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6 Days/ 5 Nights
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Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 12

The Marangu trail is the route most taken by the tourists, being the easiest way up the mountain. Starting from the Marangu park entry gate at 1800 metres, it is a fairly easy three to four-hour walk through the thick rainforest. The route climbs steeply through giant heath of Mawenzi and finally to the Horombo camp (3720 metres). If possible you can spend two nights at Horombo Hut which can make the trek to 6 days otherwise you can continue to Kibo Hut where you can have the pre-summit rest and sleep.

Around 1 am you will have to start out for the summit so that you can approach the peak before sunrise. The mist and cloud close in and obscures the view around 8 am and sometimes earlier. Expect to take five to six hours from Kibo Hut to Gilman’s point and a further one to two hours from there to Uhuru Peak. On the same day, you will descend from the summit to Horombo Hut and spend the night there.


Tour Highlights:

 

❖ Tour starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

❖ Tour Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

❖ 6 Days guided up to Mt. Kilimanjaro via Marangu route with Guides, Cooks and Porters.

❖ Transport includes between destination and to/from included activities.

❖ 2 Nights Accommodation before and after Kilimanjaro climb in Moshi

❖ 3 meals per day during mountain climbing.

❖ Perfect for small groups, couples and family

❖ Physical rating – Challenging

❖ Age requirement – 12+

❖ Service Level – Standard

❖ Travel Style – Active

 

Tour Itinerary


Arrival Day

Once arrived in Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO), our driver-guide will pick you up from the arrival gate and escorted you to the Hotel in Moshi/Arusha then after arriving your Kilimanjaro guide will be there to brief you about your trek which will start the next day.

 

Day 1

Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

 

After breakfast in the hotel, our driver will be there to drive you to Marangu gate which is the starting point for climbing Kilimanjaro via Marangu route, then you will walk through rainforest glades and later arrive in Mandara Hut around 3 pm where you will rest and later get ready for dinner.

Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

 

Day 2

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

 

Today after your breakfast we will continue with the hike through the rainforest glades toward Horombo Hut and we will cross through heathland and moorland while enjoying the view of Mawenzi. Later we will arrive at the camp around 3 pm if weather permits.

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heat

 

Day 3 

Rest Day at Horombo Hut – Acclimatization Day

On this day you will have a rest day or opt to trek to Zebra Rock which is around 4100m to 4200m and then back to Horombo Hut for the overnight. This day of acclimatization helps prepare your body to acclimate for high altitude day especially the summit day.

 

Day 4

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Today you will have early breakfast before start trek towards dwindling heathland to a moonscape and then to the saddle which connects Mawenzi and Kibo after a short time, we will arrive at Kibo where you will rest and get ready for the dinner.

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

 

Day 5

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak and Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

 

Slowly, slowly which means “pole pole” in Swahili is our slogan for summit Kilimanjaro. Today you will wake up in the midnight prepare for the summit. You will have to put on all your layers since it is going to be very cold during the summit. We will leave Kibo Hut around 1 am and heading to Uhuru peak before passing Gilman’s point where it will take you again 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak you will be amazed by the breathtaking views and incredible sunrise if the weather permits then later you will descend down after having a short time at the peak and reach Kibo Hut where we will collect our belongings and walk through the saddle and then down to Horombo Hut where we will get our lunch and then rest.

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak and Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
Distance: 16 km/10 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

 

Day 6

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

 

After breakfast in the morning then we will descend down to Mandara huts where you will have your lunch then you will continue to descend to the gate and once arrived you will be presented with the certificates and say goodbye to the porters and guides then your driver will be there to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha or to the airport ready for your flight back home.

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Distance: 20 km/12 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

 

Departure Day

After breakfast in the hotel, you will have spare time before your flight back home and you can take an optional Moshi town trip to visit the Maasai curio shops and the Tanzanite Experience. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your departure flight.

 


Tour Includes:

 

✔ Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

✔ Accommodation in Moshi, before and after Climbing Kilimanjaro

✔ Kilimanjaro park fees, Rescue fees, camping/hut fees

✔ Government Tax, 18% VAT on Tours Fees

✔ Guide, assistant guides, cook and porters fair wages

✔ Local Certified English-speaking guides

✔ Porters to carry luggage from one camp to another

✔ 3 meals per day and bottled water/drinks (1.5 litres per person per day)

✔ Transport to/from the hotel to Gate

✔ Sleeping Mats

✔ 4 Season Mountain Tents

 

Tour Excludes:

 

✘ Tips for guides and porters

✘ Meals outside the regular tour itinerary

✘ International visa for Tanzania

✘ International Airfares and Airport taxes

 

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TREK MOUNT KILIMANJARO

 


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KILIMANJARO ROUTES:

Lemosho, Machame which approaches Kilimanjaro on the western side of the mountain are regarded as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro while using camping accommodation and they are routes which takes more days on the mountain. The Marangu Route is the route most taken by people, being the easiest way up the mountain with hut accommodation which consists of a group of comfortable wooden A-frame with bunk beds and mattress. The Rongai is coming from the north side of the mountain and this trail is as well only for camping but not scenic as that of western of the mountain since it receives a short period of rain. Lemosho and Machame route descend down to Mweka gate while Marangu and Rongai descend down via Marangu route to the gate. Learn More from our Guide to Kilimanjaro Routes.


WHICH QUALIFICATION DOES THE GUIDE HAVE?

All our guides are trained and approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (TANAPA) before awarded the certificate and License to carry out the service for mountain guiding. During low seasons all of our guides undergo different training based on mountain guiding and first aid techniques.


KILIMANJARO HISTORY:

Kilimanjaro began to grow about 750,000 years ago as a result of lava spewing out of three main centres – Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi, It kept growing until their cones reached a height of about 5000 metres about half a million years ago. About this time, Shira collapsed into a Caldera and became inactive, but Kibo and Mawenzi continued to erupt until their peaks reached about 5500 metres. Mawenzi was the next to die, but Kibo continued to be active until about 360,000 years ago, during which time there were some particularly violent eruptions, including one which filled the old eroded caldera of Shira with black lava.

From an estimated final height of 5900 metres, Kibo gradually fell silent, and through intermittent eruptions continued for thousands of years, the whole mountain began to shrink and Kibo’s cone collapsed into a series of concentric terraces. Erosion in the form of glaciers which came and went, wore the peaks down even more, as did a huge landslide about 100,000 years which created the Kibo Barranco.


HOW ABOUT YOUR LUGGAGE?

Our esteemed porters will be responsible to carry your pieces of luggage with the limit of 20kg  which means you need to bring less with the maximum of 15kg and the rest of your belonging which are not in use during the climb can be stored in the Hotel in Moshi town. You will just need to carry your backpack with you which you can put your essential belongings and personal stuff that you need them regularly during your climb.


IF IT BECOME DIFFICULT FOR ME, CAN I TURN AND DESCEND DOWN?

The answer is yes, you can always turn around whenever you feel that you can not continue and you will be escorted with the assistant guide and one porter and descend down to the gate where you will find the transport ready to pick you up and drive you to the Hotel.


KILIMANJARO ACCOMMODATION:

During your climb, you will have two options for accommodation. You can either camp in the reserved campsite on the mountain for Lemosho, Machame, Rongai and Umbwe route where you sleep in a small all-weather modern mountain tent only for sleeping and then you will have a mess tent and dining tent together with chair and tables. The toilets are public which are the permanent wood famous known as “long drop” and they are in each camp during your climb, make sure you keep your expectation low since they are maintained by the Kilimanjaro National park authorities and hence not very hygiene and clean while other option could be using a portable flush and simple chemical toilet which one of our porters will be carrying it from one camp to another and he will be tipped USD 20 per group or for Marangu route you can spend nights in a hut accommodation, these huts must be better described as lodges and consist of a group of comfortable wooden A-frame huts with bunk beds and mattresses. Water is piped in from springs above the hut and there are flush toilets. There is a dining area in the main cabin and since they consist of a large central chalet surrounded by many smaller huts. They almost constitute villages. there is often quite a lot of mud along the area, so wear good boots.


KILIMANJARO SAFETY:

To give yourself the best chance of reaching the top, it’s a very good idea to choose the route with more hiking days, though this will not guarantee you plain sailing. Remember the old mountaineering adage: ‘go high, sleep low’. Also, whatever else you do, walk slowly “pole pole” in the Swahili language, drink a lot of liquid, suck glucose tablets and eat as much as you can even though you won’t feel like eating much but it is advised to take a lot of food especially in the first days since as you trek high you will lose appetite,  eating enough food much will help your body to acclimatize best (you shouldn’t be worried about gaining weight as many visitors will lose weight after days of trekking even though Shizi safaris provides enough food for everyone). Other travellers recommend taking medicine which is useful in treating altitude sickness. Staying more night in the mountain camps or huts are going to make the trek into a more days affair and increase your costs, so bear this in mind and make sure that the mountain experts understand what you have in mind before setting off. Learn more about How to stay safe whilst Trekking Kilimanjaro.

Since Shizi Safari has a high success rate for reaching to the roof of Africa with our experienced guides, chefs and rest of crew together we will make sure that you have the best experience during your climb and reaching to the highest peak (Uhuru Peak) of Mt. Kilimanjaro.


WHEN TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO:

At Shizi Safaris we recommend that you trek Kilimanjaro during month January to March and July to October since these months are our favourite months because the weather is usually good and the skies are often clear during these months. For the Month April to May and November will have rainy season even though still you can keep on hiking. The weather in Kilimanjaro is unpredictable and every time visitors are advised to contact their tour operator for the weather forecast prior to their climb.


KILIMANJARO TIPPING CULTURE:

Regardless of whether you go on which route to Kilimanjaro peak the guide, assistant guide, porters and the cook (where provided) will expect a reasonable tip at the end of the trek. Be generous, you may think you have paid a lot of money for your climb but most of it will have gone to national parks, transport and food. The wages of the guide, assistant guide, porters and the cook will have been minimal hence most of them will highly depend on gratuities. Most of the tip will be described like this:

Tipping guide per group per day, not per climber. 

Guides: US$20 per day

Cook: US$15 per day

Porter: US$10 per day

And it is always appreciated to give more to anyone who made your Kilimanjaro trip more exceptional and with the best experience

 


HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU HIKE EACH DAY:

The shortest hours for climbing Kilimanjaro will be 3 to 4 hours and mostly this will be on the starting days of the climb and the average hours per day will be 5 to 7 hours which will take place several days before the summit day which is the day you take long hours from 10 to 14 hours and then you will start descend down which you take short hours again until you reach the gate.


IS DRINKING WATER PROVIDED DURING THE TREK?

Yes. we advise you to bring your own bottle which you can get water from the main streams that are coming from Kilimanjaro mountain, the water will be boiled and treated to make them safe and clean and ready for use.


SUMMIT KILIMANJARO. HOW IS IT LIKE:

Slowly, slowly which means “pole pole” in Swahili is our slogan for summit Kilimanjaro. You will wake up in the midnight prepare for the summit. You will have to put on all your layers since it is going to be very cold during the summit. Around 1 am we will leave Kibo Hut for Marangu and Rongai route or Barafu camp for Lemosho and Machame route and heading to Uhuru peak before passing Gilman’s point where it will take you again 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak you will be amazed by the breathtaking views and incredible sunrise if the weather permits then later you will descend down after having a short time at the peak and reach Kibo Hut where we will collect our belongings and walk through the saddle and then down to Horombo Hut or Mweka Camp where we will get our lunch and then rest before reaching to the gate the next day.


KILIMANJARO CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT:

No specialist equipment is required to climb Kilimanjaro but you do need a strong pair of good boots, and plenty of warm clothing, including gloves, a woollen hat and waterproof overclothes. You also need a sleeping bag and a small mattress or air bed. If you lack any of these, they can be hired in Moshi town at a very reasonable price. Read More about Clothing and Equipment rent.


KILIMANJARO WEATHER:

At Kilimanjaro mountain, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. On the plain area the temperature will go up to 30c while after 3000m the temperature will hit to 5 to 15 c during a day and At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between -7 to -29 c. Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. Learn more about the ultimate guide to Tanzania Weather and Climate.


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