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Price

£1220

What's Included
• Two nights bed and breakfast in Moshi, one night before and one night after the climb.
• Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport.
• Transfers from the bed and breakfast to the start point and return.
• Services of experienced and dedicated local guides, porters and cooks, supervised by Samson Lauwo.
• 3 meals a day and drinking water.
• All park fees including park rescue fees.
• Air Ambulance, emergency medical & air evacuation included with AMREF Flying Doctor.
• Hut accommodation on the Marungu Route.
• Quality equipment including professional mountain tents.

There is NO local payment payable on our Kilimanjaro treks.


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Climb Kilimanjaro on the 6 day Marangu Route
Countries Visited

Tanzania

Safari Overview

The Marangu route, often called the 'Coca-Cola route', is used by almost 50% of all climbers and has comfortable mountain huts with solar power lighting. The views are beautiful and each day of walking progresses through a different climate zone. The real highlight is the walk from Gilman's Point along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, passing close to spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs. The views on a clear morning are magnificent, with the Rift Valley, Mt. Meru, and the Masai Steppes clearly visible. We also add an extra day to the standard five day itinerary to ensure maximum acclimatisation.

Variations Available
  • 2 weeks in Kenya with Madventurer
  • Beach Stay on the Kenyan Coast (4 days)
  • Nairobi Day Trips
  • Scuba Diving, Zanzibar Island
  • Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Soft Power in Uganda
  • Zanzibar Island
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  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    After completing the entrance formalities at the National Park gate (1,830 m.) we climb up through attractive and unspoilt 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 simply rest and enjoy the beautiful forest around you. [3-5 hours walking]

     

    Days 2

    The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through 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 the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.).

    Sunrises and sunsets here are often very spectacular, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking]

    Days 3

    The day is spent making an excursion towards the base of the seldom visited Mawenzi peak, which affords excellent views of Kibo and our route up to the crater rim at Gilman's Point. Mawenzi is an older volcano than Kibo and so has eroded further into a very jagged ridge with dramatic pinnacles.

    The landscape feels more alpine and there is a greater sense of peacefulness than in other locations on this route. We spend a second night at Horombo Hut to further improve our acclimatisation. [4-5 hours walking]

    Day4

    We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree 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! [4-6 hours]

    Day 5

    We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 12 a.m. so that we can be up at Gilman's Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace should reach Gilman's (5,685 m.) in five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise over Mawenzi.

    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 for the night. [11-15 hours walking]

    Day 6

    We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. [5-6 hours walking]

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    Budgeting Summary

    6 Day Marangu Route Budget

    The costs to consider when trekking Kilimanjaro are:

    What's included

    Your Kilimanjaro trek price covers:

    At a glance what you get on the 6 day Marangu trek:

    Two nights bed and breakfast in Moshi at Bristol Cottages, one night before and one night after the climb.
    Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport.
    Transfers from Bristol Cottages to start point and return.
    Services of experienced and dedicated local guides, porters and cooks, supervised by Samson Lauwo.
    3 meals a day and drinking water.
    All park fees including park rescue fees.
    Air Ambulance, emergency medical & air evacuation included with AMREF Flying Doctor.
    Hut accommodation on the Marungu Route.
    Quality camping equipment including Mountain Mess tent for meals essential for keeping out wind and cold. Incl. Kelty and North Face Mountain tents.

    There is NO local payment on our Kilimanjaro treks


    Equipment available for hire. Contact us for further details.

    All transfers to and from Nairobi (either the airport or The Heron Hotel) to Moshi can be arranged.

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    Spending Money

    Spending money is very individual and will mainly depend on what you spend before and after
    your climb on meals, drinks and other personal needs, for example internet.

    There is not a lot to purchase once you head out except a map of the mountain, which can be bought
    at the Park Gate. A suggested budget would be £60 - £180

    It is important to realise too that tipping is expected for good service on the route and can work out between 250 - 300 USD including tips to your guide, cook and porters. Suggested amounts are: for the guide US$12-US$20 per day; cook US$10- $15 per day; porters US$7-US$30 for the trek

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    Visa

    Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 - 9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCO website under entry requirements.

    Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. If your passport is not detailed below please dont hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

    Visas for most passport holders including British, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa on route. This includes the Kenyan visa which for most passport holders can be easily arranged upon arrival in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

    Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

    This information is given as a guide only. Visa requirements can change without prior notice. We recommended you also check your personal current visa requirements with the relevant embassies well in advance before you travel.
    VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
    PASSPORT
    Australian $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    New Zealand $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    South Africa - - - - - - - - - -
    Canadian $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    American $50 - - $100 - - - - - -
    British $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    German $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    Dutch $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    Irish $50 - - $100 - - - - - -
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    Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

    Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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    6 Day Marangu Route

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