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Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking in 5 days via the Marangu route

Get to the top of Kilimanjaro in just 5 days via the easiest path, the Marangu route with one of our certified mountain guides.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration5 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Get to the top pf Mount Kilimanjaro via the easy Marangu route in just 5 day.

  • Explore the amazing flora and fauna of the area on your way.

  • The route offers a stay in comfortable mountain huts instead of camps.

Description

Apart from being the oldest route, the Marangu Route is also considered as the easiest path to the summit. So, join us on this amazing expedition as we take you to the highest point in Africa in just 5 days!

Located in the Kilimanjaro National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) is the highest mountain in Africa and is a popular climbing destination for many hikers.

Out of the available routes, Marangu is well developed and offers a fairly constant climb. It is also known as the Coca-Cola route and is the only route that offers a stay in comfortable mountain huts instead of camps.

We’ll begin the journey from Arusha and head to the Marangu gate. Here, after the necessary paperwork, we’ll set on our trail. Passing through dense rainforest, we’ll get to Mandara hut and Horombo Hut the following days. Here, you will notice a change in vegetation with forest giving way to moorland. 

Horombo Hut offers spectacular views of the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo and the Masai steppe. Continuing further, we’ll get to Kibo Hut and take rest to prepare for the summit hike the next day.

The following day, starting just past midnight while it is still dark, we’ll scale to Gilman’s Point just in time to see a beautiful sunrise. From there, a good hike of about 1- 2 hours will take us to Uhuru Peak, the top of Kilimanjaro.

The summit offers exceptional views of the neighboring peaks. After enjoying our time, we’ll descend via Mandara and get back to the Marangu gate to end this thrilling trip.

Send a message to book your seat on this exciting adventure in Tanzania. We’ll be happy to guide you. You can also ascend the peak via the Machame route.

Accommodation

Hotel and Mountain Huts

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Itinerary

Day 0: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport – JRO Arusha

We’ll receive you from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transfer you to Tulia Hotel and Spa (or similar in Arusha). In the evening, we’ll brief you about the pre-climbing and check the climbing equipment.

Included: Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

After tea, we’ll leave for Kilimanjaro National Park gate – Marangu. Post necessary paperwork you will soon be hiking through dense rainforest. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the black and white colobus monkeys scrambling through the lush vegetation.

After a good hike of about 3 to 4 hours, we’ll reach the Mandara Hut. Later, you’ll visit Maundi Crater to see some wonderful views.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Trek to Kibo Hut

The trail leads to the last waterpoint, which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly plantless plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is Kibo Hut and it should be reached in about 5 to 6 hours. We’ll rest early to get enough rest for the upcoming summit hike. You will be woken at around 11 pm.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo

We’ll start in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave (5,220 m), the climb takes us to Gilman’s Point (5,681 m) on the crater rim just before sunrise.

Another hike of 1 to 2 hours, takes us to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. After lunch at Kibo Hut, we’ll get down to Horombo Hut and stay overnight.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Starting early at 1:00 am, we’ll reach Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is a bit steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags that will take us to the Point in about five or six hours.

For those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing by the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area.

The descent is surprisingly fast and we’ll return to Horombo for the night. Total hours: 11 to 15.

Day 5: Horombo to Mandara Marangu, back to Arusha

After breakfast, passing via Mandara Hut, you’ll traverse moorland and lush forest to get to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu, from where you’ll be transferred to Tulia Hotel and Spa or a similar hotel in Arusha.


About the guide

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Mack was born and raised in Arusha, northern Tanzania, in a lovely Ilmaasai tribe family. He is the eighth child of ten and has spent the majority of his career as Tour Guide covering East Africa.

Mack studied Information Communication Technology and has also specialized in the field of Procurement and Supply Management. However, he feels at home in the African wilderness!

Travel and Tourism Management is where his heart lies. As he gained more experience, Mack realized that he wanted to create safaris of his own using the skills he acquired during his travels. He wanted to use his personal touch to provide the best possible customer experience! His intense love for nature and conservation has contributed richly to the quality of the safaris he offers.

Mack has the uncanny ability to coordinate and organize tours for large groups of people making his tours a hassle-free and seamless experience.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1526 each

Group of 2

USD 1526 each

Group of 3

USD 1526 each

Group of 4

USD 1526 each

Group of 5

USD 1526 each

Group of 6

USD 1526 each

Group of 7

USD 1526 each

Group of 8

USD 1526 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

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

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

• Clean, drinkable water during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping pad

Price details

• Pride does not include: Flights, Sleeping Bag, Drinks, Visa fees, Tips and Travel Insurance.


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