Climb Kilimanjaro, the worlds highest free standing mountain rising 5895 metres above the African plains. Few things in the world could be as exhilarating as summiting Africa’s highest mountain peak, so put on your walking shoes and join us on Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route

 Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu route, Tanzania

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Climbing Kilimanjaro to Africa’s highest point Uhuru peak  is certainly a challenge, but achievable and for many, is one of the must do adventures in their lifetime. We work with local experienced guides offering a great value yet comprehensive Kilimanjaro climbing package.

Kilimanjaro Highlights

  • Sunrise over Africa through the cloud base.
  • Summiting Africa’s highest mountain giving a great sense of achievement and serious bragging rights!
  • Its doable. Kilimanjaro is technically the easiest to climb of the Seven Summits.
  • Kilimanjaro one of the world´s greatest natural wonders: a snow covered mountain on the equator, an ocean of green forest surrounded by dry savannah.
  • Kilimanjaro inspires transformation. When you climb Kilimanjaro and stand on the roof of Africa, you see the world a different way.

 

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 Itinerary Marangu Route 8 Days – 7 Nights

Climbing Kilimanjaro is possibly one of the greatest gap year challenges available in Africa.

Starting in Moshi

On arrival in Moshi at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. We can suggest and pre-book a hotel for you if you require as pre and post climb accommodation is not included as standard. For many this is their first taste of Africa, so be prepared to see a whole new world open up before you.

Moshi is a small town located at the base of Kilimanjaro, firmly in Maasai country, don ´t be surprised if you see plenty of red garbed nomadic tribesmen, walking down the street tending a herd of goats. One of the distinguishing features of the Maasai is their huge extended earlobes stretched through years of hanging heavy objects off them! No joke, when Xtreme Gap went to Tanzania, we would see men with full bottles of beer stashed in their ears!

 

Day 1:

Arrival day Moshi. Today we meet in Moshi – if you are flying in to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), we can arrange an airport transfer for you. If you are making your own way to Moshi please advise your estimated arrival time in order to organize the briefing. If the weather is favourable we might get a first glimpse of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro (5 895 m). When you arrive at the hotel you will have some time to relax. One of our representatives will brief you on what to expect in the upcoming week.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2:

Kilimanjaro National Park – Mandara Hut (2700 M). After a big breakfast we transit to the eastern side of Kilimanjaro to start our trek. Marangu Gate is at 1 860 m above sea level and this is where we begin. It is roughly a 7 km journey through rainforest to the Mandara Huts (2 700 m). If you are still feeling energetic after this section you can walk to Maundi Crater for some scenic views of both Kenya and Tanzania and on a clear day, Kibo Crater. There is an evening meal and overnight stay at the Mandara Hut.

Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Route: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut. +/- 7 km

Day 3:

Kilimanjaro National Park – Horombo Hut (3700 M). After a good night’s rest we have a filling breakfast before we climb through forest and moorland to the Horombo Huts (3 700 m). The distance covered today is roughly 11 km and along the way we see some of Tanzania’s most interesting vegetation such as the giant lobelia and giant groundsel. Half way we stop for lunch while enjoying amazing views of Mawenzi (5 149 m), one of Kilimanjaro’s peaks. Tonight we stay at the Horombo Hut.

Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Route Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut. +/- 11 km

Day 4:

Kilimanjaro National Park – Zebra Rocks (4020 M). Today serves as an acclimatisation day. This is very important and greatly improves your chances of reaching the summit. We take a 3-4 hour trek to Zebra Rocks, so named because of the distinctive black and white stripes. A warm lunch will be waiting on our return to the hut, where an afternoon of relaxation helps prepare for the following day.

Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Kilimanjaro National Park – Kibo  Hut (4700 M). We get up at sunrise and after breakfast we set off for the Kibo Huts (47 00 m). Again, it is roughly 12 km to our destination. The first half of the hike traverses upper heath land while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle of Kilimanjaro is alpine desert and care must be taken on this rough terrain. After dinner we need a very early night as the next day there is an extremely early start.

Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Route: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut. +/- 12 km

Day 6:

Kilimanjaro National Park – Uhuru Peak (summit 5895 M). Today is ‘The Big Day’ – the summit stage. Many hours before dawn we begin the final trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro. At sunrise we reach Gillman’s Point (5 681m) which is the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, where the sun slowly starts to warm up the land. After a further hike of 1-2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5 895 m) we can celebrate the accomplishment of reaching the ‘Roof of Africa’. The route 5 back down is faster (compared to ascent) and a warm meal awaits us at the Kibo Hut. Later we continue on to the Horombo Hut where most of the mountain conquerors will be glad of an early night.

Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Route: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak ±6 km ascent; Uhuru Peak to Kibo Hut ±6 km descent; Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut ±12 km descent.

Day 7:

Kilimanjaro National Park – Moshi. Our journey back to Marangu Gate is about 18 km, a steady descent down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2 700m) where a hot lunch is prepared for us. If you conquered the summit you will collect your summit certificate at the gate. Green for Gilman’s Point and gold for those that reached Uhuru Peak. Then we head back to Moshi for a hot shower and a well-deserved rest.

Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Route: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate. +/- 18 km

 

Day 8:

End of the trip – Moshi. today the trip ends and we check out of the hotel.

Meals included:Breakfast

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in basic mountain huts on a shared basis. Don’t expect luxury, but that’s all part of the adventure! YOu will stay in shared ensuite hotels in Mishi and shared Ablutions during the trek.

Meals

Breakfast: As breakfast is served very early in the morning (if there is driving or activities to be done) it is a simple but filling breakfast: Tea and coffee, breads and spreads, cereals, yoghurts, fruits and on occasion, when there is time for a later breakfast, guides will serve a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, porridge, bacon or beans.
Lunch: Lunch is generally served at a picnic spot next to the road en route to a destination. Lunches consist of sandwiches and salads (rice salad, pasta salad, tuna salad and green salad) which are quick and easy to prepare but which are quite filling. They do have meal plans which they should stick to, to ensure that there is variety on a day to day basis.
Dinner: This is when the guides get time to prepare a delicious meal and they focus on a substantial protein, vegetable and carbohydrate dinner. We serve traditional cuisine consisting of braais (BBQ), potjie (stew), bobotie (mince), spaghetti and fish and chicken dishes. All meals are included as per itinerary. . This is a unique adventure in itself where you get to dine under the stars with your new found friends and experience the real sights and sounds of Africa!

Climbing Kilimanjaro FAQ

Kilimanjaro has 2 distinct climbing seasons –  January to March  and  June to October.

April to June is a non trekking season due to heavy rains.

During the January to March climbing season it is usually colder and there is a much higher probability that there will be snow up the top. During the day, you can expect clearer skies, with only the occasional brief shower. All things considered this is an incredibly beautiful time to climb Kilimanjaro and is usually a little quieter than the other peak season of June to October.

Although the June to October season is always the more popular time to climb Kilimanjaro, this is not necessarily a bad thing, For those going solo and wish to meet other groups, this is a great time to do so. The weather is pretty decent at this time of year too.

In this latter season the clouds tend to hang around the tree-line following the heavy rains of March to May. Once above this altitude, however, the skies are blue and brilliant and the chance of rain is tiny.

Climb Kilimanjaro and you can tick off one of the 100 things to do before you die. Why?

Well there are many good reasons to climb Kilimanjaro, perhaps because it is the highest free standing mountain in Africa, perhaps because at the top it is the only place on earth you can see the curvature of the earth, 360 degrees all around or perhaps it is just because it is there.
Either way climbing Kilimanjaro is a challenge that will reward the would be mountaineer with a great sense of achievement with equal amounts of adventure. For some it marks the first summit attempt in a life long mountain climbing addiction, for others it makes for a great story in the pub… I remember when I climbed Kilimanjaro….

Kilimanjaro is not a difficult mountain to climb, a challenge certainly, but not unachievable. Most of the Kilimanjaro climb is essentially a long uphill trek, the challenge really comes in at the top, when the air thins and breathing becomes strained. Climbing Kilimanjaro is akin to walking into space, where you can only use half your lung capacity because the air is so thin. This is not dangerous, but just tough going. People of all ages climb Kilimanjaro, the youngest person was successful on the   21 January 2008 Keats Boyd from Los Angeles. If a seven year old can do it, the chances are so can you. Not that climbing Kilimanjaro is a piece of cake, only about 40% of climbers are successful in actually climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro. The rest tend to fail on the final day, when they have to scramble up a very steep scree slope in the middle of the night to catch the sun rise from the peak.
At this altitude many suffer from minor symptoms of AMS (acute mountain sickness) and this is the main factor that influences peoples decision to turn back.
People of all ages climb Kilimanjaro with Xtreme Gap Year.

People do both, you can climb in a group or you can go it alone (with the back up of porters and an guide), however you will find climbing in a small group is a much more rewarding experience. On the mountain is great when you all have a common goal, those that climb Kilimanjaro in a group often find they can support each other and offer words of encouragement when the going gets tough). This is especially important at the top when the air thins and you have a pounding headache and that little voice in your head is questioning how much you want to achieve your goal. Every muscle in your legs will be aching and you might just be tempted to turn back (60% do).

Having someone else there to look out for you is always helpful. If you climb Kilimanjaro with Xtreme Gap, you will be climbing in a group.

Yes and no, it all depends how determined you are to climb Kilimanjaro. As we mentioned before, any one can actually climb Kilimanjaro, even a child of 7 years old has been successful, however most do fail. This can be prevented however with the correct preparation and of course dedication to get to the top!
The climb itself is more like a long uphill trek at altitude. Similar in effort to the Inca trail in Peru, it is certainly a challenge, but not unachievable! As the days goes by and you slowly gain altitude you will notice the landscapes change quite dramatically, from a tropical rainforest and banana plantations down at the foot of the mountain, to unique flora further up the mountain that has adapted to living on the mountain over millions of years.   Towards the top the landscape becomes more luna like with dust and rock formations giving way to the impressive Uhuru peak, the highest point in Africa.
People rarely miss out on the opportunity to visit the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngororgoro craters when climbing Kilimanjaro on  a Tanzania gap year. Some of the best game parks in Africa are a short drive  away from Moshi, so a combined climbing and safari package is usually the best way to go.
Malaria occurs in Tanzania   below 1800 meters, and you should take anti malarial medicine. Please consult your GP or travel clinic well in advance of travelling and you should use the recommended prophylactics.

AMS commonly affects people at high altitude. While AMS can be deadly if not treated immediately or if its symptoms are ignored, don ´t let that concern you. Probably 70% of all people climbing Kilimanjaro will suffer to some extent from AMS. Most symptoms manifest with pounding headaches and loss of appetite. You should familiarise yourself with this condition and take preventative measures if you become aware of it setting in. It is advisable to purchase an extra day on the mountain ($200) to acclimatise as this greatly reduces the chance of AMS taking hold.

We will prepare you completely for your trek, and advise what clothing should be taken pre-departure in a very detailed document. You need to prepare for all eventualities, that includes rain, and hot sunshine, and freezing temperatures at the summit. Technical clothing, although not essential is certainly useful – brands like Helly Hansen, Lowe Alpine, North Face and Craghoppers offer good clothing for the trip. On a budget head down to a local ports store like Decathlon (in Europe) and purchase some fleeces and a base layer. It is good to have a  polypropylene  top, something that is not made of cotton next to the skin, as this will wick moisture away from your body keeping you dry and cool, and warm at the top..

Get yourself ready for the Trek

It is important that you prepare yourself physically for the trip. This means getting a little fitter that normal. The trek is not difficult until you hit the top, when the air thins and the going gets a little tougher.

Mentally prepare yourself too.

Many people do summit Kilimanjaro, but not all succeed. Mental preparation is as important as being physically prepared for the trip. Remember when the going gets tough, you need a positive mental attitude at altitude to get you through.

Drink enough water

Make sure that you drink at least 3 – 4  litres  of liquid (water) a day. This is very important as a healthy water balance helps prevent AMS. On the first day take plenty of bottled water with you from the hotel. Up the mountain there are streams you can fill up from (after the second day) but it is advisable to take Iodine tablets to purify the water.

Walk high – sleep low

Always try to walk to a slightly higher altitude on acclimatisation day , than the altitude you are sleeping at.

Climb with minimal equipment

The more weight, the more energy you spend, having said that do not go inadequately prepared for the trek. It is cold up on the summit, and really hot at the base of the mountain, so remember your layers.

Where is Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is located in the North East of Tanzania, near the town of Moshi. Accessing Kilimanjaro is easiest when you fly into Kilimanjaro International, although some people who want to climb Kilimanjaro head there from Nairobi. Nairobi is roughly 500kms away and several hours drive which can be accomplished on various different forms of transport, from luxury buses and private cars to matatus (taxi buses) that are rammed full of too many people, chickens and other livestock. If you want a 20 hour adventure (and a very sore bum, choose this option).

Duration Option Price  
8 (Days)Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame GBP 2299Book Now

Included

  • 2 transfers to park gate – return
  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • Kilimanjaro Park Fees (about£430)
  • English speaking mountain guide and assistant guides
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary

Please note we include the park fees in the price.

 

Excluded

  • Gloves, Sun glasses, Sleeping bag, Hats, Rain suits, Warm Jacket, Heavy boots, Scarf’s, Rain Trousers,
  • Note: All the above items can be hired at a reasonable price
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Pre  accommodation (please arrive 1 day before)

Dates

We have multiple departures per month. Please contact us for specific dates & availability.

 

“We really did have a trip of a lifetime only made possible by the amazing service, knowledge and support from the staff.”
Kerri Sharingham
“We took the Marangu route (5 days) and summited without any problem on our third night in January of 2013. Had two great guides, Prosper and Gusto. Loved our porters as they made it super easy for us to get up and down Kili.”
Ben G.
“Kilimanjaro National Park is breathtakingly beautiful! From the bottom to the top, the scenery and the way it changes is really something quite special to behold. Great photographic Opportunities!”

Alexander Fortes.
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