Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called by the Masai “the House of God”. Close to the western summit there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude” from The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway. Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every campsite with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. This route is usually done on 5 days but we recommend 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day is spent at Horombo with a walk up to Zebra rocks to help acclimatize.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1400 - $3500
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
6 days
Best months:
January - February, June - December
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Activity level:
Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
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Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro to Moshi 45Km (27 miles) 50 Min drive,
Elevation 800M (2,624 Ft).

Day 2: Start trekking on Marangu route
Moshi to Marangu Gate 70 Km (43 miles)
Elevation 1800M (5,905 Ft) to Mandara hut 2750M (9,021 ft)

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Mandara hut 2750M (9,021 ft.) to Horombo 3780 (12,400 ft.)
Km/miles of walking: 7km (4.43 Miles)

Day 4: Acclimatization Day
Horombo to Mawenzi Hut – Zebra Rocks

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Horombo 3780M (12,285 ft.) to Kibo 4,700M (15,420 ft.)
Km/Miles of walking 6 Km (4 miles)

Day 6: Kibo Hut to the Summit and then down to Horombo hut.
Kibo 4,700M (15,420 ft.) to Summit 5,895M (19,340 ft.) back to Horombo 3780 (12,285 ft.)
Km/miles of walking 10 km (6 miles)

Day 7: Horombo to Marangu gate
Horombo hut 3780M (12,285 ft.) to Marangu gate 1800M (5,850 ft.)
Km/miles of walking 4 km (2.5 miles) Ascend and 14 Km descend (8.75 miles)


The overall height difference between Marangu Gate at the National Park entrance and the summit of Uhuru peak is 4100 meters (13,450 ft) with a one way distance of 32 km (20 miles).

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro to Moshi 45Km (27 miles) 50 Min drive.
Elevation 800M (2,624 Ft)

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be picked up by our friendly staff and transported to the hotel booked based on the category chosen. You will spend a night to rest up and rearrange your gear before the trek begins the next day. You will have the opportunity to go over any last minute questions and leave a bag behind with anything you don't need on this trek. Your left-behind gear will be secured at the storage room and will meet you as soon as you back from the mountain.

Day 2: Start trekking on Marangu route
Moshi to Marangu Gate 70 Km (43 miles)
Elevation 1800M (5,905 Ft) to Mandara hut 2750M (9,021 ft)


We will depart from your hotel at 8:30 AM to Marangu gate to pickup your permit for trekking. Gate formalities take about 1 1/4 hours. After an introduction to your porters from the Chief Guide, we head out National Park Marangu Gate at 1800 m for an easy walk through the fascinating rain forest to the Mandara Hut at 2750 m.

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Mandara hut 2750M (9,021 ft.) to Horombo 3780 (12,400 ft.)
Km/miles of walking: 7km (4.43 Miles)
Time: 5 to 6 hours

After breakfast, we ascend through rolling alpine meadows and giant Heather trees. Along this leisurely trail, we can enjoy the flora and views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. A packed lunch is served on the way to Horombo Hut (3780m). Finally, dinner and overnight is taken at Horombo Hut.

Day 4: Acclimatization Day
Horombo to Mawenzi Hut – Zebra Rocks


We head out early toward Mawenzi Peak. Our goal is Zebra rocks. This will help you as you gain high altitude and test how your body reacts. Later in the afternoon, we come down to Mawenzi Hut. Remember “Hike high, sleep low”

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Horombo 3780M (12,285 ft.) to Kibo 4,700M (15,420 ft.)
Km/Miles of walking 6 Km (4 miles)
Time: 5 to 6 Hrs

After a good night's rest, we continue past the cactus-like ground cover and the "last water" stream and move onto the lunar landscape in the Alpine Zone on the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi. We sleep the night at Kibo Hut at 4700m.

Day 6: Kibo Hut to the Summit and then down to Horombo hut.
Kibo 4,700M (15,420 ft.) to Summit 5,895M (19,340 ft.) back to Horombo 3780 (12,285 ft.)
Km/miles of walking 10 km (6 miles)
Time: 14 to 16 hrs

The start for the summit is made in the early hours of the morning in order to reach Gillman Point - (5680 m) before dawn. From Gillman Point, we witness a spectacular and unforgettable sunrise. One more hour of walking and we reach the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak at 5895m. The descent is less tiring and the night is spent at Horombo Hut.

Day 7: Horombo to Marangu gate
Horombo hut 3780M (12,285 ft.) to Marangu gate 1800M (5,850 ft.)
Km/miles of walking 4 km (2.5 miles) Ascend and 14 Km descend (8.75 miles)
Time: 5 to 7 Hours

Another half day leisurely walk and we are back at the Park entrance again where you will meet with our gate representative and drive you back to Moshi for a well deserved rest.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Bristol Cottages Moshi
  • Park View Hotel Moshi
  • Sal Salinero Hotel
  • Kibo Palace Home Hotel Moshi

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