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7 Day Marangu Route Kilimanjaro

TREKKING ITINERARY Overview

The only route that offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut and guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts also have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. The route can be completed in 5 days.

Day 1: Your Arrival Day.
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Gran Melia Arusha

Day 01: Arrival Day

Greetings from Tanzania! As you land at Kilimanjaro Airport, your Superior African Safari guide will be there to greet you and drive you directly to your first five-star accommodation in Tanzania. You can fully enjoy your trip because this is an exclusive private safari! You’ll need to get up early tomorrow for your first Tanzania safari experience, so take advantage of today to rest up after your journey day and get a taste of what Africa has to offer.   

What makes a private African safari the best? You’re not required to show consideration for others. This journey is all your own. You may enjoy the remainder of the day as you please. After a long day of travel, relax and take in Africa’s sights and sounds.

Accommodation: Gran Melia Arusha

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Accommodation
Gran Melia Arusha

Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate (1,860 M) – Mandara Hut (2,700 M)
Kilimanjaro experience
Mandara Hut

Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate (1,860 M) – Mandara Hut (2,700 M)

In the morning after getting you breakfast you will be taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate (1,840 m). You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the thumbless black and white colobus monkeys scrambling through the lush vegetation. Approximately 4 hours later, you will reach your destination for the day, the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior. You will spend your evening meal and overnight stay at Mandara Hut (2670 m).

Accommodation: Mandara Hut

Kilimanjaro Experience

Camping
Mandara Hut

Day 3:Mandara Hut (2,700M) – Horombo Hut (3,700 M)
Kilimanjaro Experience
Horombo Hut

Day 3:Mandara Hut (2,700M) – Horombo Hut (3,700 M)

This day continues through the heather to the edge of the short cropped moorland plains to Horombo Hut at 3,760m, from where Moshi township and the Pare ranges can be seen on a clear night. From the hut you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Masai steppe. You will spend your evening meal and overnight stay at the Horombo Hut.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Trekking Experience

Camping
Horombo Hut

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,700 M) – Zebra Rocks (3,980 M) – Horombo Hut (3,700 M)
Kilimanjaro Experience
Horombo Hut

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,700 M) – Zebra Rocks (3,980 M)

After a relaxing breakfast, you will set off on a 2 to 4 hour trek to Zebra Rocks (3,980 m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a cooked lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day. You will spend your evening meal and overnight stay at the Horombo Hut.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Trekking Experience

Camping
Horombo Hut

Day 5: Kibo Hut (4,700 M) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 M) – Horombo Hut (3,700 M)
Kilimanjaro Experience
Horombo Hut

Day 5: Kibo Hut (4,700 M) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 M)

You will start the journey in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. You will begin the long and strenuous trek to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200 m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and after another 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can rest a while to regain your strength. After the 1 to 2 hour break, you will be on your way down to the Horombo Hut (3,700 m) where you will arrive in the afternoon. The evening meal as well as overnight will be spent there at Horombo Hut.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Trekking Experience

Camping
Horombo Hut

Day 6: Summit day! Start the ascent to Uhuru Peak
Kilimanjaro Experience
Horombo Hut

Day 6: Summit Day! Start The Ascent To Uhuru Peak

Start the ascent to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,341ft) around midnight. Reach the summit by sunrise, then descend back to Horombo Hut. Approx. 11-15 hours of hiking.  You’ll embark on the most challenging part of the Marangu Route: reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. The ascent begins around midnight to ensure reaching the summit by sunrise, typically the most favorable time weather-wise and for experiencing the breathtaking views.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Trekking Experience

Camping
Horombo Hut

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3,700 M) – Marangu Gate (1,860 M) – Moshi
Kilimanjaro Experience
Marangu Gate

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3,700 M) – Marangu Gate (1,860 M) – Moshi

You will start the journey in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. You will begin the long and strenuous trek to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200 m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and after another 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can rest a while to regain your strength. After the 1 to 2 hour break, you will be on your way down to the Horombo Hut (3,700 m) where you will arrive in the afternoon. The evening meal as well as overnight will be spent there at Horombo Hut.

Trekking Experience

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Tour Include
  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport .
  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport .
  • Accommodation at the lodge in Arusha.
  • Extended 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Professional English, France, German Speaker safari guide
  • Entrance fees to all national parks and Crater fees.
  • All meals while on safari and mineral drinking water during the safari.
  • Government taxes
Tour Exclude
  • International flights
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Visa
  • Passport
  • Vaccinations & medicines
  • Tips/gratuities for guides, cook and porters
  • Other expenditures like luxury drinks/beverage, alcoholic drinks at lodge/hotels or on your trip as well as souvenirs and personal items after or before trip.
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary
  • Any additional services that will be requested
Safari Price (USD)

Price is per person based on the Group size:

Season 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
HIGH SEASON (ADULT)
1,680
1,596
1,512
1,428
1,344
1,260
CHILD 5 - 15 YEARS (HIGH SEASON)
1,092
1,037
983
928
874
819
LOW SEASON (ADULT)
1,634
1,552
1,471
1,389
1,307
1,226
CHILD 5 - 15 YEARS (LOW SEASON)
1,062
1,009
956
903
850
797
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