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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Marangu Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Marangu Route


Safari Highlights

Enjoy great service from your porter and guide

The easiest ad shortest route to Kilimanjaro’s peak

Sleep in huts with the comfort of solar-powered energy

Enjoy adequate facilities during your stays

Meals are taken in a central hut communally


Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro’s summit and is known as the “Coca Cola” or “Tourist” route. This is the only route on Kilimanjaro with the comforts of solar-powered sleeping huts and comfortable beds at every camp. The huts are communal, and each bunk has a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 bed at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Basic men’s and ladies’ latrines are available at the last camp. All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer may be for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items and note that prices increase with elevation. This route is usually done in 5 days, but doing it in 6 Days provides for better acclimatization. You can spend your extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.

Full Safari Itinerary

Day to Day Itinerary

DAY 1: Moshi

Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Moshi for overnight at Springlands Hotel.

DAY 2: Marangu Gate - Mandara Huts (9,000ft) 4 Hours Trek

After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, leave Moshi at 9 AM, drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park, and begin hiking at 10:30 AM. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Stop halfway for lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at 2 or 3 PM. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee. A 15 minute side trip to Maundy Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 PM. Bathrooms with running water are available.

DAY 3: Horombo Huts (12,100ft) 7 Miles, 6-8 Hours Heath land

Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast, and pack for your next trek. Break camp by 8:30 AM, hike for an hour through rainforest glades, and then follow an ascending path through heath land where you can look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3 PM, where you can see Kibo’s summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available.

You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.

DAY 4: Kibo Huts (15,400ft) 6.5 Miles, 6-8 Hours Alpine Desert

Wake to breakfast as usual, but if you wakeearly you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the day’shike climbs through the dwindling heath land that blends into a moonscape asyou enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop forlunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examinethe summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours. Becareful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.

DAY 5: Summit Day! Kibo Huts (15,400ft), 13 Miles, 10-15 hours Alpine Desert

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!

You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with 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. Slowly slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

DAY 6: Horombo Huts (12,100ft) – Marangu Gate, 11 Miles, 5-7 hours

Wake as usual, pack, and descend through themoorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphantrecessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reacharound 2 or 3 PM. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. Avehicle will take you back to the Springlands Hotel or similar hotel in Moshi,where it is definitely time for celebration!

DAY 7: End of Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania or Kenya. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris in Northern Tanzania.


All transfers; from and to the airport

Transport from and to your hotel in Moshi

Accommodation and all meals

Porter services

All park fees and Taxes where applicable


International Flights

Airport taxes

Tips and gratuities

Items of a personal nature

Safari Rates & Prices

All rates are quoted per person sharing unless otherwise stipulated

Dates From Dates To 2 Persons 4 Persons 6 Persons Single Suppliment
01-Jun-2013 31-Oct-2013 US$ 7,223 US$ 7,143 US$ 7,117 US$ 1,243
01-Nov-2013 22-Dec-2013 US$ 5,335 US$ 5,257 US$ 5,230 US$ 993
23-Dec-2013 01-Jan-2014 US$ 7,223 US$ 7,143 US$ 7,117 US$ 1,243
01-Jan-2015 30-Jun-2015 US$ 2,575 US$ 2,275 US$ 1,875 US$ 450

Notes about these Rates

Pricing is meant as a guide only.

Vision Adventure Safaris provides significantly lower rates below general public rack rates. Due to contract confidentiality and Safari Customization we are not able to publish our best rates for this Safari. Once you contact us we will tailor your Safari and give you accurate rates depending on your accommodation, stay duration, number of travellers and season.

All prices are subject to availability, change or increase without notice and seasonality.

Single supplements are often applicable. Options and rates vary from supplier to supplier.

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