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KILIMANJARO MARANGU ROUTE

Strenuous Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

A JOURNEY TO THE ROOF OF AFRICA AND ONE OF THE 7 SUMMITS OF THE WORLD.

The tallest mountain in Africa, glaciers on the equator, a sunrise from the summit unrivaled by anything we’ve ever experienced in the world and a local culture that makes you fall in love with everything about this place. It’s little wonder Kilimanjaro is our most popular trekking adventure. You don’t have to be an athlete to make this possible for yourself. The only pre-requisite to this experience is wanting it. Everything else is detail.

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It’s the highest mountain in Africa and one of the 7 summits.

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African vibes meet altitude expedition. That’s what makes this experience so unique. 

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From rainforest to glaciers, this trail passes through 5 eco-systems.

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Jul 8 2023 - Jul 16 2023

€3,150

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Aug 6 2023 - Aug 14 2023

€3,150

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Dec 26 2023 - Jan 3 2024

€3,150

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Itinerary

This adventure is for everyone from the first-time explorer to the experienced and seasoned trekker alike. Kilimanjaro is a formidable physical and mental challenge that’ll push your boundaries. We recommend picking up a dedicated exercise routine to help prepare for it.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO KILIMANJARO

We’ll be received at the airport and transferred to the hotel by the LHO team leader. Early arrivals can explore the vibrant town of Moshi at the foot of Kilimanjaro. We highly recommend the Union Coffee Shop in town for those of us who like great coffee and even better pies. A team briefing and dinner will be held for everyone on our first night together at a trendy Moshi restaurant. This will be the first opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and hear the details about the days to come. Bag checks will be conducted upon returning to the hotel.

DAY 2: MANDARA HUT

Our first day on the trail starts later than usual. After breakfast and checkout, we’ll depart from the hotel in the direction of the Marangu gate. The drive takes a little under one hour. Once at the gate we’ll perform the check in procedures. This can take a while, so we’ll be having lunch at the gate before departing for the trail. The first section of the trail is fully in the deep rainforest. It’s an opportunity to see monkeys and other wildlife. This section boasts the most beautiful flora on the trail, and we’ll have a lot of time to stop and take pictures. We’ll be having a picnic lunch in Kisambioni or halfway point of the day. We expect to arrive at Mandara Hut (2,734 meters) by sunset where dinner will be waiting.

DAY 3: HOROMBO HUT

Our second day on the trail starts early as we make our way out of the rainforest into the moorland, rocky landscape with a desert-like plants zone. We’ll be having our picnic Lunch at Kambi Ya Taabu on the way to  Horombo Hut (3,720 Meters). The afternoon will be spent relaxing before having Dinner at Horombo Hut.

DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT (ACCLIMATIZATION)

Day three is an acclimatization day. We will be hiking all the way to Mawenzi Hut (4,600 Meters) to allow for maximum acclimatization. We return for a late lunch and to Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing at Horombo Hut.

DAY 5: KIBO HUT

After breakfast, we hike through the moorland and alpine desert of Kilimanjaro’s upper altitudes. On the way, we will be passing by Maua River, a small mountain stream. From there the terrain will become flatter and the vegetation begins to disappear lunch Break will be on the way at Middle Red Hill. After lunch, continue on a steady incline for another two hours through Kilimanjaro’s Saddle. Although the environment on the way to Kibo is a bleak desert with little vegetation, you will see many stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Reach Kibo Hut around 3 pm to rest and recover.

DAY 6: KIBO HUT (ACCLIMATIZATION)

This day is a second acclimatization day. We will be hiking up to William’s point or maybe further to allow for maximum acclimatization. We return for early lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing and recovering to prepare for our midnight climb.

DAY 7: SUMMIT – HOROMBO HUT

At midnight, after having some tea and biscuits, we’ll depart the camp in the direction of the summit. The first major rest stop will be at William’s point (5,000 Meters). Once at William’s point, the trail starts with a rocky switchback section until Gilman’s Point (5,681 Meters). Gilman’s Point is at the crater ridge where we will start a 2 hour gradual ascend to Uhuru Peak. After taking our pictures we’ll make a direct descent back to Kibo Hut for a short break then we descend all the way down to Horombo Hut where we’ll rest and have lunch and spend a night.

DAY 8: MARANGU GATE

Depending on where we spent the last night, we make our way to Marangu hut where our bus/jeeps will be waiting for us to take us back to the hotel. Welcome dinner will be a traditional barbecue in a local trendy Tanzanian restaurant in Moshi.

DAY 9: HAKUNA MATTATA!

The final day is dedicated to airport transfers. Breakfast is included at the Hotel. Team members will be shuttled to the airport depending on flight schedules.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters, Chef & Permits

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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You should be confident and excited to plan your trips. This is why we’ve designed special Covid-19 booking rules to alleviate the stress. If you're affected by Covid-19 restrictions or can't travel due to contracting the virus, please check the Covid-19 booking rules that make it easy to amend or change bookings without losing your booking deposit. Special rules may apply on selected trips where permits are non-refundable, but we'll always do our best for you.

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HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

We do our best to ensure your wellbeing on LHO adventures. That's why the facilities we use throughout our trips are required to meet our health and safety standards. We also follow the laws and protocols of every country that hosts our adventures. This extends to national regulations requiring Covid-19 testing, vaccination certificates, mask wearing or any other local guidelines that may apply. Contact us for the most up to date protocols related to your destination.

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Top Questions

Are there any vaccines or medications I need to take for Tanzania?

Vaccines: As a general recommendation for travel, make sure that your tetanus & hepatitis shots are up to date. If you live, are transiting through or have previously visited any country in sub-Saharan Africa in the past 5 years, you will be required to have a yellow fever vaccine and carry the booklet as proof of vaccination.

Medications: We recommend taking over the counter Malaria medication. Please consult your doctor for the tablets that work best for you.

Vaccines: As a general recommendation for travel, make sure that your tetanus & hepatitis shots are up to date. If you live, are transiting through or have previously visited any country in sub-Saharan Africa in the past 5 years, you will be required to have a yellow fever vaccine and carry the booklet as proof of vaccination.

Medications: We recommend taking over the counter Malaria medication. Please consult your doctor for the tablets that work best for you.

What's the toilet situation?

There are fixed toilets at the campsites and at different points on the trail. The campsite toilets are relatively well maintained. We also have a private toilet tent that can be used at the campsites. We don't advise anyone to poop in nature because we want to preserve the environment, especially in the higher altitude locations where poop doesn't disappear with rain nor gets absorbed by the soil. It freezes and stays there!

There are fixed toilets at the campsites and at different points on the trail. The campsite toilets are relatively well maintained. We also have a private toilet tent that can be used at the campsites. We don't advise anyone to poop in nature because we want to preserve the environment, especially in the higher altitude locations where poop doesn't disappear with rain nor gets absorbed by the soil. It freezes and stays there!

Where does the drinking water come from? Is there a need to get a purifier for drinking or tablets that purify the water?

Drinking water is sourced from local springs on the mountain then boiled and sanitized with special tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. You will have unlimited treated water refills throughout the expedition.

Drinking water is sourced from local springs on the mountain then boiled and sanitized with special tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. You will have unlimited treated water refills throughout the expedition.

What's the temperature and weather like?

The lowest temperatures experienced on Kilimanjaro are during the summit night when it can go as low as -15 Celsius. The coldest portion of the entire trip is usually the first hour of summit night and just before sunrise at around 4:30 am. On most other days temperatures can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius or higher if there's no wind. On most nights temperatures can dip to 0 degrees Celsius.

There's no way to climb Kilimanjaro and not experience all the seasons at some point. Even d

The lowest temperatures experienced on Kilimanjaro are during the summit night when it can go as low as -15 Celsius. The coldest portion of the entire trip is usually the first hour of summit night and just before sunrise at around 4:30 am. On most other days temperatures can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius or higher if there's no wind. On most nights temperatures can dip to 0 degrees Celsius.

There's no way to climb Kilimanjaro and not experience all the seasons at some point. Even during the dry season, it will still rain in the rainforest because of humidity clouds that form at the base of the mountain, and get pushed up to higher altitude by midday. We'll also feel warmer weather and may even find ourselves in shorts and t-shirts as high up as summit base camp (4,600m). Your gear list has everything you need in order to make sure you're able to go through all the different weather conditions and enjoy every aspect of this beautiful mountain.

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  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters, Chef & Permits

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details. We aim to strike a balance between unique local experiences and international standards of comfort and hygiene. Hostels are dorm-style accommodation used during certain legs of our trips and expeditions. They can be quite trendy with common areas, restaurants and cafes. Expect rooms to include a bed and a mattress as well as a common dining area with chairs and tables. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and an optional pillow. When the experience includes camping we provide the tents, sleeping mats, common dining tents, camping chairs and camping tables. The only thing you’ll need to get is a sleeping bag and an optional camping pillow. Please refer to the LHO gear list for more information specific to the trip you’re on. Mountain Lodges are usually well equipped, providing beds with duvets and pillows. They also include a common restaurant area. Some lodges require a sleeping liner.

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