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8 Days Marangu Route Basic

A seven-day trip to ascend Africa’s highest peak, using the popular Marangu Route. Expect a variety of landscapes, perhaps some wildlife on the lower slopes... This seven-day trip to magical 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; on the mountain, your accommodation on this ‘Basic’ category trip will be in comfortable huts.

Tour Duration

8 days, 7 nights

2 nights in Arusha

1 night in Mandara Hut

2 night in Horombo Hut

1 night in Kibo Hut

(up to mid night)

1 night in Horombo Hut

Area to Visit


Mandara Hut

Horombo Hut

Kibo Hut

Horombo Hut


Tour Style

Accommodation on this tour is in our Basic category, with one nights’

hotel accommodation in Arusha and other nights spent on public

Our Basic level accommodations are remain superior in both quality and location.

Physical Rating

Tough Category. Guests undertaking one of our trips categorized as ‘tough’ will require a good level of fitness and proper physical preparation –perhaps two or three months – in advance of arriving in Tanzania.

To take one of these trips, you must be confident in your own level of fitness and stamina.

Our ‘tough’ trips involve a significant degree of high-altitude hiking, and at times a degree of discomfort can be expected. For example, on a summit day to reach the top of Kilimanjaro, a total of around 13 hours is required of participants and this is combined with a great deal of ascent and descent.

Special clothing and equipment are required for these trips, as advised on our trip notes, and accommodation is in tents or mountain huts, depending on which trip is undertaken.’


Day to Day Program
Arrival Day and Welcome to Tanzania
Arusha – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
Horombo Hut – Mawenzi Hut – Horombo Hut
Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
Kibo Hut – Summit – Horombo Hut
Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha
Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Trip Includes
Trip Excludes
Disclaimer - Important!
Payment Policy

Arrival Day and Welcome to Tanzania

Your first night is to be spent at Karama Lodge in Arusha. If you have chosen to be picked-up by us from Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Easy Travel driver will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your lodge in Arusha to relax after your flight.

Karama Lodge

Journey time and Distance
1 hour, 55 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Arusha – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

After an early breakfast at your lodge (07.00), we depart one hour later and arrive at the Marangu Gate around 11.00, ready for registration and the start of the trek. Excitement builds as the porters load up equipment and you meet the trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain. Starting on the south-east side of Kilimanjaro, at an altitude of 1900 metres and finishing the day at 2720 metres, our total walking time today to Mandara Hut – where we will spend the night – is around 3.5 to 4 hours (excluding breaks), during which we cover just over 8km.
We start the walk in late morning, take our picnic lunch at around 14.00, and then continue the walk until we reach the hut at 17.00. Dinner is served at 19.30. 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 kilimanjari flower, a 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 feature solar-powered lighting. 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.

Mandara Hut

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
4 hours, 2720 m from Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut

Our early 07.00 breakfast prepares us for an 08.30 departure and today our 11km walk will take between 5.5 and 6 hours of actual walking time (excluding breaks) and we will climb a total of 1000 metres to the finishing-point at Horombo (altitude: 3720 metres).
On the way we will enjoy our picnic lunch at 13.00, before continuing our climb and arriving at the hut at Horombo around 16.00. Dinner will be served at 18.00. On today’s walk, you will note that the forest landscape is quickly replaced by moorland and heather, as our 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.

Horombo Hut

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
6 hours, 3720 m from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Horombo Hut - Mawenzi Hut - Horombo Hut

Today, After breakfast we will hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for further Acclimatization with our guide, On the way we will enjoy our picnic lunch at 13.00, before returning back to Horombo Hut. Dinner will be served at 18.00.

Horombo Hut

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
6 hours, 4000m from Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Hut 4600m

Horombo Hut - Kibo Hut

Today, we ascend a further 1000 metres, cover around 9km and aim to arrive at the hut at Kibo for our overnight stop by around 15.00. Once again, we start early, with a 07.00 breakfast and a 08.30 departure.
Where the path divides today, we choose to take the southern (left-hand) route. On this path we take the opportunity to fill up our 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 we are rewarded with our first sight today of some of the famous ‘cones’ of Kilimanjaro. Picnic lunch is once again scheduled for 13.00. After the Maua River, we 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 17.30 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.

Kibo Hut

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
4.5 hours, 4000 m from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Kibo Hut - Summit - Horombo Hut

Our schedule for our ‘Summit Day’ is very different. Rising at 23.00, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure. Today, we have around 1175 metres to climb, on what will be our toughest day, with around 13 hours of actual walking time and a distance of 21km

Our expectation is to reach the summit from 07.00 onwards. We begin on a rocky path, and then climb via a series of zig-zags which get ever smaller.

Our reference points on our ascent today are, first, William’s Point (5131 metres), Hans Meyer Cave (5258 metres) and then Gillman’s Point (5719 metres). The focus today is on walking slowly. On reaching the top, we take time to celebrate the successful climb, take photos and congratulate ourselves, then make the descent to return to Kibo hut for about 11.00 and take a very well-deserved, two-hour rest and enjoy a welcome hot lunch. Setting off again at 14.00, we continue our descent until we reach Horombo for about 17.00. Dinner will be served at 19.00

Horombo Hut

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
13 hours, 5719 m from Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut

Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate - Arusha

After breakfast at our now-familiar time of 07.00, we take the chance to thank our hard-working guides and porters at the ‘Tipping Celebration’. We depart from Horombo and start our descent down towards Marangu Gate, stopping at Mandara for a hot lunch at around midday.
Marangu Gate is reached by around 16.00, and today’s section is around 19km which takes 6.5 to 7 hours of walking time. Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, recognising your tremendous effort. We then return by vehicle to Arusha, to the comfort of your lodge, 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!

Karama Lodge

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
7 hours from Marangu Gate to Arusha

Departure - Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night’s rest at your lodge, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00.(If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)
If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travellers who have booked to go on safari, our Easy Travel guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
1 hours, 55 km from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Easy Travel Trip Safety: Helicopter Rescue
A Helicopter Rescue Service will be provide to Air transfer you before dark from the Mountain to hospital in Moshi during Emergency (This Service will only be applicable if you have Medical Insurance, Weather permitting Helicopter Rescue will be organized.

Easy Travel – Transport: Coaster Bus

Easy Travel – Trip Crew:
  • Easy Travel mountain guide
  • Easy Travel mountain chef
  • Easy Travel mountain porters

Easy Travel Treat:
9 Breakfast, 8 Lunch & 7 Dinner
Treated Drinking Water

2 night in Arusha, 5 nights on the Mountain

1st night - Karama Lodge
Half Board ( Dinner, Breakfast )

2nd night - Marangu Hut
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

3rd night - Horombo Hut
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

4th night - Horombo Hut
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

5th night - Kibo hut
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

6th night - Horombo Hut
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

7th night - Karama Lodge
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

Park Entrance Fee:
  • Park fee
  • Camp fee

Camping Equipment:
  • Sleeping Tents
  • Dinning Tents
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Utensils
  • Tables and chairs

Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman’s point(5681M), Stella point(5685M) or Uhuru point(5895M).

18 % VAT (Value Added Tax)

International Flights and Insurance

$100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals (read trip notes for more details)

Own Room:
My Own Room ($230 per person)

All type of soft and hard drinks

Personal items:
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries

  • Mountain guide: $25 US per day / per guide / per group.
  • Mountain Chef: $15 US per day / per group
  • Mountain Porter: $8 US per day / per porter

Trip Duration
8 days, 7 nights ( 1 night in Arusha before climb and 1 night in Arusha after climb, 1 night in Mandara Hut, 2 night in Horombo Hut, 1 night in Kibo Hut, 1 night in Horombo Hut)

To reserve this tour, a payment of 20% of the total price must be made at the time of reservation. The balance of 80% can be made on arrival in Tanzania, prior to the departure of your tour.

Your deposit can either be made by means of a Bank Transfer, with the addition of a 45 US Dollar fee, or by Credit Card which incurs an additional bank charge of 3.5%.

The final payment can be made either by Credit Card, again with the addition of a 3.5% bank charge, or in cash in US Dollars (US Dollar Bills should not be older than year 2009).
Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation of a holiday must be made in writing and is effective from the date we receive the written notification. Cancellation charges are expressed at a percentage of quoted price as follows –

Period Cancellation Charge
From time of confirmation up to 15 days prior to arrival 0% 0%
From 14 days to 01 day 20% 20%
From the start of the Tour 100% 100%
If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges from your insurance company. Notwithstanding the above, if we have issued your domestic airline tickets and you choose at any time to cancel them then the cancelling for Domestic Tickets will be 100% .

*The above Payment and Cancellation policy is specifically for Marangu Route and it does not apply to other tours.


See amazing Africa than from its highest point. Let us take you to the roof of the continent, feel the thrill of reaching the snow-capped summit of beautiful Kilimanjaro. This is a trip that you’ll never forget.

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