Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport / Other Pickup Destination, where you will meet a Majali guide, and be transferred to the hotel . In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are prepared to trek Kilimanjaro on the Marangu Route for 6 days by checking your gear and giving you a brief breakdown of the trip.
Time : 45minutes – 1 hour.
ABOUT ACCOMMODATION ON THE TRAIL
Marangu route is the only route up Kilimanjaro where climbers sleep in huts. Yes, these are no frills dorms that sleep from 4 to 20 people, depending on the camp. Smaller cottages are located at Mandara and Horombo camps, while Kibo summit Camp has huts for up 20 people.
Day 1: MARANGU GATE TO MANDARA HUT
A guide and support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing. Then you will travel to the entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park, known as Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After another few hours of formalities with the park rangers at the gate and you will be on the trail. The group will stop for a light snack then start the hike towards the Mandara Hut (2,700 m). The trail takes us through the rainforest, so we suggest bringing a raincoat and extra clothes. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will have prepared everything necessary, you will sleep inside of the huts, which are quad shared, and the bathrooms will have running water.
Change in Elevation: Marangu Gate ( 1,860 m) — Mandara Hut ( 2,700 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 5-7 hour
Day 2: TREKKING FROM MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT
Departing from Mandara Hut ( 2,700 m ), we continue through the forest until the trail opens up into the Mooreland. Once we reach Horombo Hut ( 3,720 m ) you will be able to see Kibo and Mawenzi for the first time. At Horombo hut bathrooms are available with running water. After lunch we will have an acclimatization hike towards Kibo hut and back down to camp where we will enjoy dinner and rest.
Trekking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut:
Change in Elevation: Mandara Hut (2,700 m) — Horombo Hut (3,720 m)
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) — Toward Kibo Hut (3,900 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1-2 hours
Day 3: HOROMBO HUT TO MAWENZI RIDGE AND BACK
Today is an acclimatization day. After breakfast we will hike towards the Mawenzi Ridge, where we will enjoy epic views of Kibo and Mawenzi. We will enjoy Lunch and then hike back down to camp where we will spend the rest of the day.
Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) — Mawenzi Ridge (4,500 m) — Horombo Hut (3,720 m)
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 3-5 hours.
Day 4: HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT
Early wake up, then we begin a gradual climb across the lunar desert also known as the”saddle.” We will camp at the Kibo Huts . After we arrive at camp you will need to sleep and rest as much as possible because at night we will begin the climb to the summit.
Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut ( 3,720 m) — Kibo Hut (4,700 m)
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 4-8 hours
Day 5: ASCENT TO UHURU PEAK & DESCENT TO HOROMBO HUT
Very Early wakeup ( midnight), We depart from camp and begin the climb to the summit. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. Once we reach Gilman’s Point ( 5,861 m ) we will only have 2 hours left until we reach the summit. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m ) - the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and the last point of the climb on the Marangu Route, you will have reached the highest point in all of Africa -- CONGRATULATIONS!
From the Summit, we will begin our descent to Kibo Hut and enjoy a warm lunch. After lunch, we will hike down to the Horombo Camp ( 3,730 m ) and later in the evening we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep.
Change in Elevation: Kibo Hut (4,700 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m)
After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather at the hotel where we will present you with your commemorative certificates.
Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) — Moshi ( 1,524 m )
Hiking distance: 18 km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours, Hotel Checkout & Departure Flight
Hotel checkout is at 11am. From there a Majali guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight.
Pick-up and Drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Group transfer to the trailhead
Pick-up at the exit from the trailhead and transfer to the hotel.
Hiking and safety equipment
First Aid Kits
Bottled Oxygen for emergency use only
Four Season 3- person Tents
Dining Tent, Tables, Chairs, Cutlery
Heater for Dining Tent
4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications.
Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
Kilimanjaro National Park permits, crew fees, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT) and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority.
All meals on the hike. Prepared by our professional cooks. (vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost )
Celebration dinner after climb
All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, juice, hot chocolate and water).
2 Nights at a 3 - star hotel with breakfast included ( before and after the climb )
All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer), however a if you prefer a single hotel room or single tent that can be provided at an extra cost. We also offer other amenities for an extra cost such as a heater for your personal tent.
Price Does Not Include:
Lunch & Dinner at Hotel
Personal Gear & Equipment
Tips for the crew ( we recommend $200-$250 per hiker )