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Mount Kilimanjaro 5-day climb via the Marangu Route

Trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in just 5 days via the amazing Marangu Route with one of our certified mountain guides to have an incredible time!

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration5 days
Offer period
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Traverse the classic Marangu Route to climb the iconic peak of Kilimanjaro.

  • Witness stunning vistas of the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi as you scale.

  • Sleep in comfortable mountain huts instead of tents during the trek.

Description

We’ll achieve the amazing feat of climbing the iconic peak of Kilimanjaro (5,895m) in just 5 days, so come, join us! Furthermore, we’ll get to the top via the classic Marangu Route, so there is no reason to miss this trip.

Also, known as the ‘Coca Cola’ route, the Marangu Route is a favorite among hikers. But, just because it takes you to the peak in a short duration of 5 days, by no means it is an easy route.

The route offers an exciting and challenging climb and also has the added perk of making the hikers stay in comfortable mountain huts instead of tents. Also, it is best to arrive one day before the start date to get proper rest and gear up for the amazing adventure that lies ahead.

The trek is suitable for both beginners and seasoned hikers. For those of you who do not have previous trekking experience, it is recommended to extend the trip by a day at Horombo Huts for better acclimatization. We’ll book the huts well in advance so as to avoid any inconveniences later.

The journey will begin by picking you up from the airport and transferring you to your hotel in Moshi. The next day we’ll head towards the village of Marangu to begin our trek. The route takes us all the way to Kibo. You’ll be traversing a range of landscapes, from lush rain forest to moorland and alpine desert until you reach the peak.

All along you’ll be accompanied by mesmerizing views of towering peaks and it will be no less than an accomplishment to stand on the roof of Africa.

After, relishing our time on the top, we’ll get down via the same route, ending this incredible trip.

If this amazing journey to the top of Kilimanjaro interests you, send us a message now to book your tickets. You’ll have the time of your life! Also, check out our page for some more exciting adventures in Tanzania.

We also offer the option of climbing Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route in 6 days. Please find the prices for our extended Marangu route program detailed below and don’t hesitate to contact us to plan your adventure!

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Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival in Tanzania

Upon arrival, we’ll pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your beautiful Park View Inn Hotel in Moshi.

You’ll spend the day relaxing by the pool and we’ll brief you about the trek.

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut

After breakfast and briefing, we’ll drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walking through the rainforest, we’ll get to the Mandara encampment. You’ll see towering Eucalyptus trees, birdlife, and Colobus monkeys on the way. A side trip to Maundi Crater will be a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya.

Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 8km/5mi

Habitat: Montane forest

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

You’ll leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels on the way. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude from here.

Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 12km/7.5mi

Habitat: Heathland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Ascending, we’ll now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. After dinner, we’ll take rest and prepare for the summit climb.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 9km/5.5mi

Habitat: Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

Early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we’ll commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow, up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we’ll now ascend Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. You’ll have unbelievable views at every turn on the way. After clicking a picture or two, we’ll descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

We’ll begin in dark in the light of our headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This by far will be the most difficult part of the trek. But your optimistic attitude will get you there!

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft • Down to 3700m/12,200ft

Hiking time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down

Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Hike Horombo Hut to trailhead, drive to Moshi

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through the lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).

Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 8km/5mi

Habitat: Montane forest

Meals: Lunch & Dinner


About the guide

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Kilisa Tours & Safaris is the Tanzanian local owned company that made up of professionals who are well organized for Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking, Mount Meru trekking and wildlife safaris in Northern circuit. Giving customized and unprecedented services to our customers with the goal that they generally treasure their visit to Africa and Tanzania specifically for being an exemplary tour provider and emerge as the most satisfactory safari experience facilitator.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1856 each

Group of 2

USD 1856 each

Group of 3

USD 1805 each

Group of 4

USD 1805 each

Group of 5

USD 1753 each

Group of 6

USD 1753 each

Group of 7

USD 1753 each

Group of 8

USD 1753 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

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

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Clean, drinkable water during the trip

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

Includes: Rescue fees, Taxes, Meals during the trek, Hot water for washing, Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter, Emergency first-aid kit.

Not Included:

Meals at your hotel before and after the climb, Travel Insurance, Flights, Laundry, Tips. * Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for an extra cost of $ 70 for the entire trek.

Prices for larger groups are: 9-12 PEOPLE: $1650 PER PERSON/ 12 & MORE PEOPLE $1600 PER PERSON

WE also offer the possibility of climbing Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route via a 6-day program. Prices for our 6-day program are: 1-2 PERSON $1920 PER PERSON; 3-4 PEOPLE $1870 PER PERSON; 5-8 PEOPLE $1820 PER PERSON; 9-12 PEOPLE $1770 PER PERSON; 12 & MORE PEOPLE $1720 PER PERSON.


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