BVS T 048: 7 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro-Machame (Marangu Route)

Day 1

Arrive in Namanga border town at 10.00hrs. After immigration formalities, continue to Arusha for lunch. Drive to Moshi where the afternoon is spent organizing climbing gear. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

After breakfast, drive 45 km to Marangu gate, an altitude of1860m. Walk 9km to Mandara Hut, 2744m. (9,000ft.), through dense semi-tropical rain forest for your first overnight on Kilimanjaro. Meals and overnight at the hut.

Day 3

Start early morning for a 10 hour walk to Horombo. The landscape becomes more rugged and rocky but superb, with both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks in view. Here, you spend your second night on the mountain at Horombo Hut, an altitude of 3,761m. (12,355ft.)

Day 4

Take a 13km walk which takes 6 hrs to Kibo Game Hut 4,732m (15,520ft) above sea level. Spectacular mountain vegetation such as giant cactus, groundsel and lobelia appear. Meals and overnight at the hut.

Day 5

The final attempt to the summit is made in the early hours of the morning at 2:00am. It takes about 5 hours to climb the steepest and most difficult part of the route to Gilman’s point 5681m (18630ft.). From Gilman’s, it takes one and a half to two hours to Uhuru peak 5896m (19344ft.). Descend to Horombo for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Descent is rapid. After breakfast, walk down to Marangu gate for transfer to Moshi. Overnight at Spring Lands Hotel, Moshi.

Day 7

After breakfast, drive to Arusha for lunch, then to Nairobi via Namanga town arriving early in the evening.

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