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.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range

East African Mountains

People per Guide

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Private 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.

 

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.

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
1600 USD

Group of 2
1600 USD

Group of 3
1500 USD

Group of 4
1550 USD

Group of 5
1520 USD

Group of 6
1500 USD

Group of 7
1480 USD

Group of 8
1475 USD

 

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

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Kilimanjaro 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 2From 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 3Mandara 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 4Horombo 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 5Horombo 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 6Kibo 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 7Horombo 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

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

First time

Fitness level required

Open to everyone

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Town or Moshi

Accommodation

Hotel Tulia B&B and Tents

More info

Walking Duration: About 6 hours each day

 

About the Guide

 
 

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

 

Communications were smooth and planning with this company made me no troubles. The hiking itself was also hustle-free, guides were proffesional, chef was cooking tasty, porters did their work properly. So our way to summit was easy-going (and succesful too). Reccomended
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Yaroslav
I am so glad we booked with Kiliholidays! Mack, the owner of the tour company, was excellent in communicating with me via email! He was quick to respond to all of my questions and concerns. We booked two tours: Mt. Kilimanjaro 6-day Marangu route and also a 3 night/4 day safari. Both were amazing and unforgettable experiences! For Mt. Kilimanjaro tour: what can I say, we LOVED our guides Paroko and Baracka!!! They were so friendly, encouraging, helpful and wonderful to talk to! Our porters and cook were also fantastic! Perhaps bring an extra blanket to keep you warm during the cold nights as the sleeping bags they provided could have been better, but other than that, we had a great time! For our safari, we went to Tarangire, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. Each park was beautiful and our guide, Thomas, was excellent! He was able to find so many animals for us. It was crazy how sharp his eye was! We saw the big 4 on the first day thanks to him! We stayed at Farm of Dreams Lodge andTukaone Camp. WOW!!! Loved both!!! Loved the comfort of a wonderful hotel at Farm of Dreams Lodge and the awesome experience of “glamping” at Tukaone!!! Very glad we booked with Kiliholidays! Very transparent, trustworthy company that delievered what they promised in our discussions!
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Michelle
My friend and I recently trekked to Mt. Kilimanjaro with Kiliholidays. We had a wonderful time!!! Our guides Paroko and Baracka were AMAZING! They were so friendly, patient, encouraging, and helpful! We loved talking to them and learning more about Tanzania! The rest of our team, the porters and cook, were just as friendly and warm. Everything we had discussed in our e-mails with Mack prior to the trek were executed as advertised! My only recommendation is you might want to bring a warm blanket as it can get very cold and the sleeping bags they provide are not the most warm. As with all tours, especially something as serious as going on a week-long climb, make sure to discuss all the fine details of the trip beforehand to ensure you know precisely what is included and what will cost extra, such as oxygen, sleeping bags, walking poles, etc. We made sure to ask these questions and Mack was excellent with communicating with us. Loved his transparency and honesty. For the price and service provided, I would definitely recommend booking with Kiliholidays!!!
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micha789
Very well organized. Clear informations, safe all the time... guide was beyond expectations!
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Thaís Presutto
 

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