6Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Routefrom
Recommended check-list for climbing Kilimanjaro
Baggage and Sleeping
Large Rucksack or Holdall, 70-90 litres capacity (for kit carried by porter)
Daysack, 25-35 litres (for personal use on mountain; ready-access items)
Sleeping Bag (minus 10 degrees Centigrade rating or colder)
Waterproof rucksack liner or heavy duty plastic sack
Elasticated waterproof rucksack cover
NB: sleeping mats are not required as we provide these for you
Sweat-wicking T-shirts / vests
Insulated down jacket or similar
Down mittens or similar
Thermal long-johns for summit night
Lightweight walking trousers
(avoid jeans or heavy cotton as they chafe and dry slowly)
(briefs are usually better than boxer shorts which gather and chafe)
Very good quality hiking socks and thin liner socks.
We advise that socks should be at least a size too small otherwise they stretch and bunch causing blisters
Breathable lightweight waterproofs
(jacket and trousers).
Waterproof walking boots, sturdy and worn-in.
A Gore-Tex membrane or similar is advised. While Alpine or C3 boots are not required for Kilimanjaro it is important that your boots have good ankle
and arch support and good deep read patterns.
Toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
Flat packed Wet Ones, travel wipes, or similar for personal hygiene on the mountain.
Kleenex tissues in plastic travel pouches or toilet paper
Hairbrush / comb
Lip salve with UV protection
Vaseline, to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
Personal Small First Aid Kit
Pain killers (Ibuprofen)
(acetazolamide) if you choose to use this
Paracetamol Zinc oxide tape and small scissors
Compeed blister pads
(not corn pads)
Loperamide / Immodiumdiahorrea tablets
Any medication you normally use
Dioralyte sachets or similar rehydration packs
Note that your guide will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages,Loperamide, Amoxycilin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items.
(if you choose to take these).
Most will seek advice from their GP. Note that some anti-malarial courses need to commence several weeks before departure.
Factor 30+ sun cream
Sun barrier cream white / blue for nose and ears
(with additional 6 months’ validity after proposed expedition return date)
Tanzanian Tourist Visa
(If flying to Nairobi and taking the bus to Arusha, Kenyan visas can be bought on arrival at Nairobi airport.)
Air Travel Documents
Cash in US dollars in denominations of $10 and $20 and $1
(Tipping allowance and local purchases, taxis, meals, etc)
Credit Card (recommended for eventualities only)
Travel Insurance Documents
(Though not essential, most climbers choose to insure as lost baggage is a frequent occurrence).
(Yellow Fever, if visiting a ‘risk zone’ prior to entering Tanzania)
Traveller’s Cheques are not recommended as they are subject to very poor conversion rates in Arusha
Camera and film or digital camera and spare memory cards
Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses
Optional high energy snacks for trekking
(cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts)
Spare contact lenses and saline fluid, if worn
Head torch with spare batteries and bulb for summit night & tent admin
Water bottles &Camelbak
(minimum total fluid carrying capacity should be 3 litres).
Water purification tablets / iodine drops
(most choose to supplement purification achieved by boiling)
Ear plugs and blindfold
(to aid sleep on afternoon before summit night)
(for dirty washing, wrappings, etc.)
Telescopic walking poles
Optional evening entertainment
(playing cards, travel chess, book, etc).
There is signal reception on most parts of the mountain. Please unlock your phone before flying out so that a local SIM card can be used
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping, Hiking, Jungle, Trekking
Activity Level Challenging
$1870 per person for 2poeple
$1750 per person for 4 people
- Full board accommodation in all the above mentioned camps
- Private professional mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Emergency Oxygen
- Walking Poles
- Sleeping Mattress
- Sleeping Bag
- Summit Groves
- First Aid Kit with Diamox and other related medicines.
Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival, or at your local Tanzanian Consulate.
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above.
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc).
- Tips and any items of personal nature.
DAY 1: Arusha to Kili, Mandara Hut. (1,372m) 4-5 hrswalk.
Morning drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu situated on the south-eastern side of the mountain. As you drive, there are usually some excellent views of the snow-capped peak. On arrival at Marangu gate, you and your team of guides and porters, pick up any last minute supplies for the trek, and head to the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park to register for the climb. The forest teems with brightly- colored bird life, colobus and other varieties of monkey. The flora includes numerous mosses, lichens and flowers, as well as delicate orchids. If the skies are clear you may have fine views over the town of Moshi lying at the edge of the plain far below. Dinner and overnight stay at Mandara Hut.Mealplan;Breakfast& Lunch
DAY 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo (3,720 m)5-7hrs walk.
Your second day on the mountain starts with a steep climb through the last swathe of rainforest, though this soon gives way to rolling alpine meadow dotted with giant heather. Once you leave the forest canopy, Kilimanjaro’s twin peaks – snowcovered Kibo and rocky Mawenzi – lie directly ahead, dominating the skyline. Further on you
cross a zone of open heath with stunted vegetation before emerging onto bleak moorland. Today you gain roughly 1,000 m in altitude. Dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Hut.Meals Plan;Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
DAY 3:Horombo Hut (4,600m)4-5hrs walk
A day here provides an opportunity for you to acclimatise gradually to the altitude.Statistics show that an acclimatisation day like this effectively doubles the chance of making it to the summit, so this time is well spent! The day is not exactly wasted as there are a few walks you can make in the vicinity of the hut – the most popular of which is to the base of Mawenzi Peak, the dramatic eastern summit of Kili. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.Meals Plan;Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
DAY 4:Horombo to Kibo Hut (4,705 m) 5-7 hrs walk.
The landscape becomes progressively more rocky and rugged as you leave the everlasting flowers and other bizarre alpine plants behind. Giant groundsels and lobelias appear in the sparse moorland. Skirting Mawenzi Peak, you pass “Last Water” then cross a stark, almost lunar landscape onto “The Saddle”, a broad tundra desert between the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you start to get fantastic views of the upper reaches of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Hut a dry-stone-walled hut with dormitories and limited facilities. Tonight you prepare for tomorrow’s final assault – THE SUMMIT – repacking to leave any non-essential items with the porters; you need to summon all your energy to get to the summit so there’s absolutely no point in carrying anything you don’t need! An early night is mperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles, and then have time to get back down to the hut. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.Meals Plan;Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
DAY 5: Uhuru Peak (5,896m)
This is a long and demanding day. The guides wake you soon after midnight and you start out in darkness, zigzagging up a long screed slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of day the screed is still frozen – which makes it easier to walk on. After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave – named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 -where he found the remains of a frozen leopard. The gradient gets steeper and three hours on (this is the hardest stretch of the ascent!) you should reach the crater rim at Johanne’s Notch. From here it’s a short scramble to Gillman’s Point (5,685 m) in time for dawn. Your reward is the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi – the profusion of colors and shapes make all the suffering seem worthwhile! For those who still have the energy and drive, it takes another couple of hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru (Freedom) Peak (5,896 m). Your descent (approx 3 hours) retraces the route back down past Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.Meals Plan; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 6: Horombo to Arusha.
The pace quickens as you continue your triumphant way back down across alpine meadow and past Mandara Hut through the rainforest to Marangu Gate where you board the vehicle for the journey back to Arusha. Breakfast and lunch are included in this day.