Mt Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route

The Marangu route to Kilimanjaro’s summit, Uhuru Peak (5,895m) (19,341 ft) provides us with one of Africa’s greatest challenges. The Marangu route starts in the beautiful Montane Forest of Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes and finishes in the moonscape environment that surrounds the summit. The Marangu route is ideal for large groups and provides comfortable mountain huts at every overnight stop. Being on one of the more populated routes it also provides us with valuable extra safety measures and to improve every member of the group’s chances of reaching the summit, an acclimatisation day is included in the itinerary.

Get ready to summit the roof of Africa! Below is a sample itinerary

Transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park at Marangu Gate at 0800 hrs. A fter introductions to the porter team, a short brief of the day ahead is given and the expedition begins. The first section of the climb is through the Montane Rainforest and up to Mandara Hut at 2750m.

4 – 5 hours

Overnight at Mandara Hut (2,743m) (8,999 ft)

Leave the Montane Rainforest and head into the moorland, as the vegetation changes the views come to life across this great landscape, it is simply magnificent. The gradual ascent of the Maundi Crater (upper route) brings us to Horombo Hut at 3700 metres. After a long day the group will welcome a cup a tea, good food and a good rest.

8 – 9 hours 

Overnight at Horombo Hut (3,760m) (12,340 ft)  

Today is the all-important acclimatisation day and should be spent hiking into higher altitude and dropping back down to camp; the rule is ‘climb high, sleep low’. A hike up to view Mawenzi Peak provides beautiful views of the surrounding area and of the days ahead.

4 – 5 hours

Overnight again at Horombo Hut (3,760m) (12,340 ft)  

Trek past ‘the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi to Kibo Hut at 4700 metres. At this point, whilst walking through the Alpine Forest, you will start to see a part of the Mountain’s peak. With no vegetation around this is like know other place on earth, the summit is now within reach.

5 – 7 hours. 

Overnight at Kibo Hut (4,730m) 15,520 ft)

This means an early start. Head slowly up the scree up to Gilman’s Point at 5681 metres, and then on to the Crater Rim for sunrise and some of Africa’s most incredible views. Continue to Uhuru Peak at 5896m, the highest point in Africa!

13 – 14 hours

Overnight again at Horombo Hut (3,760m) (12,340 ft)

Descend the Mountain to the park gate.

5-7 Hours

Overnight at the Park gate (1,970m) (6,400 ft)   

Challenge complete!

This Mt Kilimanjaro expedition is extremely challenging for all who take it on, therefore, with safety a key aspect for African Ascents, we highly recommend that the acclimatisation day is incorporated into your trips itinerary. Acclimatisation is the key to success on an expedition of this nature. Further details will be arranged when the actual itinerary is formally finalised.

African Ascents will make all the necessary bookings required in Tanzania; in addition, we can make any other bookings required including flights and accommodation arrangements.

Once a booking has been made African Ascents will create a full information pack for you. This will include a formal itinerary with all dates and times specific to the group, including any additional bookings made, an equipment list and recommended packing system will also be included, and finally all booking and indemnity forms will be released.

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