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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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(PRIVATE) Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route - 7 Days

GEC Trip Type: PRIVATE TOUR (for 2+ people booking together)

Join a Group Tour!: Want to experience your next adventure with other like-minded people in a small group setting? Then be sure to check out all of our Upcoming Group Tours! Perfect for the Solo Travelers. Ideal for friends. All are welcome! We also provide free roommate matching for solo travelers, helping you to avoid mandatory single supplements!


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. Any moderately fit person can summit the mountain with the assistance of our guides and porters.

The Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This is also 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, bottled water, and beer are for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation).

This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Places Visited:

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

Trip Itinerary:
Arrival and check-in

Arrive and check into your hotel for an overnight and a trek briefing from your guide. You can start your trek any day of the year!

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

After breakfast and briefing, drive with your guide to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1-2 hours), 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.

To Horombo Camp 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 affects of the altitude.

If you wish to extend you trek by adding one day on the mountain,which we highly recommend for acclimation and thus a better chance of summiting, here you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

To Kibo Camp 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.

To Summit and Horombo 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 10-15 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 at every turn. Get your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. From here, we now 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).

This beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. 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" and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

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

After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland 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 (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

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

Transfer to airport

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your trip home. OR continue your adventure with a safari through the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Important Information

This is a locally guided Global Expeditions Club private trip for 2 or more people booking together.

Interested in joining a Group Tour!: Want to experience your next adventure with other like-minded people in a small group setting? Then be sure to check out all of our Upcoming Group Tours! Perfect for the Solo Travelers. Ideal for friends. All are welcome! We also provide free roommate matching for solo travelers, helping you to avoid mandatory single supplements!

This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin hotel rooms and communal huts. If you would like your own hotel room (huts on the mountain are communal only), please choose the optional single room 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.

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

Please note that effective July 1, 2016 there is an additional tax of $350 per person, due to changes in Tanzania's mandatory VAT tax regulations.

It is recommended that you extend your arrival and departure by at least one day to avoid conflicts due to potential travel delays.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your flight arrives before 2:00pm on Day 1 so that you can be at the afternoon group orientation and trip review with your Guide. If your flight of choice is scheduled to come in later than 2:00pm, then you should plan to arrive a day early (an extra night hotel is available for purchase during check out).

This trek reaches altitudes of over 19,340 feet (5,895 meters). Please confer with your doctor prior to purchasing this trip to ensure that you are physically capable of completing this adventure safely, so that you fully understand the effects and required actions when trekking at altitude, and to check for vaccination requirements.

Please Click Here for trip info and a complete example packing list. A full Pre-Departure Dossier will be sent a few weeks before departure!

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 month following the last day of the tour.

Guide may alter the actual trekking itinerary based on trail conditions, weather, etc.

No refunds will be issued in cases were the trek cannot be completed due to illness, adverse weather conditions, flight delays or any other reasons such as political, natural disaster, etc. You are responsible for any additional expenses due to weather or other delays/schedule changes.

Trip ID: AF1001
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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 hotel with 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
  • 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 hotel
  • All camping equipment and set up
  • Breakfast at the hotel
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare
  • Transfers between airport and hotel
  • Meals at the hotel, available at the hotel
  • Additional nights at hotel
  • Additional night on mountain to help acclimatize
  • Travel medical and evacuation insurance
  • Tanzania VAT tax
  • Tips
  • All personal items (including sleeping bag)
  • All passport and visas and any associated fees
Minimum Group Size
  • 2
Group Leader
  • Local guides and porters.
Number of Days
  • 7 total
  • 5 hiking
  • 2 nights excellent hotel (can add pre & post nights)
Accomodation Included
  • 2 nights in excellent Hotel
  • 5 days camping
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
Seasonal Info
  • High Season: Dec - March & June - October
  • For those adding a safari: High season is December - March and June – October & Low season is April - May and November (although full game viewing is still very possible)
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