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Trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route, 6 days

Climb the roof of Africa via the easy Marangu Route with Mack, a certified mountain guide. Stay in cozy mountain huts on this 6-day trek.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration6 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelFirst time
Fitness LevelOpen to everyone
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • 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.

Accommodation

Hotel Tulia B&B and Tents

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Walking Duration: About 6 hours each day

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Town or Moshi

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Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

We will transfer you from Kilimanjaro Airport to your hotel in Arusha. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or exploring the town of Arusha. We will brief you about the trek in the evening.

Overnight at Tulia Hotel and Spa

Day 2: From Arusha – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Mandara hut (2,700 m)

After breakfast, we’ll head to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate and begin our trek post-registration. Hiking through a dense forest, we’ll catch a glimpse of the black and white colobus monkeys scrambling through the lush vegetation.

A good hike of 3-4 hours takes us to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, you can stroll to the Maundi Crater to enjoy wonderful views leading all the way to Kenya.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2,700 m) to Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Continuing further, we’ll notice that the vegetation changes from dense forest to shrubs.

We’ll reach the Horombo Hut after 5-6 hours,  from where, you’ll have fantastic views of Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Masai steppe.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Zebra Rocks (4,020 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Today’s purpose is to get you acclimatized. So, we’ll set off on a trek to Zebra Rocks. The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name.  We’ll return to Horombo Hut after the hike to spend the evening.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

The trail leads onto the “last waterpoint” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly plantless plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. We’ll reach the Kibo hut get enough rest for the upcoming summit hike.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

We will start in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier and head towards the summit.

Passing the Hans Meyer Cave (5,220 m), the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,681 m) on the crater rim. Another hike of 1 to 2 hours takes you to Uhuru Peak.

It will be incredible to stand on the “Roof of Africa”. We’ll return via the same route and after a warm lunch at Kibo Hut, descend all the way to Horombo Hut.

Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Arusha

Passing through the heather and moor zone we’ll descend for about 6-7 hours to get back to Marangu Gate.

From here, we will transfer you to your hotel and after a warm shower; the rest of the day is spent relaxing.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


Equipment you will need to bring

Ski equipment (skis, boots, poles)

Climbing skins

Poles

Sunglasses

Pulley

Backpack

Water bottle


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 1650 each

Group of 2

USD 1650 each

Group of 3

USD 1547 each

Group of 4

USD 1598 each

Group of 5

USD 1568 each

Group of 6

USD 1547 each

Group of 7

USD 1526 each

Group of 8

USD 1521 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

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• 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

• Pride does not include: Flights, Alcoholic and Soft drinks, Visa fees, Tips, Travel insurance. A maximum number of 50 people can join me.


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