Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing
Marangu Route (5 nights 6 days)
There are 3 ways to get to Moshi Town from where you may start the journey to Mt. Kilimanjaro;
We pick you from your hotel in Nairobi at 8 a.m. and drive to Namanga Town located on the Kenyan-Tanzania border. Our staff assists you through immigration and then hands you over to a waiting staff of our Tanzanian counterpart. You will be driven by road to Moshi via Arusha Town, a journey of about 5 hours including lunch time at Arusha. Check in at the designated hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
In Nairobi, we put you in a Arusha bound shuttle bus departing at 8 a.m. You proceed to Namanga (shuttle bus staff will assist you with immigration) and then Arusha in time for lunch and thereafter get on another bus (same company) to Moshi to check in at the designated hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania, about an hour flight. Our counterpart company staff will pick you from the airport and transfer you to the designated hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight stay.
3-4 hour trek from Marangu Gate (1550 M) to Mandara Hut (2720 M)
Registration at Marangu gate office. You may want to buy some climbing gear here but the prices are high. Moshi too has shops stocking some of the gear.
4-7 hour climb from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut ( 3780 M).
Get to Mawenzi Peak.
4-6 hour climb from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut (4750 M).
Stop here for the early part of the night. Sleep early and depart at midnight for Uhuru peak.
9-12 hour climb from Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak (5895 M).
Depart around mid-night. Walk slowly passing through Gilman’s Point to arrive at Uhuru Peak. Witness the snow and enjoy a beautiful sunrise and Mt. Meru. Descend to Horombo Hut for overnight stay.
DAY 5 Descend from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate. Drive back to Moshi hotel or otherwise.
Obtain a certificate at Marangu Gate. "Congratulations !"
RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST
The pack load that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg. Two porters will carry baggage for one climber. Overweight or extra luggage will incur additional cost of USD 5 per day/porter. Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed is better if possible). Wrap clothing in plastic bags. In the day pack, you take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants, umbrella (foldable) and jacket at a minimum. However, you can wear a T shirt and shorts for first and last days of the exercise.
1. Day bag –for you to carry items that you need for the day.
2. Large duffel bag or backpack - for porters to carry.
3. Plastic bags.
Avoid cotton clothes. Wear T shirts and shorts (for first and last day). Down jacket or ski parka. Winter clothes are necessary for lounging in the evening.
Cold Weather Accessories
Water proof gloves (water proof, a thick one and a thin pair that can be layered). Wool or pile hat, balaclava or neck gaiter, Chemical activated hand and foot warmers.
You must break in your shoes if the pair is new. Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, warm, waterproof, not too light and not too heavy. Tennis shoes, sandals for lounging in the evening. Hiking socks for hot weather, woolen socks for cold weather.
Sleeping bag (rented at USD 15/bag, dry cleaned). The huts are communal and each bunk has a sponge mattress and pillow.
Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip. Your guides will boil water for you along the route. To prevent water form freezing on summit day, keep your water source inside your jacket. Sun hat, sun lotion (before and after), lip cream, mask and sun glasses. Cash of US$ 400 or equivalent Euro and also some Tanzanian shillings so that you can buy drinks that are sold in the hut. Please note the price of drinks goes higher according to altitude. Head lamp is handy so that you can use both hands. Battery (cold weather shortens life of battery), energy bars, hard candy, chocolate, raisins, salt and pepper. A swim suit (you may swim at the hotel in Moshi). Basic medical kit (pain killer, anti histamine etc) and Diamox (anti altitude sickness drug) which may require consultation with your doctor.
Toilet paper, small towel(s), soap, wet tissue.
Tips for guides and porters
One Guide (Leads 8 climbers): US$ 15 per day/guide. However, you may share this payment with other climbers.
One Assistant guide and a cook (Takes care of 3 climbers): Assistant guide US$ 10 per day. You can share with other climbers.
Two Porters (Carry your luggage, food and other equipment.): US$ 7 per day/porter. May be shared.
Therefore, you need about US$ 200 or equivalent/day. Again, this may be shared among climbers.
Please note that the above package choice is a proposal. Please contact Touch Kenya Safaris if you wish to have a tailor made package of which route to take, where to stay and for how long you would want to stay there.