost 20,000 feet on this 7 or 8 day trek from Moshi.

Your route includes scenic detours past rainforest waterfalls and picturesque plant life before the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Staying in dormitory style huts, this is a highly demanding climb. Be prepared for rapid changes in climate and other conditions as you ascend. Consider an extra night at Horombo Hut (3,700m altitude) to help you acclimatise.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,955

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Day 1

Moshi

On arrival you will be met and transferred to Keys Hotel, Moshi. The Keys Hotel offers basic yet comfortable accommodation, with friendly staff. It is an ideal place to overnight before and after a Kilimanjaro expedition.

A climb briefing is scheduled for today in order to meet your guides and discuss the expedition with you in person.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Keys Hotel

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    Keys Hotel



    Keys Hotel on Uru Road is a modern tourist hotel. The hotel is located in an area where you can easily see the snow of Mount Kilimanjaro. The hotel has 15 en-suite bedrooms and 15 en-suite African style cottages with traditional thatched roofs. The facilities ...

    Keys Hotel on Uru Road is a modern tourist hotel. The hotel is located in an area where you can easily see the snow of Mount Kilimanjaro. The hotel has 15 en-suite bedrooms and 15 en-suite African style cottages with traditional thatched roofs. The facilities include a restaurant, bar, room service, full laundry services, swimming and car parking.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Mandara Hut

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Marangu Gate at Kilimanjaro National Park. Today, walk through the beautiful rainforest with dense vegetation, often on a muddy trail. The trekking pace is slow and very comfortable, ensuring you have enough time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a photo and nibble on your packed lunch that we provide.

You will reach Mandara Hut (2,700m) after +- 4 hrs of hiking from the Park Gate. There is a detour on this route to waterfalls in the rain forest, which is well worth following - discuss with your guide before you set off. All meals are included during the climb, and your guide/porters will prepare these for you.

Your accommodation is in dormitory style chalets. There are no shower/bath facilities while doing the climb and toilets will be long drops. You will be provided with bowls of warm water each morning, on request, to wash with.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Horombo Hut

Continue the hike up to Horombo Hut, (3,700m). A steep, sometimes wet, 20 min walk through the upper part of the rainforest, followed by a 2km section of tall giant heather interspersed with large clumps of tussock grass, around 15km or 5 hrs from Mandara Hut. The vegetation changes to stunted clumps of heather with 'everlasting' flowers and short tussock grasses. Lobelia and groundsels occupy the wetter areas.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Kibo Hut

After breakfast set out on a path that traverses west, before turning northwards towards Middle Red Hill and the Triplets. Head west for the final 3km to Kibo Hut (4,700m). This alpine desert is littered with rocks and leaves you feeling as if you are walking on the moon. The view towards Mwenzi Peak to the east is most spectacular.

Should you choose to do the Marangu Route hike as a 6 day/5 night climb, you will continue to Kibo Hut on this day and not overnight at Karanga Camp.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Summit Day

Wake up very early to have a quick bite to eat and something warm to drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Gilman's Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. The headlamps on the trail towards the summit almost look like fireflies flying in a long row. As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience - the sunrise over Africa! Often you see the curving of the earth at this high altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it. Keep your camera ready at all times as there are plenty of photo opportunities along the summit. Once you reach Gilman's Point on top of the crater rim you are within reach of Uhuru Peak. Hike along fairly flat terrain for about 1.5 hour to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get that photo of you next to the sign marking the summit - definitely one for your collection.

Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Gilman's Point on the Marangu route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideways moves. Try it, it is fun! With every step going down your body enjoys having more oxygen to breathe in. Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Kibo Hut before descending down to Horombo Hut.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Marangu Gate

Enjoy an easy hike through the rainforest to Marangu Gate. It is not a rare sight to view Black and White Colobus Monkeys in the trees as well as Blue Monkeys. Take time to enjoy the lush vegetation with the Old Man's Beard (tree moss) growing on the giant trees as well as some Giant Ferns towering high over the forest bed. The path has many steps leading you down to Marangu Gate where you may find a cold beer or soft-drink to start celebrating your assault of Kilimanjaro. You will be transferred back to Moshi, Keys Hotel, to overnight and celebrate (breakfast included).

Liaise with your head guide regarding tips - we recommend an amount of USD190-USD220 per climber for a 5-day climb (based on 4 climbers in the party), which the head guide will apportion out amongst the group. Whilst the above figure is anticipated for a job well done - anything above that is totally at your discretion.

In accordance with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project guidelines, we've introduced a system where every climber, on completion of the climb, completes a form with the amount that you are giving as a tip.

We also do regular high tech clothing donations in conjunction with Cape Union Mart (South African outdoor gear company, www.capeunionmart.co.za) to the porters and guides in Kilimanjaro to assist them in being properly prepared for these climb expeditions.

This evening your guides will meet you to hand out your Kilimanjaro Certificates. Option to enjoy a barbeque at the hotel to celebrate your hike (needs to be booked prior to the climb and additional cost is for own account).

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Keys Hotel

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Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Keys Hotel



    Keys Hotel on Uru Road is a modern tourist hotel. The hotel is located in an area where you can easily see the snow of Mount Kilimanjaro. The hotel has 15 en-suite bedrooms and 15 en-suite African style cottages with traditional thatched roofs. The facilities ...

    Keys Hotel on Uru Road is a modern tourist hotel. The hotel is located in an area where you can easily see the snow of Mount Kilimanjaro. The hotel has 15 en-suite bedrooms and 15 en-suite African style cottages with traditional thatched roofs. The facilities include a restaurant, bar, room service, full laundry services, swimming and car parking.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

    More Details

Day 7

Departure

The Kilimanjaro Expedition comes to an end. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home or continue on a safari or relaxing beach holiday.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation at base hotel including breakfast
  • Roundtrip transfers to the park gate
  • Accommodation in mountain huts or tents depending on the route
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary by BLD
  • Porters and guides on the mountain
  • Park and hut fees
  • Mountain Rescue Fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please ask us for information on packing, exercise and health matters.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

TB WILDFROMOS18SA: KILIMAR5 2
15 Dec 2018
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