Detailed Itinerary : 6 Day Marangu route to ‘Summit of Kilimanjaro’

At 5,985m there is no greater adventure available to the common person then the ascent of Kilimanjaro. You do not need climbing experience. There are no ropes or harnesses, for this is a TREK … a HIKE to the top of the world’s highest free-standing mountain. The Marangu Route is the classic trail with comfortable mountain huts and good facilities intermittently spaced at ideal locations. and a terrain that is manageable by most. Its challenge lies in that most memorable night, when you leave Kibo Hut at midnight and begin a 7 hour ‘plod’ to Gilman’s Point on the Crater Rim, and hopefully onto Uhuru. What a journey that is … and one in which learning and self-discovery is guaranteed.

Day 1 We will have you picked up from Arusha Airport, Moshi Bus Station or Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be transferred to a most comfortable hotel. That afternoon / evening you will hear from your guide and his assistants about the mountain trek that awaits and have a gear check to ensure that you are ready for the grand experience that awaits.
Day 2
TREK TO MANDARA HUT … A most enjoyable first day, but slightly more challenging than most expect. It is a 9 klm or 5 hour hike through a glorious and cooling rain forest, that can offer you picturesque waterfalls and colobus monkeys swinging from the tree tops. But make no mistake about it, the environment can also live up to its reputation and give trekkers a severe drenching !! Our destination is Mandara Hut (2750m), a tidy bunkhouse equipped with beds and foam mattresses. If time and energy is on your side, you can also enjoy a short acclimatisation walk to Maundi crater from where you can enjoy splendid views of plains, lakes and scenic volcanic formations below.
Day 3
ONTO HOROMBO … Yes, it is always best to leave early so a 7:00 to 8.00 am departure is advisable. First walk through the upper forest before you enter the sprawling moorlands, a zone which abounds in giant groundsels, flowers, tussock grasses and many other interesting plants. This is a biologist’s dream. After a long walk of 6 – 7 hours, you arrive at your next camp — Horombo Hut (3720m) which is the dominant base for all trekkers going up and down the mountain. Consequently, there is always plenty of evaluative discuss with fellow hikers at the dining table !!
Day 4
ACCLIMITISATION DAY … They say this day increase your chances of summiting by 15 %, and the main reason for that is your morning walk to Zebra Rock, which takes you to a height equivalent to what you will experience at the halfway mark tomorrow’s Alpine Desert hike.. The afternoon and evening is a wonderful chance to rest, recuperate and allow those tired muscles to replenish, before the enormous challenge that lies ahead.
Day 5
ACROSS THE SADDLE – ALPINE DESERT … It’s up and down out of Horombo before the top of a final ridge reveals the remarkable Alpine Desert. With Kibo hut in the distance you cross this dry and desert-like rocky region. It’s quite possible that at this stage the body is starting to slow, as it realises that there is only half the amount of oxygen available here as there would be a sea level. If your 5 – 7 hour walk has been steady and strong you should arrive into Kibo Hut (4700m) at approximately 3 pm. It’s advisable you go to bed early tonight in readiness for the midnight wake-up call and attack on the summit of ‘The Roof of Africa’.
Day 6
THE NIGHT AND DAY YOU WILL NEVER FORGET … It’s a long and hard night and day. First of all, there is the wake-up call at 11.00 pm and a decision to be made. Will you take on the challenge ? If the answer is ‘Yes’ then you dress in your minimum three layers of warmth and protection to attack the summit between midnight and 7 am. From Kibo hut to Uhuru Peak (5896m) is a distance of 7-8 klms at a rate of 1 hour per klm. Experienced guides monitor your progress and keep you at the right pace. Hopefully, you arrive at Gillman’s Point (5685m) in time to catch a glorious sun rise over Mawenzi Peak. If you have it in you, then there is another 90 minutes to Uhuru Peak (5896m), the highest point in Africa. Then comes the one part of the climb that most people forget … the descent all the way down to Kibo Hut for lunch and a snooze before trekking out that afternoon to Horombo Hut. In all, 28 klms up and down that mountain over 18 hours !! What a journey !!
Day 7
YOUR GREATEST PRIVTAE VICTORY … It is amazing what a good night’s sleep, a hearty breakfast and the thought of going home does for one’s spirit, because it is with surprising energy that you complete the18 kms back to the Park Gates, before connecting with your transfer vehicle which takes you back to Moshi for a well earned shower and celebration
Day 8
TRIP ENDS … OR DOES IT ? We transfer you to the Bus station or airport or better still, we would love to escort you to a magnificent Safari experience or a few memorable days working with the incredible ‘School of St Judes’.


Max. Altitude: 5,985m6day3

Land Cost: $1895 AUD per person and that includes …

• Tuition and preparation over phone or in person from Bernie Kelly who has summited the mountain 9 times.
• All transport to and from the mountain, airport or bus station by private vehicle.
• 3 star twin share Bed and Breakfast accommodation in township of Moshi or single room accommodation at ‘School of St Judes’. The choice is yours.
• Services of a private mountain guide, cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions and your private bags.
• National Park entrance, hut accommodation and park fees.
• All food and catering equipment – breakfasts, lunches (packed when necessary) and evening meals prepared by your own cook — Special dietary requirements are catered for with prior arrangements at no extra costs.
• Certificate of Achievement/appreciation if you make the summit.
• Free storage of excess baggage at hotel accommodation, not required on the mountain hike.
• Rescue fees and Crisis management apparati — VHF 2-way radio, basic first aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
• Extra Acclimitization Day is at no cost

Single Room Supplement: Additional $150 AUD if requested

Best Time: June to March

Departure dates: Any time preferably with a minimum of four people, but there is always a chance that we can get you into one of our many groups who are leaving for Kilimanjaro throughout the year.

Cost Excludes:

• Travel and personal accident insurance.
• Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
• Personal Mountain equipment.
• Tips (Bernie will advise).
• Expenditure on drinks and beverages, souvenirs and other personal items.
• Additional accommodation added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain.
• Treated drinking water other than boiled.
• Extra costs incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on trek.
• Extra porter required in case you give personal luggage in excess of 16Kg

General: Accommodation while on Marangu route is in National Park mountain lodges. These are shared accommodation. Depending on which National Park lodge and room, there may be as few as 2 bunks or as many as 8 bunks per room. All your equipment will be carried by vehicles or local porters; you only carry a daypack with personal gear. We buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff. We can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments.

Contact: For more information contact Global Immersion direct on 07 3269 9118