Get to the top of Africa

The trail goes through lush rainforest, health and moorland to alpine desert and ultimately the arctic zone at the peak and sleep in huts.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1525 - $2250
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
7 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
Camping safaris Camping
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Marangu route has been referred to as the "Coca Cola" route and this has lead the potential climbers to think that it is an easy route to the summit. This is far from the truth to be honest! the fact that it requires a minimum of 5 days to complete it does not mean that it is easier than any other route. The only reason that people say it is easier is because it is the only route up where you sleep in huts as opposed to tents. The route start from the park headquarters in u and Heads straight westwards towards Kibo.

Day 1. Arrival 

The group arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel under the program.
Our manager will visit you in the evening, bringing a printed, signed and sealed agreement. He will give you a brief trekking orientation and check your equipment. Dinnr and overnight at Sal Salnero Hotel


Day 2. From Marangu Gate to Mandara Camp

Our guides and climbing crew will come to the hotel. You will have the transfer to the Eastern entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park – Marangu Gate (1843 m). After the guides arrange park permits and register the crew with the emergency service, the group will start trekking to Mandara Hut (2700 m). The first leg of the route lies through the tropical forest. The chances of a torrential rain are high. We recommend taking not only a change of clothes, but also raincoats (or waterproof ponchos).
The crew will arrange the camp long before your arrival and the cooks will serve a lunch. 
This route is known for the huts built along all the way. They are very unpretentious. At the same, they are a nice alternative for those, who do not want to sleep in the tents.

It will be your first day on such elevation. We highly recommend you following   these simple instructions:

• Reduce caffeine consumption;
• Drink 4 liters (or more) of water (you should better drink in small portions, but frequently);
• Once you find the symptoms of the high altitude sickness, intake of Diamox is advisable. Moreover, you can take the pill as a preventive measure at the beginning of the trekking. Please, consult your physician on the possible individual allergic reactions. 

Acclimatization is more difficult at night because of respiratory activity decrease multiplied by high altitude. The chances of nausea and headache become high. Once you discover any symptoms of high altitude sickness, ask the guides for help. 

Elevations: Marangu Hut (1843 m) – Mandara Hut (2700 m)

Trekking distance: 11 km

Duration of trekking: 5-7 hours   

Day 3. From Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Your group leaves Mandara Hut early in the morning and start trekking to the second high-altitude camp Horombo (3720 m). When you arrive at the camp, you will see two volcanos (Kibo and Mawenzi) simultaneously. 
After a couple of hours, you will have an additional acclimatization hike up to 200 m towards Barafu and go back to the camp, where you will have dinner.

Important note: 
Acclimatization hike is an easy trekking up to some minor altitudes. Please, kindly note, that these acclimatization hikes are very important in order to reach Uhuru Peak successfully and will help you to prevent AMS (acute mountain sickness).

Ascent from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut:

Elevations: Mandara Hut (2700 m) – Horombo Hut (3720 m)

Trekking distance: 12 km 

Duration of trekking: 6-7 hours  


Acclimatization hike:

Elevations: Horombo Hut (3720 m) – Set point (3920 m)

Trekking distance: 2 km

Duration of trekking: 1-2 hours

Day 4. From Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

You will trek to Kibo summit camp (4700 m) immediately after the breakfast. This trekking is not difficult, but choosing a proper pace is important to spare your strength before summiting. The cooks will have made a lunch before your arrival. We recommend resting, avoiding physical exertions and drinking much water.

Elevations: Horombo Hut (3720 m) – Kibo Hut (4500 m)

Trekking distance: 10 km

Trekking time: 7-8 hours

Day 5. From Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak and from Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

You leave Kibo Hut (4700 m) at night and start climbing the top of Kilimanjaro – Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Summiting will be modestly challenging, but the altitude is a huge concern. The Chief Guide will assign a personal guide for each couple of the climbers. He will be continually monitoring your stamina and fortitude (if summiting is successful, you will have an opportunity to visit a glacier). Then, you will go down to Kibo Hut. After 2 hours rest, there the group will keep on descending to Horombo Hut (3720 m).

Important note:
Do not forget that the 90% of all accidents (broken hands, legs, fractures and strains) befall on the way down. Legs and feet are the most vulnerable areas (especially toenails).

Elevations: Kibo Hut  (4500 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Horombo Hut (3750 m)

Trekking distance:  16 km 

Trekking time: 9-12 hours 

Day 6. From Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Warm breakfast and the team goes down by the familiar route.  Passing through Mandara Hut, you will finish your trekking at Marangu Gate (1843 m). The team will salute you and congratulate with your accomplishment. You may share your impressions and memories and the guestbook. Then, (in our office) we will award you with the climbing certificates and transfer to the hotel. 

Elevations: Horombo Hut (3750 m) – Marangu Gate (1980 m) 

Trekking distance:  21 km

Trekking time: 5-7 hours

Day 7. Departure  

Rest at the hotel and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.


Marangu Route advantages

  1. Affordability of the climb. Marangu route is the only one providing unique fusion of wallet-friendly trekking and successful summiting chances.
  2. The route covers all climate zones of Tanzania from tropical forests to ice slopes of the Kibo glaciers.


Climbing Prices Include:

  • All park entry fees
  • All camping and hut fees
  • Airport transfer (round trip)
  • 2 night hotel stay, before and after the climb at a Budget hotel.
  • All camping gear(Tent, dining or mess tent, camping table and chairs)
  • Rescue fees
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Ox miter machine
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Experienced guides, cooks and porters
  • Guide, chef and porters salaries
  • Meals( 3 times per day)
  • Cook and kitchen utensils
  • VAT
  • English, Spanish and German speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and CHild CPR)

Climbing Prices Excludes:

  • International and local flight from to back home
  • Tips (Gratuity)  to guide and porters
  • Personal mountain gear (We offer high quality Gear Rental, see below for more info)


Additional Services

  • Mountain Gear Rental – Ascend Tanzania Clients receive a 10% Discount on all rental prices.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber – $200
  • Portable Private Toilet – $70

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  • sal salinero hotel
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Alaitol Adventure & Safaris

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