Known as the "Coca-Cola" route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Many favour the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its more gradual slope. It is also the only route that offers sleeping huts with dormitory-style accommodation. There are 60 bunk beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Book your Kilimanjaro trek with best Kilimanjaro local guide
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At the Hotel or Airport
Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. 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.
Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. 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.
Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest and prepare for the summit climb.
Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
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
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. 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 gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).
Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Arrival at the finish point of Marangu Gate then continue to have lunch on the way back to your hotel Moshi.
We will drop you at the aipport depend on your flight time.
At the Hotel or Airport
All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
Professional, experienced, and friendly mountain guides
Medical evacuation with Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue> Flying Doctors.
2 nights and accommodations-one before and after the trek in good hotels.
Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
Pulse-oximeter – To measure the oxygen level, for each climber daily
Portable Emergency Oxygen tanks
Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
All meals while on the Mountain
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Crisis management and safety procedures
Fair and ethical treatment of porters
Conservation fees (part of park fees)
Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
Rescue fees (part of park fees)
Arrival and Departure transfers
All Government Tax and Park Entrance Fees
VAT (18% charged by the Government)
Tips for guides, cook, and porters
Track your trek by satellite device services
Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
Tips and gratuities
Tanzania Visa on arrival
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
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The fact is most of the month have few rainy days makes it possible for climb in relatively good condition all year-round.
During the rain period of March and May, cloud tends to pile up and over the summit, dropping snow on top and at the base. Visibility can be limited by cloud cover even when no rainfalls. The temperature at this time of the year is relatively warm.
The dry season beginning in the rate June and through July can be very cold at night but usually is clear of cloud.
August and September are also cool and can have completely clear days, but usually, a dripping cloud belt girdles the mountain above the forest moorland. The summit can be totally clear.
The shorter rainy period of October to December often has thunderstorms that pass over the mountain, dropping rains as they go. Typical the cloud disappear in the evening leaving the nights and morning very clear with excellent visibility.
January and February are usually dry, warm and clear with brief rain showers which make good climbing condition.
Even thought one can climb thought out the year, January, February and September are the best month with July, August, November and December are also good.
The cost to climb Kilimanjaro with Twende Africa Tours is between $1,560–$3,250 per climber, depending on which route you select. This does not include airfare and personal gear that you want to buy or rent.
Twende Africa Tours Kilimanjaro Climb Cost By Route and Date
Very few local companies are licensed to operate their own climbs in Tanzania, but Twende Africa Tours is one of them. By owning and running our own climbing operation, our expert guides are able to maintain hands-on moment-to-moment safety, complete with a team of professionally-trained cooks, experienced support crew members, and high-end equipment.
Dates & Prices
Thanks to the popularity of climbing Kilimanjaro — and the fact that you literally need a guide to even step foot on the mountain — hundreds of operators exist and they each provide different levels of service.
Finding the right one is a balance. You don’t want to choose the cheapest outfit in town and sacrifice your safety. But you also don’t need the most expensive one to have a successful climb.
Check out what we recommend - and what’s included in a Twende Africa Tours Kilimanjaro package - to see what you should be getting for the price:
What’s included in the Kilimanjaro Climb Cost
To start, look for a reputable, trustworthy company that covers these essentials in their cost to climb Mount Kilimanjaro:
Entrance Fees to Kilimanjaro National Park
You’ll not only need to pay an entrance fee for yourself to get in Kilimanjaro National Park, but you’ll also need to pay park fees for the rest of the crew. In total this could be close to $1000 USD.
Don’t forget to pre-arrange how you’ll be getting to the park. If you book with Twende Africa Tours, we will transfer you to and from the park gates in our own good vehicles, taking care of that part for you.
A Dedicated Kilimanjaro Local Guides, Chef and Porters
The number of guides included in your Kilimanjaro climb cost depends on your group size. If you're hiking on your own, you'll have your own personal guide. Most Twende Africa Tours groups operate with anywhere from 2–6 guides.
Twende Africa Tours, also includes 3–4 porters per climber. And they will carry 30 lbs of your personal gear.
Every company uses porters to carry climbers' bags and camp equipment. However, Twende Africa Tours hires more porters than other companies in order to carry extra safety gear and camp equipment. For example, for a group of 12 climbers, we will typically hire 35-40 porters, depending on the length of the trip. Smaller groups will have 3-4 porters per climber.
Twende Africa Tours is dedicated to paying a good wage to our valuable Twende Africa Tours guides, porters, and chefs, and this is factored into our Kilimanjaro climb cost.
Food Fit for Kings of the Mountain
If you think you’ll be living off granola bars and energy drinks while you hike Kilimanjaro, think again.
In a mountain first, Twende Africa Tours has partnered with the Culinary Institute of America to train our Kilimanjaro chefs on an ongoing basis. The "Institute" designs our menus with meals based on a mixture of European, Asian, and African cuisines. The meals are not only designed to meet your nutritional needs at high altitude, but they also taste delicious.
All your meals — from a midnight snack on your arrival night through lunch on your final day — are included in your cost to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Twende Africa Tours.
That’s hot breakfast, hot or picnic lunch, and hot dinner each day. Plus you’ll have as much purified water as you can drink on your climb.
We sit down to our meals in roomy all-weather dining tents equipped with tables, folding chairs, and gas lamps for warmth and lighting. If you have any special requirements, just let our team know. We'll arrange it with our chefs - you don’t have to worry.
A few nights in a hotel before and after your climb should be included in your Kilimanjaro climb cost.
With Twende Africa Tours, you’ll stay at one of our two delightful family-run hotels in Moshi for two nights (one before your climb and one after your victorious summit). The hotels are located close to the center of town, the Moshi market, unique shopping and local restaurants.
Our adventurers always say the staff and hospitality at the hotels are excellent.
And if you descend Kilimanjaro early, Twende Africa Tours, will provide one “extra” night’s stay in Moshi at our hotel - free of charge.
Camping and Climbing Gear
Though you’ll be responsible for packing protective clothing and hiking boots, Twende Africa Tours will bring all the extra gear necessary to hike and camp Kilimanjaro like a pro.
That includes providing custom designed:
4-season waterproof mountain tents
2-inch air/foam mattresses
4-season basecamp dining tents
Waterproof stuff bags
Our kitchen tents are equipped with everything our cooks need for gourmet mountain meal preparation. Our aluminum dining tables have comfortable fold-up chairs with back and arm rests so you can relax in the warm glow provided by our propane gas lighting.
We’ll bring everything you need for water purification on the mountain so you’re always hydrated as well.
Don’t forget about using the restroom on your hike! Twende Africa Tours provides a private toilet tent, complete with a custom "throne" and a great view.
Medical Equipment to Keep You Safe
While you may want to bring your own sleeping bag and trekking poles for the adventure (or rent), your Kilimanjaro climb cost with Twende Africa Tours includes everything else needed to keep you safe.
Twende Africa Tours guides use pulse oximeters, stethoscopes, rescue stretchers, oxygen regulators, cannulas and other medical devices. This is how we keep our climbers safe.
Twice a day, your guide will check your vitals and monitor your stats like blood oxygen saturation, resting pulse, and lung sounds. Twende Africa Tours guides will also record your acclimatization stats to assess how well you’re handling the altitude. We’ll check on you more often, if necessary, to make sure you reach the summit safely. As an added safety measure, our guides also carry along large oxygen tanks and a portable altitude chamber, in case it’s needed.
So now that you know what should be included in your Kilimanjaro climb cost — and you know everything about trekking Kilimanjaro like a true adventurist — it’s time to check out more details about the route that suits you best.
Altitude sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), hypobaropathy and soroche, is an illness caused by exposure to the low air pressure; especially low partial pressure of oxygen, which many climbers experience at high altitudes.
AMS is caused by exerting yourself at high altitudes, especially if you have not been properly acclimatized. It is most common at altitudes above 2400 metres. Kilimanjaro’s peak is nearly 6000 metres above sea level. At this height, the air pressure (and the amount of oxygen it contains) is less than half that at sea level, and has been said to be comparable to ‘working with only one lung’.
AMS can be serious, especially as it can be debilitating, and it generally occurs far from places where medical treatment can be easily administered.
Not everyone suffers from AMS, of course, and it is very difficult to predict who is or is not vulnerable to it. Generally speaking, a fit person is less vulnerable than an unfit person, because their cardiovascular system can operate at low pressures longer without as much strain. Even so, anyone can be vulnerable at altitudes above 3500 metres, no matter their fitness level, if they have not spent some time getting used to the low atmospheric pressures first.
Undoubtedly the best way to see how you are going to react to high altitude is to go high and try to do some exercises. For most of us that isn't an option so a good alternative is to have a session with a specialist altitude training company that have equipment that simulates the effects of altitude. In the UK the leading specialist is The Altitude Centre.
Avoiding AMS On Kilimanjaro Climb
Walk high, sleep low. It is best to gradually climb higher each day, and then descend lower to sleep. This lets you gradually become accustomed to lower pressures, and then recover somewhat overnight.
Slow and steady. (pole pole in Swahili) You need to keep your respiration rate low enough to maintain a normal conversation. If you are panting or breathing hard, you must slow down. Overworking your heart and lungs substantially increases your chance of becoming ill.
Drink much more water than you think you need. Proper hydration helps acclimatization dramatically. You need to drink at least three litres each day. As dehydration presents many of the same symptoms as altitude sickness, your chances of being allowed to continue are best if you stay hydrated.
Diamox. The general consensus of the research is that Diamox is helpful in avoiding AMS. We use it when climbing Kilimanjaro. We recommend you google Diamox and its effects yourself. It is a prescription drug, and you should consult with your doctor before taking it.
Effects of exposure to low atmospheric pressure
Low oxygen saturation
At high altitudes and low pressures, each breath takes in less oxygen, and transfers less to the blood. Blood with low levels of oxygen is said to be poorly saturated. Having slightly low oxygen saturation can lead to fatigue and feeling breathless. Severe low oxygen saturation can cause impaired mental functions, reduce your decision making ability, and have other dangerous effects. All our guides have pulse-oxymeters to check your oxygen saturation daily.
Severely reduced air pressure can cause fluid to collect in the sinuses and air cavities in the skull. Initially it presents as a mild headache, but can eventually cause disorientation, coma and even death. Cerebral oedema can present very suddenly, and is an extremely serious medical issue.
This is caused by reduced air pressure in the lungs. Fluid sometimes begins to seep from the lung tissues into the air spaces of the lungs, making breathing even more difficult. This often presents like pneumonia, and is most likely to occur during sleep.
How to recognise AMS
AMS does not present as a slow, gradual worsening of lesser altitude-related symptoms like breathlessness or headache. It is in fact generally a rapid, dramatic onset of symptoms that can render a person unable to walk or take care of themselves at all.
Our guides are trained to recognize AMS and apply the appropriate first aid. They will monitor your blood oxygen saturation and evaluate your overall acclimatization, but it is vital that you monitor and report your condition accurately, for everyone’s safety.
Our client descent protocol
If our guides believe you may be in poor health or that allowing you to continue the climb may be dangerous, they will require you to begin your descent immediately. If that decision is made, it will be according to this protocol:
Measuring your oxygen saturation
If it is below 80%, then you will be required to submit to another test every half hour, for the next two hours. If your saturation does not rise to at least 75%, you will be required to descend immediately. If your saturation is at least 75%, you will be allowed to continue subject to close monitoring. If your condition worsens you must notify your guide immediately, and begin the descent.
Evaluation on the Lake Louise Scale
If your score is between 6 and 8 then the guide will consider whether you can continue based on your score, oxygen saturation levels, pulse rate and overall well-being. If you are allowed to continue, you will be monitored closely for the duration of the ascent. If your condition worsens you must notify your guide immediately, and begin the descent. If your Lake Louise Score is higher than 8, you must descend immediately.
Hey you, the one who daydreams of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit at sunrise, the one whose life goals include reaching Africa’s highest point and letting out an enormous howl of celebration at the top. What if I shared with you the single best piece of advice to increase your chances of reaching the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world?
Okay, here it is: Slow and Steady. (pole pole in Swahili)
To climb Kilimanjaro means taking a leap. It typically means flying halfway around the world to scale the Roof of Africa. And in order to make this large commitment, you need the trip to be successful—it might be your only chance.
Also, sifting through reviews on how best to climb Kilimanjaro can be as daunting as reaching the summit itself. You can find armies of information regarding the best routes and optimal numbers of days, but all you have to remember are these simple words: Slow and Steady. (pole pole in Swahili)
Why? Because each year 35,000 to 50,000 people climb Kilimanjaro and the single most common inhibitor to making that sunrise summit is this: altitude sickness. But if you go slow and steady and choose a trip with enough days to acclimatize, your success will skyrocket.
Beware of the Five-Day
Kilimanjaro National Park won't let you climb their beloved Kili in fewer than five days, so technically you have 5 to 10 days to complete the climb. Some of these five-day treks may be alluring because of their lower cost, but beware: they have far lower summit success rates. This is simply because there is less time to properly adjust to the elevation change.
Choose your Own Adventure.
There are seven official routes on Mount Kilimanjaro, and we've highlighted four of our favorites below for you to better understand the options for a successful Kilimanjaro trek:
1 - Marangu (5-6 days) - "The Coca-Cola Route." Traditionally this was the most popular, economical, and direct route. There is permanent hut accommodation the whole way,
though it does have lower summit success than the others. Best to choose six days.
2 - Machame (6-8 days) - "The Whiskey Route." This is quickly becoming Kilimanjaro's most popular route. It's scenic and gradual, with an average duration of 7 days. Machame gives you proper adjustment to higher elevations.
3 - Rongai (6-7 days) The non-crowd – Rongai approaches the summit from the north and offers some remote and gentle climbing. You'll come across fewer trekkers on this route, too.
4 - Lemosho (7-10 days) – Considered one of the most scenic routes, Lomosho has smaller crowds but increasing in popularity. It's more remote with a generous southern traverse.
Take at least a week. Any fewer than seven days and you begin to compromise your Kilimanjaro summit. Each additional day increases your chances for success. Ideally, 7-9 days (10 if you have extra time) will enable you to ease into the elevation and position both your head and heart for one of the most stunning sunrises of your life. Few places on Earth compare to Kilimanjaro so take it slow and steady (pole pole in Swahili) and your daydream might just step into reality.