Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 3 Days Hike Tanzania

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Marangu Route Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

This 3-day short Kilimanjaro Hike follows the Marangu Route, the easiest and shortest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro however, on this particular trip our aim is NOT to reach the summit. Marangu Route is sometimes called the “Coca Cola” and is the oldest and most popular route up Mount Kilimanjaro.

On this trip, you will hike on the Marangu Route for two nights on the mountain before returning to Moshi. You will trek up and spend the first night at a hut called Mandara Hut and the following day continue hiking further up to the second hut called Horombo Hut for the night. The following day you will return to Mandara hut for lunch and then hike back.

The Marangu route is unique in offering the luxury of sleeping huts at all of the camp stops along the way. The Mandara huts have 60 beds and the Horombo Hut sleeps, 120 people. The huts are equipped with comfortable bunk beds each with a sponge mattress and pillow. The huts on the Marangu trail are communal and are fitted with solar-powered lights.

The bathrooms of the huts lower down on the slopes feature running water. There are various beverages on sale along the Marangu Route to quench the thirst of climbing hikers. Bottled water, soft drinks, and even beer are usually available at the huts.

Meals are taken in shared dining huts where several climbing groups from various countries across the globe get to meet up. These social mealtimes on the Marangu route are fun and lively occasions.

This Kilimanjaro Hike begins with a transfer to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1840m). Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro National Park, we complete the necessary paperwork before starting our hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The trek soon takes us into the dense rainforest where we are surrounded by ancient trees draped with moss, giant ferns, lichen, and other indigenous vegetation. Walking through the rainforest we keep a lookout for black and white colobus monkeys, as well as other wild animals.

After a 4-hour walk, we reach our first overnight stop, the Mandara Hut (2670m). Here we rest before visiting Maundi Crater with our mountain guide. From the crater, we enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior, before returning to Mandara Hut for dinner and our overnight stay.

Day 2 begins with an early breakfast before continuing our Marangu hike up Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. We soon reach the tree line passing into the heath and moor vegetation zone. We hike for about 4 – 6 hours to reach the Horombo Hut, at an altitude of 3700m.

We will have dinner and stay overnight at Horombo Hut, admiring the spectacular views over Mawenzi, Kibo, and the vast plains of the Masai steppe.

On Day 3, we have breakfast and get magnificent views of the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in the morning sunrise, we will start to retrace our steps, heading back down to Mandara Huts for lunch. Continue descending through a lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu.

At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi/ Arusha or to Kilimanjaro Airport. 

This brings your memorable 3 days Kilimanjaro Hike via Marangu Route to a close. The hiking distance we cover is about 20 km/ 13 miles and will take about 4-5 hours.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Moshi/ Arusha – Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park (Marangu Gate), Hike to Mandara Hut
Day 2: Hike Mandara Hut – Hike to Horombo Hut
Day 3: Hike from Horombo Hut to park gate, return to Moshi/ Arusha  

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1850 Meters/ 6000 Feet) – Mandara Hut (2700 Meters/ 9,000 Feet)

0830 Hours: After breakfast and briefing we depart Moshi/ Arusha town and drive for an hour to Marangu Gate (Kilimanjaro National Park Gate).

Once at the gate we complete the required paperwork and after registering, we commence the climb into the incredible Marangu forest, with its thick moss, lichens and endless display of abundant plant life.

The route will take us through the rainforest to Mandara Hut (9000 feet) we will have an overnight here. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment.

A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

The hiking distance we cover is about 8 Kilometers/ 5 miles and will take about 3 to 4 hours

Overnight at Mandara Hut
Meal Plan: 
{Lunch and Dinner}


Day 2: Mandara Hut (2700 Meters/ 9,000 Feet) – Horombo Huts (3700 Meters/ 12,000 Feet)

After breakfast we head out on our next day’s trek towards Horombo Huts at 12000 Feet on a route that will take about 5 to 6 hours. The climb will take us through the lower heathland with small shrubs being the main vegetation.

At our lunch stop about half way up. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

We will arrive at Horombo Hut around 1500 Hours with Kibo summit already in view. We will spend an overnight at the Horombo Hut.

The hiking distance we cover is about 12 Kilometers/ 8 miles and will take about 5 to 6 hours

Overnight at Horombo Hut
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}


Day 3: Horombo Huts (3700 Meters/ 12,000 Feet) – Marangu Gate (1850 Meters/ 6000 Feet)

After breakfast and getting magnificent views of the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in the morning sunrise, we will start to retrace our steps, heading back down to Mandara Huts for lunch.

Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi/ Arusha (about 1 hour).

The hiking distance we cover is about 20 Kilometers/ 13 miles and will take about 4-5 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 3 Days Hike Tanzania Prices

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 3 Days Hike Tanzania Rates Includes:

Hut fees + All meals on the mountain + Salaries for all crew members + Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees + Rescue fees (as required by the national park) + Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes + Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils & Transport from Moshi to starting point on the mountain and return to Moshi/ Arusha

Dates From Dates To 1 Guest 2-3 Guests Per Person 4-6 Guests Per Person

7+ Guests Per Person

1st Jan 2022

31st Dec 2022 1,345 US Dollars 1,145 US Dollars 1,095 US Dollars 895 US Dollars

Notes

* We have chosen the Marangu route for you due to the fact this route is regarded as the easiest route up the Kilimanjaro
* This short trek is offered on a private basis, and you can start on any day of the year. This trek is geared for guests who like to hike but reaching the summit is not a “must-do”, and allows one to experience the excitement of hiking on the highest peak on the African continent


Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 3 Days Hike Tanzania Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Sleeping bags and personal items
* Accommodation and meals in Moshi
* Tips or gratuity for guides and porters
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Lunch or dinner in Moshi or Arusha towns (option and extra charges direct)
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

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