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KILIMANJARO 5 DAY MARANGU ROUTE

Kilimanjaro 5 Day Marangu Route Itinerary Summery

DAY 1: MANDARA HUT

The National Park Gate (1,830 m.) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby, and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. [3-5 hours walking]

DAY 2: HOROMBO HUT

The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach Horombo Hut (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very spectacular, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking]

DAY 3: KIBO HUT

We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]

DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so  that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night. [11-15 hours walking]

DAY 5: MANDARA

We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realise how varied the secenery on Kilimanjaro really is. [5-6 hours walking]

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  • TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
  • SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
  • NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
  • LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
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  • Overnight stays in the hotels/lodges
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the safari
  • Game drives through the national parks
  • Luxury 4×4 safari jeep with an open roof and large windows, especially for the private safari
  • English speaking private guide throughout the safari
  • Drinking water in our safari jeeps
  • Park fees for all national parks
  • Crater service
  • Concession fee
  • Reservation fee

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