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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
5 Days & 4 Nights

The Marangu route is one of the easiest and most popular trail in Kilimanjaro. The moderate slope makes it less difficult to climb. It’s the only route with huts, simple dining and rooms.

  • Reviews 75 Reviews
    5/5
  • Min Age 9+
    Camping Trek
  • Availability Jan to Dec
    9/10
  • Group Size Max 10 Peoples
    6/10
All about the classic Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

    SAFETY & HEALTHY

  • Emergency Oxygen tanks
  • VHF handheld radios – Carried on each trek, for easy communication between guides,the camp manager and office.
  • Non alcoholic champagne on summit
  • Warm water for washing every day
  • Wash basins provided for each trekker, provided for each guest upon reaching camp
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Gamow Bag – Hyperbaric chamber (a portable altitude chamber) for emergencies.
  • Management and safety procedures
  • Rescue fees in mountain
  • Medical evacuation with AMREF Flying Doctors Or Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue
  • Stretcher / Litter – A fully rigid steel-framed litter
  • Portable personal flash toilet
  • Pulse-oximeter – To measure the oxygen level, for each climber daily.
  • ALTOX Personal Oxygen System
  • Meals on the Mountain

  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy and nutritious foods
  • Camping Equipment

  • Water proof tents on climbing, Mess tent, Crew tents, Cold-weather sleeping mats, High powered solar LED lights and Toilet tents
  • Aluminum dining tables, Large aluminum chairs with backs and armrests, for all meals.
  • Accommodation and Transport

  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • All transportation in destination location
  • 2 nights classic standard hotel accommodations; one before and after the trek
  • 2 nights comfort hotelaccommodations; one before and after the trek.
  • Accommodation – Bed and Breakfast
  • Full Board Accommodation – Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Other Inclusions

  • All Government Tax andPark Entrance Fees
  • Fair and ethical treatmentof porters
  • Experienced professional English speaking mountain guides
  • Porter to carry your day-pack during the summit attempt.
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

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  • Tips
  • Tanzania Visa on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc.)
  1. Day 1 Arrival in Tanzania and transfer to the hotel

    Arrive in Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO) HFO Brothers’ staff will pick you up and transfer you to Moshi town where you will spend the first night at a hotel.

  2. Day 2 Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

    After having your breakfast we will make a short journey from the hotel to Marangu National Park gate for the necessary formalities at the gate. We start the climbs through fascinating tropical rain forest; we reach the first hut at Mandara for dinner and overnight. An alternative is to simply rest and relax the beautiful forest around the camp. Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut (2,700 m) Walking hours: 5-6 hours walking. Zone: Rainforest.

  3. Day 3 Mandara hut to Horombo hut

    The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into moorland and in clear weather, there are great views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery around the camp. Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut (3,720 m) Walking hours: 4-6 hours walking. Zone: Low Alpine Zone.

  4. Day 4 Horrombo Hut to Kibo hut

    We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. These 6-7 hours walking will be taken at a slow pace until we reach Kibo Hut (4,700m), where we will spend the night in a comfortable hut. There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Horrombo Hut to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) 4-6 hours walking.

  5. Day 5 Kibo Hut to Summit to Horrombo Hut

    Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic screed has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895 m. which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Kibo Hut is amazingly fast.

  6. Day 6 Horrombo Hut

    Descend past Mandara hut to Marangu National Park gate; successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to the Hotel for dinner, summit celebration and overnight. Horombo hut to Marangu Gate. (6-7 hours walking)

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Shared Rooms included in teh Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Individual Rooms not included in the Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Kilimanjaro is climbable all year round. The best months to climb are December-March, and September-October, which are the warmest and driest months. The next best are June to August, but they are colder. July, August, and September are the busiest months. Summiting on or soon after a full moon is very beautiful and helps illuminate the landscape without using headlamps. However, it is also very bright for sleeping and stars are not as visible.

Temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius at the foot of the mountain and -15 to -20 degrees Celsius on top plus wind chill. Lower down, it can be wet and humid, but higher up, there can be snow. Rain and snow may be encountered any time of the year.

Malaria is a serious problem in East Africa so you must consult your doctor about getting effective malaria prophylaxis for your visit. Many people are avoiding Lariam nowadays and using Malarone. You cannot catch malaria above 3000 meters on Kilimanjaro, but you must be careful below that altitude, particularly if you visit the coast where the strains of malaria tend to be especially virulent.

It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

Your decision will depend on where you want to sleep and the hiking distance each day and number of days of each route. On the Marangu Route, you sleep in huts with simple beds, while on all the other routes, you sleep in tents. There are two main routes on the mountain: the Marangu and Machame. You may also want to consider the Rongai Route as it is far less traveled. The Lemosho Route is a good choice if you want a longer route (8+ days).

There has been a lot of negative press about Marangu. In our view, and we arrange treks on all the routes, it is very unfair. This is the only route that uses huts rather than tents and some years ago there was a serious problem with overcrowding in the huts. In those years the Machame route was much less frequented. But we think the main reason that some operators speak against the Marangu and boost the Machame is that the booking system for Marangu is demanding of operators' time. There is no booking system for Machame (nor the other camping routes). You just show up at the Machame gate the first morning of the trek. No one ever knows how many people will be on the trail until the gate closes for that day. There is a daily quota of only about 70 climbers allowed to start on the Marangu route on any day (this is why booking is not always easy). There are many days in the season when there are many more climbers on the Machame route than on the Marangu. This is not in any way to denigrate the very beautiful Machame route. But these are things to bear in mind when hearing the Marangu route described as the tourist, easy or Coca Cola route and the Machame as the scenic or the whiskey route! It is true that you will hear many people who have climbed Machame say that it is better than Marangu, and this is conveyed to many of the guide book writers. But remember that the overwhelming majority of climbers only ever climb one route. The chances are that the climbers who say this have never been on the Marangu route and are simply repeating what they have been told or have read.

Physically, the Marangu and Machame routes are rather different. The main force of Kibo's volcanic activity occurred out towards the west (the Machame side) and so Machame is steeper - especially in the first day and a half - and more rugged than Marangu. It is often considered more scenic because the views of Kibo are more impressive than from the south-east (the Marangu approach), but many consider the vegetation on day 2 of the Marangu route to be more attractive than anything seen on the western side. As always with mountains, every route has its advantages and drawbacks. The difficulty grading has Marangu as a 1, and Machame a 1+, so there's not a great deal in it.

Always remember to maintain a slow, steady pace from beginning to end. Going slowly allows the body to acclimatize while hiking. Those who start out too quickly will have troubles higher up the mountain as the body will be overexerted. This still holds true if you are spending an extra day on the mountain.

It will depend on the route you pick and your pace. It can take from 4-8 hours to reach the summit from the high camp.

Most groups will start for the summit on ascent day at 11 PM to 12:30AM, depending on the perceived fitness of the group, the weather and the route. The pre-dawn hours, while cold, are also the calmest and clearest. The best views from the summit are at dawn. Often clouds and high winds develop not long after sunrise making the summit much less attractive and the descent more difficult. Guides who have been to the summit scores of times report that it is very rare to find it cloudy at the summit at dawn in any season. The ascent day is a very long day of hiking. Some people may require 15 hours to reach the summit and descend to the campsite for that day.

The minimum age set by the National park Authorities for summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro is 12 years old. However, younger children can attempt the summit with special permission. Younger children can also trek on the mountain without reaching the summit.

The number of staff that you will have depends on how much gear and weight is brought up the mountain, the route chosen and number of days on the mountain; however a typical trek will have; guides,assistant guides, cook, waiter and porters.

HFO Brothers guides are trained in acute mountain sickness (AMS) and basic mountain first aid. However, they are not doctors or paramedics. Climbers are responsible for bringing their own first aid kit and medical supplies

Kilimanjaro guides are trained and certified by the Kilimanjaro National Park. They start out as porters and work their way up to assistant guide. When they are ready (after about 2-4 years), they go through the national park certification process.

If a client cannot walk because they are injured or sick, at least two support staff will assist this climber down. There is no extra charge for coming down and taken back to the hotel, but you will get no money back for that mountain days you missed, and you will be responsible for medical assistance and extra hotel nights. We highly recommend travel insurance to cover any medical expenses and further evacuation.

Extra expenses include:

  • Tips for guides, cook and porters
  • Rental equipment (sleeping bags, hiking poles, etc.)
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel in Moshi.
  • Any personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, etc.)
  • How much is a good tip?
  • The typical tip is:
  • Porters $5 per day per porter
  • Cooks $8 to $10 per cook
  • Assistant Guides $8 to $10 per guide
  • Kilimanjaro Guides $20 per day and up per guide
  • *Tip amounts listed for Kilimanjaro are per group, not per individual traveler. For instance, if four people are on Kili, they should each contribute $5/day if they want to tip the lead guide $20.

    A 40% deposit is required at time of booking to hold your climb/safari.

    Final (60%) payment to be made in cash on your arrival in Tanzania.

    On the Marangu Route, the first two huts sleep four people each, and the last hut is dorm-style with bunk beds. While on the other routes, you sleep in 3-person 4-season dome-style mountain tents, two people each.

    Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated. Please let us know ahead of time and remind your guide during your trek briefing. Protein options may be minimal on a vegetarian diet, so you may want to bring protein supplements.

    Donations are easier to take with you when you travel to Tanzania rather than mailing them after you get back from your trip. Porters welcome old hiking boots, warm clothing, and cash donations.

    Writing A Review Overall Rating 4.7/5
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    Cleona Torez - Spain
    Reviewed on 14/1/2016
    4.7/5

    The experience of Kilimanjaro climbing was breathtaking, I have never had that wonderful experience, not in Africa.

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    Cleona Torez - Spain
    Reviewed on 14/1/2016
    4.7/5

    It was awesome to be on the top of Africa with the best company that really took a good care of us. The sad reality is I wot be able to climb it every month, though I wish I could.

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    Cleona Torez - Spain
    Reviewed on 14/1/2016
    4.7/5

    I always want to deal with people who are strictly professional on their works, and this company is the one of the best, with people who knows the real meaning of tour guiding in Tanzania.

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