8 Days Kilimanjaro Hike – Marangu Route

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8 Days Kilimanjaro Hike


This  Kilimanjaro 8 Days  Hike ascend to Africa’s highest peak using the popular Marangu Route. You should expect a variety of landscapes, perhaps some wildlife on the lower slopes.

This 8 day hike to majestic Kilimanjaro allows for extra acclimatization time, giving you an excellent chance of reaching the snow-capped summit. You will have a private vehicle to take you to and from the mountain. During your stay on the mountain, your accommodation will be in comfortable huts.

8 Days Kilimanjaro Hike Summary.

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and Check in at Hotel.

Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut

Day 3 : From Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut

Day 4: Horombo Hut – Zebra Rocks – Horombo Hut.

Day 5: From Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut.

Day 6: Ascent To Uhuru Peak And Descent To Horombo Hut

Day 7: Descent From Horombo Hut To Marangu Gate – Moshi

Day 8: Departure At Kilimanjaro International Airport


8 Days Kilimanjaro Hike Detailed Itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and Check in at Hotel.

A member of our hospitality team will welcome you upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. He will drive you to hotel and check in for a comfortable stay after a long flight.

Your briefing, in the course of which your guides will provide all the details of the forthcoming trek, takes place at the appointed time. They will answer your questions and make sure you are properly equipped for the trek, providing rental gear when necessary.

Main Destination: Kilimanjaro International Airport .

Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort.

Meals Plan: All Meals Included.

Journey time and Distance: 1 hour’s drive, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi.  


Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut.

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After an early breakfast at your hotel, you depart one hour later and arrive at the Marangu Gate, ready for registration and the start of the trek. Excitement builds as the porters load up equipment and you meet the professional trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain.

Starting on the south-east side of Kilimanjaro, at an altitude of 1,879 metres and finishing the day at 2,720 metres, your total walking time today to Mandara Hut – where you will spend the night – is around 3.5 to 4 hours (excluding breaks), during which you cover just over 8 km/5 miles.

start the walk-in mid-morning, take your picnic lunch, and then continue the walk until you reach the hut. Dinner is served at 18.30hrs. Today’s walk, though almost entirely uphill, is a pleasant one, with perhaps the chance to see some blue monkeys or to admire the rainforest vegetation on the ascent.

The rainforest is the chief feature of today’s landscape. Look out for the bright red impatiens Kilimanjaro flower, an iconic symbol of the mountain. At the end of the day, the giant heathers and bearded lichen begin to show themselves for the first time. The Mandara A-frame Huts, where you will sleep, feature solar-powered lighting, while water is supplied from a stream and there are flush toilets.

As you will be sleeping in dormitory-style accommodation with others, bringing some earplugs is advisable!

Main Destination: Mandaru Hut.

Accommodation: Dormitory Beds, At Mandara Huts

Meal Plan: All Meals included.

Hiking Time and Elevation: 3.5 – 4 hours’ walking, from 1,879 at Marangu Gate to 2,720 m at Mandara Hut  

Day 3 : From Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut.

8 Days Kilimanjaro Hike


Your early breakfast prepares you for a departure and today your 11 km/7 miles walk will take between 5.5 and 6 hours of actual walking time (excluding breaks) and you will climb a total of 1,000 metres to the finishing-point at Horombo (altitude: 3,720 metres).

On the way you will enjoy your picnic lunch, before continuing your climb and arriving at the hut at Horombo around. Dinner will be served. On today’s walk, you will note that the forest landscape is quickly replaced by moorland and heather, as your route takes us past the renowned Maundi Crater.

Altogether, the scenery today becomes more barren, but nevertheless some of Kilimanjaro’s iconic plant species can be seen today. Look out for the fascinating giant groundsels, lobelias and proteas. If you are lucky enough to have a clear day, you should get the first chance to see the snow-capped peak of Kibo and also the distinctive Mawenzi peak.

Like Mandara, Horombo also consists of A-Frame huts and caters for those on the way up the mountain and those on the way back down. Once again, you will be in dormitory accommodation.

Main Destination: Horombo Hut.

Accommodation: Dormitory Accommodation, At Horombo Hut

Meals Plan: All Meals Included.

Hiking time and Elevation: 5.5 – 6 hours’ walking, from 2,720 m at Mandara Hut to 3,720 m at Horombo Hut  


Day 4: Horombo Hut – Zebra Rocks – Horombo Hut.

Today is your extra day for acclimatization, a very important part of your program as it allows vital extra time for adapting to the mountain air, which becomes ever thinner as you ascend.

Everyone is given the option today to visit the Zebra Rocks (4,100 meters), which involves a 90 – minute climb and a return descent to the Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) for a second night. Don’t expect to see a zebra at these rocks, however, as they take their name from their stripy black and white colour, caused by the effects of mineral-laden water on the lava rockface.

Horombo is a busy stopover, being used by both climbers and descenders on Marangu, as well as those descending on the Rongai Route. The presence of abundant water at Horombo (3,720 meters) means that you have the ‘luxury’ of toilets and even washbasins! Look around you today and you will notice that you are reaching the point where the moorland scenery runs out, to be replaced by Alpine desert.

And although there is definitely no zebra here, you may be surprised to find some species of rodents and birds this high on the mountain.

Main Destination: Zebra Rock.

Accommodation: Dormitory Accommodation, At Horombo Hut.

Meals Plan: All Meals Included.

Hiking time and Elevation: 2-3 Hours, 3,720 M At Horombo Hut To Zebra Rocks At 4,100 M And Return To Horombo Hut 3,720 M

Day 5: From Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut.

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From your Horombo starting point a 3,720m, today, you ascend a further 983 metres, covering around 9 km/6 miles and aiming to arrive at the hut at Kibo for your overnight stop by around 15.00hrs. Once again, you will start early, with a 07.00hrs breakfast and a 08.30hrs departure.

Your walk to the Kibo Huts is expected to take you around 5-6 hours. Where the path divides today, you choose to take the southern (left-hand) route. On this path you take the opportunity to fill up your water reserves at the Maua River, the last useable water supply at a height of around 4,000 metres.

At first today’s stage is rather steep, and there is less vegetation, but you are rewarded with your first sight today of some of the famous ‘cones’ of Kilimanjaro. Picnic lunch is once again scheduled for 13.00hrs. After the Maua River, you climb towards the Mawenzi Ridge and across the barren, dry terrain known as the Saddle and head for the huts, which are at the bottom of the Kibo summit.

Dinner tonight is at 17.30hrs and you are advised to get to bed early, in preparation for the midnight departure for the summit. Kibo Huts are made of stone and quite basic.

Main Destination: Kibo Hut.

Accommodation: Dormitory Beds, At Kibo Huts

Meals Plan: All Meals Included.

Hiking time and Elevation: 5 – 6 Hours ’Walking, From 3,720 M At Horombo Hut To 4,703 M At Kibo Hut


Day 6: Ascent To Uhuru Peak And Descent To Horombo Hut.

Your schedule for your ‘Summit Day’ is very different. On rising, you take your tea and biscuits before a midnight departure.

Today, you have 1,192 metres to climb, on what will be your toughest day, with around 10-13 hours of actual walking time and a total distance of 22 km/14 miles. Your expectation is to reach the summit onwards. You begin on a rocky path, and then climb via a series of zig-zags which get ever tighter as you climb.

Your reference points on your ascent today are, first, William’s Point (5,000 metres), Hans Meyer Cave (5,151 metres) and then Gilman’s Point (5,685 metres). The focus today is on walking pole pole – that is, slowly.

On reaching the top (5,895 metres), you take time to celebrate the successful climb, take photos and congratulate yourself, then make the descent to return to Kibo Hut (4,703 metres) for about 11.00hrs and take a very well-deserved, two-hour rest and enjoy a welcome brunch. Setting off again at 14.00hrs, you continue your descent until you reach the now-familiar Horombo Hut (3,720 metres) where dinner will be served.

Main Destination: Uhuru Peak.

Accommodation: Dormitory Accommodation, At Horombo Hut

Meals Plan: All Meals Included.

Time and Elevation: 11-13 hours’ walking, from 4,703 m at Kibo Hut to the summit at 5,895 m, then down to 3,720 m at Horombo Hut.


Day 7: Descent From Horombo Hut To Marangu Gate – Mosh.

8 Days Kilimanjaro Hike


After breakfast at your now-familiar time of 07.00hrs, you take the chance to thank your hard-working guides and porters at the important ‘Tipping Celebration’.

Afterwards, you depart from Horombo Huts (3,720 metres) and start your descent down towards Marangu Gate (1,879 metres), stopping at Mandara Hut (2,720 metres) around midday for a cooked lunch. Marangu Gate (1,879 metres) is usually reached by 16.00hrs, and today’s section is approximately 20 km/ 12 miles which takes you between 6.5 to 7 hours of walking time.

Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, a fitting souvenir recognizing your tremendous effort. You then return by vehicle to Moshi, to the comfort of your hotel, for your overnight stay and some deserved relaxation. Or perhaps, if you still have some energy, you can celebrate your wonderful achievement.

After all, you have just climbed Africa’s highest mountain. Hiking time and Elevation: 6.5 – 7 hours’ walking, from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate, descending from 3,720 m to 1,879 m, then return by vehicle from Marangu Gate to your hotel 1 hours’ drive.

Main Destination: Marangu Gate.

Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort

Meals Plan: All Meals Included.


Day 8: Departure At Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out from the hotel and transfer to the airport for Departure flight.

Main Destination: Kilimanjaro International Airport.


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A Guide to this 8 Days Kilimanjaro Hike.


On this 8 Days Kilimanjaro Hike in Tanzania, all visitors must have a valid passport with at least 4 consecutive blanks pages.  Any applicable visa and/or relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveler.  For further information on Visa requirements visitors are advised to contact their nearest Tanzania Embassy or Consulate. Apply Visa online here
GMT +3
220 Volts/AC50Hz. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs. Power is from the government in the city/major towns and generator with inverter back up in the Safari Lodges and Camps.
CURRENCY: Foreign currency must be changed at the Bank, Bureau de Change, and Hotel/Safari lodge/Camp/Resort.   Major Credit Cards, Master card, Visa, American Express, are usually accepted throughout the country.  Where credit cards are accepted, the payment will normally be recorded in US$ regardless of the card’s default currency.
Dress is mainly informal and should be comfortable as well as practical. Something warm should be brought along for early morning and evenings. Safari clothes are available from hotels/lodges/camps.
Where possible, travel light. Baggage space on safari is limited to medium suitcase or soft bag per person plus reasonable amount of hand luggage. There is 15 Kilogram per person limit on all flights to the wildlife sanctuaries. Excess luggage must be stored in your arrival hotel.
You will find many different of opinion of what is safe and what is not. We recommend for peace of mind, to drink local Bottled Mineral water. It is important to drink plenty of water especially during the hotter months. We would recommend that guests drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration.
East Africa is a safe and secure destination; however, it is a good idea to take a few precautions.  Kindly consult your GP or local doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel, with regards: Malaria prophylactics. East Africa is a known malaria area and preventive measures are essential. You are advised to take one of the recommended anti-malarial drugs.  Be sure to wear long sleeved shorts and trousers after sunset and spray the exposed parts of your body with a mosquito repellent spray Remember to protect yourself from direct sun rays with sunscreen cream or safari hat.
For those guests with specific dietary requirement, please ensure we are notified prior to travel
As a guideline and dependent on how happy you are, we would suggest the following: The General Hotel/Lodge/Camp Staff – Approximately U$ 10.00 per person per day Driver Guides – Approximately US$ 15.00 to US$ 20.00 per person per day


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