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8 Days Kilimanjaro Trek - Marangu Route [NAMK]


Tanzania - Moshi - Kilimanjaro National Park - Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut - Moshi

Kilimanjaro-Uhuru Peak

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Trip Code: NAMK
8 Days / 7 Nights
Min/Max People: 2 / 24
Departure Point: 09:00 am from Marangu Hotel Kilimanjaro, Moshi, Tanzania.
Tel: +255 27 2756594/2756361.
End Point: Marangu Hotel Kilimanjaro, Moshi, Tanzania.Tel: +255 27 275 6594 / 2756361.

*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18. The group will be separated in the Delta and for this reason, if you have booked a German Translated departure, the translator will accompany the Accommodated clients into the Delta.

IMPORTANT: You are no longer allowed to bring plastic bottles on Kilimanjaro. You can use metal bottles.

3.07 S, 37.35 E
Elevation: 5,895metres
Total Distance of Marangu Route 6-day Hike: 75km

Kilimanjaro, meaning ‘Shining Mountain’ in Swahili, is a giant stratovolcano reaching an elevation of 5 895 m. Other names for this volcano are Kilima Dscharo or Oldoinyo Oibor (‘White Mountain’ in Masai). It is a triple volcano, with the highest and youngest cone named Kibo. Kibo has not been active in modern times, but steam and sulfur are still emitted. At the top of the summit is a 2 ¼ km wide crater. Shira (3 962 m), 12-14 km to the west of Kibo, and Mawenzi (5 149 s) in the east, are older cones that make up Kilimanjaro.

The highest point on Kibo is Uhuru Peak, one of the Seven Summits, and the highest point in Africa. The summit was first reached by the Marangu army scout, Johannes Kinyala Lauwo, who climbed it nine times before realising there was a crater. Lauwo served as a guide for the first ascent by non-indigenous climbers - German Hans Meyer and Austrian Ludwig Purtscheller, on October 6, 1889. Johannes’ Notch is named after Lauwo. In 1989 Lauwo was presented with a house at Ashira Marangu by the West German government, in recognition of his role on the Meyer expedition. His relative, Trilas Lauwo (1952- ) was the first Tanzanian woman to reach the summit via the Mweka route in 1972.

An ascent of Mawenzi requires rock climbing and/or snow/ice climbing skills. The climb to Uhuru Peak is considered to be a relatively straightforward endeavour; however ample time must be allowed for proper acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness. The three easiest routes, Marangu, Rongai and Machame can be climbed by anyone in good health, and require no mountaineering experience. Many who climb use altitude-sickness medication, helpful in preventing the pounding headaches that plague many travellers.

Due to the equatorial location as well as immense height, climbers can experience almost every climate type on earth during the trek to the top. Kilimanjaro is also the highest point in the world to be covered by a GSM mobile phone network. The best service is provided by Vodacom.

Mount Kilimanjaro has inspired many artists, musicians and writers. It was the inspiration and backdrop for Ernest Hemingway’s classic short story The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1936). He also wrote a non-fiction account of his safari experiences in the 1950’s, posthumously published as Under Kilimanjaro (2005). Mount Kilimanjaro is mentioned in Toto’s 1982 hit, Africa (“I know that I must do what’s right, sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti”).



Day 1 Tanzania – Moshi
Today we meet in Moshi - if you are flying in to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), we can arrange an airport transfer for you. If you are making your own way to Moshi please advise your estimated arrival time in order to organize the briefing. If the weather is favourable we might get a first glimpse of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro (5 895 m). When you arrive at the hotel you will have some time to relax. One of our representatives will brief you on what to expect in the upcoming week.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Marangu Hotel
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, swimming pool.
Route: No travel
Travel time: None

Should you need assistance in Moshi, please contact:
Achim Wiebe (Operations Manager Trekking),
Tanzania Experience Moshi,
Cell: +255 786 961 503

*Your local payment is only handed to the representative at the briefing. If you are going on any of our other tours it is possible to end in Arusha and take a shuttle from Arusha to Moshi – this would reduce your hours in vehicles.

DAY 2 Kilimanjaro National Park – Mandara Hut (2 700 m)
After a big breakfast we transit to the eastern side of Kilimanjaro to start our trek. Marangu Gate is at 1 860 m above sea level and this is where we begin. It is roughly a 7 km journey through rainforest to the Mandara Huts (2 700 m). If you are still feeling energetic after this section you can walk to Maundi Crater for some scenic views of both Kenya and Tanzania and on a clear day, Kibo Crater. There is an evening meal and overnight stay at the Mandara Hut.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Four to Twenty Four Sleeping Bunks: Mandara Hut (no website available)
Facilities: Huts are self-contained, shared ablutions.
Route: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut. ±7 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

DAY 3 Kilimanjaro National Park – Horombo Hut (3700m)
After a good night’s rest we have a filling breakfast before we climb through forest and moorland to the Horombo Huts (3 700 m). The distance covered today is roughly 11 km and along the way we see some of Tanzania’s most interesting vegetation such as the giant lobelia and giant groundsel. Half way we stop for lunch while enjoying amazing views of Mawenzi (5 149 m), one of Kilimanjaro’s peaks. Tonight we stay at the Horombo Hut.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Four to Twenty Sleeping Bunks: Horombo Hut (no website available)
Facilities: Hut self-contained, shared ablutions.
Route: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut. ±11 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs

DAY 4 Kilimanjaro National Park – Zebra Rocks (4 020 m)
Today serves as an acclimatisation day. This is very important and greatly improves your chances of reaching the summit. We take a 3-4 hour trek to Zebra Rocks, so named because of the distinctive black and white stripes. A warm lunch will be waiting on our return to the hut, where an afternoon of relaxation helps prepare for the following day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Four to Twenty Sleeping Bunks: Horombo Hut (no website available)
Facilities: Huts are self-contained, shared ablutions.

DAY 5 Kilimanjaro National Park – Kibo Hut (4 700 m)
We get up at sunrise and after breakfast we set off for the Kibo Huts (47 00 m). Again, it is roughly 12 km to our destination. The first half of the hike traverses upper heath land while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle of Kilimanjaro is alpine desert and care must be taken on this rough terrain. After dinner we need a very early night as the next day there is an extremely early start.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Sixty Sleeping Bunks: Kibo Hut (no website available)
Facilities: Huts are self-contained, shared ablutions
Route: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut. ±12 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs

Day 6 Kilimanjaro National Park – Uhuru Peak (Summit 5 895 m)
Today is ‘The Big Day’ – the summit stage. Many hours before dawn we begin the final trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro. At sunrise we reach Gillman’s Point (5 681m) which is the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, where the sun slowly starts to warm up the land. After a further hike of 1-2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5 895 m) we can celebrate the accomplishment of reaching the ‘Roof of Africa’. The route 5 back down is faster (compared to ascent) and a warm meal awaits us at the Kibo Hut. Later we continue on to the Horombo Hut where most of the mountain conquerors will be glad of an early night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Four to Twenty Sleeping Bunks: Horombo Hut (no website available)
Facilities: Huts are self-contained, shared ablutions
Route: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak ±6 km ascent; Uhuru Peak to Kibo Hut ±6 km descent; Kibo
Hut to Horombo Hut ±12 km descent.
Travel time: ±8 hrs to Uhuru and 6hrs descent to Horombo

Day 7 Kilimanjaro National Park - Moshi
Our journey back to Marangu Gate is about 18 km, a steady descent down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2 700m) where a hot lunch is prepared for us. If you conquered the summit you will collect your summit certificate at the gate. Green for Gilman’s Point and gold for those that reached Uhuru Peak. Then we head back to Moshi for a hot shower and a well-deserved rest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Marangu Hotel
Facilities: Hot water, En-suites, swimming pool
Route: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate ±18 km
Travel time: ±4-6 hrs

Day 8 – Tour Ends
After breakfast the tour ends, please let us know if you require any further transport.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post night accommodation can be booked through Nomad


Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s included:
Meals as indicated on the itinerary, accommodation, registered guides and transport as per itinerary. The local payment includes Kilimanjaro NP fees.

What’s excluded:
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices.)

Activity Package:
This is a COMPULSORY payment that covers what we consider to be an ‘essential activity’ on our tour. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. As the activity package on this tour is compulsory; we recommend that you pre-pay this to your agent prior to your arrival.

National Park Fees: R7350 



Extra information

Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.

Sleeping bag $15.00

Pair of walking sticks $15.00 
Sleeping pads $10.00 
Sunglasses $10.00
Warm Jackets $15.00
Hat $5.00
Rain Jackets $15.00
Sweater $10.00
Rain Trousers $15.00
Liner $10.00
Raincoat (poncho) $15.00
Rucksack $20.00
Warm Trousers $15.00
Day pack $10.00
T-shirt $5.00
Day pack cover $5.00
Pair of Socks $5.00
Pair of Gaitors $10.00
Pair of warm gloves $10.00
Trousers $15.00
Climbing boots $20.00
Shirts $10.00
Thermo underwear one piece $5.00
Fleece top or trousers $10.00
Balaclava $5.00

Malaria prophylactics are required.

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disability that you may have.

Insurance (Compulsory)
All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased by contacting your travel consultant

Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities require visas for East African countries. Although most nationalities can obtain their visa on the border we prefer that you obtain it before arrival to save time at immigration when crossing from one country to another. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.

Currency and Banking
USD (United States Dollars) is the best currency for East Africa. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas.
USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring lots of $1, $5 and $10 notes for tips and craft markets. USD20 and USD50 notes are good to change in to local currency. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations Africa.

Onward Travel
This tour can link to the Serengeti Explorer, Masai Mara Explorer or Zanzibar Excursion.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent or Nomad to make these bookings.

Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your transfer is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems.

Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.

Tour Ends
Your tour ends after breakfast at Marangu Hotel , we can book additional nights’ accommodation here for you, or an airport transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, about 1 hour drive away.

After the climb, it is customary to give tips to all the members of the mountaineering crew. Below are guidelines based upon a group (not per person),

Tips make up a large proportion of the income of the mountaineering crew. If you are happy with the work that they have done, naturally you can give a little more.

Ask your guide for a list of all the names of the team, that also indicates the number of guides, porters, assistants etc. Amongst yourselves, decide how much they should receive and collect the total amount.

During the leaving ceremony, read out aloud what each member of the team receives. This way, everyone knows his or her dues and no arguments can arise. You can give the entire amount to the chief guide who will then divide the monies accordingly. This method has proven reliable and saves you and other team member’s long debates with the guides or porters as to how much each should receive. Used items or equipment is also gratefully received.

At Nomad we are passionate about the people, places and wildlife of Africa that make our tours so special. In order to give back we have set up the Nomad African Trust.

By the end of your tour you may have left-over local currency that you will not be able to change outside of its country of origin. Any assistance you could provide to the trust by donating this left over currency will be appreciated. Thank you for your help and please join our newsletter at the website above to receive regular updates on what we are doing to support our beneficiaries.

Nomad gives you the opportunity to offset your carbon foot print by purchasing a “Green Seat”. If you would like to help Nomad making Africa Greener, simply choose the tick box on your booking form and we will take care of the rest. The Nomad African Trust will plant trees that are ecologically viable and that have very high carbon absorption.
Green Seats can be purchased at departure or on tour with your guide. For more information on our “Green Seats”, please visit

At the end of your tour you will be provided with feedback forms. These forms are confidential and should be given to your crew in a sealed envelope. If you are not sure of the confidentiality of the feedback form please feel free to email us as well on Please make sure to also complete the feedback form as we use the answers on these forms to improve and maintain our service levels.

Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice, the accommodation listed in this dossier is our preferred supplier, but sometimes due to availability, we are unable to make use of the property listed in this dossier. If we cannot use the accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards, however, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.

Moshi is a Tanzanian city with a population of about 160 000, home to the Chagga and Maasai tribes. The city is comprised of two major roads, based around the central reference point of clock tower, the north-south road to Tanga and Dar es Salaam and an east-west road to Arusha. Many residents have banana groves (migombani) and coffee small-holdings (vihamba) on the fertile slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Moshi was where the Arabica coffee seeds that Catholic missionaries introduced at the end of the 19th century were cultivated. Thanks to the Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union (KNCU), started in the 1920s by the district comissioner Charles Dundas, coffee is Moshi’s main export and Chagga coffee growers compete on equal terms on world markets with the European growers. Moshi also has the highest literacy rate in the vicinity, due to the efforts of government, local authorities, and Catholic and Lutheran missions.

Moshi is often overlooked as a tourist destination, with many visitors to northern Tanzania choosing to stay in nearby Arusha. However the town is now host to the Kilimanjaro Marathon which is rapidly growing in popularity and there are several cultural tourism programmes operating on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.