8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking in Tanzania

Marangu Route Tanzania Trekking

This hiking adventure is the easiest and shortest route to the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro summit, conquering the highest peak in Africa. You will travel with experienced guides via the popular Marangu Route and sleep in mountain huts on the way to the top. During this tour, you will hike up Africa’s highest peak at 5,895 meters, rise above the cloud line and enjoy stunning views, witness an amazing sunrise at the summit, and discover the region’s unique flora and fauna.

Highlights

  • Marangu route trek
  • English speaking driver and guide services
  • Many species of birds and colobus monkeys jumping through the canopy
  • Transfers to and from Arusha bus station and accommodation
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Park fees

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Accommodation

You will sleep two nights in Arusha for the first and the last days of the tour and enjoy five nights camping during the trek with shared hut accommodation.

Bamba Experience Trekking Tanzania Itinerary

The best time for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is January to February and September. During this tour, you will be picked up from the bus station and transferred to your Arusha accommodation in day one. You will begin your trek on day two as you make your way to Mandara Hut, 2,750 meters.

You will continue your trek on to Horombo Hut, 3,700 meters, on day three, pass by Zebra Rocks, 3,980 meters, on day four and arrive at Kibo Hut on day five. You will pass by Uhuru Peak, 5,895 meters, and return to Horombo Hut, 3,700 meters, on day six. Next, you will make your way down to Marangu Gate, 1,860 meters, on day seven and hop on board your transfer to Arusha. You will end your trip on day eight as you are dropped off at the bus station for your departure.

About the Marangu route

The Marangu trek is the most popular route up Mount Kilimanjaro. Despite the human traffic, it can be fun to come together with other international like-minded travelers. This route has a well-defined path and accommodation in huts, resulting in a 'climber friendly trekking experience'. The Marangu Trek is a scenic route with good views of Mount Mawenzi Volcanic Cone and excellent chances for viewing wildlife.

The route offers moderate climbing from the starting point to the Kibo huts followed by a more strenuous path to reach the summit. The trek to Mandara Hut is approximately 12 kilometers in three to four hours while trekking to Horombo Hut is approximately 12 kilometers in five to seven hours. The trek to Horombo Hut via Zebra Rocks lasts in two to four hours. Trekking to Kibo Hut, Horombo Hut via Uhuru Peak, and Marangu Gate are approximately 10 kilometers in five to seven hours, 20 kilometers in 10 to 15 hours, and 20 kilometers in five to seven hours respectively.

Day 1: Arusha bus station pick-up

You will be picked up at the bus station and transfer to your accommodation in Arusha. You will catch your first glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro, rising high above the East African plains, while you wander about the town making last minute preparations for your big trek ahead. Tonight, you will get briefed on your upcoming trek and stay overnight in Arusha. Dinner is included in the prices.

Day 2: Transfer to Marangu Gate and trek to Mandara Hut (2,750 meters)

You will drive from Arusha to the Marangu Gate at Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, 1,860 meters, on the eastern side of the mountain. The trek begins through dense rainforests of tall eucalyptuses where many species of birds and colobus monkeys can be sighted jumping through the canopy. You will reach Mandara Hut, 2,750 meters, where you will enjoy your evening meal and overnight.

You will stay overnight at Mandara Hut on Mount Kilimanjaro. This allows plenty of time for your body to acclimatize by ascending slowly. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the prices.

Day 3: Trek to Horombo Hut (3,700 meters)

You will start hiking through rainforests and then through mountain heathland, where you will view unique giant lobelias and groundsels, some of which are over three meters high. You will then continue on, as the landscape turns into low shrubs and moorlands. As you get to Horombo Hut, you will have amazing views of the Mawenzi, Kibo massifs, and Masai steppe. You will enjoy your evening meal and overnight at Horombo Hut on Mount Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 4: Trek to Horombo Hut (3,700 meters) via Zebra Rocks (3,980 meters)

Today will be an acclimatization day so your body can adjust to the altitude, which will greatly improve your chances of reaching the summit. You will have a relaxing breakfast and then set off on a two-to-four-hour trek to Zebra rocks situated at 3,980 meters. The rocks are named for their distinctive black and white zebra-like stripes. You will return back to Horombo Hut where lunch will be waiting for you.

You will enjoy some free time this afternoon to relax and charge your batteries for the strenuous trekking days ahead. At the end of the day, you will have your evening meal and overnight at Horombo Hut on Mount Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the prices.

Day 5: Trek to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)

Today’s hike will be long and tough as you begin climbing past the last water point and the saddle into the plant-less plateau with a rocky moon-like landscape. You will cross the surprisingly wide saddle of alpine desert connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Please remember to drink a lot of water and move slowly to prevent altitude sickness.

You will reach Kibo Hut, 4,700 meters, and go to bed early so you can get lots of rest before beginning your ascent to the summit tomorrow. You will stay overnight at Kibo Hut on Mount Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the prices.

Day 6: Trek to Horombo Hut (3,700 meters) via Uhuru Peak (5,896 meters)

Today is the big summit day. You will be woken in the middle of the night around 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and begin your trek along frozen lava ash in the dark towards the summit. You will climb along the rocky path passing the Hans Meyer Cave, 5200 meters, and then reach Gilman’s Point, 5715 meters, on the crater room at dawn. You will appreciate a breathtaking sunrise with views over the impressive crater and the plains down below.

After another one or two hours, you will find yourself standing on the “Roof of Africa” at the great Kilimanjaro’s dizzying Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you will enjoy your accomplishment in total exhilaration as you admire the magnificent views of the surrounding plains. Once you have taken in this outstanding view, you will descend back to Kibo Hut where a rewarding warm meal awaits you.

You will take a one or two breaks and regain your strength so you can descend further to Horombo Hut, 3,700 meters, arriving in the afternoon. The return to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the tough ascent of the last days. After a 14-hour journey today, you will have your evening meal and tuck into bed early to rest up and recover from your big adventure. You will stay overnight at Horombo Hut on Mount Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the prices.

Day 7: Trek to Marangu Gate (1,860 meters) and transfer to Arusha

You will have breakfast this morning and bid farewell to your mountain crew. You then will descend back down through moorlands and lush forests to Mandara Hut, 2,700 meters, where lunch awaits you. Then you will continue down through lush rainforest to reach the Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Gate, 1,860 meters. You will get your Kilimanjaro trekking certificate and then meet your driver who will take you back to Arusha where you will be able to take a long and rewarding warm shower.

You will enjoy the rest of the day to relax, celebrate your big achievement, and share photos with the rest of your group. You will stay overnight in Arusha. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 8: Arusha bus station drop-off

You will be transferred to the bus station for your departure. You will leave with incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

Included excursions

During this tour, you will trek the Marangu route and watch many species as well as enjoy amazing sceneries at Mount Kilimanjaro.

Location

This tour will take place in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Food

Seven breakfasts, six lunches, and seven dinners are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation in Arusha
  • 5 nights camping during the trek
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • Arusha bus station and accommodation transfers
  • English speaking driver and guide
  • Marangu route trek
  • Park fees
  • Transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport departure tax
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Travelers insurance (Available for purchase)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at an additional cost.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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