Kilimanjaro Climb

Marangu Route: The Marangu or main route is by far the most popular way to the summit.

Day 1


Transfer from Arusha to the town of Moshi, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro.


Day 2


After breakfast and a short tour briefing from the guide, we depart for the Marangu Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park (it is a 45-minute drive from Moshi to the Marangu Gate). Upon registering with park authorities, our climb will officially commence with a four-hour walk to the Mandara encampment. We will pass through a thick rainforest zone, where there is a high chance of rain in the afternoon. We will spend the night at Mandara Hut (9,000 ft), an attractive collection of buildings. Bathrooms are available with running water.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3


Today we will continue our ascent through the forest for a short time, before reaching the heather and moorland zone at roughly 9,800 ft (approximately a six-hour walk). Enjoy stunning views of the mountain peaks at this altitude. We will spend the night at Horombo Hut (12,200 ft), which lies in a valley surrounded by giant lobelia and groundsel, flora which are characteristic of this semi-alpine zone. Bathrooms are available with running water.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4


Our trek continues past the final watering point, and ascends onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro, between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. The vegetation thins out as we enter the desert-like alpine zone (approximately 13,100 ft) and, once we cross the saddle, Kibo peak comes into view. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. This sevenhour walk will be taken at a slow pace. We will spend the night at Kibo Hut (15,400 ft), a comfortable stone construction (no running water at Kibo Hut). This semidesert zone receives an annual rainfall of under 10 inches; the ground often freezes at night, but ground temperatures soar to above 86 F by day. Few plants other than lichens and grasses survive in these conditions.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5


Shortly after midnight, we will commence our climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, since it is easier to climb the scree slope to Gillman’s Point (19,230 ft) on the crater rim when it is frozen. An early start for the six-hour hike also improves our chances of reaching the summit in time for sunrise. From Gilman’s Point, we will continue along the crater’s edge to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. From the summit, it is downhill all the way to Horombo Hut where we will spend our last night on the mountain.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6


Today’s descent continues past the Mandara encampment to the bottom of the mountain, where each hiker will receive a well-earned certificate. From here, you will be transferred to Mountain Inn in Moshi for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7


Transfer from Moshi to Arusha and depart.


Tour Cost

(minimum two passengers)

US$ 3195 per person



Your Tour Includes:

  • Accommodations on the mountain as described.
  • Half board (breakfast and dinner) at Mountain Inn in Moshi.
  • All meals while on the mountain climb.
  • Kilimanjaro Climb briefing.
  • All National Park entrance fees.
  • All Tanzanian hotel and lodge taxes.
  • Services of guides and porters.
  • Roundtrip transfers from Arusha to Moshi.
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