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  • Enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.
  • The chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut.
  • Fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.
Cities & Attractions

The Marangu Route has been referred to as the ‘Coca Cola’ route and this has led potential climbers to think that it is an easy route to the summit. This is far from the truth to be honest! The fact that it requires a minimum of 6 days to complete it does not mean that it is easier than any other route. The only reason that people say it is easier is because it is the only route up Kilimanjaro where you sleep in huts as opposed to tents.

An optional acclimatization day at Horombo Huts is highly recommended for those with no prior trekking in altitude experience under their belt. Advance booking of hut accommodation is required to avoid any inconveniences. The route starts from the park headquarters in the village of Marangu and heads straight westwards towards Kibo. The trail goes through lush rainforest, heath and moorland to alpine desert and ultimately the arctic zone at the peak and same route down.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

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Kilimanjaro Trekking 7 Days Marangu Route

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Day 1: Arrive In Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast


You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged Arumeru River Lodge hotel in Arusha, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Mandara Hut

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi

Approx. time taken: 9 hours

Horombo Hut

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

Day 4: Acclimatization Trek To Zebra Rocks (4020m) Then Back To Horombo Hut (3700m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi

Approx. time taken: 4 hours

Horombo Hut

Today serves as an acclimatisation day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4-hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi

Approx. time was taken: 7 hours

Kibo Huts

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 - 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) To Uhuru Peak (5895m) & Down To Horombo Hut (3700m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi

Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours

Horombo Huts

Today is “The Big Day” - the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 - 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 - 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

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

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi

Approx. time taken: 8 hours

Horombo Huts

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Arusha. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

Day 8: Depart Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Horombo Huts

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Arusha town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. 

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,860

Price Per Day:

$ 266 per person
Start DateEnd DateDouble Standard 
Nov-08-2017Nov-14-2017$ 2,240Reserve
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  • Deposit Price: $ 520
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 2,240
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post trek accommodation at Arusha
  • 2 Way private airport transfers
  • Tips to mountain crew
Trip Excludes
  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
Meals Included:

All Meals during your Kilimanjaro Trekking is Included

Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 22

Start City Arusha
End City Arusha
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations by Customer

If the customer chooses to cancel the tour reservation, the effective date of the cancellation is the date Expect in Africa Safari receives written notification.

The cancellation penalties are as follows:

45 days from departure – deposit will be refunded

Between 30 and 45 days from departure – deposit is forfeited

30 days from departure - no refund.

All cancellations that are refunded will be refunded the above amount less any expenses incurred

Administration fees, bank charges, booking fees, etc.

No refund is available for any unused portion of the tour once commenced.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Max Age: 80

Trip ID#: Kili-01


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