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5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing: Marangu Route

Tour Overview

The Marangu Route is one of the more convenient routes of Kilimanjaro. The climb is comparatively gradual and leads you through the different vegetation zones of the mountain to the summit at 5895 m. The coffee and banana plantations in the foothills (800 to 1800 m) are followed by the very dense rainforest area (1 800 - 2 800 m) with high trees, inextricable lianas, rubber and the native animals. Columbus' monkeys cavort here, various species of birds and with a little luck, antelopes can also be found.

Tour Timeline

Day 01: Marangu Gate / Mandara
You start todays hike from Marangu Gate at an altitude of about 1,800 meters. The tour leads on well trodden paths through dense rainforest and after about four hours you reach the Mandara Hut at an altitude of 2.750 meters.
If you are still in good shape when you arrive at the hut, take a short walk to Maundi Crater, from where you have a beautiful view over the plains, Lake Jipe and in the distance the Pare and Usambara Mountains. Accommodation in the mountain huts.
Day 02: Mandara / Horombo
After a 45 minute walk through the rainforest you reach the open heath and moor landscape. The well-marked path leads through unusual vegetation with Senecien (crested tree) and giant groundsels. After a 4 hours hike you reach Horombo, the second hut at 3,720 m. A magnificent view of the Mawenzi awaits you. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
Day 03: Horombo / Kibo.
Today is dedicated to adjustment of altitude. From Horombo Camp, the hike leads to the Zebra Rocks, which are located at about 4,000 meters above sea level. The hike leads through moorland and heathland, which, however, is becoming increasingly barren and alpine in the higher regions and offers impressive views of the landscape time and again. It is necessary to force yourself to walk at a slow pace. After crossing the saddle (a long, flat section between Mawenzi and Kibo mountain at 4,300 meters), the last part of the hike requires some effort before reaching the Kibo hut, the last mountain hut at 4,700 meters.
Day 04: Kibo / Sommet / Horombo
It's time! Around midnight the hike up to the highest point of Africa, the Uhuru Peak, begins. The first passage to the Hans Meyer Cave is a rocky path. The following part leads in cold weather over gravel and stone further up the mountain. After about 5 hours Gilman's Point is reached at an altitude of about 5,685 meters. Depending on your speed, you can experience the wonderful sunrise here or later at Uhuru Peak, which will be reached in a good hour's walk along the snowy crater rim.Then it is done - Africa's highest peak!
After a few minutes of rest, a fantastic view and great photos at the glacier the path leads to Gillman's Point. After an extensive breakfast the hike continues towards Horumbo. In about 2 to 3 hours you will reach the mountain huts and spend your last night on the mountain.
Day 05: Horombo / Point De Depart
Relaxed descent to the starting point of the trek, passing the Mandara Hut. Your will arrive at the Marangu Gate 4 or 5 hours later.

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