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Mount Kilimanjaro: The Rooftop of Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro: The Rooftop of Africa

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Mount Kilimanjaro: The Rooftop of Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro: The Rooftop of Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro: The Rooftop of Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro: The Rooftop of Africa

Highlights

- 6 Day / 5 Night fully guided hiking adventure
- Tackle one of the Seven Summits and world’s greatest natural wonders
- A snow covered mountain with an ocean of green forest surrounded by dry savannah
- A transformational experience at the rooftop of Africa
- All lodging (sleeping huts with dorm beds) and meals included

Description

There are different routes to reach the top of the mountain and this time we are going to use the Marangu Route known as the "Coca-Cola" route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts (with dorm beds) for all nights of the trek.

IMPORTANT: Just because this is the the easiest route, that doesn't mean it is easy. This is still a very demanding mental and physical challenge.  

The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Kilimanjaro using the Marangu route. However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route because of the traffic.

Who This Experience Is Good For

This trek is for people who enjoy a physically and mentally challenging trek with a beautiful payoff. Everyone who can should climb this magical mountain at least once in their lives to get a taste of the iconic African experience. Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro even if not to the summit, this is still an adventure you will remember for the rest of your life. The summit at 6,000 meters, and if you make it, you may party and take in the breathtaking views of Tanzania.

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Itinerary

Day 1
- Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft) to Mandara Hut (2,740 m/9,000 ft)
- Distance: 7 km
- Hiking time: 4-5 hours
- Habitat: Montane Forest 

You will be driven from Arusha to Marangu Gate (1800m) where you will start walking through a thick rainforest which takes 3-4 hours to Mandara Hut (2727m). The Mandara Hut is situated on the forest belt border just below the Maundi Crater. Here you will have dinner and overnight.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, Transfer to Marangu Gate, Accommodation (dorm bed in sleeping hut), Staff (guide, porters, cook)

Day 2
- Mandara Hut (2,740 m/9,000 ft) to Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
- Distance: 11 km
- Hiking time: 6-8 hours
- Habitat: Heath Land 

After breakfast proceed walking 5-6 hours slowly following a path through the forest and then through the heather and moorland zone from where you can view Kilimanjaro’s two peaks and Moshi town with an on the way lunch box. Arrive at Horombo Hut (3,720m) for dinner and overnight stay.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation (dorm bed in sleeping hut), Staff (guide, porters, cook)

Day 3

- Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Mawenzi Hut (4,600m/15,100ft)
- Mawenzi Hut (4,600m/15,100ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)
- Elevation Gain and Loss: 2,900 feet 
- Hiking time: 6-8 hours, Distance: 9km
- Habitat: Heath Land 

 

This is a very good day for acclimatization and see the amazing rocks (ZEBRA ROCKS) that seems just like a zebra stripes for 2-3 hours and get back to Horombo Hut for lunch  dinner and overnight

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation (dorm bed in sleeping hut), Staff (guide, porters, cook)

Day 4:
- Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to Kibo Hut (4,695 m/15,400 ft)
- Distance: 10 km,
- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert 

A hard day climb to Kibo Hut (4703 m), 5-6  hours crossing the barren sub – Alpine terrain of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks with a picnic lunch box along the way.  We relax on arrival to prepare for the next stage which begins shortly after, Mid night a very early start at around 12:00, follow the zigzag path up the scree slope, stopping frequently to catch breath in the starlit air. This is the steepest and most demanding section for the climb, taking five hours to Gilliman's Point (5685m). Gillman’s Point offers great views of the Eastern Ice fields.  See the sunrise behind Mawenzi Peak illuminating the plain. Then walk a further 45 minutes around the crater and up to the highest point Uhuru Peak (5,895m), the roof of Africa where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the spectacular glaciers illuminated by the sunrise.  Thereafter it is a 3-4 hour descent to Kibo Hut (3720m) with a rest at Kibo Hut on route. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation (dorm bed in sleeping hut), Staff (guide, porters, cook)

Day 5
- Kibo Hut (4,695 m/15,400 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft)
- Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
- Distance: 4 km ascent, 14 km descent
- Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
- Habitat: Artic

This is an easier day as you have the luxury of walking downhill on the way to the Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation (dorm bed in sleeping hut), Staff (guide, porters, cook)

Day 6
- Horombo Hut (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft)
- Distance: 18 km,
- Hiking time: 5-7 hours
- Habitat: Rain Forest 

This is also a much easier day as you have to walk downhill from Horombo Hut way to the gate waiting vehicle at Marangu gate for transfer to Arusha.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Celebration, Transfer back to Arusha, Staff (guide, porters, cook)

What's Included

– Private transfer from/to Arusha (RY co working space)
– Hut or camping fees
– All park fees
– Salary for crew ( guide, porters and cook)
– Rescue fees
– Three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner & mineral water), except on transfer days
– Dorm beds (foam sleeping pads) in sleeping huts, 6 people per hut
- Cooking equipment, eating utensils
– Oxygen cylinder and oxi-meter
– All government tax (VAT)
– Flying Doctors Service

Mountain equipment listed below will be provided:
– Duffel bag
– Sleeping bag
– Walking sticks
– Foam sleeping pads
– Poncho
– Gaiters (covers for your shoes)
– Tents (in case you need to rest/stop before reaching the next summit station)

What's Not Included

– Tip for crew (Guide, Porter and Cook)
– Extra personal needs (cigarette & alcohol drinks)
- Toiletries

Know Before You Go 

- Minimum Needed: 4 people
- Maximum Capacity: 12 people
- Booking Deadline: 14 days before event
- Weather Dependent: No, trek will happen rain or shine
- Difficulty Level: Hard - You are climbing Africa's highest peak. We chose the simplest route possible. Come mentally prepared to make a big accomplishment.
- Special Clothing Required: Yes, comfortable trekking
- Special Dietary Restrictions: All dietary needs catered with advance notice
- Extra Cash: Needed for tipping / donation / additional services - Recommended cash for tips per day per person on the tip – Guide $20, Chef $15, Porter $10
- Accommodation: This is the only route that has sleeping huts (instead of tents). Each hut has 6 dorm beds.
- Transportation: There will be all transfers included from Arusha to Mt Kilimanjaro and back to Arusha
- Additional Information: Pack items that will make you more comfortable during your hike include: Bug spray, Sunscreen, Pain killers, Packed water and snacks are highly encouraged for trekking. Personal mountain equipment recommended and available for rent includes: Warm jacket, Warm trouser, camel baks, Rain trousers, Rain jacket, Long underwear, Thermal top long sleeve, Hiking boots, Warm socks, Head lamps, Waterproof gloves, Liner gloves, Fleece/sweater, Fleece trouser, Warm hat, Sun hat

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