Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Safari


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              Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Safari


The Total hiking distance for this route is about 96 kms. This is the most popular route to the summit, the shortest and the cheapest thus affectionately known as the Cocacola Route. The shortest time is 5 days. Although its easier to get to the summit in this short time of 5 days, it increases the risk of altitude sickness due to short time of acclimatization and so most of the hikers are advised to take an extra night at Horombo. Huts are offered for accommodation in this route and therefore making it relatively comfortable than the rest of the routes. Though you can get some beers, soft drinks, mineral water on this huts, its advisable to buy enough since the prices are on the higher side.

Day 1
Depart Nairobi at 0800hrs in a tourist shuttle and drive via Namanga boarder where you finish the immigration formalities. Arrive in Arusha by 1300hrs and transfer to Arusha crown hotel for accommodation on BB. Afternoon at Leisure as you walk on the streets as well making the last arrangements of your mountain gears and meeting the guides.

Day 2
climbingDepart Arusha and drive to Marangu village via Moshi where you start the climb. The drive is about one and half-hours. Proceed to Marangu gate to start the climb, the hikers are asked to sign at the park office, the trail takes you on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest, there is also an alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail that branches off to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail after a hike of about 1½ hour. Mandara hut is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut has 6-8 sleeping bunks. There is a solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets. The three hours hike covering 12kms takes you to Mandara hut for dinner and overnight (2774m)

Day 3
The average hiking time is about 8 hours, covering a distance of 15kms, From Mandara hut, the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater. Once you are in the open moorland you will have a chance to see Kilimanjaro most spectacular plants like giant Loberia, this trail takes you to Horombo hut. When the weather is clear, there are possibilities of having scenic views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Dinner and overnight at Horombo (3761m)

Day 4
After breakfast, another 13kms hike to reach Kibo huts, the average hiking time is about 6 to 7 hours. There are 2 trails to choose from. The upper route commonly known as the right hand is stony and eroded. The lower hand route that is most common is much easier to trek. This route also passes the last watering point at 4130m and so hikers are recommended to refill their bottles as they continue with slow pace towards the summit. A Kibo hut is a stone build blockhouse with a capacity of 60 climbers in bunk beds. The summit is another 1195m up and since the last ascent is in the same night, the climbers are advised to go to bed early by 1900hrs, prepare necessary equipment well like the thermal clothes, replacement of the head lamp and camera batteries.

Day 5
This is a long day! You will need to start the climb by 2330hrs, the total distance is 6kms ascend and 21kms descend. After some tea and biscuits, take off and this is where the going gets tough! The trail consists of a rocky path, and then zigzags to Gilman's point on the crater rim. This is probably the most demanding section of this trip. From Gilman's point, you will encounter snow all the way to the summit (Uhuru peak 5895m) the weather at the summit determines the time you spend here. You will descend 3 hours to get to Kibo huts and take all you had left by the time you left for the summit and continue on for 3 hours again to get to Horombo. The descend to Horombo is quicker than imagined, and once back at Horombo, it's a beehive of activities, many hikers on their acclimatization day, others going up and others going down. Enjoy your last dinner at the mountain with a good sleep of course filled with memories and emotions of conquering the Kilimanjaro.

Day 6
After breakfast, descend to the park gate via Mandara hut is slow and enjoyable. This takes about 6 hours. At the park gate, successful climbers are issued with certificates. Those that reached Gilman's point {5685} get green certificates and those that get to the summit {5895m} get gold certificates. The memories of having conquered the Kilimanjaro makes you feel more relaxed and strong for the walk down .You will drive back to Arusha for long due hot shower and a nice sleep at Arusha crown hotel on BB.

Day 7
After breakfast; catch a tourist shuttle bus to Nairobi at 0800hrs`to arrive by 1300hrs.

Price includes.
· Return transfers Nairobi- Arusha - Nairobi.
· 2 nights accommodation at Arusha Crown Hotel on BB
· 4 nights/5 days in the mountain. (Marangu route)
· 1 porter and 1 guide for the climb.
· 3 meals per day while on the mountain.
· Mountain fees.
· Mountain camping.
· All government taxes.

Visa for Tanzania.
All climbing gears.

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