8 Days Marangu Route | Easy Travel

Marangu Route

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

Arusha


Mandara Hut


Horombo Hut


Kibo Hut


Horombo Hut


Arusha


Tour Style

Accommodation on this tour is in our Comfort category, with two nights’


hotel accommodation in Arusha and seven nights spent on safari in our relaxing,
atmospheric camp


Our Comfort level accommodations are carefully selected by Easy Travel to provide the perfect balance between price and quality,and all offer private, en-suite facilities


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.’

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Day to Day Program
DAY 1
Arrival Day and Welcome to Tanzania
DAY 2
Arusha – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
DAY 3
Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
DAY 4
Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
DAY 5
Kibo Hut – Summit – Horombo Hut
DAY 6
Horombo Hut – Mawenzi Hut – Horombo Hut
DAY 7
Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha
DAY 8
Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Trip Includes
Trip Excludes
Payment Policy




DAY 1
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.

Accommodation
Karama Lodge

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

DAY 2
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.

Accommodation
Mandara Hut

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

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

DAY 3
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.

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


DAY 4
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.

Accommodation
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

DAY 5
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

Accommodation
Horombo Hut

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

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

DAY 6
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.

Accommodation
Horombo Hut

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

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

DAY 7
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!

Accommodation
Planet Lodge

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
7 hours from Marangu Gate to Arusha

DAY 8
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

Trip Includes
Easy Travel – Transport:
Coaster Bus

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

Easy Travel Treat:
8 Breakfast, 7 Lunch & 6 Dinner
Treated Drinking Water

Accommodation:
2 night in Arusha, 5 nights on the Mountain

1st night - Planet 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 - Kibo hut
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

5th night - Horombo Hut
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

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

7th night - Planet 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

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

Taxes:
18 % VAT (Value Added Tax)

Trip Excludes
Flight:
International Flights and Insurance

Visa:
$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)

Drinks:
All type of soft and hard drinks

Personal items:
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries

Tips:
  • 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


Payment Policy:
In order to confirm this Tour, You need to pay 20% deposit of the Tour amount at the time of confirmation, and Final Payment of 80% can be paid on arrival.

Deposit can be paid with Bank Transfer with addition of $45 bank fee or Credit Card with addition of 3.5% Bank fee.

Final Payment can be paid via Credit Card with addition of 3.5% Bank fee or with USD Cash. (Bills should be not older than 2006).
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 Lemosho Route and it does not apply to other tours.



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