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April 30, 2018

KILIMANJARO CLIMBING (6 DAYS MARANGU ROUTE)

Written By GIBSON SANGA

The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of  Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the  Marangu is the least expensive route but more so perhaps the fact that  it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days thereby getting to the  summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route This is not always  the best way due to a shorter acclimatization period.

Itinerary

DAY 1

MARANGU GATE TO MANDARA HUT

Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

We head to the Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before  beginning our trek. The trail climbs through a tropical rain forest near  the upper edge of the forest line, where we sometimes see playful blue  monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we  reach Mandara Hut.

DAY 2

MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT
Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath

Our second day on the trail begins with a steep ascent through the  forest and opens into high moorland. If the sky is clear, we may get our  first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, two of the three volcanic peaks  that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

DAY 3

HOROMBO HUT TO MAWENZI HUT TO HOROMBO HUT
Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,160 ft to 12,205 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

This extra day is used for acclimatization. We hike towards or all the  way to Mawenzi Hut and back. The unique landscape offers motivating  views of Kibo and Mawenzi.

DAY 4

HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT
Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today we climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle”  between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach our campsite which sits at the bottom  of the Kibo crater wall. Once at camp we rest, enjoy an early dinner and  prepare for summit day.

DAY 5

KIBO HUT TO UHURU POINT TO HOROMBO HUT
Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft to 12,205 ft
Distance: 22 km
Hiking Time: 10-13 hours
Habitat: Arctic

We wake in the middle of the night and begin the final push to reach the  Roof of Africa. The trail to Gilman’s Point is very steep and the  ascent will be slow and steady. From Gilman’s, it is a traverse along  the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. We stay at the summit for a short time, to  take photos and enjoy the views, before retracing our steps to all the  way back to Horombo Hut.

DAY 6

HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE
Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Distance: 20 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

A long trek is in store for today, however it is mostly downhill. Once  at the park headquarters at Marangu Gate we pick up our certificate that  proves our achievement and catch our vehicle transfer to hotel in  Moshi.

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GIBSON SANGA

I am a Tanzanian, born and raised in Kilimanjaro region. I am open-minded, casual, easy-going and most importantly, I believe in nature and adventure and spend most of my time seeking more adventures. My hobbies are Touring, cruising, sightseeing, hiking and different other outdoor activities. I am a realistic thinker who enjoys life in natural surroundings and always looking under that rock or over the ledge hoping to bring happiness and a better life to all that I meet. I wake up each day to see the beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro and my dream is that someday the whole world will get to experience this lifetime adventure through Know Africa Safaris

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