Duration

7 Days

Country

Tanzania

Best Time

All year

Price From

US $1,580

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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 $1,580 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  $2,000  $1,690  $1,600  $1,580
  • 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
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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
Click Here to View Terms & Conditions or download a pdf file

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.

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Kilimanjaro Travel Information

VISA

Foreign eligible visitors traveling to Tanzania for Tourism purposes must have a visa to travel to and between Tanzania and Zanzibar. Applicants can obtain a visa by completing a straightforward and simple online visa application. Citizens from eligible countries are required to complete an online application form to receive the approved visa for Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Any foreigner seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania is subject to the following entry requirements:

  • A passport or Travel Document which is valid for not less than six months;
  • A Residence Permit or a Pass or his name is endorsed upon the same;
  • A valid Visa (where applicable) from any Tanzania Mission abroad or on arrival at any designated entry points. Visa issuing centers.

About Visa

A visa is a permission granted to a foreigner to enter and remain in the United Republic of Tanzania for a specific period. A visa is issued to a visitor who intends to enter into Tanzania for the purpose of visit, tourism, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, attending a conference, or any other related activities recognized by the Laws of the country.

Types of Visa:

Single Entry VISA (ORDINARY VISA)

This Visa is issued for a single entry to a visitor for a period not exceeding three months for holidays, visiting, leisure, health treatment, studies, or any other activity legally recognized by the Law.

An application of Ordinary Visa should be accompanied with the following;

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • Return ticket of the flight (not mandatory);
  • Duly filled in the declaration form
  • 50 USD visa fee.

Multiple Entry VISA

This visa may be issued to foreign visitors who come for Official visits, Government Missions, family reunion, or any other circumstances as may be determined by the Office of the Commissioner-General of Immigration, which calls for frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. These are like Directors of Companies registered in Tanzania who do not reside in the country, Spouse or member of a family (Family reunion), Bilateral Agreement Representatives, Private or Government Consultants, etc.

The maximum validity of this Visa is twelve months. However, the holder of the Multiple Visa cannot stay in the country for 12 consecutive months. They are required to leave the country at most every three months.

Caution: The Multiple Visa is not intended for those visitors coming on business purposes such as those described under the Business Visa category.

NB: American nationals who wish to visit Tanzania for tourism or holiday purposes, they are required to apply for this type of Visa.

An application of Multiple Entry Visa should be accompanied with the following;

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • 100 USD Visa fee;
  • Valid passport or national ID of the person to be visited in Tanzania (host) OR;
  • A covering letter of the host Institution detailing the reasons and frequency of Visits OR;
  • Attached Certificate of the marriage of a spouse and a passport/national ID, if the applicant comes to visit a spouse OR;
  • Any proof that justifies that a visitor is required to visit the United Republic of Tanzania frequently.
  • Return ticket of the flight (not mandatory);

Gratis VISA

This visa may be issued for a single entry or multiple entries to a holder of diplomatic, services or official passport or Travel Document of recognized International Organization who is on official duty and their Dependents. It can also be issued to a holder of the ordinary passport or Travel document as it may be directed by the Commissioner-General of Immigration and Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.

Transit  VISA

This Visa may be issued to foreign nationals to transit through to another destination outside the United Republic for a period not exceeding seven days. The applicant of this visa may be required to provide proof of a Visa of the destination country and/or Onward flight ticket.

An application of Multiple Entry Visa should be accompanied with the following;

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • 30 USD visa fee.
  • An entry visa or onward ticket to the intended country of destination;

Business VISA

This visa may be issued to those expatriates who wish to come for short-term assignments which in any way do not exceed 90 days. It may be issued to such foreign expatriates to allow them to enter in the United Republic of Tanzania for the following purposes;

To conduct special assignments such as fixing/repairing machines or running short-term training, etc.

To conduct professional roles such as auditing accounts etc.

To conduct lawful business according to the laws of the country.

Business visas will be issued at the Immigration Headquarters, Dar Es Salaam, the Immigration Head Office, Zanzibar, Entry Points, and Tanzanian Consular Offices abroad.

An application for a Multiple Entry Visa should be accompanied by the following;

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • Return ticket of the flight;
  • 250 USD visa fee.
  • A work contract or any proof of the work/assignment to be performed within a period not exceeding three months; or

Student VISA

This visa may be issued for a single entry or multiple entries to a holder of diplomatic, services or official passport or Travel Document of recognized International Organization who is on official duty and their Dependents. It can also be issued to a holder of the ordinary passport or Travel document as it may be directed by the Commissioner-General of Immigration and Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.

An application of Multiple Entry Visa should be accompanied with the following;

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • 50 USD, 250 USD, or 550 USD Visa fee depending on the category and duration.
  • Covering letter from the host institution/college where the foreign student will be hosted, the letter must detail the course/field and duration of the program to be attended

Referral Cases

There are some countries in which their nationals require special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration or the Commissioner of Immigration (Zanzibar) before issuance of the Visa. These countries fall under the Referral Visa Category.

Applicants whose nationals fall under this category are not advised to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before they get approval for their Visa. Applicants of Referral Visa are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel.

Visa Application for Referral Cases

There are two modalities of application for Referral Visa Applicants. The first one, which is recommended, is for applicants to seek permission clearance first, through their host in Tanzania. In this case, the host submits the request letter detailing the reasons and duration of stay of the visitor, to the Commissioner-General of immigration, or the commissioner of Zanzibar, if the applicant wishes to visit Zanzibar. In this modality, the applicant while applying Online will attach his photo (passport size), Passport/Travel Document (biographic data page), and a permission letter granted. His application will be processed within five working days

The second option is for the applicant to apply directly online by attaching the following attachments while making an application:

  • Applicant Passport size photo;
  • Applicant Valid copy of Passport (biographic data page);
  • Covering letter from a legally registered Institution/ Company if the visit is official or covering letter from an individual who knows the applicant if the trip is personal, the letter must detail the purpose of visit and duration of stay of the prospective visitor;
  • 50 USD Visa fee
  • This application will be processed within two months.

Note: Stateless persons and Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents are also required to obtain a referral visa before coming to the United Republic of Tanzania.

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
Tanzania is situated directly south of the Equator and covers 938,000 sq. km with an estimated population of 40 million people. The country is densely populated in the northern, eastern and coastal areas while the southern part is not densely populated.

Climate. Tanzania climate is tropical and there are two rain seasons the longer being March through May and the shorter between October and November. The dry season lasts from July through October with clear sky and sunshine the whole day. The weather is suitable for beach vacations. The coastal area is normally hot and humid.

Visa: Coming to Tanzania has been made easy for visitors. It is easy to obtain a Tanzanian visa and there are three ways to obtain it: You can get a visa from a Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission from your country or upon arrival at the port of entry or you can apply online via Tanzania Immigration site, that is, the airport or at the border port. The above procedure applies to North American and European citizens. For more details about visas please contact the nearest Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission in your area.

Tanzania’s International Airports: Tanzania has two international airports, one outside the commercial capital Dar es Salaam (airport code: DAR) and the other near Arusha (and Mount Kilimanjaro) called Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code: JRO). Charter flights and some international operators fly directly to Zanzibar Island (airport code: ZNZ)

Getting to Tanzania: If you’re planning to visit Northern Tanzania, the best airport to arrive at is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). KLM has daily flights from Amsterdam. Ethiopian and Kenya Airways / Precision Air also fly into KIA.

If you’re planning to visit Zanzibar, southern and western Tanzania, it is ideal to fly to the capital city of Dar es Salaam. European carriers that fly into Dar es Salaam include British Airways, KLM and Swissair(which share codes with Delta). There are long-distance bus services between Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.

Attractions: The country has a lot to offer educationally, historically, for leisure and adventures. These adventures are safaris (game) driving in the National Parks like Serengeti, Manyara, and Tarangire to see wildlife, historical sites such as museums, landscapes, mountains, beaches, lakes, rivers, and culture.

Social life: The country has more than 120 tribes. Each tribe has its own vernacular. Although there are many languages “Swahili” was adopted as the national language in 1961 right after independence. The language has spread and is being used in the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Central Africa. English is the second official language of the nation. You will find that Tanzanians are very welcoming and friendly.

Political system: Tanzania is perhaps the leading country on the continent of Africa for its political stability, peace, and tranquility. The political system is multi-party and the government is democratic. Political and religious conflicts are resolved through dialogue. In short, religious and tribal conflicts are very rare in this country because every citizen is free to worship as he/she pleases provided that one does not violate the law of the land

Currency: The national currency of Tanzania is the “shilling” (Tshs). Exchange rates vary and are subject to change anytime. Credit cards such as Euro-card, American Express, Master Card, Access, and Visa are accepted by most tourists’ hotels, carving shops, bureau de change, and banks. Also, Traveler’s Cheques in sterling pounds and US dollars are acceptable.

Religions: Because of its historical diversity Tanzania is a land of various religions. Nevertheless, the major religions are Christianity, Islam, Hindu, and African Traditional Religions. On the east coast – Dar es salaam, Bagamoyo, Zanzibar, and Tanga – the dominant religions are Islam and Hindu. This is due to the advent of Arabs and Eastern Indians which led to the spread of the two religions. The mainland is dominantly Christian and this is since European colonists, like Arabs, spread the Christian religion to the indigenous people.

Infrastructure & Accessibility: Major roads are paved and accessible throughout the year. Side roads and those around and within the National Parks are muddy and rough. For this reason, a 4WD car is required for safaris. Four-wheel cars include Toyota Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, and Toyota Hiace 4WD. These are the cars commonly used. The railway is also used in the eastern, southern, central, and western parts of the country.

Time: The time zone is GMT + 3 and the electricity is 220 – 240 V AC, 50 Hz.

Drinking-Water 

Expect to drink pure water from the mountain during your trek. We will refill your water bottles every day at all camps. The water is very clean and treated. You will get hot water for washing up every day in the morning and evening.
 

Meal Plan 

We carry enough food to eat every day on the mountain. The food we carry is for our clients and everyone on our team. Our cooks are very professional, they will make sure that you get quality and delicious food on time. Enjoy three meals per day, and feel at home away from home.  
After the confirmation of the booking. The food menu will be sent to you showing the meal plan. From the first day to the last day of the trek. We always provide room for discussion about what you want to be part of your diet. For any suggestions about the food during your trek, don’t hesitate to discuss it with your guides and cooks.

Marangu Route Facilities

There are no hotels or lodges on the mountain. Climbers to the Marangu route (Kilimanjaro) sleep in huts.
 
Accommodation based on shared rooms with double-decker beds. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be served in mess rooms. available in every camp in Marangu.
 
All rooms are installed with a solar system but the power may not be enough for charging your cell phones. Marangu has flash toilets except at the base camp. 

Other Routes Facilities 

Climbers through other routes use tents. Porters are always fast, they get to the camp earlier and set up your tents. Every group has camping managers who make sure all tents are well-pitched.
 
We use new quality mountain tents for sleeping. Every tent is shared by two (2) clients, we also carry quality mercy tents, kitchen tents, and crew tents. 
 
Toilets are available at all camps in the mountains. In case you don’t want to use public toilets, you can request a private toilet from us.

Mount Kilimanjaro Tipping Guide 

After the end of your tour, your supporting team expects to be paid the tips. YES, it is very appreciated! When and how do you pay for your tips?

1: You can pay for tips after the last meal on the mountain

You may pay it in separate envelopes given by us before the beginning of the tour. You may hand over the envelopes to the head guide who will then help you to distribute them to everyone.
 

2: You can pay tips at the hotel after the end of your trek

In case you don’t want to carry money on the mountain, you may leave it at the hotel/bank. Then you pay your supporting team at the hotel soon after descending

3: You can pay for your package together with tips

For those who wish to receive the invoice for the whole package. (include tips), It is possible to don’t hesitate to tell us.
 
The following is the tipping amount in USD per person per day.
  • $20 per guide, per day.
  • $15 per cook, per day.
  • $10 per porter per day.
NB: The tipping cost will be shared by the whole group, as the company we appreciate you’re generosity. Bear in mind that the shared guidelines do not restrict any clients to contribute more.
The weather in Kilimanjaro is very unpredictable. But it is better to know the common weather of the mountain before you decide to book your tour. The dry season is a good time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro because you will enjoy nature and a good view.  
 
The dry season is from the beginning of December through the beginning of February. And from late June through the end of October. 
 
The peak season is from  August to September and the heavy rainy season is from the end of March to the middle of May
Tanzania is the safest country in Africa, Tanzanians are very friendly. There is no history of dangerous animals on Kilimanjaro.
 
Kilimanjaro’s trails are always busy. There are hundreds of people climbing all routes every day. Every group is accompanied by mountain guides. The security is also reliable at the campsite there are rangers at every camp for safety.
 
Only climbers to Mount Meru will be escorted by the armed rangers due to the presence of the wild animals. Inside the Mountain.
 
No need to fear about your health, we provide healthy food. Our guides are well-trained and certified in First Aid. We always carry the first aid kit and oxygen cylinders for emergencies.
 
The rescue is also available on the mountain at all camps. In case of any serious emergence, we can arrange for a helicopter rescue

Conservation fees per day (all routes) 

(a) US$70 of or above the age of 16 years

(b) US$20 between the age of 5 and 15 years

Public Campsite Fee per Night
(a) US$50 of or above the age of 16 years

(b) US$10 between the age of 5 and 15 years

Hut Fee  

(a) US$60 per night (of or above the age of 16 years)

(b) US$20 per night (between the age of 5 and 15 years)         

Rescue Fee 

-US$20 per person per trip 

Crew Fee

US$2 per person per trip 

Crater camping fee 

US$100

Mawenzi peak climbing

US$750 (it is technical climbing) 

Paragliding on Kilimanjaro 

(a) Pilot fee US$500

(b) Passenger fee $250

Cycling in Kilimanjaro National Park

 US$50

Video Shooting per group of 2-20 people (This is for recording own art eg music or movies)

(a) Park US$100

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Mountain Sickness 

Besides the excitement and the beauty of hiking these giant mountains in Tanzania. Every success is accompanied by unexpected challenges.

For climbers, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is one of the major threats when it comes to climbing. Your safety is our priority and this is a list of common altitude sicknesses which you may encounter. . We invite you to spend time learning more about it.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

It is the negative health effect of high altitude. This is caused by rapid exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevations. People who climb high mountains might experience the early symptoms of Altitude Sickness.
 
Our guides are well-trained, they are Certified  Wilderness First Responders (WFR). If you experience any of these symptoms below, please inform your guides as soon as possible.
  • Nausea & dizziness
  • Headache
  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  •  Vomiting
  • Poor sleeping

High Altitude Cerebral Oedema (HACE)

Caused by brain swelling, it is very dangerous and can kill if not treated as soon as possible. HACE symptoms tend to set in at nighttime. 
 
Symptoms of HACE 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe headache
  •  Increase of clumsiness
  • Loss of coordination example ataxia
  • Loss of memory
  • Coma

High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPE)

This is caused by fluid collecting in the lungs. It is very dangerous and can kill very if not treated as soon as possible. It happens due to the fast ascending to a higher altitude.
 
If your guide advises you to descend. Please do it immediately even if taking medicine because it is the only reliable cure. 
 
Symptoms of HAPE
  • Trouble breathing even when resting
  • Coughing
  •  Very tight chest
  •  Suffocation/feeling tired
  •  Froth in saliva or spit
  •  Blood in saliva
  •  Confusion, hallucination, and irrational behavior 

Prevention of altitude sickness

  • Ascend slowly (pole-pole)
  • Drink well, 3-4 liters of water per day
  •  Eat well and regularly
  • Sleep well and give yourself time to rest
  • Wear proper warm gears (Make sure you are warm enough) 
  • Avoid wet boots, gloves, & socks

Mount Kilimanjaro Summit Night Tips

Layering

Wearing the right kind of gear for the summit is very important. Try to cover your body with many layers to avoid coldness during the summit.

Avoid wearing wet clothes, wear fresh and dry clothes for the summit night. Especially the inner layers to make sure you are always warm. 

Cover & Protection

Cover your Cell Phone, Camera, spare batteries, and water bottles to avoid freezing. Turn ON your headlight, walk slow, stay behind your guide all time. Avoid frequent stops because it will make you feel cold and tired.

Walking Poles 

Don’t forget to bring your walking poles. Your poles are very important for both ascending and descending. Remember to set the right size before you leave the base camp because might freeze and get stuck.

Drink a lot of Water 

Remember to drink plenty of water at the beginning, your water might freeze as you climb higher. Try to blowback the camelback tube from time to time after drinking to avoid water freezing.

Kilimanjaro Packing List 

We remind you to bring quality personal climbing gear for your Kilimanjaro climbing. Proper layering is necessary to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable.

Before packing, make sure your gear selection depends on the weather of the season you plan to climb. But the weather on Mount Kilimanjaro is unpredictable.
 
Mid-March, May, and early June is the long rainy season. While November to early December is the short rainy season.
 
Make sure your outermost layer must be warm and made of waterproof materials. This will protect you against rain, wind and snow.

Rain Geers

Poncho, Waterproof Jackets, Waterproof trousers, Rucksack rain cover, Waterproof gaiters

Warm Clothing

Body covering:
 
Underwear, Fleece jackets, Down jackets, Fleece trousers, Hiking pants, Shorts, T-shirts, Fleece shirts
 
Head, neck &  face Covering:
 
Buff ,Balaclava,Mask,Hat

Hands covering

Fleece gloves, Waterproof mittens

Feet covering: 

Pairs of wool socks, Gaiters, Waterproof hiking boots, Sneakers
 

Other important Equipment and accessories

Sleeping bag, Sunglass, Sun cream, Sun hat, Headlamp, Trekking Poles, Water bottle. Camel bag, Camera, and spare batteries.Powerbank, Towel.
Backpack for day hiking use, Duffle bag/kit bag for porters to carry your staff.
Snacks for high energy and calorie gain, Passport and Visa

Careful packing

  • Make sure all your gears are warm and lite, don’t pack jeans, and avoid cotton as cotton material traps moisture. But also avoid overweight packing.
  • Pack your bags the night before your trek, don’t wait until the morning to avoid rushing.
  • Don’t pack anything that shouldn’t be there. You may leave unwanted staff for the mountain at your hotel or feel free to leave at our office.
  • If necessary to pack your laptop, keep in mind that there is no electricity on the mountain.
  • If possible avoid packing delicate stuff
  • Pack all important documents. And everything you think you will need to use on the way before getting to the camp. Example: Camera, Phone, sun cream, hut, passport, sunglasses, poncho, etc.

Health and Hygiene tips

  • Remember to keep your hands clean every time before eating to avoid stomach problems. Which can cause dehydration
  •  Before using medication like Acetazolamide or Diamox and others. It is important to take advice from your doctor
  • Be prepared for altitude sickness even if it doesn’t often happen. You better do a general health check-up before you starts your climb for Kilimanjaro.
  • If you feel abnormal, please tell your guides.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol on the mountain
  • Avoid ascending further when you realize the symptoms of altitude sickness

Listen to your guides

Listen and follow the instructions from your guides.  Our guides have long-time guiding experience. They are well-trained and licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. Our guides are very friendly and knowledgeable and they will take you to the summit safely.

 Trash-in trash-out

Avoid littering  the trail, and collect all rubbish in your bag until you reach the camp

Climb slow (Pole-pole)

Avoid rushing, save your energy for the Summit night. Hike slow enjoy your holiday and the beauty of Kilimanjaro

Prepare for your trek

Remember to prepare for your trek. Make sure you apply for your Visa on time, and book your flight after getting your Visa verification.
Pack all travel documents and trekking gears. Train your body by doing small physical exercises like running and biking to keep your body fit.

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