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Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro
Trek Mount Kilimanjaro

Trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route

Reach Africa's highest peak with our 6-day guided trek up Kilimanjaro's iconic Marangu Route. Led by certified mountain guide Mack, this adventure promises breathtaking scenery, comfortable mountain huts, and a summit victory you'll never forget.


TRIP TYPE

Private and Group

MOUNTAIN RANGES

East African Mountains

DURATION

6 Days

OFFER PERIOD

Jan - Mar, Jun - Dec

FITNESS LEVEL

Open To Everyone

SKILL LEVEL

First Time

PAYMENT METHODS

Credit Card, Wire Transfer and more!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

5.0

Based on 8 reviews

  • Traverse the easy Marangu Route to climb the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Witness spectacular vistas of the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi as you rise.
  • Sleep in comfortable mountain huts with modern facilities.

Description

I will take you to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania via the easiest and the most comfortable route, the Marangu route. You will not only see stunning views on the way but also get to stay in comfortable mountain huts on this 6-day trip.

Marangu route is a well-developed path which offers a constant climb. Although the approach to the summit is a little demanding, it makes the hike even more thrilling.

Regarding difficulty, remember that it is a moderate trek which requires you to have a fit body a bit of previous trekking experience.

We’ll begin the journey by picking you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and driving you to Arusha. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing in your hotel room. The following day, we’ll head to Marangu gate and after the necessary paperwork, set on our trail. Passing through dense rainforest, we’ll get to Mandara hut and call it a day.

As we’ll ascend further towards Horombo Hut,  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. We have also reserved a full day for acclimatization here, so your body will have ample time to adjust.

Continuing further, we’ll get to Kibo Hut and take rest to prepare for the summit hike. Starting just past midnight while it is still dark, we’ll scale to reach the 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 roof of Africa.

The top offers outstanding views of the neighboring peaks. We’ll descend via the same route and get back to Marangu gate to end this amazing trip.

So, if you find this trip inviting enough, get in touch now to book your seat. It is not every day that you get to climb the highest mountain in Africa!  And, you can also ascend Kilimanjaro via the scenic Lemosho Route.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Clean drinkable water

- Mountain guide expenses

- Hot shower

- Camping equipment sleeping bag

- Camping equipment sleeping pad

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

The climb cost includes:

Transfers:

• Return transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to accommodation in Moshi;

• Return transfer from accommodation in Moshi to the entry gate into Kilimanjaro National Park.

Entry fees:

• Park Fees: all park fees collected by Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all others).

Accommodation:

• Accommodation at 3* hotel one night before and one night after the expedition. You will have all for a comfortable stay - friendly staff, clean rooms, Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool;

• Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern comfortable 4-season North Face VE-25 tents);

Please note: by default, you will share a room and a tent with your travel companion. If you travel solo on a group expedition, we will room you with a same-sex participant. Single supplement is available upon request.

Meals:

• Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;

• All meals on the hike. You will find delicious energy-rich meals on our mountain menus. Our professional chefs will prepare assorted soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;

• All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Hiking and safety equipment:

• 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;

• All group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery);

• Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;

• Complete medical kits including Diamox.

Climbing crew:

• Professional guides licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All guides are holder of Wilderness First Responder certification. All of them have 7+years of successful experience;

• Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).

Taxes:

• 18% VAT, 1% TDL and 0.3% Service Levy. Kiliholidays is an honest and responsible tour operator working in full compliance with the tax law of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The climb cost excludes:

• International flights;

• Tips (250-300 USD per climber for the whole mountain crew);

• Visa fee (100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for all others);

• Personal gear rentals;

• Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the climb);

• Portable toilets (if required - 250 USD per unit, one can be shared between 3 people);

• Mountaineering insurance. You'll need special insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro that covers high-altitude trekking up to 6000 m.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival To Tanzania

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet an Kiliholidays representative, and transfer to Africana Grand Hotel (https://www.africanagrandhotel.com/ ) or a similar one. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, and Internet access. In the evening, there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb. 𝐁𝐞𝐝 & 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭

𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: Check-in starts at 1:00 PM.

Day 2: Trekking from Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park’s eastern entrance: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Mandara Hut (2,700m).

The trekking route includes passage through the rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes, but also your raincoats. When you reach the camp, our mountain support crew will take care of the necessities, pitch the tents, and prepare lunch.

Throughout the entire Marangu route, you will be spending your nights in special huts. They offer a great alternative to those who do not want to sleep in tents. 

𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚, 𝙨𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙡𝙮 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 read 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙣:

Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine. Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently). Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies. At night, you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude. Because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness. 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡; 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫

  • 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 1,860 m to 2,700 m
  • 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 5-7 hours
  • 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 11 km
  • 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: Medium
  • 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Rainforest

Day 3: Trekking to Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart Mandara Hut to start a moderate trek towards the second high altitude camp: Horombo Hut (3,720 m). When you reach the camp on this day, you will be treated to views of two volcanos at once: Kibo and Mawenzi. Several hours after lunch you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you. 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭; 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡; 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫

  • 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐞: 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐇𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐨 𝐇𝐮𝐭 (𝟑,𝟕𝟐𝟎 𝐦) — 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐊𝐢𝐛𝐨 𝐇𝐮𝐭 (𝟑,𝟗𝟐𝟎 𝐦)
  • 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 𝟐.𝟓 𝐤𝐦
  • 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 𝟏–𝟐 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬.
  • 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 𝟐,𝟕𝟎𝟎 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟑,𝟕𝟐𝟎 𝐦
  • 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 𝟓-𝟔 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬
  • 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 𝟏𝟎 𝐤𝐦
  • 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐮𝐦
  • 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: 𝐌𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝

Day 4: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut

After breakfast you will go on an acclimatization hike towards Kibo Hut and back. After lunch you have the opportunity to walk around the surrounding area, take pictures of Mawenzi Volcano or just sleep before the upcoming trekking to Kibo Hut.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

  •  𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐞: 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐇𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐨 𝐇𝐮𝐭 (𝟑,𝟕𝟐𝟎 𝐦) — 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐊𝐢𝐛𝐨 𝐇𝐮𝐭 (𝟒,𝟓𝟎𝟎 𝐦)
  • 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 𝟓–𝟖 𝐤𝐦
  • 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 𝟑–𝟒 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

On this day, right after breakfast, the group will be trekking to the Kibo Hut (4,700 m). The actual trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for climbing to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp, you will be served lunch, after which we recommend you sleep as much as you can, avoid any strenuous activity, and drink lots of water. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭; 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡; 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫

  • 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 𝟑,𝟕𝟐𝟎 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟒,𝟕𝟎𝟎 𝐦
  • 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 𝟒-𝟖 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬
  • 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 𝟏𝟎 𝐤𝐦
  • 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐮𝐦
  • 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: 𝐀𝐥𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐭

Day 6: Ascend to Uhuru Peak and Descend to Horombo Hut

Night departure from Kibo Hut (4,700 m) and the start of your trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit: Uhurupeak (5,895 m). This stretch of Marangu Route is of a moderate physical difficulty, but high altitude puts any climbers body to the test. For the entire length of the trekking, each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Hut (3,720 m).

𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞: 90% of mountain accidents – including broken limbs – happen on the way down. However, they are easily avoided by taking care of how and where you step. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭; 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡; Dinner

  • 𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 𝟒,𝟕𝟎𝟎 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟓,𝟖𝟗𝟓 𝐦; 𝟓,𝟖𝟗𝟓 𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝟑,𝟕𝟐𝟎 𝐦
  • 𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 𝟗-𝟏𝟐 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬
  • 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 𝟏𝟔 𝐤𝐦
  • 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐘: 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡
  • 𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: 𝐀𝐫𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜

Day 7: Descend from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park’s exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent, the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guest book. Lastly, Kiliholidays Mountain Guide will present you with your commemorative certificates and provide you a transfer back to the Africana Grand Hotel. 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁; 𝗟𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵.

Day 8: Departure - Fare well

Enjoy the tranquility of your hotel before the airport transfer.

𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞:  While most hotels have an 11:00 AM check-out policy, they also offer late check-out for those with evening or night flights. The fees are moderate.

Details

More info

Walking Duration: About 6 hours each day

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Town or Moshi

FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

To climb Kilimanjaro, you need be in reasonable physical condition; nevertheless, you don't need to be exceptionally fit.

Since this is a hike rather than a climb, you should be fine if you can run for 30 minutes two to three days per week and enjoy an all-day hike on the weekends. Having a high level of physical fitness will make your climb easier and more enjoyable, but you don’t need to be a daily gym goer. Plenty of people who are not at the peak of physical performance have climbed this mountain. Nor do you require any real experience; the routes may be long and arduous, but they’re not technical.

What's not included in the price?

  • International flights;
  • Visa fee (100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for all others);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the climb);
  • Portable toilets are not available on Marangu route;
  • Mountaineering insurance. You'll need special insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro that covers high-altitude trekking up to 6000 m.

What's included in the price?

The price includes the following items:

1/ Transfers:

  • Return transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to accommodation in Moshi;
  • Return transfer from accommodation in Moshi to the entry gate into Kilimanjaro National Park.

2/ Entry fees:

  • Park Fees: All park fees collected by Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all others).

3/ Accommodation:

  • 3* hotel one night before and one night after the expedition. You will have all for a comfortable stay - friendly staff, clean rooms, Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool (You will share a room with your travel companion. If you travel solo on a group expedition, we will room you with a same-sex participant. Single supplement in the hotel is available upon request. Single occupancy in huts is not possible because of the rules of Kilimanjaro National Park)
  • in huts. An average hut fits in 6-8 people. Allocation of huts is ruled by rangers of the national park. We will do our best to arrange separate huts for our groups, but during busy months you’re likely to share huts with climbers from other groups. Marangu huts are fitted with bunk beds. Our comfortable 4-inch thick mats will be put on your bunk beds, and you’ll feel safe and snug in your sleeping bag. During the rainy season huts will provide extra shelter from rain and wind!

4/ Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. You will find delicious energy-rich meals on our mountain menus. Our professional chefs will prepare assorted soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

5/ Hiking and safety equipment:

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • Complete medical kits including Diamox.

6/ Climbing crew & guiding services

  • Professional guides licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All guides are holder of Wilderness First Responder certification. All of them have 7+years of successful experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).

7/ Taxes:

  • 18% VAT, 1% TDL and 0.3% Service Levy. Kiliholidays is an honest and responsible tour operator working in full compliance with the tax law of the United Republic of Tanzania.

How many airports are available in Tanzania?

Tanzania has several airports, although the most common access points are Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar es Salaam) on the coast and Kilimanjaro International Airport in the north-east of the country or connections are available from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (Nairobi, Kenya). Hence if you are coming for Mount Kilimanjaro treks or Wildlife Safari in Tanzania, you should land at Kilimanjaro Inter. Airport (JRO).

Do I need any vaccinations to travel to Tanzania?

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Tanzania. Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated. Travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code. The only accepted vaccines are those approved by the United Republic of Tanzania and the World Health Organization

Will the altitude in Killimanjaro impact me?

At 5,895 meters Kilimanjaro is in the extreme altitude zone and almost everyone who climbs it will be affected by altitude sickness, in some way. For most climbers, the symptoms of altitude sickness will remain limited to shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea or headaches; neither of which is dangerous.

3 golden rules to avoid altitude sickness during the treks

  1. Take your time: Choose a route that allow you to ascend slowly over multiple days and walk slowly during the day.
  1. Stay hydrated: drinks at least 2 to 4 liters of water every day, you can make a combination of substance like Diamox or caffeine.
  1. Walk high, sleep down: sleep at lower altitude at night than you have climbed during the day. Some routes offer such a beneficial altitude profile.

How big is the group?

  • Five to fifteen hikers can be found in a single group.
  • You will eat all of your meals together in the same mess tent, travel with the same porters and guides, and exchange gifts for the staff when you reach your destination.
  • Every Friday, scheduled departures on the Marangu route leave.

What is the accommodation like while in Kilimanjaro ?

Only the Kilimanjaro Marangu Route offers hut accommodations. The Marangu Hut provides lodging in a dorm style setting with four to twenty bunk beds per room. You cannot reserve a private room. The Mandara and Kibo Huts each have 60 bunk beds, and the Horombo Hut has 120 bunk beds.

How much should I tip the guide?

This is based on my personal experiences in this geographic area and would be 15-20% of the day rate, per person, per guide, so a $200 trip would be $36-40. That is not uncommon on the trips I lead and I assume others see typical amounts. I think client’s sense this and respond accordingly when they are back safe and sound.

What is the weather like in Mount Kilimanjaro?

The weather on Mount Kilimanjaro is often mild and cold.

Hikers will encounter a wide range of climatic conditions as they ascend the mountain from its foot to its summit.

On their ascent to the summit, Uhuru Peak, trekkers pass through each of Mount Kilimanjaro's five distinct temperature zones.

How will meals be handled?

  • Breakfast is usually porridge followed by sausage and eggs, toast and marmalade or jams and hot drinks such as tea, coffee or chocolate. Climbers are asked to communicate with the guide as regards their appetites or we will tend to err on the side of caution in providing much more food than necessary.
  • Lunch is usually a packed lunch that you will carry in your daypack. It normally consists of a boiled egg, some sandwiches, a chicken portion, fresh fruit and a cold drink. At the end of the day’s walking, afternoon tea is served with biscuits, peanuts and, best of all, salted popcorn and plenty of hot drinks.
  • Dinner begins with soup, followed by a main course including chicken or meat, a vegetable sauce, some cabbage, and rice, pasta or potatoes, with fresh fruit for dessert .

What equipment should I bring with me?

Here is a list that will help you pack and be properly prepared:

1/ Clothing

Due to the altitude of Kilimanjaro, the mountain can create its own micro-climate, making the weather changeable above cloud level. This means that you’re exposed to a variety of elements, and your body will undergo an immense temperature change from 18°C in the rainforest and -5°C on the summit. However, the -5°C can drop quickly with the wind. But, this is tolerable as long as you have the right clothing and other climbing essentials. The trick here is to wear layers of clothing that can easily be removed or added, depending on the changing weather condition. So, without much further ado, here are the pieces of clothing that you need to pack

  • Thick fleece = A thick fleece or a down jacket is vital for summit night or evenings on the mountain. This is because the temperature can drop significantly during the nighttime.
  • Apart from the fleece jacket and the lightweight down jacket, you may also need an outer shell over the top to keep you warm during the biting cold temperature at night.
  • Insulated gloves and mitts = Having insulated gloves are a must in keeping your hands warm during the cold weather on the mountain. It would be preferable to have both fleece gloves with waterproof outer and thin inner gloves.

These two will be vital on your Kilimanjaro climb, but a pair of mitts would be best in keeping your hands warm during the summit day.

  • Midlayer fleeces = Midlayer fleeces are good for insulation. It’ll provide you extra warmth, particularly during summit night.
  • Base layers or thermals = Base layer clothing or thermals are essential items that add a necessary warmth during cold evenings and summit nights. If you’re a woman, it would be best to bring some leggings for the first few days of trekking.
  • Hiking tops. When it comes to upper wear, it’s best not to go for cotton. Instead, opt for quick-to-dry trekking tops and bring with you two to three pieces to prevent overpacking.
  • Several pairs of underwear. One of the most necessary items you need to bring is your underwear. It’ll keep you hygienic during your journey up the mountain. Bring some pairs of clean underwear with you and opt for synthetic or merino wool material—a softer and thinner wool version. The merino wool has a natural odor resistance, wet insulation, moisture-wicking, and most importantly, fast drying.

Trekking shorts or trousers

  • Quick-dry, quality shorts or trousers are preferable on your Kilimanjaro adventure. Trekking trousers have several compartments and can be converted into shorts for a more comfortable hike. Take at least two pairs of these trousers with you for a more comfy trek.
  • Footwear

Nothing is more important than a safe and comfortable trek, and footwear is one of the great contributors to your comfort and safety. Comfortable and fitting footwear will prevent you from foot pain and blisters along your climb up the mountain.

Moreover, make sure to cut your nails short before setting off on your African adventure. It would also be helpful to take blister pads with you just in case and change your socks daily for your hygiene.

  • Walking boots

When you go trekking, leather boots are the best. Just ensure they’re well-covered in dubbin to lock out water. Opting for fabric boots will get you in trouble once you’re drenched in the rain.

Make sure the boots you choose have proper ankle support and possess a stiff midsole to prevent getting bent too much.

  • Camp footwear

Due to the varied condition and terrains of the mountain, you may need to switch shoes in between. Bring camp footwear with you and change your boots when you reach the camp, letting them air out.

You may bring camp shoes, such as lightweight shoes or sandals, as you’ll use them during your toilet visits.

  • Spare footbed and laces

Some terrains in Kilimanjaro can be pretty ruthless, so a spare footbed and pair of laces can be a great comfort. It’ll save you if your current footbed gets damp.

  • Trekking socks

Another must-have item on your climb is trekking socks. Bring at least five pairs for five consecutive days and special woolen-mix socks as they’re the warmest. However, check first if they fit snugly in your boots.

  • Headwear. Protecting your head from the heat of the sun is a must while you trek to prevent sunburn and sunstroke. Thus, bringing hats and other headgears with you is a must.
  • Brimmed hat. A brimmed hat can help lessen your exposure to the harsh heat of the sun. It must be worn during sunny days to protect yourself from potential heatstroke or sunburn.
  • Sunglasses. UV rays are particularly strong in the mountain as you ascend. Thus, you’ll need UV glasses for eye protection.

2/ Sleeping bag

3/ Collapsible trekking poles

4/ Inflatable camp pillow (optional)

5/ Headlamp with few extra batteries

6/ 70L to 90L duffel bag

7/ 30-35L day backpack

8/ Hygiene

On Kilimanjaro, there are no bathing facilities or showers. However, there’s some hot water available at camps for washing your hands and face to at least keep you clean somehow.

For your hygiene kit, you may opt to bring the following:

  • Toothbrush
  • Travel-sized toothpaste
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hairbrush (small)
  • Face towel
  • Sunscreen

9/ First aid

  • Altitude drugs. Since altitude drugs have side effects, make sure to consult a doctor before using them. One of the popular altitude drugs is Diamox. This is used to prevent and reduce altitude sickness symptoms like tiredness, headache, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
  • Oral rehydration sachets
  • Eye drops
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandages, plasters, and zinc oxide tape
  • Water bottle
  • Hand warmers

What is the day to day itinerary? Length? Altitude Gain?

Day 1 = Arrival

Day 2 = Trekking from Marangu gate to Mandara hut

  • Elevation: 1,860 m to 2,700 m
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Day 3 = Trekking from Mandara hut to Horombo hut.

  • Elevation: 2,700m to 3,720m
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Distance: 10km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 4 = Acclimatization day at Horombo hut

  • Elevation: 5-8km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Day 5 = Horombo hut to Kibo hut

  • Elevation: 3,720m to 4,700m
  • Hiking Time: 4-8 hours
  • Distance: 10km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 6 = Ascend to Uhuru Peak and descend to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation: 4,700m to 5,895m, then back to 3,720m
  • Hiking Time: 9-12 hours
  • Distance: 16km
  • Difficulty: High
  • Habitat: Arctic

Day 7 = Descend from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Day 8 = Departure

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Green Oasis Pangani Tanzania
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Emayani Beach Lodge Pangani Tanzania
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Pangani Cliffs Lodge Pangani Tanzania
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About the guide: Kiliholidays

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Kiliholidays

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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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What people are saying about this trip

Gabriel

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Amazing trek in Mount Kilimanjaro. Explore-Share (I got assistance from Maca) was helpful in all the process to connect me with a local company - Kiliholidays, which selected very good guides - Johnson and Majura - to help us climb us the mountain. Thanks for the help of everyone involved!

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