• Explore Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain
  • Enjoy Marangu Hike
  • Discover Kilimanjaro
  • Hike to the Zebra rocks

This  Kilimanjaro Hike follows the Marangu Route, the easiest and shortest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Marangu Route is sometimes called the "Coca Cola" and is the oldest and most popular route up Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Kilimanjaro Hike - Marangu Route

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Amazing trip for any budget traveler! August 2015

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Day 1: Arrival in Moshi, Hotel transfer

Meals: Dinner

This Kilimanjaro Hike begins with collection from Kilimanjaro Airport situated close to Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Moshi. From the Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be taken to Moshi, a mountain town in northern Tanzania.

On day one you will be briefed on the Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Trek and have time to check your trekking equipment in preparation for your hike. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax at the hotel or explore the lively town of Moshi.

We spend the night at the Keys Hotel in Moshi located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The friendly hotel features a lovely garden, swimming pool, bar and restaurant. Accommodation is in ensuite rooms with air conditioning or in traditional thatched chalets.

Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day two starts with breakfast at Keys Hotel and then you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m).

Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro National Park we complete the necessary paperwork before starting our hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro. The trek soon takes us into the dense rainforest where we are surrounded by ancient trees draped with moss, giant ferns, lichen and other indigenous vegetation. Walking through the rainforest we keep a look out for black and white colobus monkeys, as well as other wild animals.

After a 4-hour walk we reach our first overnight stop, the Mandara Hut (2650m). Here we rest before visiting Maundi Crater with our mountain guide. From the crater we enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior, before returning to Mandara Hut for dinner and our overnight stay.

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today begins with an early breakfast before continuing our Marangu Hike up Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. We soon reach the tree line passing into the heath and moor vegetation zone.

We hike for about 4 – 6 hours to reach the Horombo Hut, at an altitude of 3700m. We will have dinner and stay overnight at Horombo Hut, admiring the spectacular views over Mawenzi, Kibo and the vast plains of Masai steppe.  

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Zebra Rocks (4020m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We take the day to acclimatise, greatly improving our chances of successfully reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro on this hike.

After a relaxing breakfast we trek for about 4 - 5 hours to reach the Zebra Rocks (4020m), a rock formation named after the distinctive black and white stripes on the rocks. Returning to Horombo Hut we enjoy a warm lunch prepared by our mountain team. The afternoon is free for you to relax and rest up before setting off on the next leg of our Marangu Hike the following day. We have dinner in the evening and spend another night at Horombo Hut.

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A long and challenging trek awaits us today, lasting about 5 - 6 hours.  

Our destination is Kibo Hut with the hiking trail passing the “Last Waterpoint” followed by the so-called “saddle” en route. Today the Kilimanjaro Hike takes us through a barren plateau joining the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi..

Tonight we enjoy an early dinner and get an early night, in preparation for a very early start the next day.

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3700m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today is the most exciting day on our Marangu Hike as we will reach the summit of Kilimanjaro!

We start the final stretch of the trek at night while the lava ash is still frozen, making it is easier to walk on. The mountain guide wakes you at 23:00 hrs and by midnight we set off on the long and tough trek to the summit. Making our way slowly but surely up  Kilimanjaro we pass the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m. We reach the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, Gillman’s Point at 5681m, as the rises casting its warming rays over the surrounding landscape.

Leaving the cold night behind us we hike for a further 1 - 2 hours to reach the highest point of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak. Standing at 5895m on Uhuru Peak you will be rewarded with magnificent sweeping views of the lower slopes of Africa's tallest mountain and the landscapes below. Here you experience the inspiring sense of achievement at having climbed to the “Roof of Africa”!

We retrace our steps following the same trail back down Kilimanjaro. The now-thawed lava ash makes for a speedy descent to Kibo Hut, where a warm meal and welcome from the mountain team awaits you. After a 1 - 2 hour break to regain strength we continue our Marangu hike to Horombo Hut (3700m), arriving in the afternoon. The evening meal is followed by a well-deserved early night!

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Moshi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The final stretch of this Kilimanjaro Hike passes through heath and moor terrain as we return to the Mandara Hut at 2700m. After a warm lunch at Mandara Hut we head back into the tropical rainforest reaching the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m) after 6 hours trekking today.

At the gate we say goodbye to our mountain guides and transfer back to the nearby Keys Hotel where we spent the first night of this hike up Kilimanjaro. Back at the hotel you can warm up with a shower or take a refreshing dip in the pool relaxing after your days on the mountain. The last evening is spent relaxing at the Keys Hotel in Moshi celebrating your great feat of successfully reaching the summit of the Mount Kilimanjaro!

Our evening meal and last overnight stay will be in Moshi.

Day 8: Moshi – Transfer

Meals: Breakfast

On day eight you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel, before continuing with your travels or taking a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. This brings your memorable Kilimanjaro Hike via Marangu Route to a close.

Dates & Pricing
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Price Per Day:

$ 229 per day
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Trip Includes
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Personal porter
  • Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour according to the travel plan
  • Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary
  • Transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Two overnight stays at Keys Hotel or similar (including breakfast & dinner)
  • Return transfer from Moshi to the National Park Gate
  • Overnight stays in mountain huts
  • All national park fees
Trip Excludes
  • Meals not indicated in the tour itinerary
  • Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, mineral water etc.)
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts , 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
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