Marangu Route (Mountain Hut Accommodation).
The Marangu Route is used by almost 50% of all trekkers ascending Uhuru Peak and is the only route to offer comfortable mountain -huts with solar powered lighting, warm running water and light refreshments. Although the trail can be crowded in peak seasons, the views that are afforded are beautiful and each day of trekking takes you through a different micro-climate, offering considerable interest to the trek.
The real highlight is the walk from Gilman’s point along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The views on clear morning are absolutely magnificent. The Rify Valley, Mt.Meru, and the Masai Steppers stand out from the plains almost three vertical miles below as the sun rises behind Mawenzi. We also add an extra day to the standard five days itinerary to ensure maximum acclimatization and give ourselves the best possible chance to enjoying the magnificent scenery. National Park statistics indicate that the chance of reaching the summit increases by at least 20% if an extra day is spent acclimatize. The extra day is used to make an interesting excursion towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi.
US$ 1730 PER PERSON- All the National park fees, Equipments, all food on the mountain, wages of cook, porters and guides, etc as below.
Please note that prices may be subject to change. In the event of any change of government taxes and National Park fees, company reserves the right to adjust these rates accordingly.
Equipments-Good equipmentsis vital for a safe enjoyable trip! You can hire a certain amount of equipment from here (e. g sleeping bags, down jackets, gloves, head covers,walking poles-telescopic e .t .c ).
Pre Trek Day:
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the reserved hotel at Moshi town, comprehensive pre trekking briefing, Bed and Breakfast inclusive of stay.
DAY 1-Marangu Gate (1900m) to Mandara Hut (2720m)
Hiking time: 3-4 hours/ Distance: 8 km’s/ Habitat: Mountain Forest
You will be transported from your hotel to the Marangu National Park gate (1900meters above sea level.)Here you will be signed into the National Park with the necessary registration formalities and collect your park permit. After completing this, with your Guide and Porters, your trek begins from the Maranngu Gate.
Setting off from the Marangu Gate, the day starts with a Climb through well laid out paths encompassing attractive and un-spoilt natural Mountain Rain Forest to reach the Mandara Hut (2720meters above sea level.) This is where you will spend the first night, with the nearby volcanic remains of Maundi Crater which make a good afternoon excursion. Alternatively simply rest and enjoy the beautiful Mountain Rain Forest around you. Camp over night with dinner
DAY 2-Mandara Hut (2720m) to Horombo Hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 4-6 hours/ Distance: 13 km’s/ Habitat: Heather zone and Moorland
Setting off in the morning you will ascend the mountain with a steep walk through Mountain Rain Forest, with the path soon opening out into grassy moorland. With clear weather, there are good views of Kibo Peak and Mawenzi Peak. The climb continues steadily through the open moorland which contains Giant Heather and towering strands of Giant Groundsel, (which are native to the higher mountain ranges in Africa) to eventually reach the hut at Horombo (3720meters above sea level.) This camp is notorious for spectacular Sunrise and Sunsets, being close to the glacial dome of Kibo Peak with a real sense of being above the clouds. Camp over night with
DAY 3: Horombo hut 3720m to Kibo hut 4703m
You will start to climb very gradually towards the sprawling lunar like desert landscape of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. The terrain starts to change to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. You will reach Kibo Hut (4703m above sea level) which is sat at the bottom of the vast crater wall by midday; 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 setting of at midnight to summit Uhuru Peak.
DAY 4: Kibo hut (4703m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) descend to Horombo hut (3720m).
Hiking time: 6 hours Ascending / 6 hours Descending Distance: 23 km’s/ Habitat: Alpine desert/Ice-capped Peak
You will start your ascent by touch light at about Midnight / 1a.m. so that you can make the beautiful views of Uhuru Peak from Gilman’s Point at sunrise. The initial climbing is steep over loose volcanic scree, but with some well-graded zigzag paths and a slow but steady pace allowing you to reach Gilman’s Point (5685m) in 5-6 hours. After a resting break at Gilman’s Point, spending some time taking in the sunrise over Mawenzi Peak, those who are still strong can make the trip to Uhuru Peak.
It’s a 2 hour round trip from Gilman’s Point along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters above sea level, (Uhuru Mean’s ‘Freedom’ in Swahili). Passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the Peak you will reach the ‘Roof of Africa’ where you can see 360° views around the mountain.
The descent from Uhuru Peak to Kibo Hut (4703m) is surprisingly fast, from here you will rest taking in some light refreshments, before continuing your descent to reach Horombo Hut (3720m) where you will rest for the evening with dinner.
DAY 5: Horombo hut (3720m) to Marangu exit/gate (1900m).
Descending time: 5-6 hours/ Distance: 20 km’s/ Habitat: Mountain Forest
After an over night stay and having recharged your self, your descending route will retrace your previous steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the Marangu National Park gates(1900m.) Here your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel for a hot shower, some dinner and celebrations of having conquered Mount Kilimanjaro.