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7 Day Taste of Kilimanjaro
7 Day Taste of Kilimanjaro
Classed as a moderate trek rather than a climb, this seven day trip allows you to travel up the 'Marangu Route', used by almost 40% of people who take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro. With comfortable mountain huts en-route, it’s a suitable option for those with limited experience who want to enjoy the beauty of the mountains.
Tour highlights
  • Travel through forest, moorland and lunar desert to the top of Kilimanjaro
  • Take up the chance to climb to the crater rim at Uhuru Peak to stand at the highest point of the African continent
  • Spend your nights in dormitory accommodation as you make your way up the mountain
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Day 1: Moshi Town
Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi Town close to the foothills of the mountain for a briefing and time to prepare for the start of your journey.
  • Springlands Hotel
Day 2: Mandara
Having completed the entrance formalities at the National Park Gate at Marangu, the climb starts through attractive, unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700m) for your first overnight halt. There are options to explore the nearby Maundi Crater or simply relax at the end of your day’s walking.
  • Overnight on the mountain (B,L,D)
(3-5 hours walking)
Day 3: Horombo
After a steep ascent through the forest, climb steadily through grassy moorland with views of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks (in clear weather) to the hut complex at Horombo (3,720m) for the overnight stay.
  • Overnight on the mountain (B,L,D)
(4-6 hours walking)
Day 4: Kibo
Climb gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo as you head into the high altitude wilderness. Arrive at Kibo Hut (4,700m) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday, with the remainder of the day spent resting to prepare for the final climb.
  • Overnight on the mountain (B,L,D)
(4-5 hours walking)
There is no water at Kibo, with supplies to be brought from the ‘last water’ supply above Horombo Hut
Day 5: Gillman's Point – Uhuru Peak – Horombo
Leave by torchlight at 01.00 with the aim being to reach Gillman’s Point (5,685m) in time to witness the sun rise. Those feeling strong can go on the three hour round trip along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896m) before descending back to Horombo for the night.
  • Overnight on the mountain (B,L,D)
(11-25 hours walking)
Day 6: Moshi Town
Retrace your steps with a moorland walk to Mandara before heading through the forest to the National Park gates for your transfer by vehicle back to Moshi Town.
  • Springlands Hotel (B,L)
(5-6 hours walking)
Day 7: Depart Kilimanjaro
After breakfast you are transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward or homebound flight.
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  • Meet and greet services with assistance at the airport
  • Mountain guide and porters
  • Transfers as specified
  • All pre and post climb accommodation as mentioned
  • All accommodation and meals  on the mountain NB: Meals on the mountain are prepared for high carbohydrate intake to facilitate climbing. They are not hotel standard meals and will lack variety. Special diets can be catered to with advance notice
  • All park fees, hut fees and rescue fees. NB: Rescue fee covers evacuation from the mountain to the park gate only. It does not cover any medical treatment at all, nor transportation to the local hospital. We recommend that travellers purchase travel insurance with medical and evacuation cover
  • Government taxes
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Visas
  • Airport tax (pay direct)
  • Driver guide, mountain guide and porters gratuities
  • Climbing gear – if required can be hired locally
  • Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature

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