Ultimate Kilimanjaro Hike

Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

From USD 1900 pp | Min. 2 pax

Scheduled Group Tour

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Why we love this tour

  • Tick off the bucket list with this well-organized scheduled group hike with a maximum of 10 pax
  • The Marangu route is the easiest and most comfortable route to reach the summit and departs every Friday. Phone coverage is generally good
  • The Marangu route is well-developed and the climb is constant and moderate. Only the approach to the summit is the exception as it is slightly more demanding
  • Best time to hike : July-October and January – March
  • The hike includes
    • A professional, English-speaking guide, a mountain crew (cook & porters), overnight stays in hotels and mountain huts, bowl of warm water for a daily wash, all meals, water, national park fees and transfer as per itinerary
  • Sleeping Bags :
    • You need to bring your own warm sleeping bag which can withstand a temperature of approx. -12C. Enquire to hire in Tanzania
  • Baggage :
    • Luggage should not exceed 12 Kg and it should be in a travel bag or a trekking rucksack or a kit-bag (Porters cannot carry suitcases or cases with wheels). It is recommended to pack your items in water proof bags to avoid dampness. A day pack is required to be carried by you
  • Accommodation :
    • Accommodation on the Marangu route is in simple mountain huts, which is an advantage over other routes as the mountain can be very cold at night (on other routes – you overnight in dome tents). No electricity. Ablution facilities are very basic long drop toilets. . Bring your own batteries – which burn out quickly in the cold
  • Meals :
    • Meals are simple but more than adequate – e.g., breakfast includes a choice of fruit, scrambled eggs, porridge, toast, jam, hot hocolate, coffee or tea. Lunch will be in a box containing sandwiches, boiled eggs, chicken. Dinner will be soup and bread followed by meat or poultry, vegetables accompanied by starch of either chips, mash, pasta or rice
  • Tipping :
    • Tipping is essential. Please enquire for a tipping guide
  • Children below 14 years are not allowed
  • This hike can be easily combined with our Essential Tanzania Tour covering Tarangire , Serengeti and Ngorongoro offered at a great discounted rate
  • If you love this tour – fill up the enquiry form below or enquire for a tailor-made tour

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 : R&R and pre-night briefing | 1 Night

Arusha

INCLUDES:

Meet and greet at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to the lodge in Arusha, a day to rest after the international flight, evening briefing regarding the climb, accommodation in a Standard Room, dinner. Free to explore the town of Arusha -  a taxi can be arranged (at own cost)

STAY:

Green Hills of Africa Lodge or similar. Set in a compound with ancient African trees offers peace and silence after a long flight and before the Trek.

Day 2 : Arusha–Marangu gate (1,840m) – Mandara hut (2,670m) | 1 Night

Mount Kilimanjaro

INCLUDES:

Breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, commence the professionally guided hike through the dense rain forest up to Mandara Hut. Good chance of spotting the thumbless black and white Colobus Monkeys prancing around the dense vegetation, lunch, a guided trek to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior, dinner

Approx. hike time :  3-4 hrs

STAY:

Mandara Hut

Day 3 : Mandara Hut (2,670m) – Horombo Hut (3,720m) | 1 Night

Mount Kilimanjaro

INCLUDES:

Breakfast, today’s hike will first lead you to the tree line where vegetation changes to shrubs, fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Masai steppe from the Hut, lunch, dinner

Approx. hike time :  5-6 hrs

STAY:

Horombo Hut

Day 4 : Horombo Hut (3,720 m) – Zebra Rocks (3,980m) – Horombo Hut (3,720m) | 1 Night

Mount Kilimanjaro

INCLUDES:

Today’s purpose is getting your body to acclimatise to the altitude as it greatly improves your chances of reaching the summit. After breakfast, you will set off on a 2 to 4-hour trek to Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) and back to the Huts. The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a cooked lunch will be waiting for you. Relax and regain your strength for the hike on Day 5

Approx. hike time :  2-4 hrs

STAY:

Horombo Hut

Day 5 : Horombo Hut (3,720m) – Kibo Hut (4,700m) | 1 Night

Mount Kilimanjaro

INCLUDES:

Today’s stage is long and tough. The trail passes the ‘last waterpoint’ which is followed by the so-called ‘saddle’. This nearly plantless plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is Kibo Hut and it should be reached in about 5 to 6 hours. Tonight is an early night to get enough rest to be woken at approximately 23:00 h

Approx. hike time :  5-6 hrs

STAY:

Kibo Hut

Day 6 : Kibo Hut (4,700m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (4,700m) | 1 Night

Mount Kilimanjaro

INCLUDES:

The ascent : Today is the ‘big day’ – the summit stage. You will start in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. You will begin the long and strenuous trek to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200 m –a slow climb to the top. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and within 1-2 hours, reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. Now you are standing on the ‘Roof of Africa’.

The descent : follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can rest a while to regain your strength. Subsequent to a 1-2-hour break, you make your way down to the Horombo Hut (3,720 m) reaching it by afternoon. After an evening meal, it is early to bed for most. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Approx. hike time :  10-13 hrs

STAY

Horombo Hut


Day 7 : Horombo Hut (3,720 m) – Marangu Gate (1,840 m) – Arusha | 1 Night

Arusha

INCLUDES:

The last stage passes through the heather and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2,670 m) where a cooked lunch awaits you. Soon again you will be in the lush tropical rainforest and after about 6 hours of trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park gate (1,840 m). After saying goodbye to your mountain crew you will be taken back to the small lodge. At the hotel you can have a warm shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Approx. hike time :  10-13 hrs

STAY

Green Hills of Africa or similar - Set in a compound with ancient African trees offers peace and silence and a chance to reflect on your wonderful Trek


Day 8 : Departure

Kilimanjaro Airport

Breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your international departure.

Prices valid for 2018

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Tour Code: ABATAN5

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