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7-Day Kilimanjaro Adventure (5-Day Climbing) - Marangu Route

Tour Code: 992-1001
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7 Days 6 Nights

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Highlights: Takes you to Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak and you can start your trek any day of the year! Marangu Route, which is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro's summit and is known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. You can add an extra day at Horombo Huts as you like.

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    Mount Kilimanjaro is located three degrees south of the equator in Northeastern Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Of the famous highest seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and the easiest to climb. It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

    Duration

    5 days trekking from Moshi; 3 and a half days ascending, 1 and a half days descending. You can also add an additional acclimatization day and make it a 6-day trip.

    Length

    32 km/20 mi ascent; 64 km/40 mi roundtrip

    Elevation

    4,065 m/13,340 ft gain; 4,065 m/13,340 ft descent Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) and return

    Description

    Marangu Route, which is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro's summit and is known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. This is the only route on Kilimanjaro with the comforts of solar-powered sleeping huts and comfortable beds at every camp. The huts are communal, and each bunk has a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Basic men's and ladies' latrines are available at the last camp. All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer may be for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation). This route is usually done in 5 days, but you can do it in 6 days for better acclimatization. You can spend your extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo's sub peak Mawenzi.

    If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha (airport transfer is not inclueded in the tour fare, $20/person/way from JRO). We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day.

    Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge.

    The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at the trekking office. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.

    Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.

    The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimate a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, "pole pole" (po-ly, po-ly), which means "go slowly" in Swahili.

    The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.

    The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.

    Day 1

    Moshi

    Today guests will arrive, be met at the airport, and transferred to their hotel in Moshi for an overnight stay.
    Standard Hotel: Springlands Hotel
    Day 2

    Moshi - Marangu Gate - Mandara Huts - Montane Forest

    After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, we will leave Moshi at 9:00 AM, drive 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate, and register with the national park. By 10:30 AM guests will begin hiking in the rainforest. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles are recommended. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but rain gear and warmer clothing should be kept handy. We will stop halfway for lunch and reach the Mandara Huts between 2:00PM and 3:00 PM. We will unpack, rest, and enjoy tea or coffee. Dinner will be served at about 7:00 PM. Bathrooms with running water are available.

    Optional: We may take a 15 minute side trip to Maundi Crater to see the surroundings, including Northern Tanzania and Kenya, prior to dinner.
    Standard Hotel: Mandara Huts
    Day 3

    Mandara Huts - Horombo Huts - Heathland

    Today we will awake for a 7:30 AM breakfast, pack for the next trek, and break camp by 8:30 AM, to hike for an hour through rainforest glades. During the ascent through heathland, we will have a chance to look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Halfway through the trek, we will stop for lunch and amazing views of Mawenzi. By 3:00 PM, we will arrive at the Horombo Huts where we can rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available.

    Note: At this point in the excursion guests may start to feel the effects of altitude.To aid your acclimatization, consider spending an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo's sub peak in Mawenzi.

    Optional: Extra day at the Horombo Huts ($210 per person)

    We can spend a full day and a second night at Horombo to rest or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi basecamp then return to the Horombo Huts. We can continue up to the Kibo Huts on the fourth day for a midnight start to the summit.

    Standard Hotel: Horombo Huts
    Day 4

    Horombo Huts - Kibo Huts

    Today we will awake early and have an opportunity to capture some great photos of the sunrise. We will hike from the Horombo Huts through Mawenzi and eventually overnight in Kibo. We should be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.
    Standard Hotel: Kibo Huts
    Day 5

    Kibo Huts - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Huts

    We will wake at midnight to a light breakfast and prepare for the summit ascent! The goal is to climb before dawn so that we can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. We will leave at 1:00 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman's Point between 5:00AM and 7:00AM. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes us to Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa's highest point! After the summit stay, we will descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, and return to the Horombo Huts for dinner and some well-deserved sleep!

    NOTE: We will do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold and guests you will need all of their warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slow and steady, or, "pole pole," and an optimistic attitude will get guests to the summit peak!
    Day 6

    Horombo Huts - Marangu Gate - Moshi

    Today we will descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts, have lunch, and then continue their triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate between 2:00PM or 3:00PM. We are encouraged to Remember to tip their guides, cooks, and porters before leaving. A vehicle will transport us back to their hotel in Moshi.
    Day 7

    Moshi

    Today guests will depart from Moshi. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
    • Departure & Return

    • Airport transfer is available at an extra cost.
    • Price Includes

    • Return Kilimanjaro airport transfers
    • Meals on the mountain
    • 2 Nights accommodation at Springlands Hotel - Bed & Breakfast Basis
    • Accommodation on the mountain (Three-man mountain tents used for two people only on all routes except for Marangu Route as accommodation is in huts.) Stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain.
    • Transport from Moshi at Springlands hotel to the Starting point of the mountain and return to Moshi at Springlands hotel
    • Tour guide service (English, Spanish, French, and German speaking guide available)
    • Porters
    • 18% VAT
    • Price Excludes

    • Tips to driver, porters and guide
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Items of personal nature
    • Climbing gear: sleeping bags, shoes etc.
    • Transfer from Arusha per private car hire $100 one way
    • Additional Note

    • Airport Transfer: Airport transfers available at an extra cost. From JRO to Springlands hotel we charge US $25 per person per one way.
    • Food: The staple foods in Tanzania are meats, starches, and fruits. Some western foods are difficult to find locally (herbal tea, soy products, specialty items). You may want to bring some of the items with you as well as comfort foods (like chocolate), and high-energy foods (Power bars, Gatorade, etc.). Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea are provided on the trek. All meals will have some sort of fruit like bananas, oranges, papayas, and watermelon. Most meals will also have a selection of hot drinks like instant coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

      Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated. Please let us know ahead of time and remind your guide during your trek briefing. Protein options may be minimal on a vegetarian diet, so you may want to bring protein supplements.

      Because of the exercise and high altitude, you is recommended that you drink at least 3 liters of water a day. The porters will purify water for you at each camp. Altitude may diminish your appetite, but it is very important to keep eating.

      At your Moshi or Arusha hotel, only breakfasts are included. Lunches and dinners are available at an extra charge.
    • Money: The local currency is Tanzanian shillings. U.S. dollars, Euros, and credit cards may be accepted by larger stores and hotels, but the exchange rate is better with shillings. ATM's are only available in larger towns like Moshi and Arusha. Most people bring the bulk of their money in travelers cheques, but will also bring some cash including smaller bills. For travelers cheques, there is often a $1/cheque fee, and the exchange rate is better for $100 cheques. When you exchange money, be sure to get some smaller bills as change is not always available.

      A local guide is required to hike Kilimanjaro. We have guides that speak English, Spanish, French and German. Porters will also go on the trip to carry your luggage, food, and other equipment. You will only have to carry a day pack with your daily essentials.
    • Gratuities: You will want to hand out tips for guides and porters on Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru at camp the morning of the last day of the trek. You can use U.S. dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these. It helps if you have small bills to tip everyone individually. The typical tip is $20/day for guides, $10-15/day for assistant guides and $10/day for cooks, $8-10/porter/day for porters. This is from the whole group, not per hiker. Expect 1 guide per 8 hikers, 1 assistant guide per 3 hikers, and 1 cook per 8 hikers. Porters as follows:
      • 2 porters per hiker on the 5-day Marangu Route (minimum of 4 porters)
      • 3 porters per hiker on a 6 or 7-day trek (minimum of 5 porters)
      • 4 porters per hiker on the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters)
      • Sometimes extra porters are required based on the weight of the luggage.
      • Budget $250-350 per hiker for tips for the entire climb.
      • Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items just for this purpose.
      • Celebration: You are also welcome to invite your guides back to the Springlands Hotel for drinks and/or dinner (on you) as a thank-you in addition to their tip.
      Expectations Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether they were professional and had your best interests in mind.
    • Recommended Gear List: Kilimanjaro Climber's packing list notes as follows:
      • The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds). Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day
      • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
      • Wrap clothing in plastic bags
      • In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants, and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day, since you may not see your porters until the end of the day.
      • You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society.
      • You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the Springlands Hotel for no charge.
      • You can leave valuables in a safe deposit box at the Springlands Hotel for $1/day.
      Baggage:
      • Day pack, for you to carry
      • Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
      • Plastic bags
      Clothing You want your inner layer to be wicking - no cotton. Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be water proof but breathable. You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly. Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold up there!
      • Shorts, for first and last day only
      • Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
      • Short-sleeved or t-shirts
      • Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
      • Long underwear
      • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
      • Fleece pants
      • Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
      • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
      • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
      • Underwear
      • Sport bras, for women
      Cold Weather Accessories
      • Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
      • Wool or pile hat
      • Balaclava or neck gaitor
      • Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)
      Footwear
      • Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
      • Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support - not too light and not too heavy
      • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
      • Gaiters
      • Hiking socks for warmer conditions
      • Wool socks for colder conditions
      • Sock liners to wick away moisture
      Sleeping
      • Sleeping bag (Rated -25 degrees C/-10 degrees F or colder is recommended)
      • Sleeping pad and repair kit
      • Tents are supplied by us at no charge
      • Foam sleeping pads are provided by us at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)
      Other
      • Water bottles and Camelback (2-3).
      • Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip (available at the Springlands Hotel). Your guides will boil water for you along the route, or use steripens for water sanitation.
      • To prevent water from freezing on summit day, keep your water source inside your jacket. For Camelbacks, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often.
      • Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals.
      • Water filter or iodine purification tablets
      • Sun hat with brim
      • Sunglasses
      • Bandana
      • Money ($400 or more in cash and/or travelers cheques, including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills)
      • Ski or trekking poles
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Camera, film, tripod; Video camera, tapes
      • Batteries. Bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
      • Binoculars
      • Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen
      • Pocket knife
      • Electricity adapter
      • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
      • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
      • Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides, porters, and other climbers
      • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $2
      • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
      • Sewing kit
      • Salt, pepper, and spices for bland food
      • Business cards
      • Alarm clock
      • Calculator (for currency conversion)
      • Swim suit for hotel swimming pool
      Toiletries
      • Toilet paper (and baggie to carry used paper while on trail)
      • Small towel, soap
      • Toothbrush and toothpaste
      • Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Lotion
      • Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision)
      • Comb, mirror
      Documents
      • Passport
      • Yellow fever certificate
      • Tanzania Visa
      • Medical insurance
      • Address book
      • Vaccination records
      • Airline tickets
      • Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards
      • Maps, guidebooks
      • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.
      First Aid
      • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Aspirin
      • Throat lozenges
      • Band-aids
      • Moleskin
      • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
      • Lip balm with sunscreen
      • Insect repellent
      • Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
      • Bandages and tape
      • Diarrhea medicine
      • Antihistamines
      • Ace bandage
      • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
      • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
      • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
      • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
      • Diamox (talk to your doctor)
      Gifts for Guides, Porters, Locals
      • Shoes
      • Any warm clothing
      • T-shirts
      • Hats
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