The Marangu route is possibly the simplest and most comfortable way to reach Mt Kilimanjaro's summit. The path is well-defined, and the ascent is steady and moderate. The only exception is the slightly more difficult approach to the summit. This tour's lodging is in simple mountain huts, which may be an advantage over the camping routes.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport a Hazina Afrika visa specialist will greet you in the Arrivals area and assist you with obtaining your tourist visa (tourist visa fee is included), help collect your luggage and accompany you through customs and escort you to a Hazina transfer representative who will be waiting outside the secured area to warmly welcome you to Tanzania. The road transfer to your hotel in Arusha will be approximately one hour. After check-in, your transfer rep will brief you on the following day’s schedule, review a safari safety check list and answer any questions you may have. Dinner and overnight at The African Tulip Boutique Hotel in a Deluxe Room.
Londorossi Gate (2,100m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m)
We will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to Londorosi gate for registration, After registration you will board the vehicle again and drive to Lemosho gate,From this point you will start the trek across undisturbed montane forest decorated with black and white colobus monkeys to the camp where dinner and overnight will take place.
Elevation: 1,200 m to 1,950 m to 2,850 m
Distance: 9 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 3 – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m) – Shira Camp 1 (3,500m)
This is an acclimatization day because you will gain over 650m by starting walking across a beautiful valley outside Shira caldera rim (3600m). After few hours you will reach into Shira caldera. A high altitude desert, Shira is the one among the three peaks which erupted in Kilimanjaro ecosystem. The peak collapsed and formed a crater which eventually became filled with the lava flow from Kibo peak. Its rim is eroded and blasted away by weather and volcanic action. Camp and overnight at 3500m elevation at the Shira one campsite.
Elevation(m): 2850m to 3500m
Hiking time: 8 hours
Habitat: Moorland and heather land
Day 4 – Shira Camp 1 (3,500m) – Moir Hut (4,160m)
This day you will trek to east across Shira plateau visiting (Cathedral peak 3850m) for acclimatization. Reaching at this peak you will find spectacular views of Mt. Meru and Kibo Peak. We then continue trekking to Shira two camp where you will stay for dinner and overnight.
Elevation: 3500m to 3800m
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland and rocky
Moir Hut (4,160m) – Lava Tower Hut (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)
This is long acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then trek east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. Afterwards, you will descend down to Barranco campsite for dinner and overnight.
Elevation: 3800m to 3950m
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
(optional day) – Barranco Camp (3,960m) – Karanga Camp (4,035m)
Today is short day of trekking. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree hills towards the Southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Elevation: 3950m to 3900m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Arusha
The last stage passes through the heather and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2,700 m) where a cooked lunch awaits you. Soon you will again be in the lush tropical rain forest and after about 6 hours of trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park gate (1,860 m). After saying goodbye to your mountain crew you will be taken back to the Aquiline Hotel. At the hotel you can have a warm shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. You will have dinner and spend the night at African Tulip Hotel.