7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Climbing Route

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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Climbing Route 2 persons 4-6 persons Group
Low season
(April + May)
$2671 $2129 $1949
Mid season
(The rest of the year)
$3314 $2763 $2579
High season
(July + August + 20 dec- 10 jan)
$3522 $2913 $2710
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Duration

7 Days

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Tour Departure

Daily

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Group Size

100+ people

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Overview

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb through Marangu Route is the easiest and most popular route to the summit, the Marangu Route is used by almost 50% of all climbers and uses comfortable mountain huts with solar

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power light and it is also suitable for those adventure tourists who don’t have much experiences climbing the mountains, therefore classified as a moderate trek rather than a climb. Although the trail can be a little crowded a certain time of the year, the views are beautiful and each day of walking progresses through a different climate zone, adding considerably to the interest of the trekking. The total time during the mountain climbing will be 5 days on Marangu Route. The real highlight for those who opt for Marangu Route is the walk from Gillman’s point along the crater rim to the summit of Uhuru, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that occupy most of the summit area. The views as the sun rises behind Mawenzi Peak on a clear morning are absolutely magnificent –The Rift Valley, Mount Meru and the Maasai Steppes stand out from the endless plains, almost three vertical miles below. Mount Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu Route: You should know that during your Kilimanjaro expedition through Marangu Route, you will be staying in the alpine huts that are dormitory style sleeping up to 5 trekkers per one hut. It is not possible to have a single occupancy hut. A single traveler will pay a single supplement applicable to the stay in the base hotel only.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1 – Arrive at JRO/ Arusha
  • Day 2 – Marangu Gate - Mandara Hut
  • Day 3 – Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut
  • Day 4 – Horombo Hut - Kibo Hut
  • Day 5 – Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut
  • Day 6 – Horombo Hut - Marangu Park Gate – Back to Arusha
  • Day 7 – Departure Transfer (optional) as you can depart on your own
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Itinerary

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  • Arrive at JRO/ Arusha

    Arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport, Meet and assist at the airport and after going through Immigration, Baggage Claim and Customs, Transfer to Fun Retreat Resort to overnight at on Bed and Breakfast basis. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climbing briefing and climbing equipment check. We will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance as well.

    • Fun Retreat Resort
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Marangu Gate - Mandara Hut

    The National Park Gate (1,830 m) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.), a group of comfortable ‘A’ frame wooden huts. The largest cabin has a downstairs dining area and an upstairs dormitory and mattresses. Smaller huts sleep eight persons. The total capacity is sixty persons. Water is piped onto site from a spring above and there are flush toilets behind the main cabin. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. It takes about 3–5 hours walk.

    • Mandara Hut
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut

    The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heathers and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.). The buildings here are similar to Mandara Hut, but total capacity is one hundred and twenty persons. Water is piped from the stream behind the huts. There are platform toilets south east of the main hut, about eighty metres down the slope and flush toilets have been built within the complex of small huts. Sunrises and sunsets here are often spectacular and the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo. There is a real sense of being above the clouds here. It takes about 4–6 hours walk.

    • Horombo Hut
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Horombo Hut - Kibo Hut

    We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. Kibo is a stone-built block house with a small dining area and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor. There are bunk beds and mattresses for about sixty people. There is no water here so one has to bring an ample supply from the ‘last water’ supply above Horombo Hut. Platform toilets are behind the hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night. It takes about 4–5 hours walk.

    • Kibo Hut
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

    We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1:00am, aiming to be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig–zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. For those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for the night. It takes about11–15 hours walk.

    • Horombo Hut
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Horombo Hut - Marangu Park Gate – Back to Arusha

    After breakfast, a steady descent takes you down through moorland to Mandara Hut (8,900 ft). We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu (6,000 ft) where are transferred to Fun Retreat Resort to overnight on Bed and Breakfast basis.

    • Fun Retreat Resort
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Departure Transfer (optional) as you can depart on your own

    After breakfast Moonlight Tours Expedition Team can organize a private departure transfer on request to Arusha Airport or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home or flying to Zanzibar Island.

    • None/On Request
    • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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Moonlight has prepare a special trip for us : Starting from Kilimandjaro airport Passing through Tarangire national parc Ngorongoro crater Conservation area Ndutu migration Area Serengeti National parc Recommanded moonlight accomodation : Melia lodge serengeti Dream Farm karatu Moonlight tours expedition are very professional. They have do their best to satisfy us during this memorable trip. We enjoyed all the trip. Frédérick know very well his job , he never disturb us during the trip . He make our dream unforgettable. I recommend highly this tour operator : Very Good meet and greet in the airport Very Good choose for the lodges and hotels Very Good food ! We eat very well ! Very Good Safari experience Very Good picnic launch in the safari Very Good Safari price Very Good luxury experiences

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• You make an inquiry.

• We contact you to set up an initial phone consultation (one person or whole group).

• We develop a first draft itinerary.

• Several variations are made until the perfect itinerary is reached.

• Prior to going to contract we have our office in Arusha run a comprehensive availability check on all accommodations and request provisional bookings.

• If all accommodations are available, you are sent a final contract/itinerary for signing and your deposit is due (see Terms & Conditions). If availability is not possible at some of your desired locations, we seek out alternate options prior to going to contract.

• Once you sign and return your contract, our office in Arusha submits booking vouchers and makes necessary deposits to all the accommodations to finalize the bookings.

• Signed and stamped booking vouchers are scanned and emailed to you as confirmation of your bookings.

Late Bookings

When booked well in advance (6 months or more), there is usually no problem in securing all the desired accommodations. However, when we encounter full locations, we place immediate bookings at alternate locations and then, time permitting, present these options to you for a final decision. Typically, we have been very good at getting excellent locations, even last minute. While it is true that many lodges do indeed fill up quickly, we find that rooms usually open up as the date gets closer due to the release of rooms from block bookings.

What are block bookings?

It is common for large tour operators who organize group tours to book a block of rooms in anticipation that their pre-­planned itineraries will operate at full capacity. Many lodges allow block bookings without deposit, but force the tour operators to pay for these rooms or release them as the actual dates get near (between 45 and 60 days in advance). What does this mean for a private tour? It means that sometimes it can be difficult to secure certain accommodations that cater to group tours.

Included

  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional mountain guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline from $20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks

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