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6 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route

Tour Details

For the 6-day Machame route, add an additional acclimatization day at Shira Camp on the itinerary below (an extra day between day 3 and day 4). On an extra day, you can make a scenic walk toward Shira Cathedral. The extra day helps to get used to the high altitude.

Best Season

May to Feb

Trek Grade

 Moderate (Summit Day Difficult)

Highest Point

5895 m /19340 ft

Trail Access

Machame gate via. Moshi Town


Kilimanjaro Summit, Icefields, Mawenzi Peak, Unique Flora

Trek Duration Options

6 or 7 Days Trekking and 2 Days Extra

Price Includes

  • All Taxes / VAT
  • Airport Transfer
  • Park Fees
  • A professional guide / driver
  • Transportation as mentioned, Toyota Land Cruiser with pop-up roof and Toyota Noah minivan for airport transfer
  • Bottled Water per Day
  • Accommodation as Mentioned in Itinerary
  • Activities as mentiioned in tour description
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Rescue fees
  • Fully-licensed, English-speaking mountain guide
  • Porter service on the trek

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Visa Fees
  • Drinks (Soda, Alcohol)
  • Vaccination
  • Other Personal Items

Day 1Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha Town

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport in the evening, meet and greet by your guide, then make a short transfer to Arusha Town to the hotel for an overnight.

Briefing about the Kilimanjaro climbs by your guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your equipment. Anything missing can be rented the next day.

Overnight: Mc Ellys Hotel

Overnight: Mc Ellys Hotel

Day 2Arusha Town – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

Marangu Gate (1.850m) – Mandara hut (2.700m)

Pick up from the hotel in Arusha Town, do some brief shopping around town before we leave the town, and drive to Marangu Gate. Meet your Kilimanjaro team: guide, assistant guide, cook, and porters.
The hiking starts to ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rainforest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail are possible). After some hours of walking through the misty forest, we reach Mandara Hut. This is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6 to 8 sleeping bunks with solar-generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flushing toilets. After a good and warm dinner, we take a good rest.

Overnight: Mandara Hut

2.700m / 8,900ft – Trekking 4 hours

Day 3Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

Mandara hut (2.700m) – Horombo Hut (3.700m)
After a good breakfast, we start hiking again. The first part leads us through the misty forest until we reach Maundi Crater, where the forest emerges into moorland. It is well worth a short detour to walk up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo Peak will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. In the open moorland you will see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel which can reach heights of 5m! After a beautiful walk, we reach Horombo Hut, where you will have hot washing water and a good warm meal. Overnight in one of the huts.

Overnight: Horombo Hut

3.700m / 12,100ft – Trekking 6-7 hours

Day 4Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

Horombo Hut (3.700m) – Kibo Hut (4.700m)
After breakfast we ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. We walk through this strange and beautiful landscape to Kibo Hut. On our way we pass the last point where we will get our water for 2 days. Horombo Hut is a stone build block house which has beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1.195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask!.

Overnight: Kibo Hut

4.700m / 15,400ft – Trekking 6 hours

Day 5Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

Kibo Hut (4.700m) – Uhuru Peak (5.895m) –Horombo Hut (3.700m)
Your guide wakes you up before midnight and after a hot cup of tea and some biscuits you will start your trekking to the summit! When we reach Gillman’s Point (5.700m / 18,700ft) we see a spectacular sunrise with Mawenzi in the background. We take a short rest to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunrise and Kibo Crater. We continue to walk on a relatively flat path, surrounded by beautiful glaciers, to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895m / 19,340ft). Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live! After taking photos we start to descend to our base camp, Kibo Hut (2 to 3 hours walk). We reach the camp, where we will have a rest and a good lunch. After lunch we descend to Horombo Hut (about 3 to 4 hours). Exhausted, proud and excited we will have a well-deserved dinner and very good sleep.

Overnight: Horombo Hut

3.700m / 12,100ft
Trekking: 7-8 hours to summit
6-7 hours back to Horombo

Day 6Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha Town

Horombo Hut (3.700m) – Marangu Gate (1.850m)
After a good night sleep we start our final Descend to Marangu Gate. We go through the misty and beautiful forest again, all the way to Marangu Gate. The monkeys say goodbye and we realize we are about to end this great experience. After getting our certificates we will celebrate our Kilimanjaro adventure with our Guides, Cook and Porters. We all did a great job! Transfer to your hotel for your much-needed shower and very comfortable bed.

Overnight: Mc Ellys Hotel

Day 7Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha Town

After a good night sleep we wake up in our hotel where we will relax. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home, or proceed with the second part of your Tanzanian holiday.

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