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Climbing Kilimanjaro in 6 days via the Marangu Route

Join the certified guides at Orongai Africa Safaris and enjoy a unique Kilimanjaro ascent via the famous Marangu Route. Catch sight of blue monkeys, discover the amazing Kibo crater and stand at the highest point of Africa on this unforgettable mountaineering adventure!

Duration6 days
Offer period
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Climb to the top of Africa's highest summit.

  • Explore the famous Marangu route on the way to the top of Kilimanjaro.

  • Enjoy the amazing flora and fauna of Tanzania.

Description

Would you like to climb to the top of the highest mountain in Africa? Then join us on this unique 6-day Marangu route ascent of the breathtaking Kilimanjaro.

At 5,895 m (19,341 ft), Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and therefore one of the seven summits. It is a popular mountaineering feat with many routes to reach its breathtaking top. On this 6-day adventure, we will climb the acclaimed Marangu Route, also known informally as the “coca-cola route” because the mountain huts on the way sell the famous soft drink.

Marangu is considered the easiest route to climb Kilimanjaro. Furthermore, it is the only route with mountain huts along the way. Join us via this route and we will make sure you are comfortable and safe every step of the way, and that you have the adventure of a lifetime.

So, are you ready to climb Kilimanjaro? Then book your place now and start planning an unforgettable mountaineering experience!

We also offer options to climb Kili via some of the other routes, which are also quite stunning!

Accommodation

Tents (listed price is for shared tent option. Price for the trip with solo tent option is $1,750)

Meeting point

You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).

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Itinerary

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

We depart Moshi for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.

We depart Moshi for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.

Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut


Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft

Distance: 8 km/5 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut


Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft

Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Heath

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut.

Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Heath


Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 14,400 ft to 12,205

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

Habitat: Heath

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut


Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic


Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft

Distance: 16 km/10 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Heath

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour 

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate


Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft

Distance: 20 km/12 miles

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour 

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).


About the guide

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Welcome to Orongai African Safaris, our company, located right in the heart of Arusha, has a team of experienced, professional and dedicated guides. The whole team and entire staff at Orongai African Safaris is made up of natives who know Africa, Tanzania in particular by their fingertips. They have taken naturalist courses and are excellent game spotters. In addition they speak excellent English and some of them speak a couple of foreign languages.

All our 4×4 safari vehicles are custom-made for the rugged terrain of African roads in order to withstand the harsh terrain while offering game-viewing comfort. In addition they are fitted with HF radio communications and all passengers are guaranteed comfortable window seats.


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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

USD 1495 each

Group of 2

USD 1495 each

Group of 3

USD 1495 each

Group of 4

USD 1495 each

Group of 5

USD 1495 each

Group of 6

USD 1495 each

Group of 7

USD 1495 each

Group of 8

USD 1495 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Clean, drinkable water during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price listed is on a shared tent basis. Solo tents are also available and trip price is $1,750 in this case.


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