Mt. Kilimanjaro Hiking via Marangu Route/Zanzibar Beach Holiday 2023

Book our 12 days Mount Kilimanjaro climb combined with a Zanzibar beach holiday. This tour program offers travelers adventure and relaxation on the beach.

You will trek Marangu Route. Climb Marangu route is one of the  most popular routes. Marangu Route also known as coca cola Route. After this adventure you will proceed to the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

Marangu Trek -Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

You will hike all the way to Uhuru Peak. You will spend the nights in comfortable mountain huts.

The Marangu Route is often billed as one of the easier walking routes, however, the route has the  lowest success rate (42%). This is because too many climbers try to do it in only 5 days and fail because of poor acclimatization. We have added an extra day’s acclimatization to enhance more chances of reaching the summit .Book our 8 days Mt Kilimanjaro climb Marangu route trek guided with trained mountain trekking guides.

Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast, the Marangu route uses the same ascent and descent route. This means it is less scenic than the other routes. For climbers who do not wish to camp, then Marangu is the only route that offers dormitory style hut accommodation.

The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb.

Mount Kilimanjaro & Zanzibar Beach Holiday

After the Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking,  you will head to Moshi. Here, you will fly to Zanzibar as you head to the tail end of 12 days Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek and Zanzibar Beach Vacation Holiday. You will spend 4 nights on this scenic island in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is an ideal holiday destination, with the cool ocean breeze against the tropical island’s sandy beach.

The island is also rich in history. You can opt to spend some time exploring the Swahili culture and also get to buy some merchandise for your memorabilia.

After the four nights, you will head to the airport here you will mark the end of your 12 day Kilimanjaro climb & Zanzibar beach holiday.

This tour runs on private and exclusive basis closed to a specific group hence the tour can depart at clients most convenient day.

Day 1: Arrival – Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, Transfer to a Annex Keys hotel hotel for an overnight. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 5 hours Distance: About 12 km’s Habitat: Montane forest The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off the to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1,5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.) Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.

Main Destination

Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing expedition

Accommodation

Mandara Hut or Similar

Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks

Lunch & dinner

Drinking Water (Other Drinks not Included)

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Moorland From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.

Main Destination

Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing expedition

Accommodation

Mandara Hut or Similar

Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks

Lunch & dinner

Drinking Water (Other Drinks not Included)

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Alpine desert Kilimanjaro Hikers. After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour, and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night’s time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your sleeping hikers at Kibo hut. final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick, and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at around about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.

Main Destination

Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing expedition

Accommodation

Kibo Hut or Similar

Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks

Lunch & dinner

Drinking Water (Other Drinks not Included)

Day 6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m) Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the On the Summit. trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. Group at Gilmans Point. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening, you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

Main Destination

Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing expedition

Accommodation

Horombo Hut or Similar

Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks

Lunch & dinner

Drinking Water (Other Drinks not Included)

Day 7 Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 27 km’s After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Click here for more info on tips. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. Drive to Arusha – Kibo palace hotel for dinner and overnight stay Whether you’re a new or existing customer get in touch with us. Everything we do is tailor-made, our experts are ready today to start creating your own personalized itinerary.

Main Destination

Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing expedition

Accommodation

Horombo Hut or Similar

Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks

Lunch & dinner

Drinking Water (Other Drinks not Included)

Day 8: Arusha-Zanzibar

Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight to Zanzibar. On arriving Zanzibar, our representative will meet you and drive you to Ocean Paradise beach resort to start your beach vacation

Main Destination

Zanzibar Beach Holiday Vacation

Accommodation

Ocean Paradise beach resort or Similar

Mid-range hotel located in or near Zanzibar

Meals & Drinks

Lunch & dinner

Drinking Water (Other Drinks not Included)

Day 9 , 10 & 11 

Zanzibar Beach Holiday

3 Days spent sun bathing and relaxing at the beach resort

Accommodation

Ocean Paradise beach resort or Similar

Mid-range hotel located in or near Zanzibar

Meals & Drinks

Lunch & dinner

Drinking Water (Other Drinks not Included)

Zanzibar – Departure

Morning spent at leisure- thereafter you will be transferred to Zanzibar airport in good time for your homebound flight. End of a memorable adventure