Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
Day 1: Marangu Gate (1,843m) to Mandara Hut (2,700m)
Time: 4-5hrs / Distance: 8km / Altitude Gain: 857m
On reaching the Marangu Gate (1,843m), you will meet your crew, complete park registration and begin your 5 day ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. You will start the trek through a dense, mist covered forest area where the blue monkey, black and white colobus and bushaby can be spotted. We will stop at Kisambioni for a picnic lunch before reaching Mandara Hut (2,700m), comprising of a complex of wooden ‘A’ shaped huts containing two rooms with four bunk beds each. Please be aware that although bunk beds are provided you will still require your own sleeping bag.
Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,700m) to Horombo Hut (3,720m)
Time: 6-8hrs / Distance: 12km / Altitude Gain: 1020m
We will start our trek around the base of Maundi Crater; a beautiful spot, the remnant of a volcanic vent, where lush grasses, known as Tussock can be seen along with glorious views. Heading northwest, we follow the trail through alpine meadows, crossing a stream to get to grassland and eventually entering moorland. We will stay overnight at Horombo Hut (3720m), based in a rocky valley which on a clear day can have views of Moshi below you and where the end of your long day will be rewarded with what is usually described as a ‘magnificent sunset’.
Day 3: Horombo Hut (3,720) to Mawenzi Hut (4,538m) to Horombo Hut (3,720m)
Overall Time: 3-5hrs / Distance: 10km / Altitude Gain: 818m, Altitude Loss: 818m
Today is used as an acclimatization day to help you to maximize your chances of reaching the summit. You will be able to enjoy the surrounding environment at Horombo and will have a variety of guided short hikes to choose from. Zebra Rock (4000m) is just a couple of hours walk or, a popular choice, the Mawenzi Peak, the eastern summit of the mountain takes four to five hours there and back and will greatly assist in acclimatizing to the altitude gain you will have the next day
Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,720) to Kibo Hut (4,703m)
Time: 6-8hrs / Distance: 10km / Altitude Gain: 983m
The route becomes gradually steeper and rockier as we leave Horombo Hut. You will pass ‘Last Water’ and head up stark landscape up to ‘The Saddle’ – the broad lava-stone ridge – between Mawenzi and Kibo. Stunning views of the upper reaches of Kilimanjaro can be seen before you arrive at Kibo Hut (4703m) where you will have a hot meal in the afternoon, a relaxing evening and an early bedtime so you are well rested to start hiking at midnight for your final ascent to the summit.
Day 5: Kibo Hut (4,703m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Horombo Hut (3,720m)
Time: 6-8hrs (to summit), 4-5hrs (to Horombo) / Distance: 6km (to summit), 16km (to Horombo) / Altitude Gain: 1,192m
Setting off at midnight for the summit, this is the longest and most demanding day of the entire trek. The trail follows a long scree slope past the Hans Meyer Cave and then turns into a single file zigzag. A short rocky path requiring some scrambling leads to Gillmans Point situated on the crater rim, 5685m. This part of the hike is very steep and is the most challenging section of the route. Once you reach Gillmans Point it is just another two hours to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Once there all your hard work will feel more than worth it as you will be rewarded with a spectacular sunrise over ice fields and the Mawenzi peaks. We will spend a short time at Uhuru Peak before starting our descent to Kibo Hut for a break and short time for you to rest. We will then head to Horombo Hut for our last night on Kilimanjaro and a very well-earned sleep.
Day 6: Horombo Hut (3,720) to Marangu Gate (1,843m)
Time: 5-7hrs / Distance: 20km / Altitude Loss: 1877m
After breakfast we will descend to Marangu gate retracing our steps past Mandara Hut, back through the magnificent rainforest and finally reaching Marangu gate. Once at the gate you will receive your summit certificates, short celebrations with your porters and be driven back to your hotel where you can have a hot shower, rest and maybe even enjoy a Kilimanjaro beer or two!