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Mt. Kimanjaro, a scenic show piece of Tanzania would always greet you on arrival. Just as you cross the Equator, Kilimanjaro white flat top, shimmers in the blue sky. Grand and majestic, it looks “as wide as all the world, great, high, and amazing white in the sun” as Hemingway had seen it. Standing at 5895 metres above the sea level, the Kilimanjaro is the highest attraction in Africa, the highest free standing mountain in the World as well as the one of the highest dormant volcanoes in the World.

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per person sharing 4 pax

Marangu Route (Coca cola route): Famously known as Coca cola route, Marangu route is the easiest and by far the busiest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro just like sipping a coca cola drink. 
Kindly note that the on the Marangu route accommodation will be in huts, you will share hut with other climbers. The toilets are not en-suite and are of a very basic quality. The rescue at mountain is manually by one wheeled gurney, the rescue vehicle can only come up to the first hut.

Day 1: Arrival
Pick up from the Airport transfer to Moshi town to a hotel for briefing and overnight stay.

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1970m) to Mandara Hut (2700m).
After breakfast, pre-climb briefing, mountain climbing equipment check by the guides to see if you have the correct mountain climbing gear. 

Pick up from Hotel and you will be briefed about what should be expected and the secrets of conquering the highest point of Africa. The rive to the starting point is about one . hourOnce you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations to start to hike. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have in hand all your pack items containing drinking water, your lunch box, and extra clothes, as the porters ascend a lot faster than hikers. Our guides will be with if you need any assistance or information. You will then leave the Park gate and start ascending using a well maintained walking trail through the spectacular Montane Forest, which hike is 4 to 5 hours to the Mandara Huts. While hiking you will see a variety of birds, primates and flowers. 

The Mandara Hut will be your first overnight stop over.  The huts are A-shaped wooden huts each featuring 6 to 8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The camp can accommodate 80 hikers with all facilities including water and toilets.

Day 3: Mandara hut (2700m) to Horombo hut (3720m).
Hiking time is 6 hours from Mandara hut to Horombo hut (second stop over), and the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from montane forest to moorland vegetation. It is worth taking a short deviation to the rim of Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will shine at a distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get a chance to see some flora which are endemic in Mountain Kilimanjaro i.e. Giant lobelia, Protea kilimandsharica, Senecio kilimanjari, Lobelia deckenii etc. Upon reaching the Horombo hut, you can freshen up with hot water, have an evening meal and rest overnight at the Hut. 

Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) Acclimatization day.
Horombo hut is a village of huts balanced on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a capacity of 160 hikers. Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and pleasure, you will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. Hike towards the Mawenzi saddle, passing the Zebra rocks on the way, is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly (pole pole). Retreat to bed early and get a last good night’s rest.

Day 5: Horombo hut (3720m) to Kibo hut (4700m).
Hiking time; 6 hours
After full breakfast you now continue your ascend into the alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there two trails to the saddle (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut.

The suggested lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour and it also passes the last water point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until you return to Horombo hut in two night’s time (unless you’re willing to buy mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to walk slowly (pole pole) and drink enough water. Situated in the desolate alpine desert is Kibo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 hikers, and a stream with water nearby.

The summit now stands at a distance/height of 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Get your equipment ready like ski-stick, headlamp and batteries for camera and make sure you have extra set available as well and thermal clothing for your summit bid. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Rest until 23hrs when you will make your final climb to the summit.

Day 6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Kibo Hut (4700m) to Uhuru (Freedom) Peak (5895m) 
Hiking time, 7 to 8 hours:
To get to Uhuru Peak you’re looking at about 7 to 8 hours to reach the peak. You will have to wake up around 2230hrs to get all the important things (equipment) in place like putting on climbing warm clothes, and after some tea and biscuits you scuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets hard. The first section of the trail consists of rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting point. The path zigzags up to Gilman’s Point (5168m), which is located on the Crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great deal physical and mental effort. This is probably the most challenging section of the entire route so move slowly (pole pole) and always listen to your guide.

From Gilman’s Point you will probably come across snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the roof of Africa. Now you’ve made it! Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will stay to take in the absolute beauty of what lies below you. After admiring the beauy and taking your photos, prepare for your 3-hour descent back to Kibo Hut. After a short rest at Kibo Hut, you gather your belongings you left behind when you were ascending and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem amazingly fast compared to ascending. The total time used up walking on this day is 14 hours, so be ready for a very tough day.

Later in the evening enjoy you dinner and well-earned sleep.

Day 7: Horombo hut (3720m) to Marangu gate (1970m)
Hiking time 5 to 6 hours
After a full breakfast you continue your descent by passing Mandara Hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in register. This is also where successful hikers are awarded certificates for reaching Gilman’s Point (5150m) or Uhuru Peak (5895m). You will transferred back to the Hotel to savour your victory over the mountain.

Overnight at Hotel in Arusha Town on BB basis.

Day 8: Departure
Pick up from hotel and transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight to home.


  • Marangu route trekking for 6 days/5 nights
  • All park fees for client.
  • 3 meals a day plus a hot drink
  • Entry fee, payments and meals for the crew
  • Pick up and drop off from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Transfer from Moshi to park entrance gate
  • Service of a private English speaking professional and qualified mountain guide
  • Cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisional and client’s private bags,
  • All food and catering equipment
  • Pre and post accommodation on Bed and breakfast basis.


  • Tips for Guides, Cooks and Porters
  • Personal mountain equipment and any kind of hard and soft drinks
  • Hire of any Equipment or gear besides that which is arranged and provided by the office
  • Medical Treatment or check ups
  • Laundry service, telephone calls, gifts and souvenirs
  • Personal travel and medical Insurance
  • Any rescue fee apart from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority
  • All other items of a personal nature
  • Any return transfer from boarder
  • Any luggage more than 15kg per client
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