• Hike led by professional guides and support staff
• Marangu route
• Exploring Mawenzi Ridge
• Summiting Uhuru Peak
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa (19,340 feet (5,895m).The base of the mountain is nearly 50 miles (80km) long and 25 miles (40km) and contains three peaks in various stages of erosion…Shira on the west side, Mawenzi on the east and Kibo in the center…The youngest peak, Kibo, is covered by three large ice fields and is the location of the highest point on Kilimanjaro…
Marangu is the easiest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s ascension profile is very gradual and steady, allowing for painless trekking for most of the way. However, due to its reputation as an easy route, Marangu is often selected by unprepared, unexperienced climbers. Correspondingly, only about 35% of the people actually make it to the top. The sleeping huts along the route are structures with a dining hall and bunk beds, equipped with mattresses and pillows. The descent is done on the same path, contributing to Marangu’s overcrowded feeling.
When you are booking this trip we shall provide you with full instructions about preparing your Kilimanjaro climb as well as a full list of what to bring for mountain climbing.
Day 1: Flight to Kilimanjaro
Transfer from your hotel in Kigali to the airport. Flight Kigali to Kilimanjaro Airport. Our driver will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your hotel at the foothills of Kilimanjaro.
Accommodation: Kaliwa Lodge Moshi
Day 2: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Elevation: 1,843m to 2,700m (6,046 ft to 8,858 ft), distance: 8 km, hiking time: 4-5 hours, habitat: rain forest
We depart Moshi for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.
Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Elevation: 2,700m to 3,720m (8,858 ft to 12,205 ft), distance: 12 km, hiking time: 6-8 hours, habitat: heath
We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Day 4: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge and back
Elevation: 3,720m to 4,389m and back (12,205 ft to 14,400 ft and back), distance: 10 km, hiking time: 3-5 hours, habitat: heath
This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut.
Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Elevation: 3,720m to 4,703m (12,205 ft to 15,430 ft), distance: 10 km, hiking time: 6-8 hours, habitat: alpine desert
We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.
Day 6: Kibo Hut to UhuruPeak and back to Horombo Hut
Elevation: 4,703m to 5,895m and back to 3,720m (15,430 ft to 19,341 ft and back to 12,205 ft), distance: 22 km, hiking time: 10-13 hours, habitat: arctic
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (5,669 m / 18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Elevation: 3,720m to 1,843m (12,205 ft to 6,046 ft), distance: 20 km, hiking time: 5-7 hours, habitat: rain forest
On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Arusha.
Price: from $2,618 per person, depending on season, choice of hotels and available airfare.
The price is based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room on full board basis.
o Transfer to Kigali Airport
o Kigali-Kilimanjaro Airport flight in economy class
o Transport to and from Moshi hotel in a luxury vehicle exclusive to you
o English/French speaking guides
o Accommodation and meals in the hotel (in the huts during the climbing days)
o All guide fees
o Park entrance and climbing permits
o Other international flights & visas
o Travel insurances
o Driver, guide and local escort tips
o Activities not mentioned in the program