8 Days Kilimanjaro Trek – Marangu Route

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Tour Description

Unleash your inner explorer and trek to the highest mountain in Africa. The Marangu route, famously known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the original route established to climb Kilimanjaro. The Marangu route is a good six-day hike for those who have not trekked much at high altitudes, with an effective extra day’s acclimatization, giving a better success rate. Experienced and already acclimatized mountaineers may opt for the more difficult 5-day ascent along the Marangu route.

Trip Highlights

  • Dormitory accommodation in mountain huts
  • High guide to client ratio
  • Open group and private climbs available

8 Days 7 Nights

  • 1


    Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Int’l Airport, you will be transferred by our representative to Arusha. That night or early the next morning you will have a full pre-climb briefing. Overnight at Arusha Hotel. Meal Included: Dinner.

  • 2

    Arusha – Mandara Hut

    •Distance: ~8km / 5 miles •Trekking time: 4-6 hours •Max. altitude: 1,870 meters to 2,700 meters •Zone: Rainforest: After breakfast, you will be picked up from Moshi and transferred to Marangu gate for registration. From here we begin our ascent on a cleared ridge trail through the rainforest. The forest, covered with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro's animals are found. We will spend our first night at a group of wooden A-framed huts set in a forest clearing. Overnight at Mandara Hut. Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • 3

    Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

    •Distance: ~12km / 7 miles •Trekking time: 6-8 hours •Max. altitude: 2,700 meters to 3,720 meters • Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone: This morning the trail passes through the final stretch of rainforest, skirting the base of the Maundi Crater before emerging into semi-arid grasslands and moorlands. If the weather is clear, you should definitely take the opportunity to scramble up the Maundi Crater to get your first full view of Kibo. Overnight at Horombo Hut. Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • 4

    Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut

    •Distance: 5 – 8 Km •Trekking time: 3 – 5 Hours •Max. altitude: 3,720 meters to 4,020 meters •Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone: This day at Horombo is ideal for good acclimatization. A hike towards Mawenzi, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down) is strongly recommended as it will further assist our chances of reaching the final summit. Overnight at Horombo Hut. Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • 5

    Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

    •Distance: ~10km / 6 miles •Trekking time: 5-7 hours •Max. altitude: 3,720 meters to 4,700 meters •Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone: Breakfast followed by further ascend and traverse through the saddle of Mt Kilimanjaro, a long stretch of lunar-like landscape nestled between the Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks. We will make our summit ascent tonight so we will retire to bed early to get as much rest as possible. Overnight at Kibo Hut. Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • 6

    Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

    •Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 15km / 8-mile descent •Trekking time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Horombo Hut •Max. altitude: 4,700 meters to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Horombo Hut 3,720 meters •Zone: Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone: We will wake up around 23:30 hours, and after some tea and biscuits we shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer point (5250m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gilman's Point (5681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort.<br /> From Gilman's Point we will encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long we will be able to spend taking photographs before the 3 hours descent back to Kibo Hut. After a short rest we gather all the gear we left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo Hut, a further 3 hours. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. Overnight at Horombo Hut. Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • 7

    Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate - Hotel in Arusha

    •Distance: ~20km / 12.5 miles •Trekking time: 6-8 hours •Max. altitude: 3,720 meters to 1,870 meters •Zone: Low alpine zone and rainforest: Your final day on the trek, after breakfast we descend a further 1740m to Marangu Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. Transfer to your hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration. Overnight at Arusha Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

  • 8


    After breakfast, we will bid you goodbye and transferred to the airport for your onwards journey. You can arrange with us an extension safari or Zanzibar trip, after your successful Kilimanjaro climb. Meals Included: Breakfast.

What's included

  • All Kilimanjaro Park Fees
  • Accommodations Based on Double Occupancy
  • Purified Drinking Water During Your Trek
  • Services of Licensed Kilimanjaro Guides
  • Services of Kilimanjaro Staff Including Porters, Chef, and Waitstaff
  • Safety Equipment: Oxygen, First Aid Kit, Stretcher, Gamow Bag, Heart Defibrillator, Radio Communication, Safety Protocols, Etc.
  • Land Transportation in a Customized, 4-Wheel Drive Safari Vehicle
  • Services of professional Guides, cooks and Porters fees
  • All covid-19 protocol observation
  • Delicious meals as per the itinerary
  • All Airport transfers
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • VAT or government levy taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of Hospitalization or Evacuation
  • Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Soda
  • Sleeping Bag, Hiking Gear, and Other Items of a Personal Nature
  • Vaccinations and inoculations
  • Visas and personal insurance
  • All International flights and departure taxes
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses and gratuities
  • Any other item not mentioned in the program.

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