6 Days 5 Nights Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

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Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Moshi or Arusha

Day 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut 

Day 3: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Day 4: Rest Day at Horombo Hut 

Day 5: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut 

Day 6: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut 

Day 7: Hike Horombo Hut to the trailhead, drive to Moshi or Arusha

Day 8: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport 

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Moshi or Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Transfer to Moshi.

*** A driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro Airport after you go through immigration and customs. Look for someone with a sign that says “Dreaming Of Tanzania Safaris” and/or your name. It takes a minimum of 45 minutes to get to Moshi without traffic.

There will be a trek orientation with your Kilimanjaro guide today and an opportunity to get any rental items that you may need and also pack for the trek. You can leave extra luggage that is not needed on the trek at the hotel.

We recommend an extra rest day before your trek if you have time.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Chanya Lodge

Day 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45-60 minutes), register, and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

— Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
— Distance: 8km/5mi
— Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
— Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Mandara Hut

Day 3: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

— Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
— Distance: 12km/7.5mi
— Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
— Habitat: Heathland

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Horombo Hut

Day 4: Rest Day at Horombo Hut 

Rest day at Horombo Hut with an optional hike by Mawenzi Peak.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Horombo Hut

Day 5: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into a “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

— Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
— Distance: 9km/5.5mi
— Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
— Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Kibo Hut

Day 6: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

— Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
— Down to 3700m/12,200ft
— Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
— Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
— Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Horombo Hut

Day 7: Hike Horombo Hut to the trailhead, drive to Moshi or Arusha

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through the moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour). Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

— Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
— Distance: 20km/12.5mi
— Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
— Habitat: Forest

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Chanya Lodge

Day 8: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport

Drive to Kilimanjaro Airport for departure, or continue on for your safari.

Meals included: Breakfast

Price Cost

 

Pax

Low season

High season

Peak season

2

$3736 pp

$4848 pp

$5591 pp

4

$3199 pp

$4269 pp

$4961 pp

6

$3048 pp

$4081 pp

$4755 pp

 

Price Inclusive & Exclusive

Included
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Round-trip transfers for the Kilimanjaro Airport
  • National Park gate fees
  • Transport from Moshi or Arusha to trailhead and return to Moshi or Arusha
  • Hut fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members
  • Rescue fees (as required by the national park)
  • Cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Oximeters
  • Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)
Excluded
  • International and domestic flights
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenses 
  • Tips for guides, porters, and cooks
  • Single tent
Tanzania safaris are a great choice year-round

When is the Best Time to Go on Tanzania Safari Holiday

The best time to go on safari in Tanzania is generally during the dry season months of June to October but a wide range of wildlife can be spotted year-round and each season brings its own advantages.

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