Mount Kilimanjaro, Marangu
Hiking Safari up Africa’s highest mountain, a challenge for the fit and adventurous to reach the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Discounted for groups of 2 or more.
Day 1: Marangu Gate to Madara Camp
Following breakfast, we will depart Arusha and drive to Kilimanjaro National Park, where you will be met by beautiful views. Upon arrival and registration with the park staff, we will begin the adventure of the ascent on Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world! We will proceed through the Mandara rain forest, then will rest for the evening at the Mandara encampment, located at 9,000 ft (2,700m) on the mountain.
Day 2: Mandara Camp to Horombo Camp
Breakfast at the camp is served very early and start your trek through the forest border where on a clear day you get the first gorgeous views of Mawenzi (5,149m) and the southeastern slopes of Kilimanjaro.
Passing through the Glades, we will follow a trail along the open moorlands to our evening destination of the Horombo encampment at 12,000 ft (3,750m).
Day 3: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut
Day spent at Horombo Hut for acclimatization. Day trip to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330m) Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.
Day 4: Horombo Camp to Kibo Camp, Uhuru Peak
The trekking to Kibo hut is through semi-desert landscape of the saddle, between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. You get to see the middle Red hill, West lava hill and East lava hill to the east and the Barafu hut camp (4,600m) to the west. We will stop for the evening at the Kibo encampment located at 15,000 ft (4,700m). Here we prepare for our midnight ascent to Uhuru Peak.
Day 5: Uhuru peak to Horombo Camp
At midnight with instructions from your guide and depending on the size of the group, you start the first section of the ascent which will take about three hours climbing up a winding rocky foot path to Hans Meyer cave (5,150m). Because of the altitude, summit night is slow, strenuous and dizzying, with a short rest at Hans Meyer cave you continue for another three hours up the steepest section to Gilman’s Point (5,685m). You can have another short rest and then carry on along the crater rim for about 45 minutes to Stella point. Temperature on the summit can be as low as minus 30 degree centigrade with wind and chill. About an hour past Stella Point you will be rewarded with the summit of Kilimanjaro and Uhuru peak (5,896m). The highest point on the African Continent. The morning offers the ultimate showstopper – stunning aerial views of the spectacular glaciers illuminated by a hypnotic sunrise experienced only on the roof of Africa - Kilimanjaro. Most climbers spend a few minutes on the summit taking photos before the three-hour walk back to Kibo Hut. (4,703m) For a short rest and then proceed down to Horombo Hut (3,720m) for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate and Arusha or Moshi
Our journey downwards brings us past the Mandara encampment and back to our entrance point of the park’s gate. Climbers will then be presented with a certificate of achievement for the successful climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Park Entry fees, Rescue Fees, Camping/hut fees, Guide, Armed ranger, cook, porters, hutted accommodation provided. Mattresses, tents, pillow, 3 meals per day prepared by our chef while trekking.
Tips: recommended 15% of the total amount paid to the team for their excellent service, beverages, Personal medication and toiletries. Sleeping bags & personal Mountain equipment, Spare batteries for Cameras and flash lights. Pre and post tour accommodation in Arusha.
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