• 5 Days from
    $1600 p/p in USD
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Afro-Vertex Tours & Safaris

  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget

Tour Overview

Marangu Route days has been referred to as the ‘Coca Cola’ route and this has led potential climbers to think that it is an easy route to the summit. This is far from the truth, to be honest! The fact that it requires a minimum of 5 days to complete does not mean it is easier than any other route. But with Afro-Vertex Tours & Safaris you will reach the summit. The trail goes through lush rainforest, heath and moorland to alpine desert and ultimately the arctic zone at the peak with the same route down. This safari is a great chance for those up for a Kilimanjaro adventure!

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Blue Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Moshi
  • Minimum age:
    12

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,600 per person

What's Included

  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($70 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • Increases in park fees where applicable

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Afro-Vertex Tours & Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Afro-Vertex Tours & Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Take a short drive from Moshi town to the Kilimanjaro Park Gate (1,830 m.), which lies at the edge of Marangu, an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through an attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m). 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.

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 heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach Horombo Hut (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very stunning, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds.

We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed 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 and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night!

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 am so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over the loose volcanic screen, but there are some well-graded zigzag 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. 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 Hut for the night.

After breakfast, we will start with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the national park gates to Moshi town. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is.

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