Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking

7 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu Route

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1500 - $2200
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
7 days
Best months:
January - March, August - October
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Parks visited:
Activity level:
Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
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Marangu Route also known as Coca-Cola or the Tourist Route it is the most popular route on mountain. It is the only route that offers sleeping huts along the trek that serve beverages. It is also the easiest route on the mountain as it’s ascend is gradual and steady giving room for unproblematic trekking for the most of the route. Nevertheless, due to its repute as an easy route, most inexperienced and unprepared climbers often select it and only around 40% of them make it to the summit.

The hike start at the Marangu Gate on the south-east area of the mountain, it takes a minimum of five days, although it’s recommended that you take a minimum of 6 days. The route is mainly crowded because descend is done on the same route. The route is also relatively cheaper to hike since its shorter as well as its close proximity to Moshi the gateway town. This route is not very desirable to climbers who want to enjoy the scenery as they ascend the mountain. It confines hikers to one side of the mountain consequently, limiting the variety. Although it has the best rainforest trail with some spectacular views of the Mawenzi and Uhuru peaks. If you don’t like trekking over steeper routes, sleeping in tents, want to spend less and don’t mind the crowds then Marangu route is an ideal option.

Day 1 Nairobi- Arusha

You will be picked from your Nairobi hotel after breakfast and leave for Arsha town through Namanga border for immigration formalities arriving in time for your lunch. spend your afternoon in an Arusha hotel organizing your hiking gear, have dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Arusha-Mandara

After your breakfast, drive to Moshi and to Marangu park gate where you will be dropped by your vehicle and begin trekking towards Mandara which is 9km away. Have lunch, dinner and overnight stay at Mandara hut which is 2774m above sea level.

Day 3 Mandara- Horombo

Have an early breakfast and start trekking to Horombo hut which will take you approximately 8 hours. You will have your lunch enroute. From Horombo you will have a spectacular view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Spend your night at the Horombo hut.

Day 4 Horombo- Kibo

After your breakfast you will trek for around 13km to Kibo hut which is at an altitude of 4732m above the sea level. You will have a chance to see amazing mountain vegetation such as ground sel, giant cactus and lobelia.

Day 5 Kibo-Horombo

Wake up very early in the morning and attempt to conquer the summit at around 0200hrs trek to Gilman’s point which is 5681m above sea level. Proceed to Uhuru peak which takes you around one hour to reach the peak which is 5896m above sea level. Having conquered the peak, descend to Horombo hut during the afternoon for dinner and overnight stay

Day 6 Horombo- Arusha

After your breakfast, descend to Marangu park gate through Mandara and then proceed to Arusha for overnight.

 Day 7 Arusha- Nairobi

 After your breakfast leave Tanzania and head back to Nairobi via Namanga border, after immigration formalities at the border head to Nairobi arriving late evening.

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  • Camping

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