The Marangu Route is one of the most popular ways to summit Kilimanjaro, and for good reason! It is less steep than other routes, and is the only route on Kilimanjaro to offer the comfort of mountain huts for the entire climb. This makes it a perfect choice for trekkers of any experience level, and for those interested in biking to the Roof of Africa. This combined itinerary for bikers and trekkers allows you to get the most out of your trip and sets you up for a successful summit, whether you are climbing on boots or on wheels. Sweeping views of Kilimanjaro’s rainforests, amazing panoramic scenery, and the adventure of a lifetime await you along the Marangu Route!

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek / Bike Adventure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 9 days/8 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 12 – 18

TRIP COST: Contact Us

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conquer one of the Seven Summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro – and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain
  • Experience 5 different ecozones on a mystical journey to the “Roof of Africa”
  • Extend your adventure with one of our fascinating safari add-ons

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TREK TIPS: KILIMANJARO

TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania (4,551′)

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Tanzania Africa.
  • A World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel in the town of Moshi
  • Enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner
  • Overnight: Sal Salinero or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Arusha Cultural Walking Tour

  • After breakfast this morning, we will take a walking tour through the bustling town of Arusha.
  • In the afternoon we will conduct a mountain briefing and gear check. During the gear check, your guide will personally check each guest’s gear to make sure everyone is prepared for our adventure.
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight: Sal Salinero or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Moshi to Mandara Hut (9,020')

  • Today we will travel into Kilimanjaro National Park to the Marangu Route Trailhead (6,102′)
  • At the trailhead, we will meet the rest of our crew and mountain team and register with the Kilimanjaro Park Service.
  • We will trek underneath a beautiful rainforest canopy to the Mandara Hut, stopping for lunch on the way.
  • Overnight: Mandara Hut (9,020′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut (12,200')

  • This morning we will leave the Mandara Hut and ascend through the moorlands to Horombo Hut, enjoying stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks as we trek.
  • Join the biking group at Horombo Hut
  • Overnight: Horombo Hut (12,200′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

TREK & BIKE ITINERARY

Day 5: Acclimatization Day - Horombo Hut

  • Trekkers and bikers continue the route together
  • Acclimatization hike or bike to Zebra rocks and the beautiful Kibo viewpoint
  • Enjoy a relaxing day getting used to the altitude while we bike/climb high and sleep back at the Horombu Hut
  • Overnight: Horombu Hut (12,200′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Horombu Hut to Kibo Hut (15,420')

  • Trek or bike across the saddle to Kibo Hut enjoying panoramic views as you go
  • Arrive at camp for an early dinner and rest for tomorrow’s summit push!
  • Overnight: Kibo Hut (15,420′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Summit Day!

  • Wake early to start toward the summit for sunrise
  • Cross Gilman’s Point and enjoy the final traverse to Uhuru Peak (19,341′)
  • Stop at Kibo Hut for Lunch, then descend to Horombo Hut
  • Overnight: Horombo Hut (12,200′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Horombo Hut to Moshi

  • Continue descending past Mandara Hut to Marangu Gate (6,102′)
  • Celebration Barbeque at Sal Salinero Lodge in Moshi
  • Overnight: Sal Salinero or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: International Departures or Add-On Adventure

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for international departures
  • If you’re not done exploring, check out our add-on adventures that can be seamlessly integrated to the end of this itinerary
  • Meals: B

Add-On Adventures

4-Day Classic Tanzanian Safari | From $2,800/person

Lake Manyara National Park | African tribes | Ngorongoro Crater National Conservation Area

4-Day Serengeti Luxury Safari | From $3,500/person

Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater National Conservation Area

6-Day Epic Tanzanian Safari | From $5,000

Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Tarangire National Park

10-Day Ultimate Tanzanian Safari | From $4,900

Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Tarangire National Park | African Tribes and more

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking | From $4,995

Silverback Gorillas | Volcanoes National Park

Zanzibar Island | From $1,800

Stone Town, a World Heritage Site | white sand beaches | turquoise waters

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN TANZANIA

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Tanzania that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

The Kilimanjaro Kids Community is HOP’s proudest achievement. This 4-acre orphanage sits in the shadow of Kilimanjaro and currently houses 12 Tanzanian children and 4 full-time staff. HOP has also been working at the Makuyuni Primary School to provide daily school lunches for the school’s 850 children, supporting the Mama Na M’toto women’s empowerment group in the village of Mto wa Mbu, as well as providing start-up funding to one of our long-time porters for his business, Bima’s Rice and Beans.

BIKE ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania (4,551′)

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Tanzania Africa.
  • A World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel in the town of Moshi
  • Enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner
  • Overnight: Sal Salinero or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Bike Test - Ride to Materuni

  • After breakfast this morning, you will get a chance you check out your bike and enjoy a test ride to the Materuni Waterfalls
  • In the afternoon we will conduct a mountain briefing and gear check. During the gear check, your guide will personally check each guest’s gear to make sure everyone is prepared for our adventure.
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight: Sal Salinero or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Moshi to Himo (3,000')

  • Begin riding from Moshi to the Flower Lodge in Himo
  • Enjoy a relaxing evening in the village of Himo
  • Overnight: Flower Lodge (3,000′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Kilema Gate to Horombo Hut (12,200')

  • After breakfast, enter Kilimanjaro National Park via the Kilema Gate
  • Enjoy stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks as you climb
  • Join the trekking group for dinner
  • From here forward, the trekkers and bikers continue to climb together
  • Overnight: Horombo Hut (12,200′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

Our personal favorite time to travel is from mid-May through early August. The rainy season has just ended providing plentiful vegetation and biodiversity with less dust in the air. Additionally, late June through early August offers cooler temperatures. January, February, and September are the driest and warmest months in Tanzania, and therefore the busiest months. March through early June is a rainy season, and visibility is low, though the crowds are gone.

Arrivals and Departures:

This trip begins and ends in the Siha District of Tanzania, in East Africa. You will fly into and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. Although there are many flight options to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), flying through Amsterdam offers the best route. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is that in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visa, and Immigration:

Upon clearing customs in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa for $100. Please bring cash, as exact change is required. In addition, you will need a one-hundred dollar bill that is less than ten years old. Please keep your landing card (received in flight) and a pen handy for customs. You can complete a visa application (contact your country’s embassy for requirements) prior to your arrival, or fill one out at the airport. After you purchase your visa and clear customs, a World Wide Trekking representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha.

*Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Tanzania along with two extra passport photos in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

Enjoy camping-style accommodations when climbing Kilimanjaro while we make every effort to impress. For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference. Sleep soundly in brand-new expedition tents from The North Face. Eat delicious, fresh food in our huge, luxurious dining tent complete with solar lighting. Experience peace of mind in our private toilet tents.

Transportation:

A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light while carrying just your daypack. Porters carry all other bags and equipment up and down the mountain.

Meals:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that our full kitchen staff including chefs, dishwashers, and servers prepare hearty, western-style meals every day. Typical meals include breakfast complete with coffee and tea, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy all of your meals in our luxurious dining tents complete with tables, chairs, dinnerware, and solar lighting.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified Professional Western Guide(s) before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get two prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness and Malarone for malaria. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264 or visit our trek tips series on YouTube.

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew on all trips of 8 people or more. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on the mountain including porters, a tent crew, chefs, servers, dishwashers, and toilet attendants. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.

Add-on Adventures:

Many guests prefer to arrive early or leave late so they can add another adventure into their vacation. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply. Below are some of our favorite and most popular add-on adventures.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek and safari. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

Fitness & Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

Tanzania is one of the world’s oldest inhabited regions. For three million years, man has roamed its regions, savanna to mountains, carving out an existence from the African countryside. Drawn to exotic Africa, explorers have tried to tame her wildness to no avail. The story of Tanganyika, Tanzania, is one of unaltered wilds and progressive politics. “Kilimanjaro,” according to the President of Mozambique, Chissano, “carried the torch that liberated Africa.”

Population:

49.25 million

Time Zone:

East Africa Time Zone – UTC+03:00

Capital City:

Dodoma, Tanzania

People:

Tribes of Tanzania

Sukuma comprise the largest tribe with three million Tanzanians. Living in the northwestern area of Tanzania, they speak Bantu and are traditionally cattle herders and farmers of subsistence crops such as cassava.

Nywamwezi, also known as  the “people of the moon,” are the second largest tribe in Tanzania. Similar to the Sukuma, they are also historically cattle herders, farmers, and Bantu speakers. Living in the northwest of Tanzania, near Lake Victoria, the tribe has about 1.5 million members.

Members of the third largest tribe of Tanzania reside on the south and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Mosh. The Chaga speak Kichagga, a Niger-Congo language. They were one of the first tribes to convert to Christianity. Among the richest and most powerful people in Tanzania, they hold a strong sense of identity. Known for their advanced farming techniques, trade, and politics, they thrive as a successful tribe.

Descended from Persia, the Shirazi encompass the majority of the people of Zanzibar island. They speak Swahili and practice Sunni and Shia Islam.

Culture & Religion:

Tanzanians bear a surprisingly strong national association, or ujamaa (family-hood). They rarely identify themselves by tribe upon an initial meeting. This collective attitude comes from the Julius Nyerere days and his push to unify over 120 tribes in a socialistic type society. This national mindset allows Tanzania a relatively peaceful existence with tribes coexisting. Christians and Muslims live side by side with minimal friction.

Money:

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling abbreviated TZS. TZS replaced the East Africa shilling in 1966. Currency exchangers subdivide the shilling into 100 senti and it is written as x/y where x is the amount over one shilling and y is the senti. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate.