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MOUNTAIN KILIMANJARO CLIMBING VIA MARANGU ROUTE 8 DAYS

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Marangu is a term derived from the native Chagga language and the direct translation is “full of water”. This description corresponds with the luscious, green pastures and beautiful landscapes accordingly. The Marangu Route is highly frequented and it is the oldest route travelled. The Marangu Route is said to be the easiest way to the summit – it ascends gradually which allows for a generally effortless trek. It is the only route that approaches the Kilimanjaro from the southeast. The required time needed to complete the hike is 5 days experts recommend a 6th day for extra acclimatisation on the mountain. The accommodation sets this route apart from the others as there are dormitory style sleeping huts. Your own sleeping bag is required but the huts have relatively comfy mattresses and bunks. The Mandara and Kibo Huts can each accommodate 60 people and the Horombo Hut has 120 beds. The huts have communal dining halls and you will have an opportunity to purchase soda, bottled water and beer. The huts have basic washrooms that range from installed plumbing and running water at the lower huts to „long drop‟ toilets and buckets of water at the Kibo Hut. The 5 days Marangu Route will always be the timeless trip to Africa‟s rooftop, however, the other routes tend to provide more scenic variation.

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DAY 1: Arrive in Tanzania
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a pick up private transfer waiting
to Stella Maris hotel in Moshi. All airport transfers are the part of the package, no extra fee is required.
We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you
have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

DAY 2: Marangu Gate -Mandara Hut

Elevation Gain: 943 meters (3,000 feet) Walking Time:3-4 hours Distance:7km In the morning we will proceed to the Marangu Gate, the duration of the drive is approximately one hour. There will be a chance for you to acquaint yourself with the chefs, guides and porters in Moshi. After registration at the gate we will embark on our 6 days Marangu Route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The trek begins in Kilimanjaro‟s rainforest – it is referred to as the mountain‟s timbered skirting and the emerald folds are hemmed by silver streams and shimmer with floral sequins. We will stop at the halfway point, Kisambioni, where an appetising picnic lunch will be served. The trail in the rainforest continues until the site of the Mandara Hut. There is an option of relaxing for the rest of the day or sauntering to the Maundi Crater once we arrive at the camp. You will not regret logging a few extra miles once you catch the first glimpse of the spectacular view of the Taveta in the east. On a clear day, facing the north western region will reveal the wonderful view of the jagged edges of the Mawenzi Peak. Dinner will be served at the dining area. Elevation Gain: 943 meters (3,000 feet) Walking Time:3-4 hours Distance:7km.

DAY 3: Mandara Hut -Horombo Hut

After breakfast we will begin our trek to the Horombo hut. Today‟s terrain, the Killimanjaro‟s moorland, is a total contrast to the rainforest. Desert-like plants are scattered across the rocky landscape and in the distance the presence of Uhuru Peak and Mawenzi is acknowledged. When we get to Kambi ya Taanu we will take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch. Pleasant blue skies will allow you to marvel at the scenic views of Mawenzi and the peaks of Kibo. We will arrive at the Horombo Hut in the afternoon and you will have the opportunity to unwind for the rest of the day. The Horombo Huts are the „luxury‟ huts on Kilimanjaro. The classic huts can accommodate up to eight people and they are used by ascending and descending hikers. Up to one hundred and twenty people can stay at Horombo and there is more space for cooks, guides and porters than at the other huts. Elevation Gain: 977 meters (3,200 feet) Walking Time:5-6 hours Distance:11km.

DAY 4: Horombo Hut -Mawenzi Hut –Horombo hut

The purpose of day three is to acclimate yourself to increase your chances of reaching the Uhuru Peak. We suggest that you aim to hike all the way to Mawenzi Hut to enable maximum acclimatisation. The other advantageous reward of taking the hike is that the view of Kibo is spectacular from this angle. A delectable lunch will be served and lounge at the huts for the rest of the day. Elevation Gain and Loss: 880 meters (2,900 feet) Walking Time:4-5hours Distance:8km.

 

DAY 5: Horombo Hut -Kibo Hut

An energy dense breakfast will be served in the dining area and then we will embark on the final part of our 6 days Marangu Route. We will hike through the alpine desert of the upper altitudes of Kilimanjaro. After an hour we will arrive at the Maua River and encounter our first milestone, a small mountain stream. As you continue walking you will notice that the terrain gradually flattens and the vegetation starts vanishing. Once we come across the Middle Red Hill, we will take a break and eat lunch. The incline of Kilimanjaro‟s Saddle is steady and we will hike along the trail for approximately two hours. Although the environment on the way to Kibo is a desolate dessert and vegetation is scarcely placed across the land – the splendid views of Kibo and Mawenzi enhance the scenic pleasure and add colour to the golden surroundings. We will reach the Kibo Huts in the afternoon. It is recommended that you prepare for your midnight climb and attempt to rest as early as possible. Elevation Gain: 1,030 meters (3,380 feet) Walking Time:6-8hours Distance:10km.

DAY 6: Kibo Hut - Summit -Horombo Hut

We will begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, Africa‟s rooftop. You will set off into the darkness of the midnight skies with a curious mix of minor fatigue and raw adrenalin that will carry you to the summit. The hike beings with a gruelling five hour trek to Gillman‟s Point, located on the perimeter of the crater. This trail is tremendously difficult irrespective of the fact that it is considered the easiest ascent path. It takes approximately two hours to come across the first major rest stop, William‟s point. It is positioned at 500 metres and you will continue for another thirty minutes before encountering the rocky terrain that leads the way to Gillman‟s Point (5,681 metres). The actual hike to Gilman‟s does not have a great level of difficulty but when you combine the hike with a high altitude, it becomes tiring and long. You will hike for a further two hours before reaching your goal, Uhuru Peak. Before our descent begins, you can take photos of the magnificent landscape and your group. You will realize that the route down the summit has remarkable views that were out of sight whilst ascending. We will stop at the Kibo Hut to give you a chance to catch your breath. In the afternoon we will arrive at the Horombo Huts. You can relax and savour your last night on the mountain. Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters (3,760 feet) Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters (7,140 feet) Walking Time:11- 13hours Distance:18km.

DAY 7: Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate

After enjoying your last breakfast in the dining area, you will start your last trek. The descent to the Marangu gate includes one of the most beautiful sights, Kilimanjaro‟s cloud forest. Marvel at the rays of light and mysterious puffs of white that gleam through the underpass of branches. Please remain alert when you are walking as the path tends to get slippery. Our vehicles with take you back to Moshi when you arrive at the Marangu Gate. You will have the opportunity to purchase sodas and souvenirs that will remind you of your 6 days Marangu route for years to come. Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters (6,295 feet) Walking Time:5-6hours Distance:19km

DAY 8: Departure day in Tanzania
We will transfer you from the hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will fly back
home.if you will have more time you can extend your tour to wildlife safari in northern circuit to
Serengeti , Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Manyara and Zanzibar, but additional cost will be required

                            

Our standard package includes the following:

  •  2 transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro airport.
  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees.
  • Adequate and appropriate number of guides porters, and cooks for your group.
  • Government taxes.
  • All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees.
  • Transfers to and from the route gate(s) (2 transfers).
  • Sleeping mattress pad(s), dining tent(s), sleeping tent(s), and crew’s equipment– Dining tent and sleeping tent not applicable on the Marangu route as all meals are served at the camps in designated dining halls.
  • 2 nights in a hotel in Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis (1 before trekking & 1 after trekking)
  • 3 full fresh meals daily. We provide fresh food on the mountain in plentiful and well prepared by skilled professional cooker (we also consider your choice of food that you would prefer - Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian). Menu especially designed for climbers.
  • Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provided everyday on the mountain.
  • 3-4 liters of mineral (per Climber) provided daily during the climb.
  • Portable toilet for the trek.
  • Emergency evacuation cover with AMREF Flying Doctors.
  • Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).
  • Chief guide carries a Pulse Oximeter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.
  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
  • Salaries for mountain support crew, as per required KINAPA.
  •  Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the
    next camp.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.

 

Excluded from Standard Package rates:

  • Flights and airport taxes.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US$250 toUS$ 350 per hiker – depending on the number of days and number of hikers in the group,as well as the route chosen).
  • Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders) .
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended).
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
  • Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets.
  • Meals and drinks not specified.
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain http://www.kiliporters.org/tipping_recommendations.php.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 
Please read the following terms and conditions. They limit our liability and outline the conditions under which your tours will operate. Acceptance of tour documents represents an acceptance by the customer of the terms and conditions as follows:
1.Reservations: A deposit of 30% of the total tour price is due at the time of making your reservation. The balance is due no later than 30 days prior to departure. We reserve the right to cancel any reservations for which the total fare has not been paid by the due date. In such cases the deposit paid will be forfeited. Only upon receipt of all deposits from all parties travelling will the tour be confirmed. All items included within a proposed itinerary are subject to availability at the time of deposit receipt.
2.Cancellations Charges:
         The following cancellation charges will apply:
        32+ days prior to departure – 25% of tour price
         8 – 32 days prior to departure – 50% of tour price
      7 days or less to departure – 100% of tour price
Please note that in cases where bookings have been made for external services such as accommodation, the cancellation charges incurred are the responsibility of the client. Please ensure that you are aware of such external bookings when making a reservation with us. Cancellations must be done in writing via email.
3.Alterations of Tours/Safaris by Client: We do not charge an administrative fee for changes you make to an itinerary prior to due date of full payment. We will do our utmost to make changes as you request but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible as changes are subject to availability. If the client wishes to make changes after the payment has been received in full, we cannot give guarantees that this will be possible. Some changes in itinerary may be subject to surcharge. Once the proposal is confirmed and we have made firm bookings on your behalf, we reserve the right to refuse to make alterations to the itinerary.
4.Alterations of Tours/Safaris by Company: Prices quoted are based on costs and exchange rates at time of compilation of quote. A surcharge may be necessary should there be significant changes in the following circumstances: (a) Transportation costs including the cost of fuel. (b) Dues, taxes (including road taxes and tolls) or levies charged by the governments or their agencies. (c) Exchange rate
We reserve the right to vary, modify or cancel any itinerary, either part or wholly. If this is necessary, we will substitute alternative arrangements of comparable value, or at our discretion provide a full refund.
5.Weather Conditions: Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for weather conditions, nor can any ticket be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of weather conditions.
6.Tour Prices: All tour prices quoted include transportation, accommodation, meals and entrance fees, as stipulated in our itineraries. Prices advertised on the site are subject to change, and will only be fixed upon payment of the deposit.
7. Passport – Visas: Please check with a local Travel Agent regarding requirements for passport and visas. Generally a tourist visa will be required for visits to the country of no longer than 3 months. Requirements and prices vary by country.
8. Health Documents: It is strongly advised that you consult your doctor or local health department at least 8 weeks prior to departing your country of origin. Yellow Fever cards may be required at a port of entry to Tanzania.
9.Responsibility: We reserve the right to make, with or without notice, alterations to, accommodation, meals, vehicles, schedule, or planned route should the need arise. Every effort will be made to consult and inform the client of any such changes prior to the beginning of the tour.
10. Luggage: Luggage is limited to 15 kg per person.
11. Insurance: Insurance is not included and it is, therefore, strongly recommended that you obtain personal travel and medical insurance policy before departing your country.
12. Liability: We do not accept liability for injury, damage of personal property, loss of personal property, accident, delay, or irregularity caused by either defect in any vehicle the actions of any persons associated with the tour, accommodation, establishment, or employees.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

 
Travel insurance is required to participate on this trip.
Trip deposits are non-refundable and balance payments are only partially refundable. Therefore, it is prudent for you to protect your investment against trip cancellation, interruption, delays and unforeseeable expenses. Standard travel insurance provides coverage for:

Trip cancellation
• Trip interruption
• Missed connection
• Travel delay
• Baggage delay and personal items lost
• Hurricane and weather
• Employment layoff
• Pre-existing medical conditions
• Emergency medical
• Medical evacuation and repatriation
• Financial default
• Terrorism

At a minimum, the insurance should protect you against trip cancellation and trip interruption, should you need to cancel your trip due to circumstances such as training injuries or sickness or emergencies. Ideally, insurance should cover high altitude trekking (not to be confused with "mountaineering" or "mountain climbing" which most insurance will not cover) and all medical and repatriation costs.

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR TANZANIA

Most travellers require a travel visa to visit Tanzania. While travel visas can be obtained at the

airport upon arrival, we recommend getting your visa ahead of time to avoid waiting in line.
You can obtain your visa through  sherpa .
Simply download the app and use our referral code    
‘ eco-africaclimbing ’ .
Your passport must be signed with at least six months of validity when you enter Tanzania.
Additional documentation (i.e. proof of vaccination) may also be required based on where you are travelling from.

To apply for a Tanzanian Visa you will need:

Original, signed passport with at least six months of validity

Letter of Invitation , which includes the host organization, passport details, travel dates,

description of activities, and length and location of stay (must be signed)

Trip Itinerary , including entry and exit flight information under the traveller’s name

Hotel Reservations under the traveller’s name.

Two passport-type photos

Citizens who MUST obtain their visa before departure:
Afghanistan, Azerbaijan,  Bangladesh,  Chad, Djibouti,  Ethiopia,  Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea,  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,  Lebanon,  Mali, Mauritania, Niger,  Palestine, Senegal, Somalia,  Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and  Sri Lanka.

 

Citizens who do not require a visa:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados,
Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica,
Falkland Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong,
Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia,
Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa,
Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia,and Zimbabwe.

Vaccinations:
You’ll need proof of the Yellow Fever vaccination if you are a citizen (or travelling from) these
countries:
Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central
African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana,
Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama,
Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo,
Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Venezuela.

 

PACKING LIST

What Gear Do I Need to Bring?
You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb.
 
Technical Clothing
   1 - Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
   1 - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
   1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
   2 - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
   1 - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  1 - Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
  2 - Hiking Pants
  1 - Fleece Pants
  1 - Shorts (optional)
  1 - Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  3 - Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  2 - Sport Bra (women)
 
Headwear
  1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
  1 - Knit Hat, for warmth
  1 - Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
  1 - Bandana (optional)
 
Handwear
  1 - Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
  1 - Gloves, thin
 
Footwear
  1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in
  1 - Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
  3 - Socks, wool or synthetic
  3 - Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
  1 - Gaiters, waterproof (optional)
 
Accessories
   1 - Sunglasses or Goggles
   1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
   1 - Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.)
   1 - Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters)
   1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
   1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended)
   Stuff SACKS, Dry Bags or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
 
Equipment
   1 - Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons*
   1 - Trekking Poles, collapsable (highly recommended)*
   1 - Head lamp, with extra batteries
   1 - Duffel bag, 50-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment
   1 - Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear
*MAY BE RENTED ON LOCATION
 
 
Other
   Toiletries
   Water purifier tablets
   Prescriptions
   Sunscreen
   Lip Balm
   Insect Repellent, containing DEET
   First Aid Kit
   Hand Sanitizer
   Toilet Paper
   Wet Wipes (recommended)
   Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
   Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)
   Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
   Paperwork
   Passport
   Visa (available at JRO) or you can obtain your visa through  sherpa ,simply download the app and use our referral code    ‘ eco-africaclimbing ’ .
   Immunization Papers
   Insurance Documents

 

The most common mistake that climbers make is that they over pack and bring way too much gear.
Be selective in what you take with you. Please note that our porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs (15 kgs) of your personal belongings. Everything the porters will carry for you between campsites should be placed into the duffel bag, including the sleeping bag, but it is OK to pack the sleeping bag separately if necessary.
Our porters will place your duffel bag and sleeping bag into a large, sturdy, waterproof bag with a roll-top closure.
If you have excess weight, you will be required to hire an additional porter.
Plastic, recyclable water bottles are not allowed in the park, due to past problems with litter. So water should be carried in Nalgene bottles, water bladders, or similar devices. You should be able to carry 3-4 liters of water with you at all times. Please do not bring alcohol. It is illegal to have alcohol in the park. Our staff will not carry it for you. Besides, drinking and high altitude do not mix well.
Checked luggage on airplanes can get lost or delayed on the way to Tanzania. You should prepare for this possibility by wearing or carrying on the items that are essential to your Kilimanjaro climb. While most clothing, gear and equipment can be replaced in Tanzania prior to your climb, there are some things that you should not replace.
Eco- recommends that you wear one complete hiking outfit on the plane, including a long sleeve shirt, hiking pants, underwear, socks, and hiking boots. In your carry on baggage, you should bring your backpack, waterproof jacket and pants, insulated jacket, fleece pants, snacks, toiletries, medications, camera and all paperwork. Airline regulations do not allow you to carry trekking poles on the plane. Make sure you do wear/carry your hiking boots; wearing a different pair of boots on your climb will likely cause blistering.
If your baggage is lost or delayed, please notify us immediately upon your arrival so we can assist you in assembling the necessary gear. We will take you to local, independently owned rental gear shops in Moshi. Note that these shops generally carry second-hand items that may not be up to Western standards. Eco- cannot guarantee the fit, quality or functionality of items found in local shops. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to carry on the most important pieces of gear as noted above. We will make reasonable attempts to deliver delayed luggage to you on the mountain. All additional expenses that are incurred by us while resolving lost or delayed luggage problems must be reimbursed.