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MT. KILIMANJARO

With an area of 756 square kilometers, Kilimanjaro National Park, gazetted in 1973, exists to preserve the mountains outstanding scenic features, and its flora and fauna. At an altitude of 5895 meters above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest in Africa, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and one of the largest volcanoes ever to burst through the earths crust. Theoutstanding features are three major volcanic centers: Shira in the west (4269 meters).Mawenzi in the east (5280 meters), and snow-capped Kibo in the middle (5895 meters), the youngest volcano. Besides the peaks and moorland, the park consists of montane forest with relics of old vegetation.Also, significant number of Mammals, birds and insects inhabit the area. Mammals include elephants, buffaloes, elands, duikers, leopards, baboons, and blue monkeys. The area is also frequented by colorful birds. The ascent and ascent and descent take five to six days. The mountain can be climbed by any normally fit person, with the assistance of a guide and porters; The Park has six hiking access routes through the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve: Marangu, Mwika, Umbwe, Machame, Shira, and Rongai The park headquarters is at Marangu on the forest edge and is reached by a tarmac road, 48 kilometers from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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Marangu Route - 6 days / 5 nights ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 01: Marangu Gate  – Mandara Hut (8,875 ft): This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate, where you enter Kilimanjaro National Park and start your climb. Today’s trek takes 4-5 hours through tropical rainforest to reach Mandara Hut.

Day 02: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft): Your second day on the mountain starts with a fairly steep climb through the last of the rainforest up to alpine meadows dotted with giant heather. Further on, the environment changes to open heath with stunted vegetation before opening out to bleak moorland. Today you will gain approximately 1,000m in altitude, so walk slowly in order to acclimatize properly.  It is normally a 6-7 hour hike to reach Horombo Hut.

Day 03: Horombo Huts- Horombo Huts (15,463 ft): You will have a full day to acclimatize at the Horombo huts, with hiking up to the Zebra Rocks on the bottom of Mawenzi peaks, returning to the Huts for dinner and oVernight

Day 04: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (15,463 ft): The terrain now becomes progressively more rocky and rugged and giant groundsels and lobelias make their appearance.  The trail skirts Mawenzi Peak, before crossing a stark, almost lunar landscape and the tundra desert of ‘the saddle”. The hike to Kibo Hut takes anything from 5 to 7 hours and the views from the saddle are breathtaking.  Make this an early night – your attempt on Uhuru Peak starts at midnight.

Day 05: Kibo Hut – SUMMIT (19,340 ft) – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft): Soon after midnight, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long scree slope. After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave and from here the gradient gets steeper.  Continue your climb for approximately another 3 hours to Gilman’s Point and you will be rewarded by the dramatic sight of the rising sun reflecting off the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi.

Walk along the crater rim for another couple of hours to reach your goal – Uhuru Peak, towering at 19,340 ft.  After congratulating yourself and your companions on this great achievement, descend to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshment before continuing to Horombo Hut for your last night on the mountain.

Day 06: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate: After a leisurely breakfast, make your final descent across the alpine meadow, past Mandara Hut and on down through the rainforest to Marangu Gate, where your driver and vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to Arusha.

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Lemosho Route - 9 Days / 8 Nights ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DAY 01: LEMOSHO - FOREST CAMP (9,000 ft): Admire the scenic Masai Steppe as you drive to Lemosho Gate for the start of your climb. Today is only a few hours of gentle walking to Forest Camp; an opportunity to stretch your legs in anticipation of the long trek ahead.

DAY 02: FOREST CAMP - SHIRA CAMP (11,000 ft): After an early breakfast, you will start a 5 hours walk through the forest and up into the Hagenia zone.  The vegetation begins to thin out as you approach the Shira Plateau, one of the three craters of the Kilimanjaro volcanic massif. From Shira Camp there are exquisite views of the Shira Needles and far-off Mount Meru.

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP - SHIRA PLATEAU (12,500 ft): Today we slowly climb into the alpine heather zone, approaching the Kibo outcrop from the west. Lunch will be taken en route to Shira 2 campsite during this leisurely, 5 hours walk.

DAY 04: SHIRA PLATEAU - LAVA TOWER CAMP (14.300 ft): Follow the trail through the sparse vegetation of the Alpine Desert Zone, where few plants survive and temperatures can reach the freezing point. Today you will hike for approximately 4 hours to reach Lava Tower, an imposing relic from Kilimanjaro’s volcanic past and your shelter for tonight.

DAY 05: LAVA TOWER - BARRANCO (13,000 ft): This morning you will awake to find the entire Shira Plateau at your feet, with superb views across to Meru and the Shira Needles. A steady walk brings you up to the pass at Lava Tower looming at 15,000 ft. The descent to Barranco Camp takes you along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco. Along the way you will see numerous waterfalls, which are fed by streams from the mountain which converge here to form the Umbwe River.  Today’s trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is around 5 p.m.

DAY 06: BARRANCO - KARANGA CAMP (13,000 ft): Begin your hike to Karanga Camp (which is at the same altitude as Barranco Camp - so you should be well acclimatized by now to this elevation). After a scramble at Barranco Cliff, the rest of the trek is spent climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain for most of the way to camp. This section of the trail is not considered difficult and takes only about four hours.  After lunch, you have an opportunity to hike in the Karanga Valley, where giant senecios and lobelia grow.

DAY 07: KARANGA CAMP - BARAFU CAMP (15,200 ft): The climb to Barafu is mostly on Alpine Desert terrain; a mostly mineral environment with just a few lichens and mosses. Mawenzi Peak towers majestically to the right and Kibo Peak seems just a stone’s throw away. Climbers usually arrive at Barafu Camp sometime before 3 p.m. Those who wish to attempt the summit should retire early this might, as the next day is the longest of the whole climb.

DAY 08: BARAFU CAMP - ASCENT TO SUMMIT - MWEKA CAMP (10,200 ft): It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult and hikers should carry as little as possible for this stage. Temperatures range from -4 degrees to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Making your way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater between Stella and Hans Meyer points.

One more hour of climbing brings you to the summit – Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent. The track around the edge of the crater is icy and rocky, so concentrate on your feet and follow your guide very closely for this section of the climb.

Enjoy your scramble down the scree and carry on to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshments before continuing on to Mweka Camp for the night. Arriving into camp at around 5 p.m. you will look back and realize that, today, you have trekked a total of thirteen hours!

DAY 09: MWEKA CAMP TO THE GATE: The descent to Mweka gate takes approximately five hours and climbers usually reach there around noon. Upon arrival at the gate, wrapped in the warmth of your great achievement, you will be given a certificate attesting your success before joining your driver and vehicle for the return to Arusha.

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Machame Trekking - 7 days / 6 nights ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 1. Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Elevation (m): 1830m to 3100m
Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 10,200ft
Distance: 18km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp

Day 2. Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Elevation (m): 3100m to 3840m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 12,600ft
Distance: 9km
Walking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

Day 3. Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m
Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 12,700ft
Distance: 15 km
Walking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day

Day 4. Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

Day 5. Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4600m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 15,100ft
Distance: 13km
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day 6. Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)
Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)
Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent
Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Reb mann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day7. Mweka Camp to Moshi/Arusha
Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi or Arusha for dinner and overnight.

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Rongai Route - 8 days / 7 nights ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

This 8-days route begins at the remote, northern side of Kilimanjaro, near the Kenyan border. We hike through an unspoiled wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi , then cross a barren desert saddle, before climbing up Kibo's eastern crater wall. This route is a more gradual ascent, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience, but is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers.

DAY 1. Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Marangu, Tanzania. With prior arrangement, airport pick up and private transfers to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort are available from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), or simply make your own way by taxi. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

DAY 2:   We take a ride to Marangu to complete the necessary registration formalities, before transferring by Land Rover to Rongai. The climb begins from Nale Moru (6,400 ft) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out at the edge of the moorland zone. Then, we take in the expansive views over the Kenyan plains as we arrive at our first campsite at Rongai One (8,500 ft).
[3-4 hours walking]

DAY 3:  The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (11,300 ft) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern Icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out and head southeast across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley, decorated with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (11,800 ft). [6-7 hours walking]

DAY 4 :A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb all-around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (14,200 ft), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.
[3-4 hours walking]

DAY 5:   We cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for an early morning final ascent. [5-6 hours walking]

DAY 6 :We start the final and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (18,600 ft). We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshments, we continue the descent to Horombo Huts (12,200 ft).
[11-15 hours walking]

DAY 7: A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Huts (8,900 ft). We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu (6,000 ft), where we are transferred to Moivaro Lodge in Arusha. 5-6 hours walking.

DAY 8:  After breakfast, we can arrange for a private transfer or taxi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

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Machame Route 7 Days / 6 Nights ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut (9,300’)
Hike time: 7.5 hrs, Elevation change: +1200 M
Estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 3100 M
Early pick-up at the Buffalo hotel and a 40-minute drive to Machame gate (5,400’) where trekking preparations take about 30 minutes. From the gate, we begin our trek following an easy track for the first hour through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with several steep sections. The gradient eases slightly as the forest merges into heather covered ground we will reach Machame Hut in 10 km (6.2 miles) after a 1,200-meter (3,936’) ascent and 5-7 hours of walking.

Day 2: Machame Hut to Shira Hut (12,300’)
Hike time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +800 M
Estimated distance: 6km, Final elevation: 3800 M
From the Machame Hut, we cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge - criss-crossing a few times before reaching Shira Hut at the base of a semi-circular wall of rocks. We will have ascended 900 meters (3,000’) in 5-7 hours and about 6 km (3.72 miles) of walking.

Day 3: Shira Hut to Barranco Hut (12,800’)
Hike time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: +100 M
Final elevation: 3900 M
From Shira Hut, we hike to Lava Tower (15,000’) and then proceed to Barranco via the Great Barranco Wall. This route offers panoramic views of Kibo peak through Karanga Valley as we hike high and sleep low, dropping back down to Barranco after lunch. Today’s hike will take most of the day. Barranco campsite located on elevation of 12,800.

Day 4: Barranco Hut to Karanga Valley (14,800’)
Hike time: 4.0 to 5 hrs, Elevation change: +100 M
Estimated distance: 4km, Maximum elevation: 4590 M
Final elevation: 4000 M
From Barranco Hut, we climb up through the edge of great Barranco. 95 percentage of the walking today will be on elevation of 4250m. We will break our day at Karanga valley campsite at elevation of 4,000m.

Day 5: Karanga Valley to Barafu Hut (15,091’)
Hike time: 4.0 to6 hours hrs, Elevation change: +600 M
Estimated distance: 4km, Final elevation: 4600 M
Today involves gaining a little more elevation, acclimatizing and resting for the summit attempt on the next morning.

Day 6: High Camp to the Summit (19,343’) and then Mweka Camp (10,500’)
SUMMIT DAY!
Summit time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +1300 M
Estimated distance: 5km, Final elevation: 5895 M
Descent time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: -2800M
Estimated distance: 12km, Final elevation: 3100 M
We will start trekking early before sunrise (1-2 am) as the walk today will take 10-14 + hours. We will try to avoid the mist that sets in later in the day. The 1,100-meter (3,600’) ascent in just over 3 km (1.86 miles) will take us about 6-8 hours, as we try to reach the summit to watch the sunrise over the Great Rift Valley. After a brief stay at the summit of the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak, at over 5,898 meters (19,340′), we descend via the Barafu Route roughly 2,500 meters (8,200’) in 12 km (7.44 miles) in about 4-7 hours to Mweka Camp. When you come to camp tonight, you will be completely exhausted and ready to eat and then sleep!

Day 7: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate (6,000’)
Descent time: 4 hrs, Elevation change: -1250M
Estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 1828 M
Today we descend about 1400 meters (4,592’) through the forest on a jungle path for about 10 km (6.2 miles) in 3-4 hours to reach Mweka Gate by mid-afternoon. Our guides will transfer you to Impala Hotel for Dinner and Overnight Dinner and Breakfast Included.

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Umbwe Route - 6 days / 5 nights -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Umbwe Route provides the shortest route, and toughest, to the Southern Glaciers of Kilimanjaro and Western Breach of Kibo. An ascent of Kibo by Umbwe route is one of the finest non-technical mountaineering expeditions. It is a challenging route, unsuitable for the solitary or the inexperienced, and a route off the beaten track.

DAY 01: UMBWE GATE (5,900 ft) - UMBWE CAVES CAMP (9,500 ft): Today you will be transferred from your Moshi hotel to Umbwe Gate to begin your ascent. The rough trail cuts through a dense rainforest and the six to 7seven hour trek through this tropical forest leads you to the wooded campsite at Umbwe Caves.

DAY 02: UMBWE CAVES CAMP - BARRANCO CAMP (13,000 ft): An early start this morning, for a stimulating walk up the steep trail to Barranco Camp. This part of the trail takes between six and seven hours, ascending through the forest and edging along a thin ridgeline with cliffs that drop away on either side of the trail.

DAY 03: BARRANCO CAMP - KARANGA CAMP (13,000 ft): From the steep descent into the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley to the climb up the almost vertical Barranco Wall, this section is truly an adventure. Walking for approximately four to five hours, climbers on this route are overlooked by Kibo’s shining glaciers and Mawenzi’s proud peak.

DAY 04: KARANGA CAMP - BARAFU CAMP (15,200 ft): This five to six hour day takes place on a trail which turns steadily uphill. The temperatures drop and the landscape grows more barren as you approach Barafu Camp, set on an exposed ridge and acting as a base camp from which you will make your final assault on the summit around midnight.

DAY 05: BARAFU CAMP - SUMMIT - MWEKA CAMP (10,200 ft): A midnight start, with a hard scramble up the scree to reach Gilman’s Point just as the sun rises. Continue for 2 to 3 hours along the lip of the crater to reach Uhuru Peak - the rooftop of Africa and its highest point. Stand proudly among the sparkling glaciers and ice cliffs in the early morning light – you made it! Enjoy your descent to Mweka Camp; a descent which you will find relatively easy (buoyed up as you are after your successful summit attempt).

DAY 06: MWEKACAMP-MWEKA--GATE: Enjoy once again the hike from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, which can take anything from two to five hours, depending on trail conditions (rain can occur at any time of year at this elevation and a muddy trail calls for a very slow pace). Now it is time to collect your Certificate of Achievement, say goodbye to your new mountain friends and join your driver for the trip back to town.

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Marangu Route - 5 Days 4 Nights -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 01: Marangu Gate  – Mandara Hut (8,875 ft): This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate, where you enter Kilimanjaro National Park and start your climb. Today’s trek takes 4-5 hours through tropical rainforest to reach Mandara Hut.

Day 02: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft): Your second day on the mountain starts with a fairly steep climb through the last of the rainforest up to alpine meadows dotted with giant heather. Further on, the environment changes to open heath with stunted vegetation before opening out to bleak moorland.
Today you will gain approximately 1,000m in altitude, so walk slowly in order to acclimatize properly.  It is normally a 6-7 hour hike to reach Horombo Hut.

Day 03: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (15,463 ft): The terrain now becomes progressively more rocky and rugged and giant groundsels and lobelias make their appearance.  The trail skirts Mawenzi Peak, before crossing a stark, almost lunar landscape and the tundra desert of ‘the saddle”. The hike to Kibo Hut takes anything from 5 to 7 hours and the views from the saddle are breathtaking.  Make this an early night – your attempt on Uhuru Peak starts at midnight.

Day 04: Kibo Hut – SUMMIT (19,340 ft) – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft): Soon after midnight, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long scree slope. After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave and from here the gradient gets steeper.  Continue your climb for approximately another 3 hours to Gilman’s Point and you will be rewarded by the dramatic sight of the rising sun reflecting off the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi.

Walk along the crater rim for another couple of hours to reach your goal – Uhuru Peak, towering at 19,340 ft.  After congratulating yourself and your companions on this great achievement, descend to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshment before continuing to Horombo Hut for your last night on the mountain.

Day 05: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate: After a leisurely breakfast, make your final descent across the alpine meadow, past Mandara Hut and on down through the rainforest to Marangu Gate, where your driver and vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to Arusha.

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Kilimanjaro Trekking - Marangu Route - 6 days / 5 nights -------------------------------------------------------------------------

Marangu ("Coca Cola") Route: Known as the "Coca-Cola" route, Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. 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 and direct path. 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.

Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accomodations. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut (because only Horombo Hut is used on descent). Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Also available for consumption are soft drinks, bottled water, and beer.

The Marangu route is a classic trek to the top of Kilimanjaro. However, it has the least scenic variety of all routes (ascent and descent are done on the same path) and is the most crowded for that reason.

Day 01: Marangu Gate  – Mandara Hut (8,875 ft) : This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate, where you enter Kilimanjaro National Park and start your climb. Today’s trek takes 4-5 hours through tropical rainforest to reach Mandara Hut.

Day 02: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft): Your second day on the mountain starts with a fairly steep climb through the last of the rainforest up to alpine meadows dotted with giant heather. Further on, the environment changes to open heath with stunted vegetation before opening out to bleak moorland. Today you will gain approximately 1,000m in altitude, so walk slowly in order to acclimatize properly.  It is normally a 6-7 hour hike to reach Horombo Hut.

Day 03Horombo Huts- Horombo Huts (15,463 ft): You will have a full day to acclimatize at the Horombo huts, with hiking up to the Zebra Rocks on the bottom of Mawenzi peaks, returning to the Huts for dinner and overnight.

Day 04: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (15,463 ft): The terrain now becomes progressively more rocky and rugged and giant groundsels and lobelias make their appearance.  The trail skirts Mawenzi Peak, before crossing a stark, almost lunar landscape and the tundra desert of ‘the saddle”. The hike to Kibo Hut takes anything from 5 to 7 hours and the views from the saddle are breathtaking.  Make this an early night – your attempt on Uhuru Peak starts at midnight.

Day 05: Kibo Hut – SUMMIT (19,340 ft) – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft): Soon after midnight, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long scree slope. After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave and from here the gradient gets steeper.  Continue your climb for approximately another 3 hours to Gilman’s Point and you will be rewarded by the dramatic sight of the rising sun reflecting off the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi. Walk along the crater rim for another couple of hours to reach your goal – Uhuru Peak, towering at 19,340 ft.  After congratulating yourself and your companions on this great achievement, descend to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshment before continuing to Horombo Hut for your last night on the  mountain.

Day 06: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate: After a leisurely breakfast, make your final descent across the alpine meadow, past Mandara Hut and on down through the rainforest to Marangu Gate, where your driver and vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to Arusha.

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Meru Trekking - 4 days / 3 nights ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 1: Arusha - Momella gate - Miriakamba Hut: In the morning transfer from Arusha to Momella gate where you will be met by the game ranger and porters. The trail starts at Momella Gate. From there it is a relatively gentle three hour ascent to Miriakamba Hut. On your way you pass through well-developed woodland where there is a good chance of seeing large animals such as giraffe. If you leave Momella early, there will be ample time to explore Meru crater in the afternoon. Lunch enroute, dinner and overnight Miriakamba camp.

Day 2:  Miriakamba Hut - Saddle Hut: After breakfast hike up to 11,500 ft to arrive at Saddle Hut. It is three hours to Saddle Hut. You initially pass through forest, where there is a good chance of seeing black and white colobus, and then at about 3,000m you will enter a moorland zone similar to that on Kilimanjaro. If time permits you can climb a little further on Mount Meru for a scenic view of the 'Roof of Africa', Mount Kilimanjaro. This will also be part of more acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut.

Day 3: Saddle Hut - Summit - Miriakamba Hut: Saddle Hut - Summit: 4-6 hours
You will need an early rise to hike all the way to the summit before the afternoon clouds cover the summit. From the summit, descend back to the 11,500 ft Saddle Hut in time for lunch. After lunch, hike down to Miriakamba Hut for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Miriakamba Hut - Arusha: In the morning have breakfast at the camp and a leisurely morning. Descend to the park gate to connect with your waiting transfer vehicle back to Arusha.

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FAQ on Kilimanjaro ---------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1. When is the best time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?

Even though one can climb throughout the year, January, February and September are the best months, with June, July, August, October and December also being good.

2: Does climbing the Kilimanjaro involve technicalities?

Not at all. Any person in good physical condition can climb and reach the summit. You should be able to run for half an hour or more without feeling short of breath. No one with a sore throat, cold or breathing problems should go above 3000 meters. People with heart or lung problems should not attempt the mountain at all without consulting their doctors. Being in the right mental state is important. Do not push yourself to go if your body is exhausted, or if you have extreme mountain sickness or more serious symptoms.

3: Can Children climb Kilimanjaro?

The minimum age limit set by the National Park Authorities for trekking to Uhuru Peak is 12 years old.

4: What is the weather like on Mt. Kilimanjaro?

Equatorial to arctic conditions are present on the Kilimanjaro. The range begins with the warm, dry plains with average temperatures of 30 c, ascends through a wide belt of wet tropical forest, through zones with generally decreasing temperatures and rainfall, to the summit where there is permanent ice and below freezing temperatures. The temperature at the top of the mountain get as Low as minus 25 degrees Celcius.

5: How long does it take to reach the summit?

Climbing through the Marangu route, one can reach the summit in 5 or 6 days, including one day of descending. On the Machame, Lemosho, and other routes it is normal for one to reach the summit in 6 or 7 days including one day of descending.

6: What kind of climbing gear do I need?

You need to have the following stuff for your climbing:

Boots, thermal underwear, warm clothes- top and pants, water/Windproof Pants and shell, socks (at least 6pairs- to be changed at least once on the way up), winter hat/balaclava (cover head and ears), water bottle, gators (for wind and mud), gloves (water/wind proof), neck warmer or scarf, sunglasses, flash lights, and batteries, walking stick, sleeping tent (for all other routes other than Marangu), sleeping bag and rain wear. Please be advised that we do provide sleeping tent and mattresses on our climbs.

7: Can we leave excess luggage behind whilst on trekking ?

Yes, you can leave the stuff, which you don’t need to carry with you up the mountain at the hotel, or in our office. Valuable items including cash should be specified.

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