6 Days from$1800 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
The six day Marangu Route Kilimanjaro climb will give you a chance to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Africa, offering one of the greatest opportunities in the world to climb the peak of high altitude with no need of technical climbing skills. The trek will take you over well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense forest and up to the arctic zone. Located in Tanzania and lying just 3 degrees south of the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro’s permanent snow is astonishing. The trek is open to any ordinarily fit and healthy person who is prepared to put some energy to climb to the summit. Walking distance is approximately 60 kilometres from Marangu Gate at 1,860m and slowly but surely up to reach Gillman’s Point at 5,680m and the final point Uhuru Peak at 5,895m, the real summit.
Safari types:Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
You will visit:Kilimanjaro National Park
Wildlife:Birds, Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Moshi
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 1,800 per person
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- 18% VAT on tour fees & services
- Flights & visas
- Tips to mountain crew
- Doctor for the group
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance
- A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($70 per toilet + toilet tent)
- Increases in park fees where applicable
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- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
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Day by Day Overview
You will be picked up from the hotel in Moshi for the drive to Marangu gate with excellent views of the mountain. You will meet your team of guides and porters at the gate. Whilst in the forest you could see bright coloured birds, colobus monkeys and other species of monkey as well as mosses, lichens and flowers and delicate orchids. If the skies are clear you can see the town of Moshi lying at the edge of the plain further down. Once registrations finished you will start ascending leave the park buildings the walk is 4-5 hours through areas of coffee plantation and thick rainforest to Mandara Hut.
Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut
The second day on the mountain starts just after breakfast with a steep climb through the last swathe of rainforest, which soon gives way to a rolling alpine meadow dotted with giant heather. Once you leave the forest sunshade, Kilimanjaro’s two peaks, snow covered Kibo and rocky Mawenzi, lie straight ahead overlooking the skyline. Further on you cross a zone of open moorland with diminutive vegetation. Today you gain roughly 1,000m altitude; the walk can take five to seven hours depending on your pace but always ‘pole pole’.
Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut
A day here provides an opportunity for you to acclimatize step by step to the altitude. Information shows that an acclimatization day effectively doubles the chance of succession to reach the summit, thus the time is well spent! The day is not wasted as there are several walks you can take just in the locality of the hut, but we will take the most famous walk of which most people take for acclimatization which leads you to the base of Mawenzi Peak, the dramatic eastern summit of Kilimanjaro. The walk takes 4-5 hours a round trip and will go till to an altitude of 4,600m then you will return back to Horombo Hut. This walk will put you in good shape later on.
Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut
The scenery turns out to be more rocky and rough as you leave behind Kibo, everlasting flower and other bizarre alpine plants, massive groundsels and lobelias appear in the sparse moorland. The trail up to Kibo will take between five and seven hours. Skirting Mawenzi Peak ass you pass the last water point then you cross a stark, almost lunar landscape to the Saddle which is a wide tundra desert between the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Here you will start getting fantastic views of the upper ranges of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Hut (4,705m), a dry-stone-walled hut with dorms and limited facilities. Tonight you prepare for tomorrow’s final assault – the summit – re-packing to leave any non-essential items with the porters; you need to summon all your energy to get to the summit so there’s absolutely no point in carrying anything you don’t need! An early night is imperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles, and then have time to get back down to the hut.
Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut
This is a long and demanding day! The guides wake you soon after midnight and you start out in the darkness, zigzagging up a long scree slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of day the scree is still frozen, which makes it easier to walk on! After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave – named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 – where he found the remains of a frozen leopard. The gradient gets steeper and three hours on (this is the hardest stretch of the climb!) you should reach the crater rim at Johanna’s Notch. From here it’s a short scramble to Gillman’s Point (5,685m) in time for dawn. Your reward is the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi – the profusion of colours and shapes make all the suffering seem worthwhile! For those who still have the energy and drive, it takes another couple of hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru (Freedom) Peak (5,896m). Your descent (approx. 3 hours) retraces the route back down past Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest.
Dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Hut
The pace quickens as you continue your triumphant way back down across alpine meadow and past Mandara Hut through the rainforest to Marangu Gate where you board the vehicle for the journey back to Moshi.