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Tanzania - Climb Kilimanjaro via the Marangu-route

The Marangu route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro, also known as Coca-Cola route. The trail is well defined and built in order to overcome the worst obstacles in the easiest possible way. On the Marangu route you sleep in simple mountain huts, built for the purpose.The mountain huts gives you shelter, simple beds to sleep in and food and beverages. You climb Kilimanjaro in an international group lead by an certified English speaking mountain guide, who have climbed mountain many, many times.

Most people who climbs Kilimanjaro, do it by the Marangu route. On the way to the summit you will walk through five climate zones and you will have outstanding views of the African savannah and Kilimanjaro sub-summit Mawenzi. The trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro is demanding, but can be achived by most people with normal good physique and a good deal of stamina. There is no technical climbing involved.

Read: 10 reasons to climb Kilimanjaro

Climb Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain
International group with certified English speaking mountain guide
Stand on Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meter at sunrise
Very experienced local support team with cook and porters
Walk through rain forest  and moorland to rocky desert and snow-capped peaks

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Day 1 Arrive Moshi

Arrival to our hotel in Moshi for check-in. After Dinner you will meet your lead guide and fellow group members at the pre-climb briefing meeting. Overnight at Mountain Inn Hotel in Moshi.

Day 2 Drive to Marangu Gate and trek to Mandara Hut

After a nice breakfast we will load the equipment in the cars and drive to Marangu Park Gate. The drive takes about 45 minutes. At the park gate we will get the registration formalities done. The formalities can take an hour or two, so be patient, we will get there in the end! If it is raining, the trail can be quite wet and slippery, but usually the path is nice and easy. We recommend that you maintain a slow and steady pace going up to help your body acclimatise. Normally the walk takes about 3-5 hours with a lunch stop en-route. A hot dinner will be served, after we have settled in at Mandara Hut (2750m/ 9,022ft). Overnight Mandara Hut

 
Day 3 Trekking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

After an early breakfast we will begin the days trek by walking out of the forest. If we lucky we will be able to see Kibo and Mawenzi in the distance. The flora changes remarkably and at our picnic place, we might get company from some hungry mountain mice. After 7-8 hours walking we will arrive at the Horombo Hut at mid-afternoon. After a nice rest we it is time for dinner which will be served at the Hut. Overnight Horombo Hut.

Day 4 Acclimatisation day with trek to Mawenzi

We are spending two nights at the Horombo Hut in order to optimize our acclimatisation. We will use the day for a nice walk towards the Mawenzi Hut. On the way we will pass the Zebra rocks. Todays hike will take about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours going down. We highly recommend this walk, as it will improve your summit chances severely. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water and walk slowly! We will be back in the Horombo Hut for lunch and we will have all afternoon to relax. Overnight Horombo Hut

 
Day 5 Trek from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

We will take an alternative route from Horombo, so we don’t walk the same route as yesterday. The trail soon becomes steeper and the landscape across the saddle changes as we approach the Kibo Hut. We will reach Kibo Hut by early afternoon and will have a well-earned rest, before the major challenge of the night’s summit attempt. We will have an early dinner and prepare our gear for the nights climb. Try to get a few hours sleep before our guides wake you up. Overnight Kibo Hut

Day 6 Summit day -Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak, 5.895m - Horombo Hut

Our guides will wake you up at Midnight (00:00am) for the summit attempt. The early start allows us to reach the summit in time for sunrise, and still give us plenty of time for the descent. We will walk in a single line, ascending in a zigzag pattern through the scree. Shortly after Horombo we will enter the arctic zone on Kilimanjaro. The trek up to Gilman’s Point is probably the most amazing section of the Marangu route. There are no technical challenges, but it is a very special atmosphere walking through the darkness at high altitude.

Keep pushing forward and consult the guides if you are feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness. The guides are well trained and will make sure that you don’t take any risk. Pure determination will take you to Gilman’s Point at 5.710m / 18,734ft. Here we will have a short rest, before we continue to Uhuru Peak. Finally we will reach Uhuru Peak 5.895m/ 19,341ft. We are now at the top of Africa. It is usually cold and windy at the summit, so when we have taken the photos, we will begin our descent to Horombo Hut. The terrain is very lose and you may find it is harder to descend than to ascend. Walking poles comes in handy here and the guides can also show you a trick to slide down. We will follow the same trail we used to ascend until we reach Kibo Hut. There is a nice hot lunch waiting for us at Kibo Hut. We continue down to the saddle and the junction for the Rongai/Marangu route, before we continue towards Horombo through the moorland. After a very long day we will reach Horombo Hut at 3,700m/ 12,139ft. The trek from Kibo to Gilman’s usually takes around 5-6 hours. The trek to Uhuru a further 1-2 hours. And the descent to Horombo Hut takes approximately 6-7 hours, so it is a long day! We will have a well earned dinner at Horombo Hut, before we go to sleep. Overnight Horombo Hut

Day 7 Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate - Moshi

This is our final day on Kilimanjaro. We leave the Horombo Hut and walk down through the forest to Marangu Gate. We will have our picnic lunch en-route. Our support team will be waiting for us at the gate to congratulate and if you wish to distribute any tips or gratuities, this is the time and place to do it. The guides and the porters will probably sing the ‘Kilimanjaro song’ before saying goodbye. The car are also waiting at the gate and will drive us back to the hotel. After collecting our keys, it is time for a nice hot shower. You can spend the rest of the day at the pool, or make a visit to the market in Moshi. Overnight at Mountain Inn Hotel.

 
Day 8 Departure Moshi

After breakfast it is time to check-out. End of services 

Prices includes

  • 6 days/5 nights trek on Kilimanjaro by the Marangu route sleeping in huts.
  • 2 nights accommodation at Mountain Inn Hotel in Moshi, incl. Breakfast and Dinner.
  • All transport from Hotel to Kilimanjaro gates.
  • Camping gear and Dinner tent.
  • All meals and drinking water on trek.
  • Expert KINAPA certified Lead Guide.
  • Porters and kitchen support team.
  • Climbing permit to Kilimanjaro.
  • Entrance fee to Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • Kilimanjaro Rescue Fee
  • Luggage storage at the hotel during climb.
Not included
  • Airtickets to/from Tanzania
  • Airport transfers.
  • Cancellation and travel insurance.
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • Personal mountain equipment like sleepingbag, walking poles, gaiters, hiking boots etc
  • Tips gratitudes for guide and porters.
Departure date
Date of return
30. October 2017
06. November 2017
EUR 1,790.00
14. November 2017
21. November 2017
EUR 1,825.00

Practical info

Price info

This is land-only prices

If you wish to sleep in single tent, there will be an addition fee - contact us for info on this.

 
Transportation

It is your responsibility to arrive in Moshi before 6.pm on the arrival day in the itinerary.

We can help you with extra nights in Moshi or transfers from Kilimajaro Airport (JRO) 

Kilimanjaro info

Kilimanjaro, 5.895m (19,341ft.) are the highest mountain in Africa and the World's tallest freestanding mountain. It is also the fourth highest mountain of "The Seven Summits" - the highest mountains on the seven Continents. Kilimanjaro is a sleeping volcanic and the part of the mountain above 2,700 meters is a designated national park. Kilimanjaro is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Routes on Kilimanjaro

There are six traditional routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro: Marangu , Machame, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira and the Umbwe route. Additionally, there are a few other rarely used routes. Each route has its own character. The Machame route is one of the most varied and finest routes on Kilimanjaro. The ascent follows a more natural than man-made trail towards the top of Africa. In order to give you the best possible experience, we have organized the trip with seven days on the mountain. This will give you a much better acclimatization and reduces the risk of altitude sickness significantly, thus increasing the chance to get to the summit. 

 
Trip grading

Kilimanjaro is not a technically difficult mountain but the altitude and the lack of oxygen affects the body's performance. It varies from person to person how quickly the body become accustomed to the altitude, but the trek is planned to give you the best possible chance of success.

The Machame route on Kilimanjaro is Grade 4-5. The first days up the mountain are grade 4, but the summit day are long and hard, and therefore we given it Grade 5. The trek up Kilimanjaro is a demanding trek with daily walks of 6-8 hours in varied terrain. The trek requires good physical condition and endurance. You can read more about our grading system here.

Acclimatization and altitude sickness

A good acclimatization and adapting to altitude is crucial for success on Kilimanjaro. We see many tour operators that offer shorter (and cheaper) treks with 5 and 6 days on the mountain. This is not recommendable. Acclimation takes time! On this trek we spend 6 nights and 7 days on the mountain and it makes a huge difference. As a very important part of the acclimatization program, we have included an extra night at Barranco Camp at 3,900 meters altitude (12,795 ft). This extra day we use to go up to 4,200 m / 13,780 ft. Go high and sleep low is the optimal way to acclimatize. The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to go slowly and drink plenty of water. Most people who climb Kilimanjaro will experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness such as headache, lack of appetite. If you experience severe symptoms such as severe headache, dizziness, vomiting and extreme fatigue, it is important to inform the guide and we will get you down to lower altitude. To increase safety on the mountain, we have additional guides on the trek, which can assist guests down the mountain, while we ensure, that the rest of the group coming out on top.

 
A day on the trail

A typical day on Kilimanjaro begins with a wake-up call between 06:00 and 6:30 in the morning. When we had breakfast, we pack the luggage and start walking around at. 8.00 - 8:30. It is important that you go at your own pace and take the breaks you need. At around 11:30 to 12:00 we have our lunch break, before we continue on the afternoon trek. We will arrive at the camp mid-afternoon and we will have plenty of time to relax. Dinner is served at approx 18pm.

 
Climate

Kilimanjaro can be climbed year round, but the weather varies. January to March is a great time often with clear sky and mild temperatures. April to May is the rainy season with many clouds and lot of rain. From June to August it is colder, but nice clear weather. September and October will be warmer, often with fog on the lower part of the mountain, but usually nice weather over 3,000 meters. November and December are usually clear weather, but with the risk of a shower every now and then.

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