On this trip, you will hike on the Marangu Route with two nights on the mountain before returning to Moshi. You will NOT reach the summit.
Itinerary in Brief
- DAY 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
- DAY 2: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
- DAY 3: Hike from Horombo Hut to park gate, return to Moshi
- Trekking on the slopes of the highest mountain in Africa
- Locations: Kilimanjaro
- Activities: Mountain Trekking
Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
Visiting: Moshi to Kilimanjaro
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.
- Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
- Distance: 8km/5mi
- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
- Habitat: Montane Forest
- Meals: LD
- Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut
Day 2 : Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the affects of the altitude.
- Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
- Distance: 12km/7.5mi
- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
- Habitat: Heathland
- Meals: BLD
- Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut
Day 3 : Hike from Horombo Hut to park gate, return to Moshi
Visiting: Kilimanjaro to Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).
- Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
- Distance: 20km/12.5mi
- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
- Habitat: Forest
- Meals: B
Prices Valid for Trips through December 31, 2015
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