Tanzania

Mountain Climbing

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The Marangu route, also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, is the oldest and most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. Also, the most crowded route for that reason. The reward at the top is more than worth it: Shared hut accommodation forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. Get the feeling that you haven’t just reached the top of the mountain—you have achieved something deeply essential to yourself.

Trip highlights

  • Ascend Kilimanjaro, the Roof of Africa, and behold stunning views from the summit
  • Climb the Marangu Route, seeing diverse ecosystems from rainforest to alpine desert
  • Join a team of local African guides who help you accomplish this amazing feat
  • Stay in wood and stone mountain huts along the way
  • Extend your trip with a safari; unforgettable wildlife viewing is the perfect reward

Activities

  • Non-technical Climbing
  • Hiking

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - Welcome to Moshi, Tanzania, the gateway to the roof of Africa!

Arrive this evening into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be warmly welcomed. A guide will meet you and transfer you to the Moshi Town comfortable lodge. Relax in the open-air lodge, enjoy the breeze as you lounge on the open verandah, or take a swim in the stunning pool.

  • Meals Plan: Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Inn, Honey Badger Lodge, Keys Hotels

DAY 2 - Trekking orientation and acclimatization.

We’ll start our climbing orientation just after breakfast this morning. The rest of the day is for exploration and adventure. Beautiful views of Kilimanjaro’s peak shine through on clear days. We stroll next door to see the terroir and organic cultivation at Machame Estate tea and coffee farm. Taste the difference with a proper cupping of many varieties of teas and coffee. After lunch, we’ll stretch our legs on a walk to a nearby waterfall. The meandering trails pass coffee trees and streams under shady glades of magnanimous hardwoods.

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Inn, Honey Badger Lodge, Keys Hotels

DAY 3 - Hike through bamboo rainforest to Mandara Hut, near the forest line

After a sumptuous breakfast, we depart Moshi for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, bamboo rainforest. At the upper edge of the forest line, keep your eyes open for blue monkeys then opens up to hillsides of heather and temperate forests. If time and weather permit, a short walk from Mandara to Maundi Crater is worth it.

  1. Elevation: (1,830 m/6,000 ft) to (2,740 m/9,000 ft)
  2. Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  3. Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  4. Habitat: Rain Forest
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodations: Mandara Hut

DAY 4 - Enter moorland filled with alpine heather on the way to Horombo Hut.

Today, the trail is strenuous but not technical. We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may catch our first glimpse of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks - two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

  1. Elevation: (2,740 m/9,000 ft) to (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
  2. Distance: 12 km/7 miles
  3. Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  4. Habitat: Heath
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodations: Horombo Hut

DAY 5 - Take an acclimatization hike to Zebra Rock.

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Zebra Rock, an aptly named geologic formation. The landscape has unique flora such as the odd-shaped giant groundsel. The trail offers inspirational views of both Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Birdlife is also abundant in the Horombo area. Afterwards, plan to be back inside the lodge with a cup of tea and good book. Sunsets are beautiful and the black night sky sparkles with stars.

  1. Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft
  2. Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  3. Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
  4. Habitat: Heath
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodations: Horombo Hut

DAY 7 -

DAY 8-

DAY 9-

Rates Inclusions:
  • Double-occupancy accommodations at hotels
  • Mountain camping accommodations on Kilimanjaro;
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Skilled bilingual climbing guide(s), cook, and porters on the mountain
  • Waterproof duffel for the climb
  • Filtered/treated drinking water
  • Oxygen and Oximeter and Gamow Bag
  • Enrollment in Flying Doctors,
  • All park fees and taxes.
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
Rates Excluded:
  • Airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Tanzania
  • Cost of obtaining a passport and visa
  • Sleeping bag and Personal gears
  • Optional gratuities to your guides and climbing support staff
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of a personal nature such as soft drinks, bottled water or liquor,
  • Laundry fees
  • Immunizations
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • $495/person for Crater Camp

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