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The following is day by day itinerary of the oldest route on Kilimanjaro, the Marangu route. Important things to note on the itinerary are the elevation gains, the distance to be covered each day, and notable features or things to do each day. This is the only route that will be sleeping in huts. You will use the same trails to and from the summit, meaning your trek’s starting and end gate will be the Marangu gate. This is a 5 days Itinerary. There is a 6 days variation that has a day for acclimatization,


 Day 1 – Marangu Gate (1,970 meters) to Mandara Hut (2,700 meters):

Today you are on the South-Eastern side of the mountain. You will start the hike through a rainforest. Today’s hike is fairly easy as you will gradually be ascending towards the Mandara Hut. Your hut is furnished with solar-generated lighting, flush toilets, and water.

Distance: 7km

Trekking time: 4-6 hours

Zone: Tropical Rainforest

Altitude gain: 730 meters

Day 2 – Mandara Hut (2,700 meters) to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters):

After breakfast at Mandara Hut, we will leave through the rainforest towards the Heath zone at Horombo Hut. Your guide may arrange for a visit to Maundi where you will have your first full view of Kibo peak. Expect to see beautiful giant lobelias. At this altitude, these plants are common residents. Today you at Horombo Hut you may have great views of both Kibo and Mawenzi peak.

Distance: 12km

Trekking time: 6-8 hours

Zone: Heath

Altitude gain: 1020 meters

 Day 3 – Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Kibo Hut (4,720 meters):

It is recommended to start today’s hike very early in the morning as you will have a substantial amount of distance to cover and elevation to gain. We will take a lower route towards Kibo Hut. We will stop by the last water point at 4,130 meters for you to fill up your water reserves. Note, the will be no other watering point until you get back to Horombo Hut from the summit. At Kibo Hut you will be served an early dinner and you should try to get to sleep for at least 4 hours. Before you go to bed, ensure that all your trekking gears are well prepared for the summit attempt.

Distance: 10km

Trekking time: 6-8 hours

Zone: Alpine desert

Altitude gain: 1000 meters

Day 4 – Kibo Hut (4,720 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Horombo Hut (3,720 meters):

This is the day you have been waiting for! The summit night is here, your mental and physical stamina are going to be tested to the limit.

After you wake up, you will be served hot drinks and biscuits and will start the summit hike the first destination being Gilman’s point. (5685 meters) which is on Kibo’s crater rim.

At Gilman’s point, you will take some time to rest (5 minutes maximum) and refuel with a snack. We will start the final push moving very slowly to finish to remaining 200 meters to Uhuru Peak. After taking photos and some celebrations at Uhuru Peak, you will begin your descent back to Kibo Hut, and onto Horombo Hut.

Distance: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak about 6.5km then from Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut 15.5km making a total of 22km

Trekking time: 6-8 hours to Uhuru Peak, then 5-6 hours from Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Zone: Arctic zone then Heath

Altitude gain: 1175 meters then altitude loss:2175 meters

Day 5 – Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Marangu Gate (1,970 meters):

At this point, you are probably exhausted but happy that you have finally fulfilled your dream to climb Africa’s highest mountain. On your way through the rainforest, expect to see Colobus monkeys and other small animals. It will be a tough descent, stopping at Mandara Hut for lunch then descend to Marangu Gate. At Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, either for Gilman’s Point or Uhuru Peak (depending on how far you managed to get).

Distance: 19km

Trekking time: 6-8 hours

Zone: Rainforest

Altitude gain: 1750 meters

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