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Availability : Jan 01’ - Dec 31’
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Kilimanjaro – 6 Days Marangu Route

Tour Details

Kilimanjaro trekking Marangu route 6 days itinerary is what we recommend as it allows one day of acclimatization at Horombo on the 3rd day. Named Cocacola route & considered to be the easiest rout of all, this has proved wrong as we have encountered a high failure rate on this route. This is due to that perception which leads to poor preparation and untimely attempt. Despite of being fairly easier the final part to the summit is hard. Marangu is the only route offers hut accommodation with beds & mattress. Soft drinks, mineral water, chocolate bar & beer can be purchased at the camps but trash in trash out is closely observed.

Marangu route 6 days itinerary is advisable though you can still hike for 5 days and miss the acclimatization day at Horombo which may sometime be the reason of not making it to the top. Short Tanzania safari or beach holidays in Zanzibar can be combined with your Kilimanjaro hiking upon request.

Departure & Return Location

(JRO) Kilimanjaro International Airport (View Map)

Departure Time

09:30 Hrs


Day 1Arrival in Tanzania and transfer to the hotel

Arrive in Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Kilimanjaro Brothers staff will pick you up and transfer you to Moshi town where you will spend the first night at a hotel. For those who will arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Kenya, we will pick you up and get transferred by Shuttle bus to Moshi.

Day 2Marangu 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.

Zone: Rainforest.

Walking hours: 5-6 hours walking.
Zone: Rainforest.

Day 3Mandara hut to Horrombo 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 Horrombo Hut (3,720 m)

Walking hours: 4-6 hours walking.
Zone: Low Alpine Zone

Day 4Horrombo Hut to Mawenzi hut

Walk towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. We recommend drinking enough water and walking slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the Horrombo hut. Horombo hut to further improve our acclimatization. Zone: Low alpine zone to High alpine zone

Day 5 Mawenzi Hut to Kibo Hut

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)

Walking Hours: 4-6 hours walking.
Zone: High alpine zone.

Day 6Kibo Huts to Summit then to Horrombo Huts

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic screed has some well-graded zig-zags, a slow but a steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 meters. 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 Huts amazingly fast and we stop at Kibo Huts for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Horrombo Huts. Kibo Huts to Summit to Horrombo Huts (3,720 m.)

Walking Hours: 13-15 hours.
Zone: Glacial zone and the all preceding zones.

Day 7Horrombo Huts to Marangu Gate

Descend past Mandara huts to Marangu National Park gate, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to Mountain Inn for dinner, summit cerebration and overnight. Horombo hut to Marangu Gate. (6-7 hours walking) Zone: Rainforest.

Number of  People Cost Per Person in US($) Classic Package Cost Per Person in US($) Deluxe Package
1 Person $1,900 $2,600
2 People $1,750 $2,188
3 People $1,730 $2,142
4 People $1,750 $2,098
5 People $1,700 $2,048
6 People $1,660 $2,000
7 People $1,640 $1,948
8 People $1,580 $1,898
9 People $1,540 $1,848
10 People + $1,520 $1,798

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • Tanzania Visa on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc.)


When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed anytime throughout the year. Most travellers prefer climbing during the dry seasons: December to March, June to October. Many consider the best months to climb Kilimanjaro to be January, February and September.

Do You Offer Private and Fully Customizable Climbs For Kilimanjaro

Your Kilimanjaro dream climb is entirely your own to design. We will work with you to customize exactly the triumphant Tanzanian mountainous quest experience you want. You go with the people you choose. You leave on whatever day you wish. You decide on your preferred route option, pace and the number of days you will take.

Do You Offer Crater Camp Option On Kilimanjaro Climbs

An overnight stop at Crater Camp is an optional extra on any customized Kilimanjaro climb , usually lasting eight actual mountain days or more on the Shira, Lemosho, Umbwe and Machame routes. Possibly the most bizarre place you will ever see, it is visited by less than 5% of the 40,000 to 50,000 people who annually ascent Kilimanjaro on a distinct highlands voyage in northern Tanzania

How many hours will I trek each day?

On most routes, you’ll trek 4-7 hours most days. On certain routes you’ll trek as many as 10-15 hours on the longest days.

Will I see wildlife?

Prior to the climb, you’ll enjoy an acclimatization day with wildlife viewing and nature walks. Trekking through the rain forest, you’re likely to spot black-and-white Colobus monkeys, tropical birds and more.

What kind of food will I eat?

Highly-trained chefs prepare three hot nutritious meals daily, as well as trail snacks and afternoon tea each day.

You’ll eat all your meals in a solar-lit dining tent with your fellow trekkers and head guide.

Delicious vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and other specialty meals can be provided (with advance request). We’re happy to send you a sample menu—just ask!

What are the Kilimanjaro accommodations like?

Your mountain camps are set up and broken down each day by expert camp porters. You’ll stay in double occupancy all-weather tents with full-ground pads to keep you and your gear dry. Private toilet tents, solar-lit dining tents with tables and chairs, and basins of hot water for washing are provided in every camp.

Grand Traverse treks include upgraded solar-lit walk-in-height sleeping tents with mountaineering beds and mattresses for additional comfort.

How long are the treks?

The treks vary from six to eight days. The exact length of each trek is written on the Trekking dates and prices page. You can, of course, ask for treks that are longer than eight days and we can arrange this for you – though we don’t book treks for less than 6 days as we feel this is too short to allow you to acclimatize properly.

Who are your operators in Tanzania?

We are. We are not agents for anybody, but run the treks ourselves through our own registered Tanzanian local company.

Who is leading the trek?

The treks will be led by a local guide whom we have hand-picked because of their knowledge, expertise and experience on the mountain. We have an advantage here: because of the many years we have been working on the mountain and the number of times we have climbed it, so we are able to employ only those guides who meet our very stringent criteria. We employ only those who demonstrate excellent knowledge of the mountain, first-rate safety records, brilliant leadership skills and routinely provide wonderful care and attention towards all climbers to ensue their trek is a safe and enjoyable one.

What is the maximum number of people on the trek?

The maximum number of people on the trek is eight. Occasionally this may stretch to nine or ten if, for example, there are already 6 people booked on the trek and a group of four want to join. On the rare occasion where this happens we will contact those already booked on the trek to see if they have any objection to the group size to grow above eight.

Can I get an itinerary for the trek?

You will receive an exact itinerary when you send us an inquiry. In the meantime, you can read a summary of each of the treks by visiting our Routes up Kilimanjaro section. You can also find detailed day-by-day descriptions and detailed day-by-day route maps of each of the trails in the guidebook – which you will receive for free when you book a trek through us.

I would like to book my trek, but if my group is larger than ten - is this a problem?

We aim to keep the size of the public groups to a minimum. That said, if you are a single, private group, then there is no problem accommodating you whatever the size of the group, as of course, you will be aware before arriving in Tanzania of the number of people you will be trekking with.

Is there a minimum number of people on the trek?

We can book a trek for just one person but, as stated above, this will be quite expensive. If you are a solo traveler, therefore, we strongly advise you to join one of the scheduled treks.

What is included in the price - and what isn't?

I'd like to climb my climb through you but not on the dates you are offering in the schedule - is it possible to book on another date?

Yes. If you wish to book a climb with us on a date that is not listed on the trekking dates and prices page, just contact us and, as long as there are two of you, we will be able to help you. Nor will it cost any more than if you booked to join a prearranged trek. Much will depend on the demand but we will try, where possible, to accommodate you where we can.

What currencies do you accept as payment?

As we are charged in US dollars, so all our prices are quoted in US dollars too. However, we are able to accept a wide range of other currencies too including sterling, euros, Canadian dollars, Australian dollars, Israeli shekels, Singapore dollars, Indian rupees etc etc

How many days before the start of the climb should I arrive in Tanzania?

We advise you to spend at least one full day in Tanzania before beginning your trek. Arriving by plane one day and then climbing the next is not the best way to begin a trek.

What are the safety/rescue procedures on Kilimanjaro?

The guides have been trained in high-altitude medical care. Each trek will also be equipped with a comprehensive first-aid medical kit. The guides also carry oxygen for those people who are suffering from altitude sickness – though this is very much a last resort and the guides are trained to spot altitude sickness before it becomes necessary to use oxygen.

Are park fees included in your price?

Yes, all Tanzania National Park (TANAPA) fees are included in our Kilimanjaro price. Currently, the conservation fees at Kilimanjaro National Park are: US$70 per person per day and US$50 per person per night for camping. Crew entry fees and Tanzanian Forest Services Agency (TFS) fees (applicable for Rongai, Shira and Lemosho routes) are also included in our Kilimanjaro price.

Can children climb Kilimanjaro?

The minimum age limit set by Kilimanjaro National Park for children trekking to Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old.

How many guides will we have?

You will have one lead guide and an assistant guide for 2-3 climbers.
For 4-6 climbers, you will have one lead guide and 2 assistant guides.
For 7-8 climbers, you will have one lead guide and 3 assistant guides.
For 9-10 climbers, you will have one lead guide and 4 assistant guides.

How is the quality of the camping equipment that you use?

We use high quality Eureka tents imported from the USA, Canada and Australia. We also provide foam mattresses designed for mountain excursions (not the thin yoga mat type).

What if one member of the group gets sick while trying to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro?

Because you will have many guides and assistant guides, an assistant will take the ill person down while the rest of the group goes on. If the person is very very sick then we call for a dispatch for stretcher – the rescue fee is included in your quote. But before reaching that point, our guides are very careful and they will monitor the health of everyone everyday on the mountain to make sure that the sickness does not get to that point.

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