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Kilimanjaro Climb; Marangu Route - Semi Customized

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Climb the tallest mountain in Africa via the popular Marangu Route, making your way through the five distinct environmental zones on the famed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Day-by-day itinerary

Kilimanjaro is divided in 5 zones by altitude:
Lower Slopes (1,830m. /6,000 ft.) - This is mostly cultivated with coffee and banana trees
Forest Zone (1,800-2,800m. /5,900-9,185 ft.) - This zone receives the highest rainfall; the upper half is often covered with clouds and is high in humidity. If often rains when you walk through this zone. This is a dense forest area with lots of vegetation. You can expect to seen colobus & blue monkeys, baboons and bushbuck.
Heath & Moorlands Zone (2,800-4,00m. /9,185-13,120 ft.) - Rain decreases with the altitude, you can expect to see grasslands with scatted bushes, beautiful flowers, including “everlasting” flowers. Once you enter the moorlands you will see giant senecios and lobelias.
Highland Desert/alpine Zone (4,000-5,000 m. /3,210-16,400 ft.) - Temperatures in this zone can range from very hot to freezing. The vegetation is thin and includes tussock grasses, everlasting flowers, moss balls and lichens. The air is thin therefore you will not see much wildlife. What lacks in wildlife is made up for in fabulous views.
Summit Zone (5,000-5,895m. /16,400-19,342 ft.) - Almost completely void of vegetation with arctic conditions.

Day 1 Moshi: Springlnads Hotel (B)                                                                                           Springlands hotel near Moshi in Tanzania is an ideal base for mountainwalking trips and safaris for Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and other wilderness areas in Northern Tanzania.   This modern hotel is located on the Southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. It has a large and modern swimming pool, an airy dining area set in pleasant gardens, and indoor and outdoor bars. The rooms all have spacious en-suite bathrooms with showers, mosquito netting, and fans.


Day 2 Mt. Kilimanjaro: Mandara Hut (BLD)
After breakfast you will meet your guide and porters and begin your climb at the Marangu Gate (2,000m. / 6,562 ft.) You will spend approximately an hour at Park headquarters handling registration and arranging the loads for the porters. In 3-4 hours you will walk the 5.50 miles through a fascinating forest to the Mandara Hut (2,745m. /9,006 ft.) for an overnight stay. This path is often muddy. Mandara Hut has a number of small wooden A-frame huts sleeping eight persons each, four to a room, with a main cabin upstairs and a dinning room downstairs, for a total of 200 beds. Mattresses are provided.

Day 3 Mt. Kilimanjaro: Horombo Hut (BLD)
After breakfast as you climb, you will pass through the upper part of the rain forest to tussock grassland and the Afro-alpine vegetation of giant groundsel and lobelias to moorlands, until you reach Horombo Hut (4,167m. /13,672 ft.) for overnight. (The climb takes about 5 - 7 hours) Once you have emerged from the forest, you will have great views of the town of Moshi & Mawenzi Peak. Horombo is similar to Mandara Hut, also with 200 beds.

Day 4 Mt. Kilimanjaro: Kibo Hut (BLD)
After a good night's sleep you continue your climb, the vegetation begins to thin out to open grasslands. You will pass “Last Water” — be sure to fill your water bottles. The landscape becomes more barren as you reach “the saddle” (a wide desert between Kibo and Mawenzi peak) until you reach Kibo Hut (4,703m. /15,450 ft.) for overnight. (A 5 – 6 hour hike) Kibo Hut is located on the East Side of Kibo Peak and has 120 beds. Due to the wind-chill factor it can be very cold at Kibo Hut - so dress warmly. This is where you may begin to feel the effects of some altitude sickness. It may be difficult to sleep at this altitude. Get as much rest as you can.

Day 5 Mt. Kilimanjaro: Horombo Hut (BLD)
In the early morning, you begin the final ascent. (You will depart at approximately 1 a.m., be sure not to delay the ascent. This makes it easier to reach Uhuru peak before the frozen crust softens in the daylight) The steep ascent to Gilman’s Point (5,685m. /18,652 ft.) on the edge of the caldera is a 4-5 climb up scree. This is the steepest and most demanding portion of the climb. The effort is worthwhile because you will be on the highest point in Africa! If you still have the energy you can continue to Uhuru Peak, (5,895m. /19,342 ft.) higher. This is a fairly gradual climb and will take another 1.5 hours. Uhuru peak is well marked and there is a book where you can sign your name. Good Luck! After admiring the view (shortly after sunrise) you will begin the walk to Kibo hut for a short rest and then onto Horombo Hut (4,167m. /13,672 ft.) for overnight. From Gillman’s Point to Horombo, it is approximately 4 hrs and from Uhuru peak about 5 hrs.

Day 6 Moshi:
Springlands Hotel (B)
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day and it really makes you realise how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. (5-6 hours walking).  When you finish the climb, there will be a vehicle waiting to meet you and transfer you back Springlands Hotel for overnight


Day 7 Departure: (B)
Enjoy breakfast and a climb well-done!

Rates for the Kilimanjaro Climb; Marangu Route - Semi Customized

Land, per person double occupancy

01 Nov '15 - 16 Dec '16 $1,875
16 Dec '16 - 15 Dec '17 $2,445
16 Dec '16 - 15 Dec '17 Based on 2-3 People On request
16 Dec '16 - 15 Dec '17 Based on 3-6 people On request
Single Supplement $115
Additional Night $315

Christmas Supplement, per person double occupancy

24 Dec '16 to 01 Jan '17 $115

Easter Supplement, per person double occupancy

14 Apr '17 - 17 Apr '17 $115

Price Includes:

  • Hut accommodation & meals on the mountain
  • Guides & porters for the climb
  • RT Transfers from Arusha.
  • Park and rescue fees

Price Excludes:

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Tanzania departure taxes (approximately $30 per person, to be paid locally in US$)

 

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