At 5,895 m (19,340 ft), Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and this adventure along the Marangu Route will get you to the top safely, quickly, and with your read more...budget in mind. Overnight in mountain huts and awake ready to conquer the slopes. As a leader in Kili treks, we'll take you to new heights in adventure on your way to the roof of Africa. Affectionately known as the "Coca-Cola Route" due to it's popularity, Marangu covers forests, moorlands, and "the Saddle" (a high-altitude desert), on its way to Kibo Hut. This is the easiest route to summit - with a catch. The trail is well maintained but because of the quick ascent, the success rate is not as high as other routes.collapse
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Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Moshi and head to the hotel. Attend a pre-departure meeting with the local guide to go over last minute details of the trip.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.
Hike through the forested, lower slopes to Mandara escarpment.
Most days the hiking will begin early in the morning, with hikes of around 5 to 6 hours. The guides will set a moderate pace, so as to allow for time to acclimatize to the altitude changes. Guides will continually repeat the words, "pole pole" (po-ly, po-ly), which means "go slowly" in Swahili.
Moshi - Marangu Gate 45m
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Marangu Gate - Mandara Huts 4h-5h 8km
Walk 4 hours to the Mandara Hut (2743m, 8999 ft) after registering at the gate. The slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro are classified as rainforest zone so there will likely be rain in the afternoon while travelling under the lush canopy. Enjoy the view while hiking through the lower terrain and possibly spot some of the exotic wildlife in the area. The Mandara Hut has sleeping bunks, running water and flushable toilets.
Hike through the heather and moorland zone to Horombo Hut.
Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Mandara Huts - Horombo Huts 11km
Continue up through the upper rainforest zone and reach the moorland zone at 3000m (9842 ft). In this zone plants grow to outrageous heights like the giant lobelia and giant groundsel that can reach up to 5m (16 ft). Enjoy the view of the semi-alpine zone's plants and ravines. Reach Horombo hut (3720m, 12205 ft) and get some rest.
Proceed onto the Kilimanjaro Saddle, through a desert like alpine zone, to Kibo Hut.
Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Horombo Huts 10km
Start the slow trek through the heathland and enter the alpine desert zone. Because of the increase in altitude, hike a slow pace today to allow time to get acclimatized but pay attention to any signs of altitude sickness. The ascent to the saddle of Mt Kilimanjaro is between the peaks of Kibo and Mwenzi, get a great view of Kibo after crossing the saddle. Rest for the night at Kibo Hut (4703m, 15430 ft) and prepare for the upcoming hike to the summit.
Evening hike to the summit via Stella Point. Appreciate the beautiful sunrise from the roof of Africa, then descend back to Horombo Hut.
Kibo Hut to Summit
Wake up just after midnight to start climbing to the summit. Gillman's Point (5861m, 19229 ft) on the crater rim is easier to reach when the scree slope is frozen so the climb is best done before daylight. The view of the sunrise from the summit is also worth the early start. From Gilman's Point, continue on to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa.
Summit to Horombo Hut
Uhuru - Horombo Huts 15km
Take a quick moment to enjoy the view and celebrate a successful climb before starting the descent to Horombo Hut. Enjoy a well-deserved rest during the last night on the mountain.
Descend the mountain, passing through villages and plantations on the slopes en route to Moshi.
Transfer by shuttle bus to Moshi and spend the night in deserved comfort.
Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Horombo Huts - Marangu Gate 20km
Continue the descent to the Marangu Gate, passing by the Mandara escarpment on the way. Enjoy the easier descent and hikers who successfully reached Uhuru Peak will receive a summit certificate.
Marangu Gate - Moshi 45m
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.
Depart at any time.
Tour ends at approximately 8:00 am. (Breakfast)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals