Marangu Route

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Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, lies just three degrees south of the equator and is permanently snow-capped. It offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability.the trek takes you through well-defined latitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest.

It is open to any normally fit and healthy person prepared for physical exertion and exercise. Walking approximately 60 kilometers, you start from Marangu Gate (1,860m) and gradually ascend, with night stops, to reach Gillman’s Point (5,680m) and finally Uhuru Peak (5,896m), the actual summit.

 

Marangu Route

 

DAY 01: ARRIVAL ARUSHA or JRO Arrival into JRO, meet and great by TSK representativeTransfer to the Lodge/HotelDinner and Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge HB.

 

 

Day 02:Marangu route Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 5 hours Distance: About 12 km’s Habitat: Montane forest

Drive from hotel to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 90 minutes. The journey passes through Moshi and Nairobi, which is located far from Arusha town. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest.

The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1½ hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.) Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6 -8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.

 

Day 03: Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Moorland
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.

 

Day 04:Horombo hut (3720m) Full day

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Moorland
Stay for full day at Horombo for acclimatization.

 

Day 05

:Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m) Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night’s time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.

 

 

Day 6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo Distance:6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route Do the Kilimanjaro shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

 

Day 7: Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 27 km’s
after breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to the Hotel in Arusha Dinner and Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar

NB: Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

“End of Marangu Route Services”

 

INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE ARE:•

1 night accommodation and meals at Ilboru Safari Lodge .• 5 nights / 6 days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb. Marangu Route. Kilimanjaro National Park fees,• Transportation to From the Mountain.• All meals during the Climb. • Porters and Guide fees.• 1 Night accommodation and meals at Ilboru Safari Lodge Arusha after the climb.• Government Tax.

 

NOT INCLUDED ARE:

• International & Local Air Transportation• Holiday supplements• Drinks, tips,• Visas, airport taxes• Laundry, toiletry requirements • All items of a personal nature. • Safari extension.COMPANY GENERAL INFORMATION.

 

GENERAL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CLIMBERS.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CLIMATE:

Mount Kilimanjaro is only three degrees south of the Equator so although the climate is technically ‘equatorial’, it is essentially tropical. The long dry season (Jun-Oct) is followed by ‘Short Rains’ (Nov-Dec). During the short dry season (Jan-Mar) it can be very hot and humid. The ‘Long Rains’ fall Apr-May. On the mountains, temperatures rise and fall only slightly throughout the year but vary considerably between night and day. Temperatures gradually fall as altitude increases. Above 4,000m, daytime temperature is usually around 5C dropping well below freezing at night.

 

BAGGAGE:For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20 kg – we advise you to take a lot less!We would suggest:
One main piece – soft bag rather than a hard suitcase as it can be easily stowed and carried by porters on the ascent. Pack lightly as space is restricted – max. 15kg. NB: any surplus baggage can be stored in Arusha during the ascent – it is vital not to over pack. Please take only bare essentials for the climb.A daypack – For comfort we recommend a larger daypack or small rucksack with a comfortable harness and waist belt (30-40 litres capacity is ideal for carrying warm clothing, camera, water bottle etc.

 

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR:It’s essential to keep yourself (and your baggage) dry at all times. Also, to cope with variable temperatures, the best strategy is to layer clothing, so you can adjust your temperature. You should not underestimate the freezing cold conditions you will encounter on the mountain. Although some clothing and equipment is available for hire locally, it’s impossible to guarantee its quality or availability, so equip yourself fully before departure.

 

If you require further advice please contact your mountain climb consultants at E-mail: info@tanzaniasafariskenya.com OR to tanzaniasafariskenya@gmail.com

 

The following is a suggestion of what you may find useful to take on this trip. It is not exhaustive and a more detailed packing list can also be found at Suggested Mountain Climb Equipments page.

T-shirts (synthetic materials are best as cotton retains moisture)

Waterproof thigh-length jacket (Goretex or similar) Gloves

(waterproof warm outers + thin liners) Warm hat (or balaclava) that covers the ears,

Waterproof walking boots (well broken-in)

Waterproof outer trousers _

Warm mid-layer (fleeces or down) Warm long-sleeved shirt _

Warm walking trousers (not jeans!)

Thermal underwear _ Walking socks (several pairs)

Walking shorts Trainers or soft shoes for relaxing Sun-hat Gaiters

 

 

TIPPING: Tipping is an accepted part of life in Tanzania, and you will be expected to tip to reward service. You will be briefed on arrival as to when and how much is appropriate, however, depending on the size of your group you should budget on a personal contribution of around $20 to $30 per pax per day for your trek guides, cooks and porters on the trek.

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