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Mount Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

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TRIP ITINERARY

Trip Summary: 6 days on the Mountain

2009 / 2010 / 2011 Scheduled Dates : Arrival Day (Day 1): Every Friday of every week except April and May

Route Description:

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
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to mid-level hotel in Arusha, Jacaranda Hotel.

Day 2
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
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
Today we spend the acclimatization day at Horombo by hiking to a nearby Mawenzi and the surrounding and come back the hut for hot lunch, Horombo, B.L.D

Day 5
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 6
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 7
Breakfast, Descend from Horombo hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take you to Jacaranda Hotel. B.L

Day 8
Transfer to the airport for your return flight, B.

End of the Safari

Price of the Package

YEARS 2011 2012
Prices (in USD) 1580 1580
Cost of adding an extra day of the trek 200 220
Schedule dates for 2011: Friday of every week except in April & May

For those who think jet lag might affect them and/or prefer to arrive a day earlier, we recommend a day trip to the nearby Arusha national park for game drive and hiking for an extra cost of $180/person including additional night in hotel in Arusha.

Distance - Time(Approx.)

Marangu gate to Mandara hut - 3-4 hours
Mandara to Horombo hut - 5-6 hours
Horombo to Kibo hut - 5-6 hours
Kibo - Gilmans point to 5-6 hours
Gilman's - Uhuru Peak - 1-2 hours

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure Kilimanjaro Airport transfers. Also, free bus shuttle transfer Nairobi-Arusha-Nairobi if flying to/from Nairobi.
  • 2 nights accommodations at a mid-class hotel (Bed & Breakfast) in Arusha, before and after the climb.
  • Upgrade to Ilboru Safari Lodge is available for $40/person for the 2 nights in Arusha.
  • Also, upgrade to Impala Hotel is available, and this will cost $50/person for the 2 nights in Arusha.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts or mountain tents with mattresses We use the highest quality expedition tents of Eureka and The North Face, which are made and imported directly from USA.
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, government taxes and all applicable fees and taxes.
  • Services of a Professional leading guide who is medically trained, certified, licensed and English speaking
  • Services of English-speaking assistant guide (s), a skilled cook, and enough numbers of porters for your luggage, food, and water, and a dinning tent.
  • Dining tent (provided only when a group is of 5 or more trekkers. If less than 5 trekkers, and you want it to be included, we will have to charge you $90/group)
  • Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your hotel.
  • Use of radios/phones to increase your safety.
  • Group average of 4~6 climbers, maximum of 10
  • Discount is available for group of 3 or more, booking together

Price Excludes

  • Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, traveler’s insurance, medical evacuation insurance (a 50$ value).
  • Tips to guides and porters.
  • International Airfare (unless explicitly stated).
  • Medical Equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group for hyperbaric chamber, $210/group for an emergency Oxygen cylinder and $140/group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.
  • Portable toilets: If you do not want to use public toilets which some of climbers have been complaining about being dirty, then add $110/person (or $180/group) for a portable toilet. Kindly, let us know at the time you make a booking and not afterwards.

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