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It was easily one of the most difficult metal/physical things I've ever done in my life. It was also one on the most rewarding things I've ever accomplished! Add to that the mind-blowing view from the crater rim at sunrise, which was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen, and it's easy to say that this was a trip of a lifetime. -- Eric M. San Diego, California
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Kilimanjaro Trek: Marangu Route Group Trek - 7 Days


*SOLO TRAVELERS: You're in luck! We provide free roommate matching - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room.

Private Tour Eligible!: This tour is also eligible to be booked as a private tour providing that 2 or more people book together. You can even start your trip on any day that works best for you. Contact Us for details.



*** Join our optional luxury group safari to the Serengeti immediately following! ***

2019 group departure date:
-- September 7 - 14, 2019*

(*assumes extra day on Mt. - if not then you'll have to add an extra night after in Arusha hotel if doing the safari)

SPECIAL PRICE ALERT: This locally guided trek is being offered at $2,499 for the first 8 people, then will go back to the normal group price of $2,999 per person. Book your space before these specially priced spaces are sold out!

Of the famous seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and to climb, and it requires no technical climbing experience. While still a major trek, it's also a major accomplishment to climb one of the 7 summits of the world. With the help of expert local guides & porters, you can summit the highest mountain on the African Continent.

NOTE: While certainly a challenging trek, any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

The Marangu Route is a popular route as it is the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens' and ladies' latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic. All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks and bottled water are for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation).

This route can be done in 5 days but it is VERY Highly Recommended to add 1 extra day on the mountain to help with acclimatization and better your chance to reach the summit (pretty much everyone in the group adds the extra day... plus it's more fun to stay with the group than to break off midway through the trek). The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi with your guide.

Have you ever wanted to experience the great animal migration of Africa? Then why not join the group the week after the trek for the Ultimate Africa Safari in luxury accommodations. See all the details here:
African Safari: The Ultimate Serengeti Safari - 8 Days


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Places Visited:

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Marangu huts, ArushaTanzania, Kibo summit, Gilman's Point

Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania. Orientation
Day 2: Hotel to mountain. Trek to Mandara Hut (B, L, D)
Day 3: Trek to Horombo Camp (B, L, D)
Day 4: Trek to Kibo Camp (OR optional extra day on mountain) (B, L, D)
Day 5: Summit Day! Then return to Horombo (B, L, D)
Day 6: Trek to Gate. Return to hotel (B)
Day 7: Trip Ends. Optional group safari begins. (B)

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arriving in Tanzania, if you have purchased airport transfers, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Or you arrive at the hotel on your own. In the evening you will be given a full briefing and trip orientation from your local trekking guide.

Elevation (ft): 5500ft to 9000ft
Distance: 12km Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 ft / 2740 m. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys.

Elevation (ft): 9000ft to 12,100ft
Distance: 15km Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heathland

After about 1 hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You will start to feel the effects of the altitude.

If you purchased the recommended 'extra day on the mountain', you can spend an extra day resting here at Horombo tomorrow with an optional climb of the small peak of Mawenzi.

TO KIBO CAMP (OR optional extra day on mountain)
Elevation (ft): 12,100ft to 14,400ft
Distance: 15 km Hiking Time: 6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into "moonscape". Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

NOTE: If you purchased the recommended 'extra day on the mountain' you will spend time at the Horombo Camp today, with optional acclimation trek, then head to Kibo Camp the next day.

Elevation (ft): 15,400ft to 19,300ft(and down to 12,100ft)
Distance: 6 kms up and 36km down Hiking Time: 7 hours up and 1-2 hours down
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman's point located on the crater rim at 18640 ft / 5861 m (4-6 hours). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa: 19340 ft / 5895 m (1-2 hours). Unbelievable views are at every turn. Be sure to get your picture taken at the summit!

After a bit of time on the summit, you will descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for dinner and a tired but happy overnight (1-2 hours).

The beginning of the accent climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps and extra batteries. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. "Pole pole" ("slowly, slowly" in the local langue of Swahili) and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Elevation (ft): 12,100ft to 5500ft
Distance: 12km Hiking Time:4-6 hours

After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through the moorlands to Mandara Hut (2700m / 8858 ft), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m / 6004 ft). At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear at the lower levels (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to the hotel in Arusha. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!


After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your trip home if you purchased airport transfers OR continue your adventure with our optional luxury group safari through the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Important Information

This is a locally guided Global Expeditions Club small group trip that is open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler* OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!
*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching - unless, of course, you'd prefer a single room which you can purchase during checkout.

All Prices are "LAND ONLY". You are responsible for making your own international flight arrangements between your home city and Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania (code: JRO) as per the itinerary. However, flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you receive a written guarantee that the Land Only portion of your trip has been fully booked. Please contact us with questions and/or if you would like advice on how to find the best flight for you and/or which flights other members are taking.

This is a trek of a lifetime, yet very strenuous as it reaches altitudes of over 19,340 feet (5,895 meters). If possible, it is recommended that you arrive in Tanzania a day or two early to allow your body to adjust to time zone and/or altitude changes. Please confer with your doctor prior to purchasing this trip to ensure that you are physically capable of completing this adventure safely and so that you fully understand the effects and required actions when trekking at altitude.

It is important that your travel insurance include coverage for this trek.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms and group huts. If you would like your own hotel room in Arusha, please choose the optional single supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply. NOTE: huts are communal even if you pay the single supplement

A Visa is required for entry to Tanzania for most nationalities, including US and Canadian citizens. You are required to obtain a Visa before traveling to Tanzania. As regulations constantly change, please check your nearest Tanzanian Embassy or Consulate for current requirements. NOTE: we will send you information about applying for a Visa, however it is solely the traveler's responsibility to obtain any and all Visas for entry to Tanzania. Visas can take up to 2 weeks to obtain and are typically valid for only 6 months, so plan accordingly. Please contact us with questions.

Trip ID: AF1158
Departure Dates:

Local Fee
Optional Add-Ons
OPTIONAL: Extra Day on the Mountain (highly recommended)
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room - hotel only)
OPTIONAL: RT Kilimanjaro Airport/Hotel Transfer (highly recommended)

Trip Highlights
  • Fully guided climb of Kilimanjaro with experienced local mountain guides
  • Porters to carry all your gear except your day bag and to set up camp for you
  • Beautiful 5* hotel in Arusha, an excellent restaurant, in-ground pool, high speed internet connectivity, clean rooms and a garden to relax in
  • All on mountain meals included
  • Tea, hot chocolate, and boiled and/or purified water on mountain
  • All ground transportation between hotel and mountain included.
Price Includes
  • Locally guided group trek of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • All necessary guides and porters on mountain
  • All mountain and hiking fees and permits
  • All meals on mountain
  • Tea, hot chocolate, and boiled and/or purified water on the mountain
  • Group transportation between the mountain and the hotel
  • 2 nights in excellent 5* hotel
  • All camp equipment and set up
  • Breakfast at the hotel
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare
  • Transfers between airport and hotel
  • Meals at the hotel
  • Additional nights at hotel
  • Additional night on mountain to help acclimatize
  • Travel medical insurance (details)
  • Tips
  • All personal items (including sleeping bag)
  • Beverages
  • All passport and visas and any associated fees
Minimum Group Size
  • 2
Typical Group Size
  • 4
Group Leader
  • Local guides and porters.
Number of Days
  • 7 total
  • 5 hiking
  • 2 nights excellent 5* hotel (can add pre & post nights)
Accomodation Included
  • 2 nights in excellent 5* Hotel
  • 4 nights in huts on mountain
Transportation Included
  • Shuttle Bus to/from mountain
Meals Included
  • All meals while trekking, breakfast at the hotel (Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated with at least 3 weeks notice)
Meals Extra
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel
  • Beverages
Seasonal Info
  • High Season: Dec - March & June - October
  • For those adding a safari: January-March and August-September are best, however animals can be seen year round.
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