The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatization period. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route into a 6-day trek, greatly increasing your chances of success. Shared hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. The main itinerary difference between the Marangu 5 day and 6 day routes is the additional acclimatization day at Horombo Hut.
Pick up at your hotel in Arusha or Moshi and drive to Marangu gate, we will spend about two hours for registration, payments of fees and final parking. Start climbing through dense semi-tropical to the first hut- Mandara hut (9,000ft). Dinner and an overnight stay at Mandara Hut - All meals included
Breakfast; ascend through the alpine meadow, and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut - All meals included
Breakfast; further ascending to Kibo hut (15,000ft), the landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia appear on the way.
Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively, thus reaching the peak in the early morning of the fifth day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo Hut for diner and an overnight after a short break. Dinner & overnight at Horombo Hut - All meals included
After breakfast descend from Horombo Hut to Marangu gate. After signng out formalities at the gate drive to Arusha for next extension. Celebration Dinner and Overnight at Masainland safari lodge Arusha. HB (Dinner and Breakfast only)
Breakfast at the Lodge / Hotel, Transfer to Kilimanjaro International airport for our flight back home. NB: This morning the safari extenders will start their programs to the parks or Zanzibar.