7-Day Kilimanjaro Adventure (5-Day Climbing) - Marangu Route

  • Tour code: 992-1001
  • Available: Daily
  • Depart from: Moshi, Tanzania
  • Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
From USD$1561

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Takes you to Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak and you can start your trek any day of the year! Marangu Route, which is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro's summit and is known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. You can add an extra day at Horombo Huts as you like.

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Tour Itinerary

    Mount Kilimanjaro is located three degrees south of the equator in Northeastern Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Of the famous highest seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and the easiest to climb. It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

    Duration

    5 days trekking from Moshi; 3 and a half days ascending, 1 and a half days descending. You can also add an additional acclimatization day and make it a 6-day trip.

    Length

    32 km/20 mi ascent; 64 km/40 mi roundtrip

    Elevation

    4,065 m/13,340 ft gain; 4,065 m/13,340 ft descent Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) and return

    Description

    Marangu Route, which 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 beds 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 a 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 (prices increase with elevation). This route is usually done in 5 days, but you can do it in 6 days for better acclimatization. You can spend your extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo's sub peak Mawenzi.

    If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha (airport transfer is not inclueded in the tour fare, $20/person/way from JRO). We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day.

    Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge.

    The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at the trekking office. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.

    Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.

    The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimate a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, "pole pole" (po-ly, po-ly), which means "go slowly" in Swahili.

    The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.

    The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.

  • Day 1 Moshi
  • Day 2 Moshi - Marangu Gate - Mandara Huts - Montane Forest
  • Day 3 Mandara Huts - Horombo Huts - Heathland
  • Day 4 Horombo Huts - Kibo Huts
  • Day 5 Kibo Huts - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Huts
  • Day 6 Horombo Huts - Marangu Gate - Moshi
  • Day 7 Moshi
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Day 1 Moshi

Today guests will arrive, be met at the airport, and transferred to their hotel in Moshi for an overnight stay.
Standard Hotel: Springlands Hotel

Day 2 Moshi - Marangu Gate - Mandara Huts - Montane Forest

After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, we will leave Moshi at 9:00 AM, drive 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate, and register with the national park. By 10:30 AM guests will begin hiking in the rainforest. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles are recommended. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but rain gear and warmer clothing should be kept handy. We will stop halfway for lunch and reach the Mandara Huts between 2:00PM and 3:00 PM. We will unpack, rest, and enjoy tea or coffee. Dinner will be served at about 7:00 PM. Bathrooms with running water are available.

Optional: We may take a 15 minute side trip to Maundi Crater to see the surroundings, including Northern Tanzania and Kenya, prior to dinner.
Standard Hotel: Mandara Huts

Day 3 Mandara Huts - Horombo Huts - Heathland

Today we will awake for a 7:30 AM breakfast, pack for the next trek, and break camp by 8:30 AM, to hike for an hour through rainforest glades. During the ascent through heathland, we will have a chance to look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Halfway through the trek, we will stop for lunch and amazing views of Mawenzi. By 3:00 PM, we will arrive at the Horombo Huts where we can rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available.

Note: At this point in the excursion guests may start to feel the effects of altitude.To aid your acclimatization, consider spending an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo's sub peak in Mawenzi.

Optional: Extra day at the Horombo Huts ($210 per person)

We can spend a full day and a second night at Horombo to rest or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi basecamp then return to the Horombo Huts. We can continue up to the Kibo Huts on the fourth day for a midnight start to the summit.

Standard Hotel: Horombo Huts

Day 4 Horombo Huts - Kibo Huts

Today we will awake early and have an opportunity to capture some great photos of the sunrise. We will hike from the Horombo Huts through Mawenzi and eventually overnight in Kibo. We should be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.
Standard Hotel: Kibo Huts

Day 5 Kibo Huts - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Huts

We will wake at midnight to a light breakfast and prepare for the summit ascent! The goal is to climb before dawn so that we can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. We will leave at 1:00 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman's Point between 5:00AM and 7:00AM. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes us to Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa's highest point! After the summit stay, we will descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, and return to the Horombo Huts for dinner and some well-deserved sleep!

NOTE: We will do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold and guests you will need all of their warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slow and steady, or, "pole pole," and an optimistic attitude will get guests to the summit peak!

Day 6 Horombo Huts - Marangu Gate - Moshi

Today we will descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts, have lunch, and then continue their triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate between 2:00PM or 3:00PM. We are encouraged to Remember to tip their guides, cooks, and porters before leaving. A vehicle will transport us back to their hotel in Moshi.

Day 7 Moshi

Today guests will depart from Moshi. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.

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