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Tour Overview

The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatisation period.

Day 1: Kilimanjaro National Park Gate To Mandara (Hut 2720 Mts)

After breakfast and briefing, we will drive to the Kilimanjaro Park Gate (about 45 minutes), after we arrive at the Gate, you will do registration before we start our trekking tout. Soon after we finish registration we will start walking through the rainforest to the Mandara Campsite.

Later in the evening, you will have a short walk to Maundi Crater here is good to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and part of Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus foliage trees, bird life, and rare Colobus monkeys.
5,500 ft / 1,700 m to 9,000 ft / 2,740 m | 7 km | 4-5 hours | Montane Forest
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut (3720 Mts)

This day you will use 6 to 7 hours. So make sure you have enough water to drink on the way, not less than 3 liters of water. You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending trail on the open moorlands to the Horombo camp.

Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.
9,000 ft / 2,700 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m | 11 km | 6-8 hours | Heathland
Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

Day 3: Horombo Hut

Snow-capped Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 5895 meters above sea level. It has three major volcanic centres: Shira (4160 m), Snow capped Kibo (5895 m) and Mawenzi. Widely considered the roof of Africa, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through one of the great trekking routes is one of the most rewarding experiences that any person can enjoy.

Snow-capped Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 5895 meters above sea level. It has three major volcanic centres: Shira (4160 m), Snow capped Kibo (5895 m) and Mawenzi. Widely considered the roof of Africa, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through one of the great trekking routes is one of the most rewarding experiences that any person can enjoy.

Day 4: Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut (4700 Mts)

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”.

Dinner, rest and prepare for summit Kilimanjaro.
12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 15,400 ft / 4,700 m | 10 km | 6-8 hours | Alpine Desert
Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut.

Day 5: Kibo Camp To Summit Then Horombo Hut (3720 Mts)

Early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family.

From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires 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 with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
15,400 ft / 4,700 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m | 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 12,100 ft / 3,700 m | 4 km up / 14 km down | 10-15 hours | Alpine Desert
Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut.

Day 6: Horombo Hut To Marangu Gate

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through the lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help.

Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
Our driver will meet you at Marangu village/gate and drive you back to your hotel in Moshi
12,100 ft / 3,700 m to 5,500 ft / 1,700 m | 18km | 5-7 hours
Meals: B

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What’s included:

  • Delicious meals a day, boiled and filtered drinking water while on the mountain.
  • All park entrance, camping, and rescue fees
  • Warm water for washing to be provided every morning and evening.
  • Oxygen Cylinder – only for emergency
  • English Speaking Guides (Wilderness First Responder certified), cook and porters
  • Staff salaries and fees.
  • Transport to/from national park gates.
  • First aid kit and pulse oximeter.
  • Emergency telephone between the guides and our office in Moshi town.
  • 3 liters of bottled drinking water to be provided on the first day of your hike, on the mountain porters will fetch water from the streams to be boiled and filtered for you.

What’s Not included:

  • Prices Do Not Include Sleeping Bags
  • Gratuities
  • Soda/Alcohol Unless Otherwise Noted
  • Health Insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • International Airfare
  • Laundry
  • All Meals And Drinks In Moshi Town

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