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Travel to Tanzania and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime, a trek of Mount Kilimanjaro. Your 8-day itinerary includes a 5-day trek along the Marangu Route, sleeping in mountain huts along the way.
The Marangu Route is well known as the “easiest” and “shortest” route up to the stunning summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll travel alongside experienced guides, high above the clouds, with breathtaking views along the way.
On your first trek day, you’ll pass through dense rainforest with towering eucalyptus trees. Watch for the plentiful birds and monkeys as they move around the canopy. You’ll notice the plant life change as you hike, from rainforests to mountain heathland, and then to barren “moon-like” landscapes. As you slowly ascend, take in the panoramic views of the Kibo Massifs, Mawenzi, and the Masai steppe.
Stand atop the “Roof of Africa”, Uhuru Peak, 5895 metres high, admiring the magnificent landscapes stretch out below you. This is the experience of a lifetime and an unforgettable achievement for anyone who loves to trek.
You'll be picked up at the bus station and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Catch your first glimpse of Mt Kilimanjaro, rising high above the East African plains, while you wander around the town making last minute preparations for your big trek ahead.
Tonight, you will get briefed on your upcoming trek.
Overnight in Arusha.
Drive from Arusha to the Marangu Gate at Kilimanjaro National Park Gate [1,860m] on the eastern side of the mountain.
The trek begins through dense rainforests of tall eucalyptuses where many species of birds and colobus monkeys can be sighted jumping through the canopy.
Reach Mandara Hut [2,750m] where you will enjoy your evening meal and overnight.
You will start hiking through rainforests and then through mountain heathland, where you will view unique giant lobelias and groundsels, some of which are over 3 meters high!
You will then continue on, as the landscape turns into low shrubs and moorlands. As you get to Horombo Hut [3,700m], you will have amazing views of the Mawenzi, Kibo massifs and Masai steppe.
Enjoy your evening meal and overnight.
Today will be an acclimatization day so your body can adjust to the altitude, which will greatly improve your chances of reaching the summit.
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and then set off on a 2-4 hour trek to Zebra rocks situated at 3,980m. The rocks are named for their distinctive black and white zebra-like stripes.
Return back to Horombo Hut where lunch will be waiting for you. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to relax and charge your batteries for the strenuous trekking days ahead.
Have your evening meal and overnight.
Today’s hike will be long and tough as you begin climbing past the “last water point” and the “saddle” into the plant-less plateau with a rocky moon-like landscape. You will cross the surprisingly wide saddle of alpine desert connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Remember to drink a lot of water and move slowly to prevent altitude sickness.
Reach Kibo Hut [4,700m] and go to bed early so you can get lots of rest before beginning your ascent to the summit tomorrow.
Today is the big “summit day”! You will be woken in the middle of the night around 12:00 - 1:00 am and begin your trek along frozen lava ash in the dark towards the summit.
Climb along the rocky path passing the Hans Meyer Cave [5,200m] and then reach Gilman’s Point [5,715m] on the crater room at dawn. Appreciate a breathtaking sunrise with views over the impressive crater and the plains down below.
After another 1-2 hours, you will find yourself standing on the “Roof of Africa” at the great Kilimanjaro’s dizzying Uhuru Peak! [5,895m]
At the summit, enjoy your accomplishment in total exhilaration as you admire the magnificent views of the surrounding plains. Once you have taken in this outstanding view, descend back to Kibo Hut where a rewarding warm meal awaits you. Take a 1-2 hour break and regain your strength so you can descend further to Horombo Hut [3,700m] arriving in the afternoon.
The return to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the tough ascent of the last days.
After a 14-hour journey today, have your evening meal and tuck into bed early to rest up and recover from your big adventure!
Have breakfast this morning and bid farewell to your mountain crew.
Descend back down through moorlands and lush forests to Mandara Hut [2,700m] where lunch awaits you. Then continue down through lush rainforest to reach the Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Gate [1,860m].
Receive your Kilimanjaro trekking certificate and then meet your driver who will take you back to Arusha where you will be able to take a long and rewarding warm shower.
Enjoy the rest of the day to relax, celebrate your big achievement and share photos with the rest of your group.
Transfer to the bus station for your departure. You will leave with incredible memories that will last a lifetime!
|Official Language(s)||Swahili, English|
|Population||51,820,000 (2014 estimate)|
|Climate(s)||Equatorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna, Warm Desert, Warm Semi-arid, Humid subtropical, Temperate Oceanic, Temperate Mediterranean|
|Major Airport(s):||Dar es Salaam (DAR), Kilimanjaro (JRO), Zanzibar (ZNZ)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Agriculture, Mining, Energy, Trade|
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