7 days/6 Nights Kilimanjaro Climbing/Trekking/Hiking – Marangu Route
Itinerary for the 7 days/6 nights Mount Kilimanjaro Hiking/Climbing/trekking safari
This route has a moderate slope, making it less difficult to climb. It is the most popular way up Kilimanjaro, and is the only route with emergency evacuation service. Also, it is the only route with huts, having dormitory and dining rooms.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to a mid-class hotel in Moshi/Arusha.
Day 2: Moshi/Arusha – Marangu Gate
Breakfast, drive from your hotel to Marangu gate, we will spend about two hours for registration, payments of fees and final parking. Start climbing through dense semi-tropical to the first hut- Mandara hut (9,000ft). Dinner and an overnight stay at Mandara hut, B.L.D.
Day 3: Marangu Gate – Horombo Hut
Breakfast, ascend through the alpine meadow, and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Horombo hut, B.L.D.
Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo hut
Breakfast, further ascending to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia appear on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Kibo hut, B.L.D.
Day 5: Kibo hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo hut
Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively. Thus reaching the peak in the early morning of the fifth day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo hut for diner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo hut, B.L.D.
Day 6: Horombo hut – Marangu
Breakfast, Descend from Horombo hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take you back to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha, B.L.
Day 7: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your return flight, B.
One may choose 6days/5nights, with an extra day for acclimatization at Horombo hut, which will increase his/her chance to reach the top.