6 Days Marangu Route to Climb Kilimanjaro

6 Days Marangu Route to Climb Kilimanjaro

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Overview

Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro via the 6 day Marangu route will give you the opportunity to reach the highest mountain in Africa, which is found in Tanzania and lies just 3 degrees south of the equator, with its permanent snow. Kilimanjaro offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a high altitude peak without the need for technical climbing skills. Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro through the 6-day Marangu route takes you through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones ranging from semi-arid scrub to lush forest. It is open to any reasonably fit and healthy individual willing to exert some effort to reach the peak.

Itinerary - Day by Day Program

  • Day 0 : Arrival

    Meeting and Greetings

  • Day 1: Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut

    The National Park Gate (1,830 m) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.), a group of comfortable ‘A’ frame wooden huts. The largest cabin has a downstairs dining area and an upstairs dormitory and mattresses. Smaller huts sleep eight persons. The total capacity is sixty persons. Water is piped onto site from a spring above and there are flush toilets behind the main cabin. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. It takes about 3–5 hours walk.

  • Day 2: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut 3,720mts

    The National Park Gate (1,830 m) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.), a group of comfortable ‘A’ frame wooden huts. The largest cabin has a downstairs dining area and an upstairs dormitory and mattresses. Smaller huts sleep eight persons. The total capacity is sixty persons. Water is piped onto site from a spring above and there are flush toilets behind the main cabin. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. It takes about 3–5 hours walk.

  • Day 3: Horombo Hut

    A day here provides an opportunity for you to acclimatize step by step to the altitude, Information show that an acclimatization day effectively doubles the chance of succession to reach the summit, thus the time is well spent! The day is not precisely wasted as there is several walks you can take just in the locality of the hut, but we will take the most famous walk of which most people take for acclimatization which leads you to the base of Mawenzi Peak the dramatic eastern summit of Kilimanjaro. The walk takes 4-5 hours a round trip and will go till to an altitude of 4,600Mts then you will return back to Horombo Hut for Dinner and Overnight this walk will put you in good shape later on.

  • Day 4: Horombo Hut- Kibo Hut

    The scenery turn out to be more rocky and rough as you leave behind Kibo ,everlasting flower and other bizarre alpine plants Massive groundsels and lobelias appear in the sparse moorland. The trail up to Kibo will take between five and seven hours. Skirting Mawenzi Peak ass you pass the Last Water point then you cross a stark, almost lunar landscape to the Saddle which is a wide tundra desert between the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Here you will start getting fantastic views of the upper ranges of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Hut (4,705m), a dry-stone-walled hut with dorms and limited facilities. Tonight you prepare for tomorrow’s final assault – THE SUMMIT – re-packing to leave any non-essential items with the porters; you need to summon all your energy to get to the summit so there’s absolutely no point in carrying anything you don’t need! An early night is imperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles, and then have time to get back down to the hut. Overnight stay at Kibo Hut for 1 night (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 5: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

    This is a long and demanding day! The guides wake you soon after midnight and you start out in darkness, zigzagging up a long scree slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of day the scree is still frozen – which makes it easier to walk on! After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave – named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 – where he found the remains of a frozen leopard. The gradient gets steeper and three hours on (this is the hardest stretch of the climb! you should reach the crater rim at Johanna’s Notch. From here it’s a short scramble to Gillman’s Point (5,685m) in time for dawn. Your reward is the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi – the profusion of colors and shapes make all the suffering seem worthwhile! For those who still have the energy and drive, it takes another couple of hours along the crater Rim to reach Uhuru (Freedom) Peak (5,896m). Your descent (approx. 3 hours) retraces the route back down past Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest. Overnight stay at Horombo Hut for 1 night (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 6: Horombo Hut to Arusha

    After breakfast, a steady and slow descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut, proceed through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy sometimes though Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy at this point). Joagro Safaris Tanzania vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha (about 2:30 hours). Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft Distance: 20km/12.5miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Forest Meals: Breakfast

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