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7 Days - Mt Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route - Private | Easy Travel
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7 Days – Mt Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route – Private

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Easy Travel / 7 Days – Mt Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route – Private

7 Days – Mt Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route – Private


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  • Trip Style
  • Group Size
  • Physical Rating
    Tough Category: 5/5. 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.
  • Includes
    Park Fee
  • Excludes
    Own Room
    Trip Crew

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 Overview

Kilimanjaro is the African continent’s best-known and highest mountain. With its snow-capped peak, it justifiably features on nearly every adventurer’s list of ‘must-dos.’

Attempting the climb by the Marangu route is the quickest way to the summit and also the most popular. This route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast, crossing the slopes via a variety of fascinating landscapes including moorland and forest, before changing to alpine and arctic. At the lower altitudes, there are good opportunities to observe a wonderful variety of mammals, birds, insects and plant-life, including towering eucalyptus trees and Colobus monkeys.

Trekkers are accommodated in comfortable huts throughout this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Technically, this route allows completion within five days, but as responsible operators, we provide an extra day to facilitate acclimatization. This will maximise the chances of successfully ‘summiting’ this truly iconic mountain.

With our experienced, knowledgeable and, above all, passionate staff, we take care of all the complex and important arrangements for the ascent of this legendary mountain, essential to giving you the best Kilimanjaro experience. Happy climbing, indeed!

Tour Highlights

  • – Reaching the summit! Experiencing that incomparable ‘roof of the world’ feeling
  • – Stunning views that get better as you get higher
  • – The changing scenery and variety of vegetations on the way up
  • – Fascinating flora and fauna
  • – Dedicated guides, porters and cooks – a great team to help you on your way

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Trip Price Table:

2017/18Room TypePrice
My Own Room ($170 per person)
1 PAX1 Single$2589
2 PAX1 Double or Twin$2192
3 PAX1 Double or Twin + 1 Single$2008
4 PAX2 Doubles or Twin$1916
5 PAX2 Doubles or Twin + 1 Single$1908
6 PAX3 Doubles or Twin$1864

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Your first night is to be spent at Planet 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.

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Trip Includes:

AccommodationTwo nights in Arusha, Four nights on the Mountain
  • * First night: Planet Lodge
  • * Second night: Mandara Hut
  • * Third night: Horombo Hut
  • * Four night: Kibo hut
  • * Five night: Horombo Hut
  • * Six night: Planet Lodge
  • Coaster Bus
  • 7 Breakfast, 6 Lunch & 5 Dinner
  • Treated Drinking Water
Park Entrance Fee
  • Park Fee
  • Hut Fee
Trip Crew
  • * Easy Travel mountain guide
  • * Easy Travel mountain chef
  • * Easy Travel mountain porters
Camping Equipment
  • * Sleeping Tents
  • * Dinning Tents
  • * Sleeping mattress
  • * Utensils
  • * Tables and chairs
AwardCertificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman's point(5681M), Stella point(5685M) or Uhuru point(5895M).

Trip Excludes:

  • 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 ($170 per person)
  • All type of soft and hard drinks
Personal items
  • * Laundry
  • * Toiletries
  • Gratitude for your trip crew (read trip notes for more details)