Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) is the highest peak of the African continent and an extinct stratovolcano located in Tanzania. The mountain is included in the list of "Seven Peaks" and in all kinds of ratings of the most beautiful volcanoes on the planet, and therefore is very popular with climbers from around the world. Despite its considerable height, Kilimanjaro is of low technical complexity and does not require special mountaineering skills and previous climbing experience: anyone in good physical shape can climb the summit.
In this program we offer an ascent of Kilimanjaro along the Marangu route, which runs along the southeastern slope of the volcano. This is one of the two most popular routes and the only one in which participants live in cabins rather than tents. So if you're intimidated by tents, feel free to choose the Marangu route! In addition, this route, along with Umbwe, allows you to make the ascent in a minimum number of days.
In addition to the main purpose of this trip our program includes safari in Ngorongoro and Tarangire National Parks, where participants will be able to observe at close range the many wild animals in their natural environment. At the end of the tour we will spend a couple of days on the white beaches of Zanzibar Island, where we can relax and bathe in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Impressions while climbing Kilimanjaro hut to hut (Marangu)
The famous Kilimanjaro Ice
Exotic endemics of Kilimanjaro - lobelia and dendrosenecia
Trek in a real tropical jungle
One of the most beautiful sunrises in the world on the summit day
Trails high above the clouds!
Unforgettable starry skies in high-altitude camps
Safari in Ngorongoro, a huge volcanic crater
Baobabs of Tarangire Park
Meeting many wild animals on safari
The white beaches of Zanzibar Island
Huge 150-year-old turtles
Swimming with dolphins
Why with Kuluar?
In addition to climbing Kilimanjaro, participants will go on safari and relax on the beaches of Zanzibar Island
Opportunity to sleep in huts on the ascent
Participants of this program will not have to spend the night in tents: throughout the whole route of the ascent we will spend the night in special huts.
We do not cancel or reschedule groups. If the manager has given permission to buy a ticket, you can buy it with confidence. There will be no cancellation through our fault.
The cooks prepare the food, the porters carry the stuff. Your job is to enjoy!
Experienced Kuluar teamleaders, who have been to Tanzania many times, will accompany the participants throughout the program.
The manager has been to Tanzania personally and will advise you knowledgeably
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Climbing Kilimanjaro hut to hut day by day
Gathering of participants
The group meets at Kilimanjaro International Airport in northern Tanzania. From there we drive to the hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing and getting to know each other. In the evening we have dinner together, during which the teamleader will tell us about the ascent in detail.
Ascent to Mandara Camp (2,720 m)
Our ascent of Kilimanjaro starts at Marangu Gate at 1879 meters above sea level. On the first walking day we have to cover 8 km of the trail, gaining just under 900 meters vertically. The trail goes through a dense tropical forest, where we can see monkeys and other exotic animals and birds. In about 3 hours we reach Mandara Camp, where we will spend the first night on the mountain.
Trekking to Camp Horobmo (3,720 m)
We continue to climb the slopes of the volcano. We will spend 5-6 hours, during which we will walk almost 12 kilometers. Gradually the jungle will be replaced by alpine meadows, where the local endemics - senecia grow. After arrival at the camp and a short rest we will walk about 200 meters up the slope for better acclimatization.
Climbing Kilimanjaro requires a very responsible approach to acclimatization, so today we will dedicate the whole day to adapt to the altitude. For this purpose we are going to take a light walk up the trail to Kibo Assault Camp. We will spend some time at the altitude and then we will go back to Chorombo for the overnight stay. During the day we will enjoy the views of two peaks of Kilimanjaro - Mawenzi (5,149 m) and Kibo (main summit, 5,895 m).
Ascent to Kibo Camp (4,720m)
Today we will ascend to the Kibo summit camp, gaining about a kilometer vertically. After lunch and rest we will make a small acclimatization climb, and already at 6 pm we will try to go to sleep, because the summit assault will start around midnight.
Climbing Kilimanjaro (5,895m)
Around midnight we leave the camp. Physically, the ascent itself is not very difficult, but in conditions of considerable altitude and low temperatures it will not be easy. The first intermediate point is Gilman's Point (5,756 m), after which the trail becomes less steep and much easier to walk. Then we will reach Stella Point at the edge of the crater, from where the official summit, Uhuru Peak, is no more than one hour away. At the summit we take commemorative photos, rest, and descend first to Kibo Camp, and then to Chorombo on the same day.
Descent to the Marangu Gate, transfer to Arusha
We continue our descent downhill. Today we return to our starting point - Marangu Gate, through which we leave the territory of Kilimanjaro National Park. Then we go to the Arusha town, which is located near Tarangire National Park. The rest of the day we rest and tidy up after the difficult ascent.
Safari in Tarangire National Park
Today we are going to get up early and leave for a safari, because we want to spend as much time as possible observing wild animals. Our first destination is Tarangire National Park, which the locals call "home of the elephants. In addition to these peaceful giants (the elephant population in the park is the largest in Africa) on safari you can see many other animals: buffalo, giraffes, gazelles, as well as hyenas, lions and leopards. Fans of birds will also be happy: in Tarangire there are more than 500 species of birds, much of which are local endemics. The largest number of animals can be found before the rainy season.
We will spend the night in huts in one of the campsites outside the park.
This day we will visit another unique place - the Ngorongoro crater, which is 21 kilometers in diameter and 600 meters deep. Due to the high walls, the crater has a virtually enclosed ecosystem, which makes it an incredibly interesting place for scientists and nature lovers. The crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Many animals live here. Zebras, antelope, and buffalo are especially abundant. And the number of predators per square kilometer is the highest on the continent! In addition to observing wildlife, we will learn about the culture of the indigenous people. We will visit the Massai tribe, which has long been a local landmark. Colorful pictures guaranteed!
We will spend the night in a hotel in Moshi.
Flight to Zanzibar Island, excursion to Turtle Island
Vacation on Zanzibar is an optional extra and costs $300.
Our adventures in mainland Africa are over, and it's time to treat yourself to a vacation on the paradise island of Zanzibar. The first thing after arrival we will visit the island of turtles: Some of the local residents are over 150 years old! After that we check into the hotel and start to get acquainted with the local beach Nungwi, which is considered the best on the island and one of the best in the world! There are no significant tides here like in other parts of the island, so you can swim in the gentle waters of the Indian Ocean all day long.
Vacation in Zanzibar
There are plenty of vacation options on the island, so we don't have any clear plans for today - everyone will spend their time as they see fit. You can go ocean fishing, go snorkeling or diving, visit the home where Freddie Mercury was born, or just laze on the white sand, listening to the sound of the waves.
The Kilimanjaro climbing program is complete. If you wish you can extend your vacation in Zanzibar.
How to take part in climbing Kilimanjaro in huts?
Choose the desired dates, leave an application and fill out the form
Your manager will contact you, advise you on the program and give you the details for advance payment.
You make an advance payment: Congratulations, you are booked!
The manager gives the okay and you buy the tickets to Tanzania.
Get your insurance (we'll help and advise you) and pack your gear (we have discounts for participants in many stores)
After the meeting with the teamleader you relax and get the maximum of pleasant emotions from the trip!
During the ascent don't forget to make posts with the hashtag #kuluarpohod, and upon your return give us feedback and write a review, we'd appreciate it! See you next hikes!
You must have no illnesses from this list in order to participate in the hike.
A yellow fever vaccination is not necessary to visit Tanzania. An exception, if you are traveling from potentially dangerous countries (mostly central Africa).
There are no vaccinations against malaria, you don't need to take medicine in advance, either - it is a big burden on the body. Just in case, we buy medicines against malaria on the spot, but there have been no cases in our groups yet.
Depending on the weather conditions, condition and general wishes of the group, teamleader has the right to make changes in the itinerary. Decisions of teamleader are binding and not subject to discussion.
Citizens of Ukraine visa is put in the passport on arrival. It costs $50.
Climbing Kilimanjaro opens up many peaks. After Kili we recommend:
We have prepared a Kilimanjaro commemorative medal for you, which you will receive after the ascent.
Teamleader has the right not to allow you to participate in the program if your equipment does not match the recommended on the site. For example, if instead of mountain boots you took sneakers or rubber boots.
Please be as responsible as possible when collecting equipment. Not only your health depends on this, but also the comfortable passage of the route by the group as a whole!
When packing a backpack, put all things in airtight bags (or plastic bags), this will protect them from getting wet in case of heavy rainfall.
Approach the packaging of the sleeping bag and all warm clothes (especially downy ones) with maximum love. Dry, they will warm and delight you even in not the best weather.
Backpack, 60-100 liters, or better a porter bag
Small backpack, 30-40 liters.
Raincovers for both backpacks
Sleeping bag with comfort temperature -5...-10°C
Lightweight headgear - cap, baffle, panama
Warm mittens for -15
Down jacket for -15
Lightweight dress for pretty photos (only if you want)
Warm pants, maybe ski pants
Light fleece (warm sweatshirt)
Warm fleece or light down jacket.
Set of thermal underwear (golf and pants)
2 to 3 t-shirts
Socks - 4-5 pairs
Flashlights for your shoes - not necessary, but they a little will protect your pants from dust
Raincoat or poncho
Swimsuit for the hot springs and Zanzibar.
Trekking boots with good soles
Sneakers or lightweight boots for the first few days
Personal care items: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper.
Money and documents hidden in a waterproof case.
Battery chargers or spare batteries
Popular questions about climbing Kilimanjaro
When and where to buy tickets to Tanzania
You need to buy tickets in advance, as soon as we confirm your participation in the trek.
You can find our recommendations for flight selection services in this article.
What kind of insurance to take
You need good insurance to participate in the program. Please do not neglect this item. For some participants, it saved thousands of dollars. You can find our recommendations for taking out insurance here: "Insurance for Kuluar hikers"
Renting equipment on the spot
Upon arrival in Moshi you can rent some equipment:
Trekking poles, $10.
Sleeping-bag - 15$
Mat - $ 10
Prices are for the entire climbing period (6 days) as of 2020. Actual prices may vary slightly.
At what time of year is it possible to climb Kilimanjaro?
Unlike most other famous mountains, Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of year. But in April, May and November it is "rainy season," which can make the rocks slippery. There are far fewer people on the mountain at this time. See our schedule and choose dates convenient for you!
What the weather will be like on the ascent
Kilimanjaro has a pronounced altitude belt. At the beginning of the program in the jungle can be +25 and higher, and on the sixth day, when the summit is stormed, the temperature can drop to -10 degrees and lower. Because of this it is important to choose the right clothes and equipment. Read the relevant section.
Physical preparation for the program
The best way to prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro is to run. Start training 3-4 months before the start of the program, gradually increasing the running time. A good result is 10-kilometer runs without stopping. If in doubt about your fitness, ask our manager for advice.
Necessary hiking experience
To participate in the Kilimanjaro ascent, it is recommended to have experience in hiking in the mountains above 3,000 meters. But even if you have not been to that altitude, you can take part in the program if you are in good physical shape. Due to the geographical location of the mountain it is easier to acclimatize, so the chance of a successful ascent is quite high even for beginners.
During the program participants are not able to charge phones and other devices, so it is worth stocking up on spare batteries or powerbanks.
Photo and video from the past programs
Program cost: 2950$
The cost depends on the number of participants:
$2,950 - for the number of participants of 5 or more
3200$ - 4 participants
3400$ - 3 participants
4050$ - 2 participants
All the prices above include the support of Kuluar teamleaders. It is possible to organize a program without any teamleader support, it will be cheaper. The price is calculated by managers on request.
Included in the price
Accompanying Kuluar teamleader on the program;
Permit to climb Kilimanjaro and stay in the national park;
Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel;
All necessary transfers according to the program;
Overnight hotel before ascent - double rooms with breakfast;
Overnight at hotel in Arusha after ascent and after safari (three hotel nights in total);
Meals during the ascent and safari - hot breakfast and dinner, snack for lunch;
Work of local guides at the rate of one guide per two participants on the day of the ascent;
Services of a cook and his assistants during the ascent and on safari;
Services of porters during the ascent (15 kg per person);
Overnight stays in shelters during the ascent;
Safari arrangements (accommodation, provision of drinking water - 1.5 liters per person per day, driver's services, jeep rental);
Fee for visiting Ngorongoro and Tarangire parks (Lake Manyara);
Visit to the Massai village;
Group first-aid kit in teamleader;
Commemorative medal of the ascent;
Organization of logistics and accommodation within the program;
*Consultation on preparation: recommendations on equipment, air tickets and program specifics;
The price does not include
Airfare to Tanzania and back (about $700-1000);
Airfare to Zanzibar (about $300);
Rest in Zanzibar from $300;
Transfer to the airport at the end of the program
Mandatory tips to local escort team ($200 for Kili and 20-30 for safari);
Lunches and dinners in towns and during transfers ($10-$15 at a time);
Visa fee ($50);
All expenses not specified in the program (force majeure, evacuation, souvenirs).
Total additional expenses without Zanzibar will be about $400 + airfare. Take a few hundred dollars for souvenirs.
The vacation in Zanzibar is paid separately and costs $300. This includes: 2 nights at a 3* hotel (breakfast included), transfer from the airport to your hotel, and a visit to Turtle Island. Additional excursions and return transfers to the airport are paid separately. You can also extend your holiday on the island on your own.
*Please, pay your attention: it's not the manager's task to choose a flight for each participant. The manager gives general recommendations, based on his experience and shares the flights of other participants, so you can fly together. It's up to the participant to select and purchase his own convenient airfare. If you want the manager to buy you a ticket, book a hotel or an additional excursion, read the terms and conditions on the page: additional services.
Full payment for the program is made on the first day of the hike to teamleader in dollars.
To reserve a place in the group you need to make an advance payment of $250. Methods of payment here.
Important! Conditions for refund of prepayment in case of cancellation of participation in the program:
More than 40 days before the start: the prepayment in full remains on your balance or is refunded, less the transfer system fees
Two weeks to 40 days: the prepayment is refunded or retained in the balance minus the actual costs we incurred (permissions, trainers, second guide tickets...)
Less than two weeks before the start: the pre-payment is fully withheld by us and cannot be refunded
In the case of a withdrawal from the route the money is not refundable.
Friends! We ask very much that you take dollar bills from 2003 and newer. Dollars from the 90's are not accepted in many countries and we sometimes have problems when paying with local partners. Thank you for your understanding and new dollars to all:)