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Mt Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

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Mt Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

6 Days Marangu Route

Trip Summary

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
Day 2: Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut: 3 – 4 hours
Day 3: Mandara – Horombo Hut: 5 – 6 hours
Day 4: Horombo – Kibo Hut: 5 – 6 hours
Day 5: Kibo – Gilmans Point: 5 – 6 hours
Day 6: Horobo – Marangu Gate

6 Days Mt Kilimanjaro, Marangu Route

Full Itinerary

This route has a moderate slope, making it less difficult to climb and the most favored. It is the most popular way up Mt Kilimanjaro, and is the only route with emergency evacuation service. Also, it is the only route with huts, having dormitory and simple dining rooms.

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
Meet with guide and a short briefing will follow. Overnight in Arusha with dinner and breakfast.

Day 2: Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut: 3 – 4 hours
Breakfast, drive from your hotel to Marangu gate, you 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.

Day 3: Mandara – Horombo Hut: 5 – 6 hours
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 an overnight stay at Horombo hut.

Day 4: Horombo – Kibo Hut: 5 – 6 hours
Breakfast, further ascending to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundsel and lobelia appear on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Kibo hut.

Day 5: Kibo – Gilmans Point: 5 – 6 hours
Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft), abour 5-6 hours walk. From Gilman point you will have another 1-2 hours to the Summit: Uhuru Peak at the altitude of 19,349ft. Now you’ve made it and climbed the Kilimanjaro! You will reach the peak in the early morning of the fifth day. After enjoying the amazing views, taking pictues and relaxing a bit from the excitement, start descending to Kibo for a short break and from there to Horombo hut for dinner a good night sleep after the long day.

Day 6: Horobo – Marangu Gate
Breakfast, Descend from Horombo hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take you to your hotel in Arusha for b/breakfast.
**Optional acclimatization day, highly recommended.

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