DAY 1: MARANGU GATE (1,870 METERS) TO MANDARA HUT (2,700 METERS)
After breakfast and briefing from your guide you will be collected from your hotel in Moshi and you will be driven to the gate from Moshi, which takes approximately an hour and passes through the village of Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work and registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities has been completed your trek can begin. Day one is a gradual trek through the Kilimanjaro rainforest. Within the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and monkeys.
DAY 2: MANDARA HUT (2,700 METERS) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS)
Day two on the Marangu Route begins with an early start.The trek continues through the rainforest, around the base of the Maundi Crater and then transitions rather rapidly into the low alpine moorland zone. At Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) you will be served dinner and shown to your sleeping quarters for the night
DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS) TO KIBO HUT (4,700 METERS)
Day three on the Marangu Route is long and tough. There are two routes to Kibo. The first, or upper route, forks to the right. You will most likely take the lower left hand route as it is easier and nearly an hour shorter. On the left hand route you will pass the last water point at 4,130 meters. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5-6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short. Make sure that you have all your gear ready for a prompt departure.
DAY 4: KIBO HUT (4,700 METERS) TO UHURU PEAK (5,895 METERS) AND THEN HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS)
Day four begins with summit night. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1-2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.
DAY 5: HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS) TO MARANGU GATE (1,870 METERS)
Day five from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate is nearly 20km but usually only takes 7 hours to complete. You will be exhausted at this stage and spend most of the hike imagining the hot shower you will be having that evening. you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi.
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