The Marangu or main route is by far the most popular way to the summit. The accommodation on the way up and down is provided in mountain huts with all the basic necessities. It usually takes 5 days/4nights for the round trip. The treks can also be taken in 6 days/5 nights to add acclimatization with an extra day at Horombo Hut. The supplementary cost for an extra day is indicated separately as an option.
Place to visit: Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Day to Day itinerary
Day 1: ARUSHA OR KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – MOSHI
Pick up from Arusha town or Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Half-Board accommodation at Salinero Hotel in Moshi.
Day 2: MOSHI – MARANGU – MANDARA (2,750m)
After breakfast and a short tour briefing from the guide, we will depart to 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 (2,750m), an attractive collection of buildings. Bathrooms are available with running water.
Day 3: MANDARA – HOROMBO (3,720m)
Today we will continue our ascent through the forest for a short time, before reaching the heather and moorland zone at roughly 3,000m (approximately a six-hour walk). Enjoy stunning views of the mountain peaks at this altitude. We will spend the night at Horombo Hut (3,720m), which lies in a valley surrounded by giant lobelia and groundsel, flora that are characteristic of this semi-alpine zone. Bathrooms are available with running water.
Day 4: HOROMOBO – KIBO (4,703m)
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 4,000m) and, once we cross the saddle, Kibo peak comes into view. The saddle is an alpine desert that resembles a lunar landscape. Be careful to notice signs of altitude sickness. This seven-hour walk will be taken at a slow pace. We will spend the night at Kibo Hut (4,703m), a comfortable stone construction (no running water at Kibo Hut). This semi-desert zone receives an annual rainfall of under 250mm; the ground often freezes at night, but ground temperatures soar to above 30 degrees Celsius by day. Few plants other than lichens and grasses survive in these conditions.
Day 5: KIBO – SUMMIT – HOROMBO (3,720m)
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 (5,861m) on the crater rim when it is frozen and an early start for the six-hour hike improves our chances of reaching the summit in time for sunrise. From Gilman’s Point, it is a further two-hour round trip 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.
Day 6: HOROMBO – MOSHI
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 a Base Hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: MOSHI – ARUSHA
After breakfast, transfer back to Airport/ Arusha town.
• Park fees
• Conservation Fees
• All activities (unless labeled as optional)
• All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
• A professional Mountain guide/Crews
• All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
• Roundtrip airport transfer
• All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
• Drinking water on all days
• Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
• International flights (from/to home)
• Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
• Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
• Services not mentioned in the program
• Travel insurance and medical repatriation
• Items of a personal nature