Package cost: from HKD 13,650 per person
The most popular route to the summit, the Marangu route is a moderate trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Instead of camping, climbers stay in mountain huts with solar power lighting. The highlight of the trek is the walk from Gilman's Point along the crater rim to the summit, Uhuru Peak.
- Meet and greet services with assistance at the airport
- Mountain guide and porters
- Transfers as specified
- All pre and post climb accommodation as mentioned
- All accommodation and meals on the mountain
- All park fees, hut fees and rescue fees
- Government taxes
Collection from Kilimanjaro airport, and transfer to Springlands Hotel located in Moshi Town close to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Here you will have a climb briefing and time to prepare and overnight.
The National Park Gate (1,830m) lies at the edge of Marangu, a pretty village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through the unspoilt rainforest to reach Mandara Hut (2,700m). (3-5 hours walking)
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heathers and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720m). Sunrises and sunsets here are often spectacular and the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo. There is a real sense of being above the clouds here. (4-6 hours walking)
We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700m) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. (4-5 hours walking)
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1am, aiming to be up at Gillman's Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman's (5,685m) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. For those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for the night. (11-15 hours walking)
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day and it really makes you realise how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. (5-6 hours walking).
After breakfast you are transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight and end of our services.