6 days Marangu Route
Day 1: From Marangu gate to Mandara;
The journey on day one begins from the hotel where you will be staying. This can be in either Arusha town, Moshi or Marangu within the Kilimanjaro region. From the hotel to Marangu Gate, you will travel through the village areas of the Wachagga people cutting through their farms and plantations on a tarmac road. At the gate, you will spend a few minutes signing in and making your final preparations, ensuring that you have all the necessary equipment and that your day pack has enough drinking water, food, and extra clothing in case of unexpected changes in the weather. From Marangu Gate to Mandara Camp it is approximately 8 kms and it should take at least 5 hours but you should be prepared for it to take longer.
You will be walking through the mountain forest densely populated with trees, shrubs and herbs of different species that have created a home for different species of animals. The most melodious species of birds can be found here and their songs will be entertaining you through your forest walk. Blue monkeys can also be seen on your way to Mandara. Our guides will be available for language interpretation and to assist you with any information you need and to answer your questions.
End of day one, you will take a break at Mandara camp, where you will also spend the night. This camp has a capacity for 60 to 80 hikers. A place to sleep is given on reaching the camp and this will be in a wooden hut with 6 to 8 bunks. There is a good water supply at this camp. In the evening, food will be served in a communal dining room and after dinner you will sleep here overnight.
Day 2: Mandara hut 2720masl - Horombo hut 3720masl
On day two, you will be climbing through the heather and moorlands zone to Horombo Hut about 11.6 kms away from Mandara Camp. This should take about 6 hours. On a clear sunny day, you should be able to catch beautiful volcanic features and other scenic beauty on your camera to remember forever. The rugged Mawenzi is so vivid and welcoming on your right, but the route will lead you through lands of heather, protea, lobelia and senecio among other species of plants. After walking for approximately 6 hours, you should arrive at Horombo where you will be given washing bowls with hot water to refresh, before having time to rest, have dinner then sleep overnight.
Day 3: At Horombo Hut 3720masl
There is an option of an extra day at Horombo which could be significantly important for acclimatisation. You can get to hike Mawenzi ridge, observe and study rocks and minerals of Kilimanjaro and have a good view of Mawenzi peak (the third highest peak in Africa from Kibo and Mount Kenya respectively) also
known as Hans Meyer's peak. There are also different plant species dominating the camp area, such as giant groundsels, giant lobelia, species of helichrysum.
Day 4: Horombo Hut 3720masl – Kibo Hut 4720masl
During this stage, you will be climbing through the alpine desert. After a few kilometres is the saddle, a region between the Mawenzi and Kibo lava cones. Saddle is almost a desert plain with rocky outcrops and hills. Kibo Hut is 10.6 kms from Horombo and you should be there at least in 6 hours.
Day 4: Kibo Hut 4720masl – Uhuru Peak 5895masl - Horombo 3720masl - On to Uhuru
At Kibo, you will have some food, take a rest and get yourself prepared for Uhuru. Occasionally tourists may climb to Uhuru during the day but this very much depends on the weather. You will wake up at 2300hr and prepare yourself for the challenge ahead. After having a cup of tea with biscuits, you will commence to Uhuru Peak. The distance is only 6 kms but it should take at least 8 hours to be at Uhuru. This is the tough part of the trek but the trick is to take it slowly or Pole Pole as the locals say. The zigzag path which gets steeper and with a lot of scree takes you to Gilmans Point (5686masl) through Hans Meyer caves (5200masl). The path to Uhuru from Gilman's is snowy white and beautiful. Uhuru is the final point and technically the highest point in Africa. Here you will have the chance to pause for photos and to appreciate your achievement. Once you are satisfied, you will start descending to Kibo, a journey of about 3 hours. At Kibo Hut, you can rest for a while before commencing to Horombo. It's here where you will spend your last night at Kilimanjaro National Park.
Day 5: Horombo Hut 3720masl – Marangu Gate 1860masl
After breakfast you will begin the descent to Marangu Gate. It is approximately 19.7 kms to Marangu Gate from Horombo and it should take at least 6 hours to arrive. Once at the gate, you will be given your certificates of achievement before starting your final journey to the hotels and the end of the adventure.