Well known as the “Coca-Cola” route. As the only route that has the luxury of sleeping huts along the way, the Marangu route is popular among those who want a bit more comfort while undertaking this classic trek. It has a gentle slope for the first several days, before the tough summit attempt from Kibo Hut. Regarded as the least difficult of routes, Marangu is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro.
The Best Months To Climb Kilimanjaro.
Normally March, April, and May are the months with long rains and should be avoided. November is usually short rains but it is not often raining all days so Climbing is possible.
The best Months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are January, February, and also August and September.
July can be colder and November to December can be wet. January to February is the warmest month, almost clear of clouds each evening and morning. The success rates with our guides are outstanding compared to the overall success rates for all climbers who attempt to reach the top.
Summit Success Rates: Gilman’s Point (99%). Uhuru Peak (97%).
|Route Name||Group size 2-4||Group of 4-6||Group size 6-8*|
|Marangu Route||Price s-$1790-pp||Starts-$1670-pp||Price -$1580-pp|
The above prices should be used as a guide only. Real pricing will be based on group size and itinerary desires. Pricing is normally based on the number of people and the options desired for the trip. For smaller groups pricing can be similar and sometimes less expensive than regular expedition prices listed on the website. For larger groups, the price may be similar to our posted prices but the private option is an excellent way to ensure you are receiving a level of attention that is determined by your particular needs.
After we receive your booking we will send you the trip note with your booking confirmation, as it is the final definitive statement of inclusions and trip details, and it forms an essential part of our booking contract with you. Both to assist your understanding and to avoid any misunderstandings.
Our trips are for active, flexible-minded people who enjoy the unusual and adventurous. For trips that have an emphasis on mountain climbing and wildlife safari, you need to remember that even the easiest trekking or walking safari involves some exertion, so you should be reasonably fit and sure that you will enjoy the activity.
Climbing Details by Day
Day 1: Arrive in Marangu:
We stay at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, which is a beautiful Hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare you for adventure. We will gather in the evening at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Climb to Camp at Mandara Hut [3-5 hours walking]
After completing the entrance formalities at the National Park gate (1,830 m.) we climb up through the attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing (2,700 m.). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to simply rest and enjoy the beautiful forest around you. Camp at Mandara Hut [3-5 hours walking]
Day 3: Climb to Horombo Hut (3,720 m.) [4-6 hours walking]
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very spectacular, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking]
Day 4: Climb to Mawenzi Peak -Horombo Hut [4-5 hours walking]
The day is spent making an excursion towards the base of the seldom visited Mawenzi peak, which affords excellent views of Kibo and our route up to the crater rim at Gillman’s Point. Today we walk towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization, Mawenzi is an older volcano than Kibo and so has eroded further into a very jagged ridge with dramatic pinnacles. The landscape feels more alpine and there is a greater sense of peacefulness than in other locations on this route. We spend a second night at Horombo Hut to further improve our acclimatization. [4-5 hours walking]
Day 5: Climb up to Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) [4-6 hours]
We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! [4-6 hours]
Day 6: Climb up to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.)
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night. [11-15 hours walking]
Day 7: Retrace to Mandara and then a walk to Marangu gate
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. [5-6 hours walking]
Day 8: Departure day:
After the thrills and excitement of your Trip, you will say goodbye to our team, then you need a Private departure transfer which is included from Marangu to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have Safari or any other option we will discuss, Don’t forget to come back.
Trekking Kilimanjaro for Charity Challenge? The above climb can be undertaken for your own personal charity or group charity.
Kilimanjaro Climb Includes:
- Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
- All transfers To and from Kilimanjaro airport
- Hotel Lodging the night before and after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy)
- Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
- Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
- All Kilimanjaro National Park fees,
- Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
- Emergency oxygen(for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
- Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
- Qualified mountain guides and cook
- Salaries for the mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
- Water for washing up daily
- Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15 kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
- Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
- A comprehensive Climbing Kilimanjaro travel info pack
- Flying Doctor Service
Kilimanjaro Climb Excludes:
- Flights and airport taxes
- Items of a personal nature
- Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from the US $ 230 to the US $ 300 per hiker – depending on the number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
- South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for Tanzania, however, most other nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
- Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if traveling to Tanzania recommended)
- Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
- Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
- Optional but highly recommended Portable toilet
- Snacks, personal medicine, and water purifying tablets
Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen, and Pulse Oximeters).
all customers traveling with Kuwa Huru Tanzania Adventure are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance.
The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure.
During travel, the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation cover.