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Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route - Viva Africa Tours
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Moshi
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Mount Kilimanjaro
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Highlights

  • The only route with hut accommodation
  • Admire the sunrise from the highest peak of Africa
  • Wander through diverse landscapes
  • Ascent to Uhuru Peak which has been award the title "The Roof of Africa"
Age range
12 to 75 year olds
Max Group Size
10
Transportation
Private Vehicle
Physical Rating
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Start and end in Moshi! With the hiking & trekking tour Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Moshi, Tanzania and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  2. Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi
  3. Day 2: Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) (1B, 1L, 1D)
  4. Day 3: Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) (1B, 1L, 1D)
  5. Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Mawenzi Hut (4,600m/15,100ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) (1B, 1L, 1D)
  6. Day 5: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft) (1B, 1L, 1D)
  7. Day 6: Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft) to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) (1B, 1L, 1D)
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Day 7: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Moshi (1B, 1L)
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Day 8: Departure (1B)

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Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • December 3, 2015

    what are the differences between the 3 different mt kilimanjaro routes and what airport would be the closest to get to moshi?

    We offer 4 common treks to the roof of Africa:

    - Rongai Route (6 & 7 days)
    - Lemosho Route (7 & 8 days)
    - Machame Route (6 & 7 days)
    - Marangu Route (5 & 6 days)

    Our personal favourite is the 6 days Machame Route as it gives good acclimatisation in a short time. The route follows the principles of mountain climbers hike and sleep low.

    Please find below an overview of advantages & disadvantages of the different routes. There is no perfect route, it all depends on your preferences.

    MARANGU ROUTE

    The Marangu Route is the oldest, most well established route. The route was counted many years as the most popular route to the summit due to its gradual slopes. Marangu Route is also known under the nickname Coca-Cola Route, due to its high popularity and relative simplicity to climb. However, in the recent years Marangu Route was displaced into second place by the more popular Machame Route.

    ADVANTAGES: The Marangu Route is the cheapest and fastest route (five or six days) up to Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the only route with hut accommodation in a dormitory style. Therefore climbers do not need camping equipment, which reflects in the number of porters. The beds in the huts are limited, so that only a certain number of climbers per day are allowed on this trek. It is considered due to its gradual slopes as the easiest of all routes.

    DISADVANTAGES: The rapid climb is not always the best. The chances of making it to the top in five days is very low and an extra acclimatisation (sixth) day is highly recommend to summit Kilimanjaro. Not without a reason is “pole, pole” (slowly, slowly) the motto on Kilimanjaro. Due to it’s shortness the success rate of making it to the peak is lower than on the longer routes. Marangu Route compared to it’s sister routes has less scenic variety, because ascent and descent follow the same trek.
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    MACHAME ROUTE

    Machame Route is the favorite route among climbers. It is also referred to as the Whisky Route. The classic duration to the top is 6 days, though an extra acclimatisation day can be added. It is alongside Lemosho Route the most picturesque route on Kilimanjaro. The hike follows steeper paths and is more adventurous, especially because of the famous Breakfast Wall (Barranco Wall). On the fifth day Machame Route merges with Lemosho Route. Both routes take from here the same trek up to Uhuru Peak.

    ADVANTAGES: The Machame Route is known as one of the most beautiful routes. The route follows the climbers’ philosophy to hike high and sleep low and therefore offering excellent acclimatisation and success rate to the summit. As a classic camping route Machame Route is not limited, which in turn leads us to the disadvantages.

    DISADVANTAGES: In recent years, Machame Route has immensely grown in popularity, which is owed to the limit amount of climbers on Marangu Route. Climbers should be prepared that especially in high season it can get very busy.
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    LEMOSHO ROUTE

    Lemosho Route is one of the quieter routes with fantastic views. Your trek to the summit is possible via a seven or eight days trek. The route meets, on the fifth day, at the Shira Plateau, the popular Machame Route and from there shares the same path to the summit.

    ADVANTAGES: It is the longest route and provides, through its duration, the best conditions for acclimatisation. Small number of climbers choose Lemosho Route, thus it is one of the quieter routes and our secret favourite.

    DISADVANTAGES: Due to it’s length climbers that favour Lemosho Route should be prepared to pay more.
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    RONGAI ROUTE

    Rongai Route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the North, along the border between Kenya and Tanzania. It is considered as the wildest and quietest route. The North is also drier and less wooded, which makes Rongai Route the ideal route for the rainy season.

    ADVANTAGES: Rongai Route captivates with rough wilderness and fantastic panoramas. The Northern slopes receive less rain and thus have better conditions for hiking. Rongai Route is the least populated route.

    DISADVANTAGES: The route does not follow the principles of climbing high and sleeping low, a seventh day for acclimatisation is therefore strongly recommended.
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    The best airport to arrive is Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). There is a big variety in international airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian, KLM and Qatar Airways that approach Kilimanjaro Airport.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 95 km.
  • Moshi (Tanzania)
  • 15 km
  • Marangu (Tanzania)
  • 14 km
  • Mandara Hut (Tanzania)
  • 10 km
  • Horombo Hut (Tanzania)
  • 12 km
  • Mt Kilimanjaro National Park (Tanzania)
  • 12 km
  • Horombo Hut (Tanzania)
  • 18 km
  • Marangu (Tanzania)
  • 15 km
  • Moshi (Tanzania)

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