Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Climb to the ‘Roof of Africa’ and conquer her highest mountain at 5,895 metres at the peak. There are several routes to choose from depending on ability, and although no experience is required, the effects of altitude and the cold can put physical and mental stamina to the test. The best months to climb the mountain are January, February and September, together with July and August which are much colder. Consider also coinciding your climb with a full moon lighting up the mountain at night and improving your visibility throughout your climb.
The Marangu route is affectionately known as the “Coca Cola” route due to its popularity. The trail has permanent wooden huts in a dormitory style along its route with all the basic necessities. No technical skill is required for this trek with the same route used for both the ascent and the descent.
Day 1 - Moshi
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred to Moshi for your briefing.
Situated on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Parkview Inn offers unmatched levels of quality and comfort. With a prime location in central Moshi, there is no better place to prepare yourself to climb Kilimanjaro. The spectacular view of Kilimanjaro is delightfully complemented by our poolside patio and professional service. The rooms are spacious and modern, consisting of personal touches to ensure a pleasant and memorable stay with them.
Day 2 - Mandara Camp
Marangu Gate 1,860m – Mandara Hut 2,720m
3 – 4 hours trek – 7 km
From the gate, you ascend a cleared ridge trail to Mandara Hut. The cleared trail is the fastest way to Mandara, but opportunities to see wildlife or enjoy the forest are limited due to the heavy foot traffic. An alternative is to ascend along the parallel forest trail and descend on the main trail. The forest trail branches off to the left, a few minutes after the gate, and follows the edge of a stream through the under growth. About halfway (1 hour from the gate) you can choose to cross the stream and rejoin the main trail, or continue on the forest trail. Both trails continue on opposite sides of the stream, merging about one hour before Mandara Hut Marangu-Mandara Hut. Transfer to Marangu Gate at an altitude of 1,860m. The path to Mandara Hut, the first overnight stop, passes through rain forest and takes up to four hours. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 2720m on the Marangu Route.
Day 3 - Horombo Camp
Mandara Hut 2,720m – Horombo Hut 3,720m
5 – 6 hours trek – 11 km
From Mandara Hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest and skirts the base of Maundi Crater, crosses a meadow and a wooded stream, then emerges into grassland. It is well worth the short detour to scramble up to the rim of Maundi Crater for a superb view of the mountain and its surroundings. The trail crosses numerous moorland ravines before ending at Horombo Hut, which is set in a rocky valley with a fine stand of giant sceneries or groundsels. Leaving behind the forest and following the ascending path through alpine meadows on to the slopes of Mawenzi. Horombo Hut is reached after about six hours and is 11km from Mandara. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 3720m on the Marangu Route.
Day 4 - Kibo Camp
Horombo Hut 3,720m to Kibo Hut 4,700m
5 – 7 hours trek – 10 km
For 5 day trekkers you will depart from Horombo Hut early and begin a 1,000 metre ascent to Kibo Hut which covers a distance of approximately 10km. You will pass the last water point at 4,130 metres. From here you cross the Saddle of Mt. Kilimanjaro which is an alpine desert. At Kibo Hut you will be served an early dinner and should try get to bed before 19h00 as you will be awoken around 23h30 to start your 1,150 metre ascent to Uhuru Peak. Make sure that you have all your gear ready for a prompt departure, including insulated water, snacks, your headlamp and camera. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 4700m on the Marangu Route.
Day 5 - Summit / Horombo Camp
Kibo Hut 4,700m – Summit Uhuru peak 5,895m – Horombo Hut 3,720m
12 – 16 hours trek – 21 km
The trail to the summit lies directly behind Kibo Hut, to the west. It is normal to start this day’s climb at 2 am or earlier. (The reason for this is to see the sun rise over Mawenzi from the top of Kibo, the loose stone scree is frozen- making it easier to climb, and you can get back in good time). The first part is an uneven trail, which leads to the Hans Meyer Cave, a good rest point. After that, the trail makes more regular switchbacks most of the way to the top, with a last scramble over rocks to Johannes Notch and Gillmans Point. From there, the trail continues along the rim past Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. An early (2.00am) start to make the steep and demanding final ascent through the snow. By daybreak you should be at the rim of the crater at 5,685m. Time and weather permitting the final push to Uhuru Peak should take about 45 minutes. At the top there are stunning views of the ice walls offset by rugged rocks. After a fast descent to Kibo Hut for a meal and rest continue descend to Horombo Hut. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 3720m on the Marangu Route.
Day 6 - Moshi
Horombo Hut 3,720m – Marangu gate 1,860m
5 – 6 hours trek – 12 km
An easy descent to Marangu Gate then transfers to Moshi to your Hotel for celebrations. (BL)
Your final night on the trek to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. Tonight you get to enjoy the comforts that you have missed during your climb before continuing on your travels.
Day 7 - End of Kilimanjaro Tour
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.