Duration

7 Days

Country

Tanzania

Best Time

All year

Price From

US $1,650

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5 Days Marangu Route

Marangu route climbing experience for Mount Kilimanjaro in five days. Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca-Cola Route”. The Marangu is the Headquarters of the park and the easiest route on the mountain.

It is the only route which offers hut accommodation, suitable for people who don’t like to camp. The route takes at least five days but six days is recommended. If you book 6 days expect to spend an extra day at Horombo Hut for acclimatization.

The trek begins at Marangu Gate (South-East) of the mountain but also ends at the same point. The main attractions found on this route are Zebra Rocks and Mahundi Crater.

Scope

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Route: Marangu route
  • Price: From US $1,650 per person sharing
  • Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Activities: Climbing
  • Enjoy a charming and friendly team soon after arrival at the Airport and drop off at the hotel
  • Enjoy the short ride from the airport to the hotel. Depending on arrival time you can experience a beautiful landscape all the way to Arusha.
  • Expect to meet the Blessing safaris Team for a tour briefing and other arrangements
  • A beautiful start to the day with a heavy breakfast and a hot shower at the hotel
  • Expect to travel with not only a mountains guide. But also a friendly and knowledgeable climbing crew includes porters and cooks
  • As you climb through the Marangu route expect to see different attractions. Black and White Colobus Monkeys welcome you at the first camp. On the way, you can see different species of birds, and plants and you can see the signs of animals like Buffalos.
  • The climbers to the Marangu route have the chance to visit Zebra rocks and the Mahundi crater.
  • Every zone support different species of plants. Expect to see plants and trees on Kilimanjaro some of them are Old Man’s Beard and lobelia Deckenii. Dendrosenecio kilimanjari, Stoebe Kilimandscharica, Red Hot Poker, and Protea Kilimandscharica
  • Expect to cross different climatic zone. This adds spices to your climb. The screen and glacial create a magnificent experience while climbing.
  • What about delicious foods? Delicious and healthy meals are served on time at every camp. And between camps, you have time to break for a picnic lunch. Yum Yum!
  • Hut and Camping experience. From day one to the last day of your climb we will use tents or huts for accommodation
  • Expect to sing JAMBO Africa Song! The very common Mount Kili Climbing Anthem. After conquering the peak of Africa
  • Expect to collect your certificates at Marangu gate. Bravo! You have Made it to 5895 Meters above sea level.
  • Expect direct communication with the ground team for tour monitoring. But also in case of any emergency. Your safety is our priority.
  • Return to Arusha for an overnight and long shower after a long rally of climbing the Mountain. Getting some massage service could send you to heaven.
  • On departure day, have one on one with the Blessing Safaris team, for tour review and feedback. Airport transfer or other arrangements with the Blessing Safaris
  • The Marangu route is the headquarters of the park, the route is also known as the Coca-Cola route. It is flat at the beginning making it the easiest route.
  • Climbers through the Marangu route have the chance to visit Zebra rocks. And the Mahundi crater.
  • It is possible to climb for at least five days but six days is recommended.
  • The summit night of the Marangu route is a bit challenging. The trail to the summit is very steep until you reach Gilman’s point.
  • The Marangu Route is the only route that offers hut accommodation.
  • Climbers via the Marangu route use the same trail for ascending and descending.

First-day experience on Mount Kilimanjaro 

Imagine waking up early in the morning, and enjoying breakfast. While waiting for your team at the hotel ready for your Kilimanjaro adventure.
 
Your lifetime adventure begins this morning. Spend your time taking photos together with your team before you leave the hotel.
 
After the short introduction, start your trip from Arusha/ Moshi to Marangu Gate. You will stop and shop at the supermarket before you head to the Marangu gate.
 
After arriving at the park gate, sign the visitor’s book. Take your time while the guides register your climb. While porters make final preparations for climbing permits. You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest.
 
Depending on the weather of the season, you should expect sun, rain, dust, mud, hot or cold. You also expect to see Blue Monkeys, Black and white Colobus monkeys, Hartlaub’s Turaco, and Old Man’s Beard.
 
Halfway stop for lunch, take advantage of your lunch break to relax your muscles. And boost your energy before completing your hiking.
 
Expect to reach the first camp (Mandara Hut) in the late afternoon or evening. After arriving at Mandara Hut, you will find your support team at the camp already.
 
The waiter will provide hot water for washing up, and tea/coffee with popcorn to regain your energy.
 
While waiting for your first dinner on the mountain. It will be served around 7.30 pm in a public/shared mess. Make sure you stay warm enough because the temperature may decrease.  
Day Starting Camp Altitude Finish

Camp

Altitude Time Distance
1 Marangu Gate 1879m Mandara Hut 2720m 3hrs 8km
2 Mandara Hut 2720m Horombo Hut 3720 5hrs 11km
3 Horombo Hut 3720m Kibo Hut 4720m 5hrs 9km
Kibo Hut 4720m Uhuru Peak 5895mm 8hrs 6km
4 Uhuru Peak 4600m Horombo Hut 3720m 5hrs 16km
5 Horombo Hut 3720m Marangu gate 1879m 6hrs 19km

5 Days Marangu Itinerary

Meet your driver at Kilimanjaro Airport and drive to your hotel in Arusha. For lunch/dinner and relaxation after the long flight. Depending on your program. You will meet with your mountain guide in the hotel for a briefing and equipment checking.

Accommodation standards

A trip starts from your hotel in Arusha at Marangu Gate. After completing the necessary registration formalities at the gate. Spend time taking photos and changing clothes while waiting for the climbing permit.
 
After the permit clearance, your adventure starts in the rainforest. Expect to see Black and white Colobus Monkeys and birds. You will stop for a picnic lunch halfway to fuel up for the remaining hours of hiking to the camp.
 
After lunch, continue hiking for 2 more hours until reaching Mandara hut. After arriving at the camp our team will be ready to welcome you to the camp.
 
The hot water for washing up, and tea/coffee with popcorn to regain your energy. While waiting for your first dinner on Mount Kilimanjaro. If you are willing, you can take a short walk to the Mahundi crater where you can see the first view of the mountain.
 
  • Hiking time: 3hours Hiking distance 8 km
The morning after breakfast. Start your day walking through the forest until you reach open moorland. This is where you can see the first view of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks if the weather is clear.
Enjoy your picnic lunch and proceed on your climb until Horombo hut after 5 hours of your trekking. On the way, expect to see Lobelia Deckenii and Senecio Kilimanjari
  • Hiking time: 5hours Hiking distance 11 km
After breakfast, start hiking through moorland, and alpine desert. To the saddle area between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Picnic lunch will be served halfway before reaching the camp.
 
After arriving at Kibo Hut, check in, and spend your time resting until dinner time. Today you will get your dinner earlier to give yourself enough time for rest.
 
Your guides will meet for a summit briefing before you go to sleep. Listen and follow the advice from your guides for a successful summit.
 
  • Hiking time: 5hours Hiking distance 9 km

Today you wake up early around 11 pm for summit preparation and breakfast. Unlike other days your breakfast will be very early and light.

After breakfast, we start our summit journey around 12.00. Don’t rush, enjoy your special night. The summit night is always challenging. But if you respect the mountain and follow the advice of your guides it will be easy.

At some point, you can feel exhausted but never give up, try to push yourself while drinking water.

Drink a lot of water at the beginning before freezing. Stop at Gilman’s Point 5,681 m for hot drinks and photos.

It takes us 2 hours from Gilman’s point to Uhuru Peak where we celebrate the summit of Africa. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise, crater view, and glaciers.

After taking summit photos at Uhuru peak. We return to the base camp for breakfast, short rest, and lunch before we descend to Horombo Hut 3720 m.

Enjoy your last dinner and your last night at Mount Kilimanjaro. We hope that you will get a better night’s sleep due to physical exhaustion.

  • Hiking time and distance from Kibo Hut to Gilman’s Point: 6 hrs 4 km
  • Hiking time and distance from Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak: 2 hours 2km
  • Descending time and distance from Uhuru to Horombo Hut: 5 hrs 16 km

After the last breakfast on the mountain, you will descend about 5 to 6 hours back to Marangu Gate. Your guide will collect your certificates at the gate. And you will be ready to check out to Arusha or Moshi.

Our driver will take you back to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi town for a shower and celebrations.

  • Descending time: 6 hours Descending distance 19k m

Accommodation standards

This tour ends after breakfast in the hotel. Our driver will collect you from the hotel at the arranged time to take you to the airport.
It is possible to extend your trip to Tanzania by visiting nearby national parks. Tarangire National park and Ngorongoro Crater. Or visit cultural Tourism programs near Arusha before your departure time to Airport.

Costs & Inclusions

Standard Package Price
Pax  1 pax  2 pax  3 pax  4 pax+
Price  $2,200  $1,800  $1,690  $1,650
  • Airport Transfers (we pick up you on arrival day, and we take you back after the climb) 
  • Accommodation in Arusha at  Tulia Hotel & Spa (two nights, bed and breakfast)
  • Transfers from Hotel to Kilimanjaro Marangu gate and from Marangu gate to the hotel 
  • Accommodation for all days on Kilimanjaro (Huts) 
  • Clean, purified drinking water 
  • All meals while on the Mountain 
  • Kilimanjaro entrance fees/conservation fees
  • Kilimanjaro Camping fees
  • Rescue Fees and all taxes.
  • Salaries for Porters, Cook, and Guides
  • Oxygen Cylinder 
  • Oxygen Saturation Meter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flying Doctors Emergency Service (before or after climb)
  • International and local airfare
  • Local transportation before and after the climb
  • Personal expenses example: Laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Lunch and Dinner at Tulia Hotel & Spa
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Private Toilet and hot shower tent 
  • Yellow fever vaccinations, Covid 19 test
  • Passport and Visa
  • Travelers Insurance ( recommended insurance  cover up to 6000 meters )
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Helicopter Evacuation Cost in high Altitude (Kilimanjaro SAR)
  • Optional tours not mentioned in this itinerary

Costs & Inclusions

Luxury Climbing Price
Pax  1 pax  2 pax  3 pax  4 pax+
Price  $3,500  $2,800  $2,700  $2,200
  • Airport Transfers (we pick up you on arrival day, and we take you back after the climb) 
  • Full board accommodation in a 5-star hotel (Mount Meru) for two nights. 
  • Transfers from Hotel to Kilimanjaro Marangu gate and from Marangu gate to the hotel 
  • Accommodation for all days on Kilimanjaro (Huts) 
  • Quality sleeping bag -18 °C
  • Walking Poles
  • Clean, purified drinking water 
  • All meals while on the Mountain 
  • Kilimanjaro entrance fees/conservation fees
  • Kilimanjaro Camping fees
  • Rescue Fees and all taxes.
  • Salaries for Porters, Cook, and Guides
  • Oxygen Saturation Meter
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC)
  • Private Toilet and hot shower tent  
  • Lunch and Dinner at Mount Meru hotel in Arusha
  • Flying Doctors Emergency Service (before or after climb)
  • Local transportation before and after the climb 
  • International and local airfare
  • Yellow fever vaccinations, Covid 19 test 
  • Passport and Visa
  • Travelers Insurance ( recommended insurance  cover up to 6000 meters )
  • Tips for the mountain crew 
  • Helicopter Evacuation Cost in high Altitude (Kilimanjaro SAR)
  • Optional tours not mentioned in this itinerary
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Booking Process

If you’re satisfied enough with the information. You can book this tour directly, remember to confirm your booking with a deposit of 40% of the total cost per person. This is required to secure bookings. For accommodation and other services which belong to third parties.
 
At that point, we will issue you with an invoice that includes a balance due date. We must receive the full payment not less than thirty (30) days before the departure date.
 
In the case of holidays booked within less than thirty (30) days of the departure date. We must receive the full cost within seven (7) working days. After sending written confirmation and invoice.
In case of non-payment of the balance by the due date. We reserve the right to cancel your booking and keep your deposit. As well as any other cancellation charges.
 
Before you do any payment don’t hesitate to discuss with your tour planner the best option. Your satisfaction is our happiness

How to make payments

BRANCH NAME NEW ARUSHA MARKET
BANK NAME NMB BANK PLC
SWIFT CODE NMIBTZTZ
ACCOUNT NAME BLESSING SAFARIS LIMITED
ACCOUNT NUMBER 42710042425
CURRENCY TYPE USD

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express
If you decide to use this mode of payment, a 3.9% bank surcharge has to be added on top of the original amount. The 3.9% charge does not come from Blessing Safaris Limited, it is a bank surcharge for credit card transactions

Sometimes the gateways or your bank may request additional documents to approve the transaction, bear in mind that it is for your financial safety.
You can pay through Pesapal (PCi DSS  & PCi PTS compliance)

When you make a booking, you will receive the unpaid invoice. Showing the amount you have to pay and the company bank account details. Then after payment, you will receive the paid invoice. This will act as payment evidence.

Terms and conditions

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Kilimanjaro travel information

Travel insurance is very crucial when it comes to traveling around the world, for any traveler.
Getting travel insurance in Tanzania made easy through third parties companies. Which are dealing with evacuation in case of any emergency during your tour.
We recommend the best travel insurance companies. Having good travel insurance guarantees peace of mind while traveling, safety comes first.
As with any other life attempt challenges are part of the journey. You may experience congestion while arriving. Or you may experience network outages in most of the areas while on safari.
 
Bear in mind that there are challenges that we can control as human beings. But in case of natural disasters that we do not wish to happen. If we are supposed to stop your tour, immediate actions are necessary to save a life.
This comes not actually from the company side but has something to do with yourself. You may wish to support locals by buying souvenirs or you may arrange some extra tours around the city.
 
Or tipping to your team. Is the best way to acknowledge others as one of the best practices in life. Feel comfortable discussing this with your tour planner anytime

Other important information

Frequently Asked Questions

We are determined to ensure that you experience luxury and genuine memorable travel. On every trip, we aim to create a ‘charmed space’ within. Where you can relax.  Absorb fresh insights. Be stimulated and Charmed by new Encounters, and have fun!

Whether traveling alone or with friends. Blessing Safaris guests often mention how particularly agreeable they find their traveling companions. Our groups are small, comprising 2 to 7 guests, especially for safari.

Our team researched and focused on trips that attract people with the same interest. People who naturally get well with each other through their shared interests.

Once you confirm your booking on a tour you will be sent further practical information. Packing tips, and detailed itineraries, including advice on health, passport, and visa requirements. The numbers of guests on tours.

Climbing Routes for Mount Kilimanjaro

There are seven official routes for mount Kilimanjaro climbing. Including Machame, Marangu, Lemosho, Umbwe route, Rongai, Shira route, and Mweka route.

The Marangu route can be used both for ascending and descending. Climbers from the Rongai route use the Marangu route for descending. While climbers from Machame, Umbwe, and Lemosho routes descend through the Mweka route.

Yes, there are flush toilets in Kilimanjaro . But only available in the Marangu route except at the base camp.

No, it is not recommended to smoke and drink alcohol. Also avoid depressant drugs on Kilimanjaro.

Getting Sick on Mount Kilimanjaro

Our guides will immediately provide first aid depending on the patient’s situation. You can proceed with the trek or descend to the low altitude depending on the nature of the sickness.
In case of serious issues, our staff will take you out of the mountain by using wheel stretchers. Or sometimes we can arrange for the emergency helicopter evacuation service.

You are supposed to carry your daypack to put on your staff for the day. It can be a camera, snacks, gloves, a hat, sunscreen. Other staff will be carried by the porters not more than 20kg per porter.

What About Cellular Network on Mount Kilimanjaro?

Yes, you will have a signal at almost every camp but not everywhere. You may experience some poor connections in other areas. Though the network coverage has been improving.
 
But to be true, don’t expect the signal to be strong as it comes back home. A quick option is to find a local operator’s SIM card for internet service since there is no wi-fi on the mountain.
 
You can arrange in advance with our team if your need for internet service is so important.
No, laundry service is not available on Mount Kilimanjaro. But, you will get a laundry service when you go back to your hotel.
Remember to pack enough clothes for changing. You may need help with the packing list don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Sex During Mount Kilimanjaro climbing

Yes, but it is advised after reaching the top. It is better to save your energy for a successful summit. On the mountain peaks, air density is low. The air gets thinner as you rise.
So take it slow, as you will need breath to catch. If you don’t want to get exhausted, then avoiding having sex is ideal.
Although more than 200 languages and dialects are spoken throughout Africa. This presents no problem as English is spoken throughout East and Southern Africa.
Apart from English, all our professional guides are multilingual. So worry not we get you covered