6 DAYS MARANGU ROUTE MT. KILIMANJARO HIKE
DAY 1: MARANGU GATE TO MANDARA HUT
Following the early morning breakfast, a driver from accessbudgetsafaris.com will pick you up from Arusha and drive you to the Marangu Gate where porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and the Guide register with the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) then start your hike into the rain forest as you expect fog, rain not forgetting mud also a view at various wildlife including colobus monkeys on the way up to Mandara Hut which is having solar generated lights. From there, head to the Central Hut where there are flush toilets. On arriving at the Campsite, you will find Porters have boiled drinking water and Chef has prepared snacks then dinner and overnight expecting night temperatures to fall to freezing, please get prepared.
DAY 2: MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT
After the early morning breakfast, start you hike out of the rain forest into the heathen moorland passing via the Moundi Crater and you may climb up its rim to have a wonderful view of the Kibo Crater. On the way you may view exotic plants like giant lobelia and groundsel then you will reach Horombo Hut which is located on a plateau. Dinner and overnight as you are prepared for cold temperatures at night.
DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT TO FAMILIARIZATION DAY
While at Horombo Hut, you will spend the day allowing your body to get used to altitude, having an option of having a hike to Mawenzi Hut for further getting used to altitude and with your Guide after the early morning breakfast. Lunch will either be packed or at the hut depending on your favorite for the day.
DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT
After the early morning breakfast, you will ascend into the alpine desert and you have an option to go to Kibo Hut. The upper route located at the right of the fork, is the same route used for the day hike to Mawanzi Hut but the lower route is the more popular route because it is the shorter hiking distance.
Kibo Hut is found in the saddle which refers to the area between the peak of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert where water is inaccessible at this very Camp but you can buy some mineral water and soft drink at the Camp office. Dinner will be served earlier so as you can rest before attending the peak same night.
DAY 5: ATTEMPTING THE PEAK
The Guide will wake you up for tea then you start attempting the summit passing through a rocky trail up to Hans Meyer Cave and you go on up to Gillman’s point which is located on the Crater rim then from here, the path is snow covered up to when you reach Uhuru Peak. You will spend short time taking photographs and drinking some tea then you descend to Barafu afterwards to Kibo Hut where you will rest from and have lunch under the sun.following your lunch, continue descending up to Horombo Hut , dinner and rest for the next day.
DAY 6: HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE
After the early morning breakfast, we shall rejoice as you present your tips to the Guide, Chef(s) and Porters then descend back to Marangu Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s point receive green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. The driver, will then drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and continue with cerebrations.
1 PERSON $2,200
Per person for 2 people $1,900
Per person for 3 people $1,830
Per person for 4 people $1,800
Overnight stays in the mountain Huts
All Park fees
Professional Mountain Guides
Crisis management and safety procedures
All meals on the mountain
Quality mess tents with table and chairs
Large Portions of healthy nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Guides, Porters and cook salaries
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ACCOMMODATION IN ARUSHA
Meals not listed above