The Marangu Route up Mt. Kilimanjaro has beautiful views, and each day of walking progresses through a different climate zone, adding considerably to the interest of the trek. The highlight is the walk from Gillman’s Point along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The views on a clear morning are absolutely magnificent — the Rift Valley, Mt. Meru, and the Maasai Steppes — stand out from the endless plains almost three vertical miles below, as the sun rises behind Mawenzi.


Day 1 – Arrival/Arusha
Upon your arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by a driver/guide and transferred to Zawadi House Lodge in nearby Arusha for the night


Day 2 – Kili trekking
The National Park Gate lies at the edge of Marangu, a lovely village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through virgin forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Huts (2,700m.) The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts, and monkeys are often seen as well (3-5 hours walking). Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.

kili Climbing

Day 3 – Kili trekking
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, which contains giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very spectacular; the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo Crater, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds (5-7 hours walking). Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.

Day 4 – Kili trekking
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 (4,750m.) 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 ascent, which begins this very night! (5-6 hours walking) Dinner and a half-night at Kibo Hut.

Day 5 – Kili trekking/summit
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 12 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-zigs, and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s Point (5,685m.) 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 (5,895m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast, and we return to Horombo for the night. (11-15 hours walking). Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.


Day 6 – Kili trekking/Arusha
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara, and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park Gate, and receive your well-deserved certificate. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied Kilimanjaro is (5-6 hours walking). We return to Arusha in time for dinner and overnight at Zawadi House Lodge.


Day 7: Arusha/Departure
On this day, a dayroom will be provided for you at Zawadi House Lodge. In the morning go shopping for goods and souvenirs around Arusha, then back to the lodge for lunch, relaxing, and packing. Later, enjoy an early dinner and transfer to the airport for the flight home, or continue your African experience with a trip extension from one of the available options.

Optional extensions include: photo safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, and Serengeti National Parks; walking safari; chimpanzee tracking; Zanzibar adventure

General information for trekkers

Accommodations while camping is in 3-person mountain tents shared by only 2 people. Vehicles or local porters will carry all your gear; you only have to carry a daypack with your personal belongings. During camping, you will not have to participate in camp chores. We buy fresh produce locally, and to ensure good standards of hygiene, all food is prepared by our own staff. We cater for special dietary requirements, and there are no extra food charges. We can also arrange extra hotel bookings and airport transfers for before and after your trip.

Please note

We do not post our pricing on our website so we can customize your trip to fit your exact needs. We pride ourselves on our very affordable and competitive pricing, and the flexibility in scheduling and arranging every detail of your trip. The best way to communicate with us is by email. Please send your contact information, general trip plans and questions to info@elevatetrekkingandsafaris.com to start planning your next adventure. See below for what is included and what is excluded in the price of this trip.
Price quote includes
All ground transport – 4WD safari vehicles; guarantee of window-seating
Accommodations, as detailed, in comfortable and roomy hotels/lodges or tents when camping
Camping equipment, except sleeping bags and insulation mats, while Kili trekking, and we can arrange to have these items rented
Services of guides, cooks and porters
All national park entrance and camp site fees
All food — breakfasts, (packed) lunches, and dinners
High altitude emergency equipment (Garmow Bag, oxygen and pulse oximeter) during the climb
Private portable flushing and chemical toilet while trekking
Katadyn Combi Microfilter, to filter drinking water while trekking
Flying doctors evacuation service
Price quote excludes
International flights
Travel and personal accident insurance
Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
Expenditure for alcoholic drinks and soda at lodges/hotels
Souvenirs and personal items
Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary
Any additional services requested