Overview

Acclimitization tour plus Marangu Route – 5 days/4 nights

Take part on this special cultural and trekking experience where you start off with a full day of acclimatization walking around Marangu village, the headquarters of Kilimanjaro national park.
On your acclimatization tour you will learn about the Chagga culture, history and enjoy waterfall experience. Then the next day, you will start a 5 days trek through the famous, Marangu route.

Famously known as the “Coca Cola Route”, Marangu is the easiest, cheapest and one of the busiest routes to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This is the only route to offer sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodation. Climbs can take five or six days; however, we always advise choosing the longer route for the best chance of acclimatization and reaching the summit.

Why trek with us

ETHICAL CLIMBS

We are certified for ethical climbs through the Kili Porters Association (KPAP) which ensures the fair and ethical treatment of mountain crews.
Our guides are professionally trained, and our porters are simply amazing.

Private or group treks

We organize all kinds of Kilimanjaro treks, be private or solo climb.

EXCEPTIONAL CARE

From our quality tent, delicious food on the mountain to one to one friendly care by our support team, you are in good company.

EXCELLENT SUMMIT SUCCESS

We’re proud of our success rate  of 99%. Most of our clients reach the summit. We achieve this without compromising the health of our clients.

Itinerary

 Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will meet our representative and will be transferred to Moshi, overnight stay at Chanya Lodge or similar(based on bed and breakfast).

Today you will experience life on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and visit Marangu village.

Waterfalls – Make a splash in the mountain water of Kilimanjaro and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding valleys.

Chagga Museum – The Chagga culture and history can be explored by visiting the museum. There are several exhibitions including a reconstructed thatched Chagga house.

Underground Chagga Tunnels – These were used by the Chagga people to hide from the enemies during clan wars.

Colorful Local Markets – Marangu is the largest market for the sale of bananas in the country and attracts buyers from all over Tanzania.

Coffee and Banana Farms – Visit coffee farms and a local home where you can enjoy local dishes and learn the traditional process of preparing coffee from bean to cup.

Local Bar – Drop into one of the local Chagga bars and drink the traditional “mbege” a local brew made from millet and banana wine.

Tour price includes: all entrance fees and activities; picnic lunch boxes; transport; drinking water; professional guide

Price does not include: personal items (e.g. camera, visa, insurance, etc.); alcoholic drinks; tips for your driver/guide

Things to bring: swimming suit and comfortable walking shoes

A pre-climb briefing will be arranged with one of our mountain guides to ensure that you have all the correct mountain climbing gear. We’ll also talk you through what will be expected during the climb and share all our best secrets for conquering the highest point of Africa!

Pick up time: 8 am

Overnight stay at Chanya Lodge.

Elevation Gain: 870 meters / 2,900 feet
Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

After breakfast, you’ll get picked up from your hostel/hotel in Moshi and driven to the starting point at Marangu Gate (approximately 45 mins). After registration, you will begin your journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro using a well-maintained trail through Montane Forest. On the way, you’ll walk through dense rainforest and coffee plantations as your guide talks you through some of the local flora and fauna. Here you will also get a very good chance of witnessing Black and White Colobus monkeys, as well as many different species of brightly-colored birds. Mandara Hut is a group of dormitory-style wooden huts with solar generated lighting. The camp accommodates up to 60 hikers and has all necessary facilities, including water and toilets.

Elevation Gain: 1,020 meters/ 3,300 feet
Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours
Habitat: Moorland

On your second day, you’ll embark on a hike that traverses a slightly steeper trail to Horombo Hut. The trail passes through more of Montane Forest before transitioning into the moorland vegetation zone, where you’ll find rolling alpine meadows dotted with giant heather trees. Once in the open moorland, you’ll also get the opportunity to see plants like the giant lobelia and giant groundsel, which can grow to an outstanding 16ft in height! After approximately six hours of hiking, you will reach Horombo Hut, where you’ll have hot water to wash, an evening meal and an overnight rest. Horombo is a village of huts perched on a small plateau with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers.

Elevation Gain: 980 meters / 3,200 feet
Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Wake up early to catch the sunrise and get some great photos! After a full breakfast, you will then continue to trek at a slow pace through the heathland, which quickly turns into an almost lunar-like landscape as you enter the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. During this hike, you may start to experience some symptoms of altitude sickness. Pay attention to your body and keep your guide informed. From here you will start to get fantastic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit before arriving at Kibo Hut – a drystonewalled hut with dormitories and limited facilities. Rest for the evening at Kibo Huts and prepare for your final ascent to the summit!

Elevation Gain: 1,295 metres / 4,200 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,785 metres / 9,100 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours to Uhuru Peak; 7 to 8 hours to Mweka Camp
Habitat: Arctic conditions

This is where the going gets really tough! Just before midnight, you will venture into the night and begin your final ascent to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Head northwest through the heavy stone scree following multiple switchbacks between Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers until you reach Stella Point (5,685m). This section is probably the most challenging part of the route and will require great physical and mental effort. Continue to move slowly, always listening to your guide.

After a short rest at Stella Point, you will hike along the crater rim for another hour before reaching your ultimate goal – Uhuru Peak! Congratulations! You have now made it to the “Roof of Africa”.

Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there, but it is important to start your descent within good time to ensure you get enough rest back at Horombo huts. After your rest, you’ll gather the rest of your belongings and descend to Horombo huts (3,720m) where you’ll enjoy dinner and a well-earned sleep!

Elevation Loss: 1,890 meters / 6,200 feet
Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

After eating breakfast, you will begin the easiest part of your adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro via a scenic path through the forest to Marangu Gate. Successful hikers who made it to Stella Point and Uhuru Peak will be awarded their certificates at the gate. Then it’s time to drive back to your hotel to enjoy a shower, dinner, and celebrations with a Kilimanjaro beer!

Tour price

Non Residents

$1,650 per person.

Tanzanian Residents

$1,450 per person.

East African Citizens

$700 per person.

Tour price Includes:

  • Private professional mountain guide
  • Camping facilities (tent, mattresses, mess tent)
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Hut fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Drinking water
  • Fair and ethical salaries for the team (guide, assistant guide, cook and porters) – in accordance with KPAP guidelines
  • Pulse Oximeters Walking Poles
  • First aid supplies

Excludes:

  • Tips and any items of personal nature.
  • Personal hiking gears such as boots, sleeping bag, warm clothes etc.
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Why is it so expensive to climb Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro National Park charges three separate daily fees: an entrance, camping, and rescue fee. All these costs amount to over $135 US dollars per person for each day on the trek. The rest of the cost includes incredible food, accommodation, additional fees, and most importantly your hard-working crew.

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