Mount Kilimanjaro trekking package
8 days

Day 1 – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
As you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met with a representative from TAPAC Safaris, holding a sign with your name on it. From here you will transfer to Arusha and Mount Meru Hotel.

If time allows it (depending on your flight time) you will meet your head guide today, where he will have a short pre – brief regarding the climb, as well as do and equipment check. If time doesn’t allow it this will be done the following morning.

Accommodation:    Mount Meru Hotel
Meal Plan:        B&B

MOUNT KILIMANJARO; Marangu Route, 6 days

The Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro’s summit and is known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. This is the only route on Kilimanjaro with the comforts of solar-powered sleeping huts and comfortable beds at every camp. The huts are communal, and each bunk has a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Basic men’s and ladies’ latrines are available at the last camp.

All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer may be for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation).

This route is usually done in 5 days, but you can do it in 6 days for better acclimatization. You can spend your extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.  

Day 2 – Marangu Gate – Mandara Huts
Beginning Elevation: 1830 meters/6000 feet
Ending Elevation: 2740 meters/9000 feet
Elevation Gain: 910 meters/3000 feet

After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to Moshi for a briefing from your guide, then leave Moshi around 12 PM, drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park, and begin hiking around 1:30 PM.

In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Stop halfway for lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at 4 or 5 PM. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee. A 15 minute side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 PM. Bathrooms with running water are available.

Accommodation:    Camp Huts
Meal Plan:        Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3 – Madara Huts – Horombo Huts
Beginning Elevation: 2740 meters/9000 feet
Ending Elevation: 3690 meters/12 100 feet
Elevation Gain: 950 meters/3100 feet

Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast, and pack for your next trek. Break camp by 8:30 AM, hike for an hour through rainforest glades, and then follow an ascending path through heathland where you can look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3 PM, where you can see Kibo’s summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available.

You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.

Accommodation:    Camp Huts
Meal Plan:        Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 4 – Horombo Huts – Zebra Rock

Today you will hike up to Zebra Rocks and return to Horombo Huts.  The notion of "trek high, sleep low" maximizes the acclimatization effects. 

Accommodation:    Camp Huts
Meal Plan:        Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 5 – Horombo Huts – Kibo Huts
Beginning Elevation: 3690 meters / 12 100 feet
Ending Elevation: 4695 meters / 15 400 feet
Elevation Gain: 1005 meters / 3300 feet

Wake to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts but your Guide and Porters will prepare water for you.

Accommodation:    Camp Huts
Meal Plan:        Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 6 – Kibo Huts – Summit! – Horombo Huts
Beginning Elevation: 4695 meters / 15 400 feet
Top Elevation: 5895 meters / 19 340 feet
Elevation Gain: 1200 meters / 3940 feet
Ending Elevation: 3690 meters / 12 100 feet
Elevation Loss: 2205 meters / 7240 feet

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to limb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak!

 Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!

You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Accommodation:    Camp Huts
Meal Plan:        Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 7 – Horombo Huts – Marangu Gate – Arusha
Beginning Elevation: 3690 meters / 12 100 feet
Ending Elevation: 1830 meters / 6000 feet
Elevation Loss: 1860 meters / 6100 feet

Wake as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your trek down through lush forest to the park gate, where TAPAC Safaris vehicles are waiting to transfer you to Arusha and Mount Meru Hotel for a hot and well deserved shower and some rest.

Accommodation:    Mount Meru Hotel
Meal Plan:        Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 8 – Arusha National Park – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After a good night sleep, enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you can relax around the pool, or go for a short city tour.

Around lunch time you will transfer to Shanga Project and the Riverside restaurant for a delicious lunch in beautiful garden settings.

The Shanga project is a locally established project, where people with mainly physical disability works. They produce different arts and crafts in which they sell at their shop.

After lunch you can either go to the Masaai market in Arusha or transfer back to Mount Meru Hotel for relaxation before your evening flight back home.

End of safari

What’s included
-    All airport transfers
-    All park fees
-    All camping fees
-    All meals, as stated on itinerary
-    English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Spanish talking guide
-    AMREF’s flying doctors temporary insurance
-    All government taxes
-    All accommodation (as specified the itinerary)
-    All crew for mountain (guide, assistant guide, cook, camp crew, porters)
-    Arusha City tour
-    Shanga Project and Riverside Lunch

What’s NOT included
-    International flights
-    Personal travel insurance
-    Visa
-    Tips/gratuity to your mountain crew (highly recommended)
-    Drinks, and private bills at the hotel

-    Please note that in case of none availability at the above mentioned accommodation; we reserve the right to change to other accommodation of the same/similar standard.

Foto: Thomas Holden