Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu 7 Days (before or after your trip)


Please note the Mount Kiliimanjaro Climb takes place before or after your Oasis Overland trip!

Snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is the highest mountain in Africa and the worlds tallest free-standing mountain, rising 3 miles straight up out of the surrounding game-filled plains. Uhuru peak stands at 5895m (19,340ft), and its name is the Swahili word for freedom.Made up of three extinct volcanoes, Mount Kilimanjaro encapsulates a vast range of ecosystems, so that trekkers experience everything from tropical rainforest and savanna grasslands through to alpine woodland and moorland, culminating with snow fields and the glacial region at the summit. A challenging but doable climb, this trek is attractive because it requires no technical experience and is therefore available to anyone with a reasonable fitness level.

A £600 deposit is required to book this trip, subject to availability

Trips depart daily upon request, and we will contact you upon booking. Once requested your Add On cannot be refunded or exchanged.

Please note that day 1 is an arrival and briefing day, and then day 2 is when you start climbing.
So do bear this in mind when you are working out how many days you would like to be on the mountain. The more days you have on the mountain the better your chances are of acclimatisation. We do also opperate a 7 day Marangu package, as well as other route options so please contact africa@oasisoverland.co.uk to find out more.

7 Day Marangu Kilimanjaro Climb:

Travel

Accommodation

Style

Meals

incl

Comments & highlights

Day 1

KIA – MOS

Honey Badger Lodge

Rooms

D

Transfer from KIA to Honey Badger Lodge; relax for the afternoon and Kili Climb briefing

Day 2

MOS – MTK

Mt. Kilimanjaro – Mandara Huts

Dorm

B, L, D

Trekking

Day 3

Mt Kilimanjaro – Horombo Huts

Dorm

B, L, D

Trekking

Day 4

Mt Kilimanjaro - Horomobo Huts

Dorm

B, L, D

Acclimatization day

Day 5

Mt. Kilimanjaro – Kibo Huts

Dorm

B, L, D

Trekking

Day 6

Mt. Kilimanjaro – Horombo Huts

Tents

B, L, D

Trekking including summit of highest point in Africa!

Day 7

MTK – KIA/ARU

B, L

Trek to gate; transfer to KIA or Arusha

Some help with the abbreviations: KIA: Kilimanjaro International Airport; MOS: Moshi; MTK: Mt Kilimanjaro; ARU: Arusha; B: Breakfast; D: Dinner; L: Lunch

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha where our representative will meet you. We’ll transfer to Honey Badger Lodge, Moshi where we will spend the afternoon and evening. Before dinner you will receive your climb briefing.

Day 2

After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, we will leave Moshi at 08:30am, drive for approximately 45 minutes to Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Gate on the eastern side of the mountain, register with the national park, and begin hiking at 10:30am. We start off in the rainforest – enjoy the towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. We will stop at the halfway mark for lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at 2 or 3pm. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee. A 15 minute side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7pm. Bathrooms with running water are available.

Moshi to Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

Elevation: 1,830m to 2,740m

Distance: 7 km

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Day 3

Today we’ll have a fairly leisurely wake up in time for a 7:30am breakfast. We’ll aim to break camp by 8:30am and hike for an hour through rainforest glades. We will then follow an ascending path through heathland where we’ll be able to look for giant lobelias and groundsels. We continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs comprise the majority of vegetation. Again we’ll stop halfway for lunch, where we will enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi if the weather is clear. We should arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3pm, where Kibo summit is visible on clear days. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available. You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.

Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts

Elevation: 2,740m to 3,690m

Distance: 11 km

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

habitat: Heathland

Day 4


Acclimatisation day. Horombo Huts is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with a total capicity of 120 climbers. It is normally bustling with hikers, guides and porters. This extra day and night at Horomno is for additional acclimatization. A hike to basecamp below Kibos sub peak Mawenzi, passing the Zebra rocks on the way (around 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly reccomended. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly!

Day 5

We’ll wake up for breakfast as usual – or get up early to capture an amazing sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heathland that blends into what can best be described as moonscape as we enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When we stop for lunch, and later when crossing this surprisingly large saddle, take in the summit climb up to Kibo that we will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.

Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts

Elevation: 3,690m to 4,695m

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 6

We’ll wake at midnight, have a light breakfast and prepare for our summit ascent. The goal is to reach Uhuru Peak around sunrise. We leave Kibo Huts at 1am, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861m around 4-6am. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet us. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 6-8am. This is Africa’s highest point – we’d have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After our time on top, we descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch and rest a while. We’ll then collect our things and cross the saddle and head back to the Horombo Huts. After dinner, get some well-deserved sleep!

Please note that we will be doing the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly, slowly, or, “pole, pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Summit Day! Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts

Elevation: 4,695m to 5,895m to 3,690m

Distance: 4 km up, 14 km down

Hiking Time: 10-15 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7

Today we descend through the moorland back to the Mandara Huts. We’ll have lunch there and continue down through lush forest to the park gate, which we should reach around 2 or 3pm. At this point we’ll say goodbye to our guides, cooks, and porters. We’ll transfer to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha or take you straight to the airport, where it is definitely time for celebration!

Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate to Moshi/Arusha

Elevation: 3,690m to 1,830m

Distance: 18 km

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Included:

Excluded:

Tipping

We feel that it is best to inform you of this before you go, as tipping on the trek is very common practice. If you feel that your guide, porters and cook have looked after you well, then a guideline on tips are: $5 per porter per day; $8-$10 per cook per day; $15 per assistant guide per day; $20-$25 per head guide per day

Flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania - Airport Transfers

On day 1 of this package we include a transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Honey Badger Lodge, we will just need your flight arrival details to arrange this.

Pre Trek
To climb Kili before one of our trips you will need to arrive at least eight to nine days before your overland trips departure (this will vary on how much time you would like to give yourself after the trek and your trip starting!). If you are joining either the Coast to Coast or Savanna Dawn trips, you can meet the rest of your group in Arusha/Tanzania and impress them with your tales! Or if you are joining a Grand Adventurer, Gorillas & Game Parks or Apes & Lakes trip, you will need to fly or take the shuttle bus back up to Nairobi to meet your trip there.

Post trek - joining your Oasis trip!

Joining your trip in Tanzania
If you are joining one of our Coast to Coast or Savanna Dawn overland trips - you can easily plan to meet up with them at Meserani Snake Park (www.meseranisnakepark.com). This is approx 25kms out of Arusha town along the Dodoma Rd in the district of Meserani (on the way to the Ngorongoro Crater and The Serengeti) The group will be there on the afternoon of the 1st day of the trip.

You are more than welcome to stay here prior to your trips arrival, otherwise we recommend getting to camp on the afternoon of the scheduled arrival day (Day 1). It is easy to spend a couple of hours soaking in the overlanding atmosphere of the campsite. They have a lively bar and food available or you could also take a look at the live snake exhibitions, hence the name "Snake Park". Please be sure to inform us if you are planning to join the trip from Snake Park, so that we can let our crew know not to expect you on the departure morning in Nairobi.

Joining your trip in Nairobi
For those of you joining one of our Apes & Lakes, Gorillas & Game Parks or Grand Adventurer trips - you will need to make your way back to Nairobi the day before your trip departs. You can either get a flight from Kilimanjaro airport to Nairobi. Or there are many shuttle bus services (which takes approximately 6 to 7 hours, our experience is they usually take longer!) to Kenya from Moshi. One that we have regularly been recommended is: Riverside Shuttle

Recommended clothing and equipment
Your porters will carry your bag with your clothing in but you will need to carry your water, raincoat, camera, valuables etc in your daypack. Any items not required for the climb can be left at your hotel.

small waterproof rucksack and daypack

water bottle

comfortable walking boots and light walking shoes (for wearing at the huts)

sun glasses, sun hat, sun cream and lip salve

sleeping bag (at least 4 seasons)

personal toiletry requirements & toilet paper

balaclava and woollen hat or scarf

plastic bags

waterproof outer gloves

walking stick/ski pole

thin under gloves

trousers & t-shirts walking

sweaters/jumpers

towel

waterproof, breathable and windproof trousers & jacket

insect repellent

several pairs of socks

Small medical kit (See your pre-departure information from Oasis Overland for an up to datelist of medical items to take & vaccination requirements)

fleece etc.

Remember that in the early days of the climb daytime temperatures can be high, but the higher you get the colder it will get, particularly on the final ascent to the summit. It is better to use a layered, natural fibre approach to dressing. Thermals are useful for the final ascent. If you dont have any of these items it is possible to hire some when youre out there. Do email africa@oasisoverland.co.uk if you have any questions.

Travel Insurance
It is a compulsory requirement that you have adequate travel insurance before you join any Oasis Trip & at the very least are insured for all necessary medical & repatriation costs incurred overseas with a recommended sum insured of £500,000.

We believe that your safety and holiday enjoyment are very important. It is a mistake to think that "it will never happen to me". It is also very important that you are covered for all the activities that you may wish to undertake while on our trip.
For further information on the insurance we offer, the activities covered, costs and how to book click here or check out the Insurance section of our website.

When is the best time to trek
Mt. Kilimanjaro can be trekked at all times of the year, but it is worth taking into consideration the seasonal rains and varying weather patterns on the mountain. It is commonly suggested that some of the best months for trekking Kili are:

Responsible Tourism & Oasis Overland
We believe travel should be a rewarding experience for you as well as the people we encounter, and that preserving the natural state and beauty of the areas we pass through is essential. For this reason Oasis supports Tourism Concern, a voluntary and charity based organization. Their aim is to educate travellers on positive and negative effects that tourism has on local communities. Part of your trip payment is donated to Tourism Concern, who use such donations for organizing and facilitating new or current projects here in the UK and abroad.

Many projects that have been highlighted include the establishing of Porters rights in such tourist hubs as The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The organization is also assisting the local Maasai with continuing a traditional way of life after being displaced from their homes in order to make way for the Serengeti National Park. For more information regarding the role of Tourism Concern and its involvement with other projects around the world, please log on to their website www.tourismconcern.org.uk . We feel our membership is part of an important initiative, also supported by other organizations such as Earth Watch, Raleigh International and STA Travel.

Click here for more information on responsible travel and the projects Oasis supports around the world.

All accommodation & airport transfers for trip add ons should be used as a guide only . Prices are dependant on the exchange rate of the day and are subject to change.

Please Note: This Add On is run in conjunction with Oasis Overland and our local operator in Tanzania. It is a supplementary activity organized on your behalf, but not operated by Oasis Overland or its crew /vehicles.

Just add this on to your trip when booking!

Please be aware that up to 2 months before your departure, the cost of the Kilimanjaro climb may change. This may be due to currency fluctuations & /or price increases by the National Park authority.

Please contact africa@oasisoverland.co.uk for any further information