Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing
The most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro climbing is Marangu. It is for this reason that the route is called Coca Cola. Mount Kilimanjaro climbing on this popular path takes you through the rainforest at Marangu Village. This route on African safari mountain climbing adventure goes into the heath and moorland.
Your Mount Kilimanjaro climbing then goes into the alpine desert of the saddle. This is found between Mawenzi and Kibo. You will be lucky to get on to the crater rim at Gillman’s Point. It is only half of all trekkers that reach the point. All huts except Kibo have running water.
All the huts used on this Mount Kilimanjaro climbing tour have toilets. The Mount Kilimanjaro hiking itinerary is below:
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Program
Day 1: MARANGU GATE (5,900 ft) – MANDARA HUT (8,860 ft)
You will be met in Arusha by our Tanzania safari rep. Take some time being briefed on your Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing tour. Your Tanzania safari adventure will depart from Arusha at 0800hrs. Enjoy a two hours transfer to Marangu village. At the gate you shall register and complete other administrative formalities. You will have an opportunity of meeting with porters and guides.
It is from here that you begin the 4 to 5 hour walk to Mandara Hut. The walk is at a leisurely pace through a dense and humid forest. If you feel up to it at day’s end, walk to the nearby Maundi crater. From here you will have a long view over the plains and Lake Jipe. From a distance you will also be able to see the Pare and Usambara mountains. You will have the night at Mandara Hut.
Day 2: MANDARA HUT – HOROMBO HUT (12,200 ft)
Your Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing day starts early. An early morning breakfast will warm you for the walk. Start with 45 minutes trek into the forest. This walk suddenly takes upon an area of high grasses of the heather belt.
You will continue with the trek into the moorland. Note the change in vegetation from grasses to desert-like. The days hike will be between 5 to 6 hours depending on one’s pace. This walk will bring you to Horombo Hut. From here you can enjoy the stunning view of Mawenzi Peak. Night will be spent in one of the huts in Horombo.
Day 3: HOROMBO HUT – ACCLIMITIZATION DAY
Enjoy an extra Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing day in Horombo Hut. This is in order to help your body’s acclimatize. You will also have time to absorb the beautiful scenery.
You can trek to the base of Mawenzi. This is nearly 15,000 feet (4,600 m). This trek passes through the Zebra Rock. There is a striking landscape of the moorland zone. Your overnight will be at Horombo Hut.
Day 4: HOROMBO HUT – KIBO HUT (15,430 ft)
Mount Kilimanjaro climbing on this day will take about 6 to 7 hours. The trek takes you across the alpine desert of the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. The last fresh water point is at 14,100 ft. (4,300 mt.). At this point it will be necessary to refill your water bottles.
Your porters will carry the rest of the water required for food and hot beverages. The saddle crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacular. Night will be spent at Kibo Hut.
Day 5: KIBO HUT – UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft) ~ HOROMBO HUT
This is the D-day on Mount Kilimanjaro climbing. You will be woken early with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. This should be at midnight to prepare to depart by 0100hrs. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight. These are between 10 ᴼF (-12ᴼC) to –10 ᴼF. (-23 ᴼC) just before dawn at Gillman’s point. This is about 18,652 ft. (5,685 m) on the crater rim.
The winding scree path of endless switchbacks will carry you through the night. At dawn the spires of Mawenzi will be silhouetted against the red glow of the sun. This will be from beneath the clouds. After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater. This is near the Ratzel Glacier. From Gillman’s Point, you have another 1.5 hour trek over a gentle slope.
Go around the edge of the crater rim to the target point, the Peak. Uhuru Peak stands at 19,340 ft. (5,895 m). You will enjoy some short time at the summit enjoying your conquest. After some photo moments on top of Africa, you start the descent. You will go down the steep scree trail back to Kibo Hut. You will enjoy some rest at this point. Proceed further down to Horombo Hut for the night.
Day 6: HOROMBO HUT – MARANGU GATE – ARUSHA
Your Mount Kilimanjaro climbing takes descends straight to the gate of Marangu. This will be approximately 6 hours of walking. You will have lunch on arrival at the gate. Finish your expedition with a transfer back to Arusha.
End of Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing
6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Costs:
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Inclusions/Exclusions
- Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail head
- Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT)
- Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and porters
- Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
- Private toilet
- Four season, 3 person mountain tents, double occupancy
- Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick
- Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns
- Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
- Breakfast at hotel
Not included in Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing price:
- Lunch or dinner at hotel
- Beverages at hotel
- Personal gear and equipment
Costs of additional services:
- Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $250
- Extra porter, for excess gear, per day $30
- Extra hotel night in Moshi, check in 11AM, check out 10AM, per double room $90
- Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardwear Lamina, synthetic -30F, per trip $50
No rental reservations necessary, payable in Tanzania
- Trekking poles rental, telescopic, per trip $20
No rental reservations necessary, payable in Tanzania
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