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Kilimanjaro Marangu

MARANGU ROUTE

MARANGU

First climbed by the Europeans, led by a Chagga guide in the 1880's, Marangu was the only route that Eddie Frank climbed during the first ten years of his Kilimanjaro career. It is ideal if you want to climb the classic Kilimanjaro route, and prefer to sleep in a mountain hut rather than a tent. Marangu is more affordable as we do not have to hire a porter team to carry a large camp up the mountain, as all your lodging is in permanent structures.  Your climb is led by our world-class expert mountain guides, and as with all our other climbs allows you to relish fine mountain meals prepared by our chefs trained by the Culinary Institute of America.

ROUTE STATS

        • Distance: 44 miles or 71 km gate to gate
        • Itinerary: 9 Days total, 6 days climbing gate to gate
        • Daily trekking time: 4 to 7 hours (plus 7 on summit day)
        • Tusker's Marangu route success rate: 92%

"Successful summit with Tusker Trail Adventures"  --  "Marangu trail to summit. Can't say enough good things about this company. Great guides - professional, attentive, medically trained and aware. Food was great and the company organized everything from accommodations in Moshi to the climb without a hitch. Summit day 100% success."  --  "musicdude57"

DAILY ITINERARY

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DAY 1 ~ MOSHI

3,000-ft/914-m

Marangu Climbing Route Day 1 After arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport, you clear immigration and customs, and meet your Tusker driver. You then head to your hotel in Moshi.

Two nights here allows you to get fully relaxed before the tough climb up Kilimanjaro. A hot shower and a warm bed are all you need at this moment.

Lodging:  Bristol Cottages

DAY 2 ~ MOSHI

3,000-ft/914-m

Marangu Climbing Route Day 2 After breakfast, you meet your Tusker mountain guides for your climb orientation and a final equipment check. This is a great opportunity to get to know your team leaders, pick their brains for advice, and collect any extra gear you might need. After the gear check you and the group join your guide for lunch in Moshi.

It’s exciting to wander around town getting a taste of Moshi, the bustling Tanzanian town of the north. Your guide will also show you around the colorful Moshi market at the foot of Kilimanjaro.

Meals Included:  Breakfast

Lodging:  Bristol Cottages

DAY 3 ~ MANDARA HUT

8,875-ft/2,705-m • 4.3 miles/7 km • 4-5 hours

Marangu Climbing Route Day 3 We drive to Marangu National Park gate and sign in. Then we start our hike for about 4-5 hours through the lush montane forest to Mandara Hut. As you scan the tree canopy, you'll see the excitable black and white colobus monkeys.

Mandara consists of a cluster of mountain huts in a forest clearing, which you share with other members of your group. Meals are prepared by our cooks and served up in a common dining area, where you meet climbers from all parts of the world and share the thrill of your climb. The huts have running water and shared public toilets.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Mountain Huts

DAY 4 ~ HOROMBO HUT

12,340-ft/3,761-m • 7.14 miles/11.5 km • 6 hours

Marangu Climbing Route Day 4 We leave the rainforest behind, entering the heath and moorland zone. You get your first view of Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks in the distance as the mountainside gradually opens up. We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, while our chefs get busy in Tusker's Adventure Kitchen.

We spend 2 nights at Horombo to acclimatize.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Mountain Huts

DAY 5 ~ HOROMBO HUT

12,340-ft/3,761-m • Acclimatization hike

Marangu Climbing Route Day 5 The purpose of our extra day here at Horombo is simple – acclimatization. To help you adjust to the altitude, we like to spend this extra day here and hike to a higher elevation to get your body used to the thinner air. This prepares your body for the following days as we climb higher and make our ascent to the summit, where the air has 50% of the oxygen found at sea level.

After the morning altitude hike, we return to Horombo for lunch and an easy afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Mountain Huts

DAY 6 ~ KIBO HUT

5,446-ft/4,708-m • 7.5 miles/12 km • 6 hours

Marangu Climbing Route Day 6 After breakfast we continue our trek through the alpine desert habitat. Once across the barren Kibo Saddle, between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks, we start our climb up to Kibo Hut, on the slopes of Kibo Peak.

On a clear day you'll be able to see Gilman's Point on the crater rim, a key landmark on our way to the summit. After arriving at Kibo around mid-afternoon, we relax, then have dinner and prepare for our climb to the summit around midnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Mountain Huts

DAY 7 ~ UHURU PEAK – HOROMBO

Summit: 19,341-ft/5,895-m • 4.2 miles/6.7 km • 7-8 hours

Horombo Hut: 12,340-ft/3,761-m • 12.7 miles/20.5 km • 6-7 hours


Marangu Climbing Route Day 7 Your guide wakes you up just before midnight with some hot tea and snacks. Then we start the uphill climb. Today's the toughest day, with the most stunning sunrise views of Mawenzi, the Kibo Saddle and the plains below.

We slowly wind our way over the rocky outcrops through the scree until we reach the rim of the crater at Gillman's Point. The toughest part of the climb is over, as we only have about 2 hours to the summit - Uhuru Peak - where the view awaiting you is truly awe-inspiring.

Once there, we celebrate, and head back down towards Horombo for the night.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Mountain Huts

DAY 8 ~ MARANGU GATE - MOSHI

Gate: 6,102-ft/1,859-m • 12.3 miles/19.8 km • 6 hours

Moshi: 3,000-ft/914-m • 90 minute drive


Marangu Climbing Route Day 8 After breakfast, we start our hike down past Mandara Hut, then to the national park gate and to our hotel in Moshi. It's a beautiful hike as we pass through the rainforest near Mandara.

The Tusker vehicles meet us at the gate and then take us back to our hotel for a well-deserved shower and a final climb celebration.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging:  Bristol Cottages

DAY 9 ~ WILDLIFE SAFARI, ZANZIBAR or FLY HOME


WILDLIFE SAFARI

Tusker-African-SafariContinue on an incredible Wildlife Safari through some of the most spectacular animal reserves on the planet, such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.










ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar - Tanzania After your climb immerse yourself in a fascinating journey back in time to the magical island of Zanzibar in the Indian ocean.

Get lost in the historical maze of ancient alleyways, and enjoy the most beautiful beaches on earth

KILIMANJARO CLIMB DATES AND PRICES

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AFTER-CLIMB ADVENTURES

Once you have summitted Kilimanjaro go on a mind blowing Wildlife Safari and explore the epic wildlife parks of East Africa. And travel back in time to the mystical island of Zanzibar for incredible beaches, coral reef snorkeling, exotic foods, and a total cultural immersion.

For more information about our Wildlife Safaris and Zanzibar journeys read about our Trips After-Your-Climb.

WILDLIFE SAFARI and ZANZIBAR

On our 5-day safari you discover an incredible array of wildlife. And if you time it right, you might even find yourself surrounded by millions of animals during the great migration which occurs twice a year. You marvel at the incredible feeling as you immerse yourself in the spectacle of the African savannah.

For more details read about your Wildlife Safaris here.

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DAY 1 ~ LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Trip Day 1Rise early to connect with your safari flight from the Moshi Airport to the Manyara Airstrip, where you meet your safari guide. Lake Manyara National Park is very different from the other parks with a huge diversity of habitats. It is home to the unusual tree-bound lions and the elusive forest primate, the blue monkey, along with many other species of animals.

The Lake supports a large array of bird life, such as yellow-billed storks, white-necked cormorants, pelicans, and Egyptian geese. We overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Tented Camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

DAY 2 ~ NGORONGORO CRATER


African Safari Trip Day 2The awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater is a 110 square-mile volcanic caldera, which collapsed two million years ago. It is encircled by 2000-ft. sheer walls. We drive down the narrow track to the crater floor, for a full day exploring this lush animal paradise.

The crater swarms with 30,000 head of wild game, stalked by great prides of lion, jackal, hyena and leopard. Ngorongoro is one of the few places left on earth where you can see the almost extinct black rhinos in their natural habitat.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

DAY 3 ~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Serengeti Adventure The Serengeti National Park is the world’s oldest ecosystem, It is a sanctuary with the highest concentration of large mammals, containing over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles, and over 2,500 lions.

Every year, the Serengeti hosts one of the most dramatic spectacles on earth:  The Great Migration. During this time, millions of wildebeests, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle migrate non-stop through the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in search of fresh grazing, following an ancient pattern of survival.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging varies depending on the migratory season.

DAY 4 ~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Trip Day 4In the morning, wake to the call of amazing birdlife, or the first sunrays splaying across the endless plains. These timeless sights and sounds signal the dawn of a new exciting day on safari.

The Serengeti is famous for its predators. On our daily game-runs with expert safari guides, you can expect excellent lion and cheetah sightings, and exciting lion hunts.  You can also spot leopards regularly. Other predators include serval cats, golden and black-backed jackal, African wild dog and spotted hyena.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging varies depending on the migratory season.

DAY 5 ~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK / DEPART


African Safari Trip Day 5After breakfast, we head out for our final game-run in the park. Afterwards, you drive to the the airstrip to connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro airport.

At Kilimanjaro International a Tusker Trail representative will meet you with your climbing gear that you stored in Moshi. Depart Kilimanjaro Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Fly home

On our 3-day safari you discover an incredible array of wildlife. And if you time it right, you might even find yourself surrounded by millions of animals during the great migration which occurs twice a year. You marvel at the incredible feeling as you immerse yourself in the spectacle of the African savannah.

For more details read about your Wildlife Safaris here.

Open All Days Close All Days
DAY 1 ~ LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Trip Day 1 Rise early to connect with your safari flight from the Moshi Airport to the Manyara Airstrip, where you meet your safari guide. Lake Manyara National Park is very different from the other parks with a huge diversity of habitats.

It is home to the unusual tree-bound lions and the elusive forest primate, the blue monkey, along with many other species of animals. The Lake supports a large array of bird life, such as yellow-billed storks, white-necked cormorants, pelicans, and Egyptian geese. We overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Tented Camp.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Kirirumu Manyara Tented Lodge

DAY 2 ~ NGORONGORO CRATER


African Safari Trip Day 2 The awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater is a 110 square-mile volcanic caldera, which collapsed two million years ago. It is encircled by 2000-ft. sheer walls. We drive down the narrow track to the crater floor, now a lush animal paradise.

The crater swarms with 30,000 head of wild game, stalked by great prides of lion, jackal, hyena and leopard. Ngorongoro is one of the few places left on earth where you can see the almost extinct black rhinos in their natural habitat.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

DAY 3 ~ NGORONGORO CRATER • DEPART TANZANIA


African Safari Trip Day 3 After breakfast we head out for our last game drive down in the crater. In the afternoon ascend to the crater rim and drive to Manyara Airstrip in time to connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. At Kilimanjaro International a Tusker Trail representative will meet you with your climbing gear that you stored in Moshi. Depart Kilimanjaro Airport.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch

Fly Home!

 

Zanzibar - Tanzania

Travel back in time to the mystical Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, just off Tanzania’s coast. Throughout recent history the two islands that make up Zanzibar became a base for traders on their journeys between Africa’s Great Lakes, the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent.

Known as the Spice Island, you can still discover Zanzibar’s colorful history as you explore the maze of streets and alleys. Your tailor-made trip immerses you in Zanzibar’s fascinating mixture of African, Arabic, Asian and European cultures.

For more details explore your magical Zanzibar journey here.

DATES & PRICES

BOOKING YOUR SAFARI & ZANZIBAR JOURNEY

We've been planning and coordinating our Wildlife Safaris and Zanzibar trips for over four decades.  Our trek coordinators will help you celebrate your success on Kilimanjaro with the most amazing experience you can imagine. For your after-climb adventure just give us a call when you book your Kilimanjaro Climb.

SAFARI
When we plan your Wildlife Safari, we factor in important variables to maximize your adventure experience.  We plan for the best locations based on the season, the amount of time you wish to spend in the bush, and the type of accommodation you’d like to use. 

ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar is always amazing, regardless of when you visit. But if you want some tips the greatest food, the best place for snorkeling a coral reef, or where to go to enjoy the most incredible sunset, give us a call.

TO BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE CALL US  +1.775.833.9700