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Mount Kilimanjaro climb 5 days is the absolute minimum duration, but 6 days on the Marangu route is preferred. When doing Machame 6 days, the Marangu route is the minimum, seven days is recommended. Taking an extra day to acclimatize will greatly improve your chances of reaching the summit.

Mount Kilimanjaro climb

Route description:

Mount Kilimanjaro climb 6 days Coca-Cola route – the route is rightfully popular among Mount Kilimanjaro climb. The permanent huts make it unique in that they provide extra comfort. Mount Kilimanjaro climb the Coca-Cola Route offers spectacular views of Kilimanjaro’s Mawenzi and Kibo peaks! If this is to be your first climb, the Marangu Route itinerary with its longer acclimatization is preferable.

mount Kilimanjaro climb

Day 0: Briefing

If you select the optional airport transfers, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kilimanjaro.

A pre-trek briefing at your hotel in Kilimanjaro. We recommend that you arrive at least one day before the trek begins. Today, we will have a pre-trek briefing. Additionally, we will review your equipment and rent any equipment you need.

Day 1:  Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, register, and start climbing. Stroll through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. Maundi Crater is a great way to see the surrounding areas, including northern Tanzania and Kenya. Look for towering Eucalyptus trees, birdlife, and Colobus monkeys in the rainforest.

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

As you leave the rainforest glades, you ascend on the open moorlands to reach the Horombo encampment. Mawenzi and Kibo’s summit offers amazing views. Check out the giant lobelias and ground lilies. You might begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3Rest day at Horombo Hut

Rest day at Horombo Hut with the optional hike by Mawenzi Peak.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 0km/0mi
  • Hiking Time: 0 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4 Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Passing the last watering point, we now reach Kilimanjaro’s saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. As the vegetation moves from upper heathland to “moonscape”, it disappears. Have dinner, rest, and prepare for the summit climb.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5 Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

Early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), climb steep and heavy scree up to Gilman’s Point on the crater rim. We now ascend Uhuru Peak, Africa’s highest point. The views are spectacular. Have your picture taken at the summit to share with your friends and family. We descend and stop for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Moshi

We descend through the moorland to the Mandara Hut after breakfast. Ascend through a lush forest path to the Marangu gate of the National Park. Lower elevations can be muddy and wet. Bring gaiters and trekking poles. Wear shorts and t-shirts (keep rain gear and warmer clothing on hand).

There will be a vehicle waiting for you at Marangu gate to take you back to your hotel in Moshi (about an hour).

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast.

 

CERTIFIED ETHICAL CLIMBING:

Tourism has both an obligation and an opportunity to protect the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities. We are committed to environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

We are proud members and active supporters of the Partners for Responsible Travel

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC).

KPAP raises public awareness about the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro, and it assists climbing companies in implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment.

The crewmembers of every climb are audited to ensure proper salaries, tips, food, equipment, and sleeping conditions are provided. Check out our Tripadvisor profile to see what people are saying about us.

 

What’s included in this tour?

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees are collected by the Kilimanjaro park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or  Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note:
All accommodation is on a sharing basis (i.e. you’ll be sharing together with your travel companion a twin/double room within the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we’ll match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast within the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several sorts of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, cocoa, and water).
  • Hiking and safety equipment
  • 2-inch (10-cm) thick and cozy sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and cozy dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro park. All our guides are holders of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness care certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).

What’s not included in this tour?

  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance.

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