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Dagsprogram for Marangu-ruten
- Day 1: Marangu - Mandara
- Day 2: Mandara - Horombo
- Day 3 Horombo - Kibo
- Day 4: Kibo - Summit
- Day 4: Descent to Horombo
- Day 5: To the Park Gate
- Optional day 6
After a cooked breakfast you will leave Mandara at about 8 o’clock. The first half hour or so continues through the rain forest after which you emerge into alpine meadow for the approximately 10 mile walk to Horombo. If the day is clear there are splendid views to be had of both peaks and also of the plains stretching away below the mountain. The vegetation around is also spectacular, especially higher up where you might see giant lobelia. As you go higher the vegetation thins and you may experience some of the effects of altitude, commonly shortness of breath. Daywalk: 12 500 feet
The descent that follows is, in some ways, as difficult as the ascent. You will be tired, and the slope has lost none of its steepness. Back at Kibo Hut you will have a rest, take off a lot of your warm clothing which will be packed into your kit bags. Then you will continue to Horombo Hut, this time by the more direct route. This is a long and tiring day and you will be sure to sleep well.
Today you complete the trip back to the Park Gate, still going slowly so as not to sprain an ankle nor twist a knee. At the Gate vehicles will be waiting to take you back to the hotel to the luxury of a hot bath and a cold beer.
Some people choose to spend an extra day at Horombo hut on the ascent. This day is usually spent walking up towards the saddle between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. The important point to remember about this extra day is not to become overtired by attempting to climb as high as possible during the day in the hope of becoming better acclimatized.
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