5 days mount Kilimanjaro marangu

5 days mount Kilimanjaro
7 days Rongai route

5 days mount Kilimanjaro marangu

DAY 00: KILIMANJARO AIRPORT -MOSHI

If you have opted for the optional airport transfers, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.

Pre-trek briefing at your Moshi hotel. You should be planning to arrive atleast one day before the start of the trek. Today we will spend in having a pre-trek briefing. We will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed.

DAY 01:  MOSHI-MANDARA HUT:

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 02:  MANDARA HUT-HOROMBO HUT:

You leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the affects of the altitude.

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 03:  HOROMBO HUT-KIBO HUT

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    DAY 04:  KIBO HUT –SUMMIT TO HOROMBO HUT

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

    • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    • Down to 3700m/12,200ft
    • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    DAY 05:  KIBO HUT –SUMMIT TO HOROMBO HUT

    After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

    A vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).

    • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
    • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Forest
    • Meals: Breakfast
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    What is included

    • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
    • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
    • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
    • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)
    • Sleeping Mattress
    • Emergency Oxygen Cyclinder
    • All meals while on the Mountain
    • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
    • Clean, purified drinking water
    • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
    • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
    • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
    • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
    • Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%)
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    What is not included

    • Tanzania Visa
    • Hotel (available as an optional addon)
    • Transfers (available as an optional addon)
    • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
    • Surcharge for online payment of balance (5%)

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