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Marangu Kili Climb

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The one that’s the shorter but tougher Mount Kilimanjaro climb

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  • Duration

    7 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Minivan

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Local Guides and Porters

Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport, Moshi Town, Mandara Huts, Horombo Huts, Kibo Hut, Marangu, Gillman's Point

Marangu Kili Climb

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  • 6 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    2 nights in Hotel, 4 nights in Cabin

    Our accommodation on the ascent along the Marangu pass will be in the true spirit of mountain climbing. Our mountain huts will get you as close to nature as possible, and will have everything you need for the journey. And of course, one heck of a view every morning.

About this trip

In a country of vast wilderness stands a dormant volcano boasting the highest peak in Africa: Kilimanjaro. In this once-in-a-lifetime trip, you'll be embarking on an unforgettable climb up the Marangu route to Uhuru Peak in an epic 7 day adventure. But the true adventure lies in the experience along the way: the paths trodden, the wildlife spotted, and the friends made. Please note, this is a small group trip and won't have a Contiki Trip Manager. You'll be looked after by a Local Guide from the in-country team running the trip.

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Nights spent per location

  1. Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport

  2. 1 1 night

    Moshi Town

  3. via via

    Marangu

  4. 1 1 night

    Mandara Huts

  5. 1 1 night

    Horombo Huts

  6. 1 1 night

    Kibo Hut

  7. via via

    Gillman's Point

  8. 1 1 night

    Horombo Huts

  9. 1 1 night

    Moshi Town

  10. Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport

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DAY 1 - Arrive Moshi Town

Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport

This is where the adventure begins. You'll be collected from Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to Springlands Hotel located in Moshi Town, close to the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. This trip is run by a local operator rather than Contiki, so here you'll meet your Local Guide in place of a Contiki Trip Manager. You'll have a climb briefing, dinner, and time to prepare before bunking down for the night.

Moshi Town

Stay

Springlands Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Moshi Town to Mandara Huts via Marangu

Moshi Town

Marangu

We'll set off from The National Park Gate (1,830 m.) at the edge of Marangu, a charming village with a swathe of small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we'll climb up through an leafy and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.).

Mandara Huts

We've reached our accommodation for the night, a group of comfortable wooden huts in a forest clearing. They may be huts, but this isn't rough sleeping: the largest cabin has a downstairs dining area and an upstairs dormitory and mattresses, with each smaller hut sleeping eight people. We've powered through 3-4 hours of walking today so you're welcome to rest here: the taps gush fresh spring water, you can hear the birds singing, and you might be lucky enough to spot some monkeys. Or for an extra afternoon excursion, you can hike to the volcanic remains of nearby Maundi Crater.

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Mandara Hut Camp

DAY 3 - Mandara Huts to Horombo

Mandara Huts

The first part of the today's 4-6 hour walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland. If we're lucky, we'll get a good view of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks from here. We'll climb steadily through the moorlands, surrounded by giant heathers and occasional stands of groundsel, to reach Horombo (3,720 m.).

Horombo Huts

We've arrived at our hut accommodation for the night at Horombo. Sunrises and sunsets are often spectacular, and we're close to the glaciated dome of Kibo. There is a real sense of being above the clouds here that can make you realise how far you've come already!

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Horombo Hut Camp

DAY 4 - Horombo Huts to Kibo Hut

Horombo Huts

We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. Kibo is a stone-built block house with a small dining area and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor. There are bunk beds and mattresses for about sixty people. There is no water here so one has to bring an ample supply from the 'last water' supply above Horombo Hut. Platform toilets are behind the hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! (4-5 hours walking)

Kibo Hut

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Kibo Hut Camp

DAY 5 - Kibo Hut to Horombo Huts via Gillman's Point

Kibo Hut

Rise and shine! We're starting our ascent this morning by torchlight at about 1AM, aiming to be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours.

Gillman's Point

We rest here and spend some time taking in the beauty of the sunrise. For those who are still feeling strong, you can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo via Kibo for the night. 

Horombo Huts

We descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect our things, and re-cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Time to eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep: this was, by far, the most difficult part of the trek.

Stay

Horombo Hut Camp

DAY 6 - Horombo to Moshi Town

Horombo Huts

We retrace our steps with a relaxed 5-6 hour walk through moorlands to Mandara Hut then through the forest back to the National Park Gate. The greenness and lushness of the forest makes a striking contrast to our summit day yesterday, showing just how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro is.

Moshi Town

Remember to say goodbye to your guides, cooks, and porters at the National Park Gates since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to a hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration! 

Stay

Springlands Hotel (or similar)

DAY 7 - Depart Moshi Town

Moshi Town

It may be the end of the trip, but your memories (and calf muscles) will be forever changed! Say goodbye to your trip-mates and give yourself a huge pat on the back. The morning transfer takes you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for a final goodbye.

Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain African countries. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On the Kili Climb the bag restriction is 65x46cm with a max weight of 15kg, and bags must be soft sided. Your bags will be carried by porters, and no hard-sided suitcases will be allowed. If you are short of any equipment it can be hired on the first night of your trip.

What do the Contiki team do?

You’ll have an expert Local Guide to navigate the trail and porters to take care of carrying the essentials. This is your team. Trusted Contiki partners who are specialised, smart, friendly, fun, and integral to your adventure. Please note that this is not an 18-35 trip, and you may trek with other travellers outside that age bracket. This trip uses local guides and experts for tackling the mountain and the group may range from just two or more people.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
It is strongly advised to have US$ in cash before the start of the trip.  Most places let you pay with card, but it is strongly advised to have US$200 - US$300 just in case. In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

There may be wifi in your hotel, but when you're trekking and staying in camps and lodges you are likely to be off-grid. Then again, when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From working with local suppliers and guides to choosing sustainable accommodation and experiences, we make sure we’re always giving something back to this incredible continent.