Marangu Route 7 Days

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Day:

01

Leave Nairobi by shuttle bus arriving in arusha in time for dinner at Arusha Boma guest Home.  After a short relaxation time and being settled into your rooms a tour of Arusha by night is organized.  Dinner overnight in Arusha Boma Guest Home.

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02

Arusha - Mandara Hut (2,750m)

Leave after early breakfast, driving to marangu Park gate (1800m) from where our trek begins.  Today’s hike is leisurely one, following the truck as it mandara Hut (2,750m), a bunkhouse equipped with beds and foam mattresses.  Total walking time 4-5 hours.  From mandara, you can walk a short distance up to Maundi crater rim from where you can enjoy splendid views of plains, lakes and scenic volcanic formations below.  

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03

Mandara - Horombo Hut(3,720m)

Leave at 7.00 am, first walking 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.  After a long walk lasting 6-7 hours we arrive at our next camp-Horombo Hut (3,720m).

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04

Horombo(3,720m) Acclimatization Day

Spend a day at Horombo, rest and acclimatization.

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05

Horombo - Kibo Hut(4,700m)

Continue with trek, completing the remaining stretch of moorlands to enter the afro-alpine zone.  This is a dry and desert-like rock region.  After replenishing our water reserves in sufficient quantities at the last stream we cross popularly known as the “last water point”, we hike further to Kibo hut (4,700m) at the base of the summit.  The total walking time is about 5-7 hours, gaining 1,000m in altitude. It’s advisable we go to bed early tonight in readiness for the challenging ascent to the summit tomorrow.

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06

Kibo - Uhuru Peak(5,895m) - Horombo Hut

A long and hard day.  We get up at midnight, have a hot beverage then begin the steep and challenging, but exhilarating trek to the summit.  From Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) is a distance of 4km, taking 7-8 hours.  Our experienced guide keeps the pace reasonable.  We arrive at Gilliman’s Point (5,895m) in time to catch the fascinating sight of the sun as it rises over the Mawenzi Peak.  More energetic hikers can continue trekking for another two hours to uhuru Peak (5,898m), the highest point of Africa.  From the summit, we descend to horombo hut, a distant of 14 km in 5-7 hours (a descent of 2200m) for overnight.

Day:

07

Horombo Hut - Arusha

We descend 18 km in about 5 hours, a descent of 1900m through the virgin forest to marangu Park Gate, collect certificates then transfer vehicle off the mountain to arusha.