DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Touch down at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where your own personal driver will be waiting to greet you. Let your driver whisk you away to your chosen hotel in the bright and bustling city of Arusha – gateway to Tanzania.
Arusha is the beating heart of the wild – the last port of civilization before heading out into dense jungles and rich savannah plains. The markets of Arusha burst with colour, and throng with locals picking up their weekly wares. The numerous cafes sell dark and deliriously good coffee from the plantations, and close by the infamous National Park lures visitors in to explore her evocative Maasai culture and exotic flora and fauna.
In the evening you will enjoy a quick briefing which will be conducted by professional Bush 2 City Mountain Guide about your trekking, and to ensure if you are ready for climbing.
- Plante Lodge Arusha
DAY 2: MARANGU GATE TO MANDARA HUT
After breakfast at your hotel, you will check out and depart to Marangu Gate, about 4 hours’ drive from Arusha town, as a getaway point to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and you will be accompanied by mountain guides and crews all the way. After the registration process at the gate, you will start trekking toward Mandara Hut as the first where you will spend your overnight. The walk will take you about 3 to 4 hours and you will cover an altitude of 1900 meters up to 2720 meters. Along the way, you will have enough time to rest and have lunch before continuing with the trek while learning about the mountain history, vegetation’s and different species of wildlife found at the park such as birds and animals.
This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you to read the following instructions from this point on:
- Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine.
- Drink over 4 litres of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently).
- Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may, therefore, start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.
Change in Elevation: Marangu Gate (1,860 m) — Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
Hiking Distance: 11km
Hiking Time: 5–7 hours
ACCOMMODATION: Mandara Hut Mt. Kilimanjaro