8 Day Kilimanjaro Epic Trek (Marangu Route)

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8

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  • Marungu Route Kilimanjaro

Highlights

  • Moshi
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Uhuru Peak
  • Moshi
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  • Starts: Moshi
  • Ends: Moshi

Countries Visited

Tanzania

Why You'll Love this Tour

8 Day Kilimanjaro climb along the Marungu route is a brave adventure up the highest mountain in Africa.


Tour Style Accommodated
Countries Visited Tanzania
Starts Moshi
Ends Moshi
Group Size Max 2 - 10
Age Range 12 – 65 Years and older
Length 8 days
Tour SKU ACE2778

Tour Price

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Dates Tour Length: 8 days


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Included

  • Meals 7 Breakfast   5 Lunch   7 Dinner
  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain huts
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers

Excluded

All items of a personal nature (such as sleeping bags), alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.


Other Activities

TIPPING REQUIREMENTS AS PER THE KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Association Project) 

  • Guide: 15-18 USD per day
  • Assistant Guide: 12-15 USD per day
  • Cook: 8-10 USD per day
  • Waiter: 7-9 USD per day
  • Porter: 6-7 USD per day
EQUIPMENT RENTAL LIST GUIDELINE  
  • Sleeping bag  $15.00
  • Pair of walking sticks  $15.00
  • Sleeping pads  $10.00
  • Sunglasses   $10.00
  • Warm Jackets  $15.00
  • Hat  $5.00
  • Rain Jackets  $15.00
  • Sweater  $10.00
  • Rain Trousers  $15.00
  • Liner  $10.00
  • Raincoat (poncho)  $15.00
  • Rucksack  $20.00
  • Warm Trousers  $15.00
  • Day pack  $10.00
  • T-shirt   $5.00
  • Day pack cover  $5.00
  • Pair of Socks  $5.00
  • Pair of Gaitors  $10.00
  • Pair of warm gloves  $10.00
  • Trousers  $15.00
  • Climbing boots  $20.00
  • Shirts  $10.00
  • Thermo underwear one piece  $5.00
  • Fleece top or trousers  $10.00
  • Balaclava  $5.00
(Price subject to change)

Itinerary

Hiking Stats for the Kili Climb:

Day 2
Start: Marangu Gate (1,860 m)
Finish: Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 840 m
Walking time: 3-4h

Day 3
Start: Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
Finish: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 1,000 m
Walking time: 5-6h

Day 4
Start: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Finish: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 280 m ↓ 280 m
Walking time: ca 4-5h

Day 5
Start: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Finish: Kibo Hut (4,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 1,000 m
Walking time: 5-6h

Day 6
Start: Kibo Hut (4,700 m)
Finish:
Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 1,195 m ↓ 2,195 m
Walking time: 12-14h

Day 7
Start: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Finish: Marangu Gate (1,860 m)
Altitude: ↓ 1,840 m
Walking time: 6-7h

Day 1: Moshi, Tanzania

You begin your journey upon your arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport. You will be welcomed by the transfer driver and taken to your accommodation for that evening. The rest of the day is free to relax at the hotel of explore the town of Arusha. A briefing will take place this evening in preparation for the adventure ahead.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation Two Per Room: Meru View Lodge
Activity Package National Park Fees

Day 2: Arusha – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Mandara hut (2,700 m)

Following a hearty breakfast, we travel to the eastern side of Kilimanjaro to begin our journey. Marungu Gate is situated 1,860 metres above sea level and it is our starting point. It is approximately a 7 kilometre trek through dense rainforest to the Mandara Huts (3 – 4 hours). If you are still energised following this portion of the hike, you can take a stroll through to Maundi Crater for some incredible views of both Kenya and Tanzania, and on clear days, Kibo Crater. We then have dinner and stay the evening in a Mandara Hut.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 4 to 20 Sleeping Bunks: Mandara Hut no website
Route: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut ± 7 kms

Day 3: Kilimanjaro National Park – Horombo Hut (3700m), Tanzania

Following an evening of good slumber, we indulge in a wholesome breakfast prior to hiking through the forest and moorland to the Horombo Huts. The distance we cover today is around 11 kilometres (5 – 6 hrs) and en route we will spot some of the most fascinating plant life of Tanzania, like the enormous lobelia and groundsel. Halfway through our journey we make a stop-off for lunch while we overlook fantastic views of Mawenzi, on the peaks of Kilimanjaro. This evening we reside in the Horombo Hut.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 4 to 20 Sleeping Bunks: Horombo Hut no website
Facilities: Shared Ablutions
Route: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut ± 11 kms

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Zebra Rocks (4,020 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

We spend today teaching ourselves to adapt to our environment and climate. This is crucial and largely enhances your chances of making it to the top of the Mountain. We embark on a 3-4 hour hike to Zebra Rocks, named due to their characteristic black and white stripes. A hot lunch will be ready once we make our way back to the hut, where an afternoon of unwinding prepares us for the next day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 4 to 20 Sleeping Bunks: Horombo Hut no website
Facilities: Shared Ablutions

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m)

We awake at dawn, and following breakfast we make our way to the Kibo Huts (4700 m). Todays stage is long and hard and is approximately another 12 kilometres (5 to 6 hrs) to our destination. We hike through the upper heath land during the first half of today’s journey, whilst the second half comprises of us crossing the enormous saddle that joins Mawenzi and Kibo.

The saddle of Kilimanjaro is alpine desert and caution must be exercised when travelling on this rough landscape. Following dinner, we have an early evening in preparation for the early start. You will be woken up at 11 pm when you will start in the middle of the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 60 Sleeping Bunks: Kibo Hut no website available
Facilities: Shared Ablutions
Route: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut ± 12 kms

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Today is the ‘summit stage’ of our journey – this is the big day where we get to reach the very top of the Mountain. At 11pm you will begin the start of the long and strenuous last hike to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

When the sun rises we arrive at Gillman’s Point, which is the crater edge of Kilimanjaro, where the sun leisurely warms up the land.

Following another 2 hour trek to Uhuru Peak, we celebrate us arriving at the ‘Roof of Africa’. All the pain, fatigue and coldness will slowly disappear and you will realise it was all worth it.

The path back down is quicker than climbing up, and a hot meal waits for us at the Kibo Hut.

Later in the day we carry on to the Horombo Hut where majority of the mountain conquerors will be happy to have an early evening’s sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 4 to 20 Sleeping Bunks: Horombo Hut no website available
Facilities: En-suites Per Room & Shared Ablutions
Route: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak ±6 km ascent; Uhuru Peak to Kibo Hut ±6 km descent; Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut ±12 km descent.

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Arusha

Our return to Marungu Gate is approximately an 18 kilometre journey (7 hrous), a constant descent through moorland to Mandara Hut, where a warm meal is waiting for us. If you reached the summit, you will be presented your summit certificate at the gate. You will receive green for reaching Gilman’s Point and gold for making it to Uhuru Peak. We then journey back to Moshi for a hot shower and a rewarding long sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two Per Room: Meru View Lodge
Route: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate ± 18 kms

Day 8: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – Tour Ends

Following breakfast, our tour comes to an end. Should you need any more transportation, please let us know.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Own Arrangements / post-night accommodation can be booked through us

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to travel to Kilimanjaro?
  • The warmest time with the least rainfall is between December and February, followed by the main rainy season from March until the beginning of June. Between June and October, temperatures are moderate with almost no rainfall. November is regarded as the small rainy season and daily short rainfalls with cloudy views are common.
  • The best time to travel is between the end of June and the middle of October and although it is possible to climb Kilimanjaro in the main rainy season, we strongly discourage anyone from doing so
  What about the ablution facilities?
  • Apart from very basic long drops (simple latrines), there are no further ablution facilities. Climbers are however provided with a bowl of warm water for their daily wash.
  What is the food like?
  • For breakfast there will be a choice of fruit, scrambled eggs, porridge, toast, jam, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Lunch will be provided in form of a lunch box containing sandwiches, boiled eggs, chicken etc.
  • For dinner you will enjoy soup and bread followed by meat or poultry along with starch (i.e. chips, mashed potatoes, pasta or rice) as well as vegetables.
  • While breakfast and dinner are served in a communal dining hut, lunch is enjoyed en-route. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).
  How will my body deal with altitude?
  • Almost everybody climbing Kilimanjaro will be affected by the altitude in some or other way. Headaches, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite and nausea are all signs of possible mountain sickness.
  • Symptoms are mostly mild, enabling you to continue your hike and only in very few instances are symptoms more acute, making an immediate descent unavoidable. Severe altitude sickness is a serious matter and you should bear in mind that it can be life-threatening and at worst lead to death. It is also important to replace lost body fluids due to physical activity by drinking enough water. We suggest two to four litres per day along with magnesium to prevent muscle cramps.
Tipping and Bringing Extra Money
  • Yes, you should bring some extra money for tips, souvenirs and other personal expenses.
  • Tips for the mountain crew are common practice. Gratuities are a large portion of the crew’s income and thus highly appreciated.
Below are some recommendations from our side (per group, not per person):
  • Guide: 15-18 USD per day
  • Assistant Guide: 12-15 USD per day
  • Cook: 8-10 USD per day
  • Waiter: 7-9 USD per day
  • Porter: 6-7 USD per day

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