Hiking Kilimanjaro

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8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Known as "The Roof of Africa"


The famous Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres above sea level) is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Which makes it the 4th most topographically prominent peak in the world, after Mount Everest, Aconcagua, and Denali.


Kilimanjaro Trekking

Marangu Route

The Marangu route is known as the “Coca Cola route” and is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it lower budget option).


The Marangu, is the oldest and most popular route in mount Kilimanjaro . Known as Coca-Cola route because you stay in huts and can buy a Coke on the route. The route approaches the summit from the southeast of the mountain and it's a relatively easy route with very few steep climbs.

Sites to visit :

Marangu hut | Mandara hut | Horombo hut | Kibo hut | Uhuru Peak



Marangu Route


Day 1 :

Moshi / Arusha

Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi/Arusha

On arrival at the airport you are personally met by one of our drivers and transferred to Moshi/Arusha 45minutes away from Kilimanjaro international airport, check in at the hotel and meet your professional mountain guide for the full briefing of you trip.


Day 2 :

Marangu Gate (1,860 m)

Moshi – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Mandara hut (2,700 m)

After breakfast at the hotel you will be taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate (1,840 m). Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the thumbless black and white colobus monkeys scrambling through the lush vegetation. Approximately 4 hours later, you will reach your destination for the day, the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior. Evening meal and overnight stay at Mandara Hut (2,700 m).


Day 3 :

Mandara Hut (2,700 m)

Mandara Hut (2,700 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

The day begins with an early breakfast and shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the treeline where vegetation changes to shrubs. Approximately 4 to 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight at an altitude of about 3,700 m. From the hut you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Masai steppe. Evening meal and overnight stay at the Horombo Hut.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 4 :

Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Today’s purpose is getting your body to acclimatise to the altitude. Acclimatisation should not be underestimated as it greatly improves your chances of reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, you will set off on a 2 to 4 hour trek to Zebra Rocks (3,980 m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a cooked lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day.

Overnight and evening meal at Horombo Hut.

All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)


Day 5 :

Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

Today’s stage is long and tough. The trail passes the “last waterpoint” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly plantless plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is Kibo Hut and it should be reached in about 5 to 6 hours. Tonight is an early night to get enough rest, for you will be woken at approximately 23:00 h.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 :

Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

Kibo Hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Today is the “big day” – the summit stage. You will start in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. You will begin the long and strenuous trek to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200 m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and after another 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. Now you are standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can rest a while to regain your strength. After the 1 to 2 hour break, you will be on your way down to the Horombo Hut (3,700 m) where you will arrive in the afternoon.

After an evening meal, it is early to bed for most.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 :

Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Moshi

The last stage passes through the heather and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2,700 m) where a cooked lunch awaits you. Soon you will again be in the lush tropical rainforest and after about 6 hours of trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park gate (1,860 m). After saying goodbye to your mountain crew you will be taken back to the Key’s Hotel in Moshi. At the hotel you can have a warm shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

You will have dinner and spend the night at the Key’s Hotel.

Breakfast; Dinner


Day 8 :


Departure – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari.


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items included and excluded

Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary Tips
Professional, English-speaking guide Sleeping bag
Mountain crew (cook & porters) Flights
Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents Alcoholic and soft drinks
Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.) Visa fees
Meals according to the itinerary Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Drinking water Travel insurance
All national park fees
All mentioned transfer

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