Marangu: Kilimanjaro Climbing Route Review

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Marangu Route Review

Marangu Route is the most popular of all Kilimanjaro climbing routes. This is the only route offering overnights stays in huts, versus tent camping on all other routes. Huts have a significant impact on the overall cost because with fewer items to carry (especially tents), less staff are required in climbing crews, thus reducing the overall cost and making Marangu the most affordable route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Marangu Route is one of the oldest routes on Kilimanjaro, has beautiful scenery throughout, and is especially favored during the rainy season because of the sleeping huts. Further, for those who want to climb Kilimanjaro but are on a tight budget, this is the most affordable climb.

The Marangu Route is often advertised as “the easiest route on Kilimanjaro”, which is inaccurate. The 5-day Marangu itinerary is one of the most difficult Kilimanjaro climbs, and the Marangu route does not offer ideal acclimatization transition. The Machame 7-day itinerary has a better success rate than Marangu’s climb.

Marangu is offered in two itineraries; 5 or 6 days, with the 5-day option being considerably difficult because of less time to properly adapt to the higher altitude. The 6-day trek is acceptable for reasonably fit hikers and has a more positive successful summit rating.

For those who want to take on this challenge, we suggest combining Mount Meru before attempting the Marangu trek. Mount Meru, the second-highest peak in Tanzania, offers appropriate acclimatization to help prepare for the quick and intense Marangu Route. For those with time constraints that prohibit Mount Meru, consider the 6-day trek or another route.

While all other routes on Kilimanjaro descend via Mweka Gate, only Marangu route has climbers ascend and descend by the same trail. It is incredibly scenic and you may not mind seeing the same view up and down, but keep in mind you will be passing hikers on the way back down and missing out on the experience of another side of Kilimanjaro.

Due to its popularity, Marangu is often crowded. If you like climbing with company and sharing sleeping arrangements with other groups, this is a good choice. However, if you are after a more private climb, want to have quiet evenings and secluded trekking during the day, we suggest looking for another route.

NOTE: Some of the expedition upgrades (portable showers, portable toilets) are not allowed on Kilimanjaro due to the KINAPA regulations.

Consider Marangu Route for a climb during the rainy season: sleeping in huts is more comfortable and helps climbers avoid a bit of mud when they settle down for the night. Also, if you are limited in time and cannot participate in a 7-day trek, you may consider the Marangu 6-day itinerary.

Travel Style and Conditions:
Wooden Huts
Service Level:
High
Physical rating:
Demanding
Trip Type:
High-altitude trekking
Age requirements:
10+ years
Total Route Length:
64 km (40 miles)
Traffic:
High
Trailhead:
Marangu Gate

Marangu: Pros and Cons

Some things to remembers while choosing Marangu Route

Advantages:
  • Great panoramic views
  • Attractive pricing
  • Most popular route
  • Varied terrain
  • Overnight stays in huts
  • Excellent choice for rainy season climbs
Things to consider:
  • Short acclimatization
  • 5-day trek has very low summit success rate
  • Same trail is used for ascent and descent
  • The trail is often busy

The Coca-Cola Trail

Marangu is known as “the Coca-Cola Route’ because along the way Coca-Cola used to be sold along the route! It is unusual, having soft drinks and other treats for sale while trekking up a mountain, so you can understand how the route earned its name.

Marangu Route Map

Marangu route starts on the south-eastern side of Kilimanjaro. It takes around 1.5 hours to drive from our climbing base near Machame to the starting point of Marangu. After arriving at the trailhead, Marangu Gate, the trek heads to Mandara Hut (approximately 2,700 meters) by hiking through a rainforest. Compared to the coming days, this trek is not particularly challenging, but you may get a brief rain shower while in the tropical rainforest so be prepared with a waterproof jacket.

The first days on Marangu Route

The second day you will continue hiking the eastern slope of Kilimanjaro towards Horombo Hut (3,720 meters). The first leg of the trek continues through the rainforest, after passing around Maundi Crater, you enter the moorland zone. If the weather is clear and you are feeling strong, you may climb the Maundi Crater and catch your first glimpse of Uhuru Peak.

The first two days cover a distance of almost 10 km, with a huge altitude increase of 1000 m between the first two camps; this can be very taxing. However, for those who accomplished a Mount Meru climb for prior acclimatization, this may be done easily.

Why a six-day Marangu route is better than a five-day one

For climbers on a 6-day itinerary, the 3rd day is spent at Horombo Hut acclimatizing to the altitude, usually with an acclimatization hike. Those on the 5-day trek will continue up to Kibo Camp (4,700 meters) and again an additional 1000 meters in altitude. Here you pass the last water point, (4,100 meters) and the crew will top-up the water reservoirs for use at the summit camp.

Summit experience on Marangu route

After arriving at Kibo Camp, at the very foot of the summit cone, your team will have a short rest and prepare to begin ascent to Uhuru Peak at midnight. The Marangu Route passes through Gilman’s point for the summit, while all other routes use Stella Point. In some areas, the terrain is rocky (especially before Hans Meyer Cave, 5,100 m).

Climbers usually reach Uhuru Peak in time for a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise, where they can see the curvature of the earth, and then descend the same route back to Horombo Camp for a well-deserved rest. The next day, they depart the park via Marangu Gate.

Accommodation on the Marangu Route - Huts Along the Way

Marangu is the only route up Kilimanjaro where climbers sleep in huts. Yes, there are beds, but don’t expect luxury: these are no-frills dorms that sleep from 4 to 20 people, depending on the camp. Smaller cottages are located at Mandara and Horombo camps, while Kibo Summit Camp has huts for up to 20 people.

Park rangers designate sleeping arrangements, so it is possible to be mixed with other climbing groups. This can be a great way to meet other trekkers, or uncomfortable if you don’t like close-quarters and want to keep to yourself.

Don’t believe everything you read on the web: there are no hot showers, toilets or other amenities in these huts. This also means no electricity; you will still need chargers or solar devices for your gadgets.

These huts are just shelters for bunk beds to sleep at night. Of course, there are no linens on these beds, either and the huts are not heated; it is essential to pack a quality sleeping bag. You may hire one from Altezza Travel. We keep a high-quality large stock of everything needed for a Kilimanjaro adventure.

The huts become very cold at night, sometimes even colder than a tent. In a tent, you often sleep beside a climbing partner and throughout the night your body heat and breath and make the closed tent warmer than the outside temperature. This is not the case in a hut, where air freely circulates. Another point of the sleeping huts is that it can be noisy with groups chatting or someone who snores, therefore it is recommended to bring earplugs for a decent sleep.

The popularity of the Marangu Route is most noticeable at the camps, especially during mealtimes. Meals on the Marangu Route are served in open canteens. Cooks from your trekking crew prepare and serve food at your team’s designated table, but you share the full canteen space with other trekkers. If you are looking to meet other trekkers, this can be an enjoyable experience, but if you and your team want a more secluded trek you should consider other routes because Marangu is crowded.

A positive point about the sleeping huts on the Marangu Route is for climbs during the rainy season. Mud and slush are never fun, but can be especially bothersome when sleeping in a tent. The sleeping huts along Marangu allow trekkers to keep their sleeping arrangements separated from the cold and wet and make for a more comfortable climb.

Marangu Altitude Profile

Marangu’s reputation for being an easy climb is flat-out wrong. This trek is rather steep and every day on Kilimanjaro climbers advance around 1000 meters in altitude, which can be very taxing. The 5-day route does not prepare for Uhuru Peak’s altitude, so you should consider prior acclimatization, such as a Mount Meru climb, for your best chance of success on Kilimanjaro. The 6-day option provides a better acclimatization transition - however, still not optimal.

Consider Lemosho or Machame 7-day treks for the best acclimatization transitions.

The Kilimanjaro National Park Authority’s reports shows that the 5-day Marangu Route has the lowest success rate of all trekking options on Mount Kilimanjaro; a staggering less than 30% of all climbers summit on the short, 5-day itinerary. Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the main cause for climbers turning back. AMS is preventable with proper preparation.

The 6-day itinerary on the Marangu route is better, with Altezza climbs boasting success rates around 65%. However, in comparison to Lemosho’s 7-day or 8-day routes (85% and over 90%), you can see that while Marangu may be the cheapest option, it is definitely not the best, most successful, or “easiest” route to complete Mount Kilimanjaro.

The best way to get prepared for the altitude of Mount Kilimanjaro is to climb the neighboring Mount Meru (4,565 m). This trek will prepare your body for the elevation if you are set on completing a 5-day Kilimanjaro climb. Alternatively, choose a 6-day Marangu route or consider another route.

What is the Marangu Route Success Rate?

Sucess rate:
MEDIUM | 79.44%

The official Kilimanjaro National Park statistics (published in the early 2000s) provides the following statistics:

  • 5-day option - 27%
  • 6-day option - 44%

This information is rather obsolete, and trekking standards throughout Tanzania have been greatly improved since the initial report was published. We believe that most of the trek operators have much higher figures today. Specifically for Altezza Travel, our expeditions team keeps a close eye on each and every expedition, recording all successful and unsuccessful attempts. Our summit success for Marangu route in 2019 is the following:

5-day - 68.75% climbers reached peak Uhuru (5,895 m/19,340 f), 81.25% reached Gilman’s point (5,756 m/18,884 f)

6-day - 71.81% climbers reached peak Uhuru, 91.01% reached Gilman’s point

We vouch for the accuracy of this data, and we can provide detailed information to everyone interested. We employ one of the highest safety protocols on Mount Kilimanjaro, and caution travelers to be wary of other companies that advertise higher than 80% success, as it may be fraudulent or safety has been compromised by these other operators.

How long does it take to hike the Marangu Route?

The Marangu route is only offered as 5 or 6-day treks, there is not an option for further acclimatization days, because the huts are pre-booked.

The park rangers do not allow climbers to stay an additional night in the camps, except for Horombo Camp, because of the high traffic on the route, especially during the high season.

Routes with tented camping allow more flexibility to extend a trek for acclimatization, if desired.

Marangu Route: five or six-day itinerary?

On the Marangu Route you may choose between the two options:

A SHORTER FIVE-DAY TRIP (prior acclimatization is required!)

Несмотря на привлекательную стоимость, пятидневный вариант восхождения по Марангу подойдет только тем путешественникам, у которых есть опыт высотных восхождений выше 4000+ метров в течении последних 3-5 месяцев. Если у вас нет подобной акклиматизационной подготовки, то предварительно в Танзании можно совершить восхождение на вулкан Меру.

A SIX-DAY VARIATION

Unlike the less recommended five-day option, this six-day Marangu trek does not require any prior training or acclimatization. This itinerary includes an extra night at the Horombo Hut camp to better adapt to the altitude and rest before summiting. The six-day adventure is suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers alike.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Tours via Marangu route

Day 1 | Arrival

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet an Altezza Travel representative, and transfer to the hotel under the rate. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.

Note: Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.

Day 2 | Trekking From Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's eastern entrance: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Mandara Hut (2,700 m). The trekking route includes passage through the rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes, but also your raincoats. When you reach the camp, our mountain support crew will take care of the necessities, pitch the tents, and prepare lunch.

Throughout the entire Marangu route, you will be spending your nights in special huts. They offer a great alternative to those who do not want to sleep in tents.

This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:

  • Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
  • Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
  • Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.

At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Elevation
1,860 m to 2,700 m
Hiking time
5-7 hours
Distance
11 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 3 | Trekking From Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut

Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart Mandara Hut to start a moderate trek towards the second high altitude camp: Horombo Hut (3,720 m). When you reach the camp on this day, you will be treated to views of two volcanos at once: Kibo and Mawenzi.

Several hours after lunch you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you.

Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) — Destination point en route to Kibo Hut (3,920 m)
Hiking distance: 2.5 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours

Elevation
2,700 m to 3,720 m
Hiking time
5-6 hours
Distance
10 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Moorland
Day 4 | Trekking From Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut

On this day, right after breakfast the group will be trekking to the Kibo Hut (4,700 m). The actual trekking is not very difficult, just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp you will be served lunch, after which we recommend you sleep as much as you can, avoid any strenuous activity, and drink lots of water.

Elevation
3,720 m to 4,700 m
Hiking time
4-8 hours
Distance
10 km
Difficulty
High
Habitat
Alpine desert
Day 5 | Trekking To Uhuru Peak and Descent To Horombo Hut

Night departure from Kibo Hut (4,700 m) and the start of your trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit: Uhuru peak (5,895 m). The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a much more serious problem. For the entire length of the trekking each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Hut (3,720 m).

Note: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.

Elevation
4,700 m to 5,895 m
5,895 m to 3,720 m
Hiking time
9-12 hours
Distance
16 km
Difficulty
High
Habitat
Arctic
Day 6 | Descent From Horombo Hut To Marangu Gate

You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park's exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates (in our office) and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.

Elevation
3,720 m to 1,860 m
Hiking time
5-6 hours
Distance
18 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 7 | Departure

Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

Day 1 | Arrival

Transfer by an Altezza Travel vehicle from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your chosen hotel. All of the hotels we use offer comfort with rooms with hot showers, swimming pools, pleasant staff and Wi-Fi access. Your tour Manager will brief you on your forthcoming climb in the evening, answer your questions and make sure you are properly equipped for the climb, providing rental gear when necessary.
Note: start of check-in is usually at 14:00hrs.

Day 2 | Trekking From Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut

A morning pre-climb briefing and introductions with our team precede the drive to Kilimanjaro Park's Eastern Gate: Marangu, which lies at 1,860 m. Here, your head guide arranges all necessary permits and registration for rescue and search services before you start the walk to Mandara Hut’s 2,700 m. The trail takes you through rain forest with its high probability of rain showers, so bring a raincoat.
This being your first day at high altitude we strongly recommend the following:

  • Do not consume any caffeine or alcohol
  • Drink often, a little at a time for a total daily intake of 4 litres minimum.
  • Take Diamox for relief from altitude sickness symptoms. It is usually taken in the morning before the day's climbing. Consult your physician before undertaking the trip to check for possible contraindications.
  • Heed your body's warnings and promptly inform your guide of any adverse symptoms.

Acclimatisation-associated discomfort is common at night, when your body gets less oxygen than during the day. This is normally expressed in the form of nausea and headaches.

Elevation
1,860 m to 2,700 m
Hiking time
5-7 hours
Distance
11 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 3 | Trekking From Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut

Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart Mandara Hut to start a moderate trek towards the second high altitude camp: Horombo Hut (3,720 m). When you reach the camp on this day, you will be treated to views of two volcanos at once: Kibo and Mawenzi.

Several hours after lunch you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you.

Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) — Destination point en route to Kibo Hut (3,920 m)
Hiking distance: 2.5 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours

Elevation
2,700 m to 3,720 m
Hiking time
5-6 hours
Distance
10 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Moorland
Day 4 | Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut

After breakfast you will go on an acclimatization hike towards Kibo Hut and back. After lunch you have the opportunity to walk around the surrounding area, take pictures of Mawenzi Volcano or just sleep before the upcoming trekking to Kibo Hut.

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) — Destination point en route to Kibo Hut (4,500 m)
Hiking distance: 5–8 km
Hiking time: 3–4 hours

Day 5 | Trekking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

On this day, right after breakfast the group will be trekking to the Kibo Hut (4,700 m). The actual trekking is not very difficult, just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the climbing to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp you will be served lunch, after which we recommend you sleep as much as you can, avoid any strenuous activity, and drink lots of water.

Elevation
3,720 m to 4,700 m
Hiking time
4-8 hours
Distance
10 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Alpine desert
Day 6 | Ascent to Uhuru Peak and Descent to Horombo Hut

Night departure from Kibo Hut (4,700 m) and the start of your trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit: Uhuru peak (5,895 m). This stretch of Marangu Route is of a moderate physical difficulty, but high altitude puts any climbers body to the test. For the entire length of the trekking each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Hut (3,720 m).

Please note: 90% of mountain accidents - including broken limbs - happen on the way down. However, they are easily avoided by taking care of how and where you step.

Elevation
4,700 m to 5,895 m
5,895 m to 3,720 m
Hiking time
9-12 hours
Distance
16 km
Difficulty
High
Habitat
Arctic
Day 7 | Descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Park's exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates (in our office) and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.

Elevation
3,720 m to 1,860 m
Hiking time
5-6 hours
Distance
18 km
Difficulty
Medium
Habitat
Rainforest
Day 8 | Departure

Enjoy the tranquility of your hotel before the airport transfer.
Note: while most hotels have an 11:00 AM check-out policy, they also offer late check-out for those with evening or night flights. The fees are moderate.

What is the Marangu route cost?

The Marangu Route is the most popular of all Kilimanjaro routes specifically because it is the least expensive. The sleeping huts reduce the overall cost of the trek because without the need of tents a smaller crew is hired for the climb. This keeps the costs down and results in the Marangu Route being more affordable.

All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.
All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

Our classic adventures are what the majority of climbers are looking for. The combination of great comfort and high safety standards makes our classic Kilimanjaro hikes enjoyable and memorable. This is the most popular option among our clients.

This climbing package includes everything that a climber may need for the hike - our experienced mountain crews, high-quality group equipment, nutritionist-designed meals. Our safety protocols, though, are the same for all our hiking adventures - only the guides with Wilderness First Responder certification are assigned to lead a party. Other safety measures include a supply of oxygen cylinders, complete medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day).

The progress of each trekking party is tracked with GPS device. You may share the link with your family and friends, who will be able to monitor your progress in a real-time mode.

Before and after the adventure you will stay in a good hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
$2 296 $1 869 $1 766 $1 688 $1 665 $1 597 $1 565 $1 547 Details

5-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
1 pax
$2 296
2 pax
$1 869
3 pax
$1 766
4 pax
$1 688
5 pax
$1 665
6 pax
$1 597
7 pax
$1 565
8 pax
$1 547
6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
$2 838 $2 242 $2 109 $1 994 $1 938 $1 883 $1 840 $1 819 Details

6-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 8 days
$2 724 $2 176 $2 033 $1 933 $1 873 $1 822 $1 786 $1 754 Details

6-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
$2 832 $2 239 $2 105 $1 991 $1 945 $1 880 $1 837 $1 817 Details

6-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
$2 607 $2 127 $2 009 $1 920 $1 897 $1 822 $1 788 $1 771 Details

6-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
$2 744 $2 196 $2 053 $1 953 $1 905 $1 842 $1 806 $1 790 Details

6-day climbing Umbwe route + 2 days in a hotel

Daring experienced climbers seeking adventure and challenge will find just what they want on Umbwe. A short steep climb traversing all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will put your strength and endurance to the test. Like no other route on Kilimanjaro Umbwe gives a sense of achievement to those who reach the summit.

Your first day on the mountain will start from Umbwe Gate and continue with a lengthy trek to the first camp on your way - Umbwe camp. In spite of the challenge that Umbwe poses to hikers, well thought-out location of camps will contribute to proper acclimatization.

The trek through Umbwe is available only as a 6-day program. Recommended only to experienced hikers in good physical shape.

6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
1 pax
$2 838
2 pax
$2 242
3 pax
$2 109
4 pax
$1 994
5 pax
$1 938
6 pax
$1 883
7 pax
$1 840
8 pax
$1 819
Machame route
Machame route 8 days
1 pax
$2 724
2 pax
$2 176
3 pax
$2 033
4 pax
$1 933
5 pax
$1 873
6 pax
$1 822
7 pax
$1 786
8 pax
$1 754
Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
1 pax
$2 832
2 pax
$2 239
3 pax
$2 105
4 pax
$1 991
5 pax
$1 945
6 pax
$1 880
7 pax
$1 837
8 pax
$1 817
Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
1 pax
$2 607
2 pax
$2 127
3 pax
$2 009
4 pax
$1 920
5 pax
$1 897
6 pax
$1 822
7 pax
$1 788
8 pax
$1 771
Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
1 pax
$2 744
2 pax
$2 196
3 pax
$2 053
4 pax
$1 953
5 pax
$1 905
6 pax
$1 842
7 pax
$1 806
8 pax
$1 790
7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
$3 131 $2 485 $2 329 $2 205 $2 145 $2 084 $2 037 $2 020 Details

7-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 9 days
$3 017 $2 419 $2 253 $2 143 $2 078 $2 024 $1 984 $1 952 Details

7-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
$3 125 $2 482 $2 325 $2 202 $2 152 $2 081 $2 035 $2 018 Details

7-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
1 pax
$3 131
2 pax
$2 485
3 pax
$2 329
4 pax
$2 205
5 pax
$2 145
6 pax
$2 084
7 pax
$2 037
8 pax
$2 020
Machame route
Machame route 9 days
1 pax
$3 017
2 pax
$2 419
3 pax
$2 253
4 pax
$2 143
5 pax
$2 078
6 pax
$2 024
7 pax
$1 984
8 pax
$1 952
Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
1 pax
$3 125
2 pax
$2 482
3 pax
$2 325
4 pax
$2 202
5 pax
$2 152
6 pax
$2 081
7 pax
$2 035
8 pax
$2 018
8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
$3 509 $2 770 $2 577 $2 437 $2 369 $2 300 $2 247 $2 232 Details

8-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
$3 509 $2 770 $2 577 $2 437 $2 369 $2 300 $2 247 $2 232 Details

8-day climbing Northern Circuit + 2 days in a hotel

The longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern circuit is known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. For the present moment a very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded.

It is recommended to those who enjoy long trekking experiences in remote wilderness with a minimal number of other trekkers around.

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts very high summit success rate. 9-day extended version with crater camping is also available.

8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
1 pax
$3 509
2 pax
$2 770
3 pax
$2 577
4 pax
$2 437
5 pax
$2 369
6 pax
$2 300
7 pax
$2 247
8 pax
$2 232
Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
1 pax
$3 509
2 pax
$2 770
3 pax
$2 577
4 pax
$2 437
5 pax
$2 369
6 pax
$2 300
7 pax
$2 247
8 pax
$2 232
10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
$4 265 $3 851 $3 767 $3 708 $3 649 $3 605 $3 582 $3 564 Details

10-day climbing Kilimanjaro Crater route + 2 days in a hotel

The extended version of Northern Circuit route includes two extra days to get proper acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp. Situated close to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the altitude of 5790 m, this is the highest overnight possible at the equator, so we will do our utmost to make your Kilimanjaro climb comfortable, as well as unforgettable. Only a lucky few can lay claim to having seen the night skies at this altitude and they are indeed a sight to behold: Kilimanjaro Glaciers against the backdrop of the Milky Way! While such ascents are never without their risks, the Altezza Travel Team has both the expertise and equipment to ensure your safety at Kilimanjaro Crater Camp.

10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
1 pax
$4 265
2 pax
$3 851
3 pax
$3 767
4 pax
$3 708
5 pax
$3 649
6 pax
$3 605
7 pax
$3 582
8 pax
$3 564
The climb cost includes:

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note:

All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks.A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
The climb cost excludes:
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance.
All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

Our premium Kilimanjaro adventures include certain extra features, such as spacious walk-in tents, advanced meal plan on the hike, portable shower and toilet, camp cots, insurance package, satellite phone for staying in touch with family and friends and some other upgrades on Kilimanjaro. It is the highest quality service a luxury-focused climber can get here.

Safety protocols for the premium adventures include mandatory Wilderness First Responder Certification of all our guides, oxygen cylinders, medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day). Helicopter evacuation insurance package is also included in the cost price.

Before and after your trip you will be staying in a 5* hotel in Arusha (all-inclusive basis), where a special celebration dinner will be served at the end of your trip.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
$4 684 $3 684 $3 394 $3 241 $3 150 $3 035 $2 986 $2 947 Details

5-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
1 pax
$4 684
2 pax
$3 684
3 pax
$3 394
4 pax
$3 241
5 pax
$3 150
6 pax
$3 035
7 pax
$2 986
8 pax
$2 947
6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
$5 907 $4 416 $4 000 $3 804 $3 696 $3 529 $3 480 $3 434 Details

6-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 8 days
$5 783 $4 345 $3 919 $3 739 $3 639 $3 477 $3 432 $3 382 Details

6-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
$5 901 $4 413 $3 996 $3 801 $3 703 $3 533 $3 483 $3 432 Details

6-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
$4 997 $3 954 $3 643 $3 482 $3 388 $3 268 $3 216 $3 179 Details

6-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. It makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

The well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
$5 803 $4 365 $3 939 $3 759 $3 659 $3 497 $3 453 $3 402 Details

6-day climbing Umbwe route + 2 days in a hotel

Daring experienced climbers seeking adventure and challenge will find just what they want on Umbwe. A short steep climb traversing all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will put your strength and endurance to the test. Like no other route on Kilimanjaro Umbwe gives a sense of achievement to those who reach the summit.

Your first day on the mountain will start from Umbwe Gate and continue with a lengthy trek to the first camp on your way - Umbwe camp. In spite of the challenge that Umbwe poses to hikers, well thought-out location of camps will contribute to proper acclimatization.

The trek through Umbwe is available only as a 6-day program. Recommended only to experienced hikers in good physical shape.

6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
1 pax
$5 907
2 pax
$4 416
3 pax
$4 000
4 pax
$3 804
5 pax
$3 696
6 pax
$3 529
7 pax
$3 480
8 pax
$3 434
Machame route
Machame route 8 days
1 pax
$5 783
2 pax
$4 345
3 pax
$3 919
4 pax
$3 739
5 pax
$3 639
6 pax
$3 477
7 pax
$3 432
8 pax
$3 382
Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
1 pax
$5 901
2 pax
$4 413
3 pax
$3 996
4 pax
$3 801
5 pax
$3 703
6 pax
$3 533
7 pax
$3 483
8 pax
$3 432
Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
1 pax
$4 997
2 pax
$3 954
3 pax
$3 643
4 pax
$3 482
5 pax
$3 388
6 pax
$3 268
7 pax
$3 216
8 pax
$3 179
Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
1 pax
$5 803
2 pax
$4 365
3 pax
$3 939
4 pax
$3 759
5 pax
$3 659
6 pax
$3 497
7 pax
$3 453
8 pax
$3 402
7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
$6 273 $4 701 $4 255 $4 047 $3 935 $3 759 $3 707 $3 662 Details

7-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 9 days
$6 148 $4 630 $4 174 $3 982 $3 848 $3 707 $3 659 $3 610 Details

7-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
$6 267 $4 698 $4 251 $4 044 $3 842 $3 763 $3 710 $3 660 Details

7-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
1 pax
$6 273
2 pax
$4 701
3 pax
$4 255
4 pax
$4 047
5 pax
$3 935
6 pax
$3 759
7 pax
$3 707
8 pax
$3 662
Machame route
Machame route 9 days
1 pax
$6 148
2 pax
$4 630
3 pax
$4 174
4 pax
$3 982
5 pax
$3 848
6 pax
$3 707
7 pax
$3 659
8 pax
$3 610
Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
1 pax
$6 267
2 pax
$4 698
3 pax
$4 251
4 pax
$4 044
5 pax
$3 842
6 pax
$3 763
7 pax
$3 710
8 pax
$3 660
8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
$6 722 $5 028 $4 538 $4 311 $4 191 $4 003 $3 945 $3 900 Details

8-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
$6 722 $5 028 $4 538 $4 311 $4 191 $4 003 $3 945 $3 900 Details

8-day climbing Northern Circuit + 2 days in a hotel

The longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern circuit is known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. For the present moment a very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded.

It is recommended to those who enjoy long trekking experiences in remote wilderness with a minimal number of other trekkers around.

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts very high summit success rate. 9-day extended version with crater camping is also available.

8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
1 pax
$6 722
2 pax
$5 028
3 pax
$4 538
4 pax
$4 311
5 pax
$4 191
6 pax
$4 003
7 pax
$3 945
8 pax
$3 900
Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
1 pax
$6 722
2 pax
$5 028
3 pax
$4 538
4 pax
$4 311
5 pax
$4 191
6 pax
$4 003
7 pax
$3 945
8 pax
$3 900
10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
$7 878 $7 024 $6 756 $6 672 $6 576 $6 483 $6 456 $6 538 Details

10-day climbing Kilimanjaro Crater route + 2 days in a hotel

The extended version of Northern Circuit route includes two extra days to get proper acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp. Situated close to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the altitude of 5790 m, this is the highest overnight possible at the equator, so we will do our utmost to make your Kilimanjaro climb comfortable, as well as unforgettable. Only a lucky few can lay claim to having seen the night skies at this altitude and they are indeed a sight to behold: Kilimanjaro Glaciers against the backdrop of the Milky Way! While such ascents are never without their risks, the Altezza Travel Team has both the expertise and equipment to ensure your safety at Kilimanjaro Crater Camp.

10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
1 pax
$7 878
2 pax
$7 024
3 pax
$6 756
4 pax
$6 672
5 pax
$6 576
6 pax
$6 483
7 pax
$6 456
8 pax
$6 538
The climb cost includes:

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel.

Entry fees:

  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at Legendary Lodge 5* (Arusha) before the expedition and one night after. The hotel has the highest service standards to be found in northern Tanzania;
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents walk-in Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note:

By default, you will be sharing a tent with your travel companion. Single occupancy in tents is available upon request.

Meals:

  • All-inclusive service in the hotel;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro premium diet features upgraded, nutritionist-designed meal plan with different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh local and imported fruits and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available;
  • All drinks on the hike (juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water);
  • Bottled water for the whole climb;
  • Celebration dinner in the hotel after the climb.

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • Camping cots;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Sleeping bag Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Flame (Comfort -15o C);
  • Portable toilet;
  • Portable shower;
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • Insurance package, which covers helicopter evacuation;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits;
  • Satellite phone.

Climbing crew

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
The climb cost excludes:
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (300–350 USD per person).

Dates and Prices

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dima is a Tanzania-based travel expert with multiple Kilimanjaro hikes under his belt. He contributed his knowledge and skills to many notable expeditions, including Wings of Kilimanjaro 2019, BASE-jump trip with Red Bull, National Geographic trips and many other adventures.

At Altezza Travel Dima is the Kilimanjaro Expeditions Coordinator. Every year he supervises the departure of over 1500 Kilimanjaro trekkers, appoints the guides and makes sure that everything goes as planned before, during and after the expedition.

Frequently Asked Questions

How busy is the Marangu route?

The Marangu Route is the busiest of all the routes on Kilimanjaro, especially from January-March and June-September. It is less busy during other months - especially the rainy season - when it is more comfortable to climb Marangu because of the sleeping huts. A climb during the rainy season has its advantages: everything is lush green and the views are truly magnetizing. If you are considering climbing from March-June, Marangu may be your best option.

What is the scenery of the route?

Climbers on the Marangu Route will trek through all climate zones of Kilimanjaro; through a tropical rainforest into moorland, from alpine desert to an arctic climate at the peak. It is a journey from the equator to the climate conditions of the South Pole. Hikers are awarded magnificent landscapes throughout the route, including a picturesque view of twin volcanoes (Kibo and Mawenzi) on the second day of trekking. Marangu is the only route that climbers use the same trail to ascend and descend, it is also the only route that summits through Gilman’s Point.

Marangu route vs Machame route

These are the two most popular routes (first and second most popular, respectively). Some notable differences include:

  • Dormitory-style sleeping huts on Marangu, tented sleeping on Machame. Some find tents more comfortable and private, while huts are preferred during the rainy season.
  • On Machame, trekkers use a different trail to ascend and descend Kilimanjaro, allowing for varying views, while Marangu uses a single route up and back down.
  • The two routes summit at different points along the crater rim: Machame route approaches Uhuru Peak through Stella Point, while Marangu enters via Gilman’s Point on the southern side of Kilimanjaro. The trek through Gilman’s point requires an additional 40 minutes to 1 hour of hiking time to reach the Peak. It is generally considered easier to summit via Stella Point.
  • For acclimatization transition, the Machame itinerary offers better acclimatization and has a higher overall successful summit rating than Marangu. Note that the 7-day Machame route offers the best acclimatization, but when comparing Marangu 6-day trek and Machame 6-day trek, the Machame 6-day trek is actually more challenging than Marangu. If climbers must choose between the two 6-day treks, the Marangu route has better success. For any further questions, please send an enquiry.
Marangu route vs Lemosho route

These two routes couldn’t be more different; the Lemosho Route is for the trekker who wants to experience Kilimanjaro in a scenic and secluded way, while Marangu’s popularity makes it the busiest of all Kilimanjaro options.

Marangu offers climbers the shortest itineraries, in 5 or 6 days, while the Lemosho Route gives the longest, up to 8 days. The longer route turns out in Lemosho’s favor; the Lemosho Route offers one of the best acclimatization transitions of all Kilimanjaro treks and it results in the highest success rate of all Altezza climbs. On the other hand, Marangu’s 5-day route has the lowest success rate, and the 6-day trek has around a 65% success rate. Marangu’s 5-day itinerary has poor acclimatization, therefore prior acclimatization climbs are recommended.

The Lemosho Route has climbing teams sleeping in tents throughout and the option for portable showers and toilets for premium climbs. The Marangu route is the least expensive of all the treks because climbers stay in sleeping huts throughout the climb, but premium options are not permitted on this route due to national park regulations.

Lemosho is considered one of the most scenic routes, and descends through Mweka Gate. Marangu requires climbers to use the same route both up and down.

How hard is the trek?

The 5-day option is one of the most difficult of all Kilimanjaro treks, not only requiring great hiking skills and stamina, but also prior acclimatization on lower mountains. A 6-day variation is considerably better, requiring medium physical effort and offering a more reasonable acclimatization transition.

Machame 7-day and Lemosho 7 and 8-day treks all offer considerably less challenging hikes and have higher successful summit ratings.

What is the best time to hike Marangu?

The best time to hike the Marangu Route depends on what kind of climb you’re seeking. A quiet, beautiful trek on Marangu can be found during the rainy season (March - June) when few other climbers attempt Mount Kilimanjaro. If you want the most budget-friendly option and are after a social-type of climb with a busy camp at the end of the day, high seasons (January - March and June - September) may be just what you are after.

Why Choose Marangu Route to Hike Kilimanjaro?

The Marangu Route is the best option for the budget-conscious trekker, especially during the rainy season. Sleeping huts reduce overall cost and the popular route is well-suited for the social climber.

The “Coca-Cola Route” is busy and can feel somewhat touristy, but do not be mislead: this is a challenging route. A 6-day climb is advised for the best chance of success, but if you’re set on a 5-day climb, choose a Mount Meru acclimatization climb to prepare for the altitude of Mount Kilimanjaro - and check two mountains off your list!

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Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

There are six routes leading to the peak of Kilimanjaro. Each route has something special to offer. Some are known for great acclimatization, others for epic panoramic landscapes. Two of them - Lemosho and Machame - are our favorites.They combine great acclimatization transition and high scenic value. Though Machame is sometimes crowded, Lemosho is always a great choice. You should not, however, think that the other routes are bad. Despite the fact that acclimatization on other routes may be more challenging, the hiking experiences are nevertheless unique.