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Roof of Africa Private Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek, The Marangu Route

Time to climb the planet’s tallest free-standing mountain
Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. More importantly, in a few clicks you could line it up as your next adventure destination. Kilimanjaro is what’s known as a trekking peak. No technical knowledge, ropes or crampons are required. You bring the fitness levels, laughter, positive mindset and motivation, we sort the logistics and assemble your high-calibre Kili crew. Together we’ll tackle the well established Marangu Route to the roof of Africa, creating one of the most memorable weeks of your life to date.

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Group Size: 2
  • Trip Type: Active
  • Duration:
    8 days
  • Group Size:
    2
  • Trip Type:
    Active

From: $3493

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Overview

This adventure is available privately for you and or your friends so you can go on this adventure anytime. The current pricing is based on two travelers. If you are looking to bring some more friends on this private trip, please call us. We can arrange privates trips from 1 traveler up to 16. If you’re interested in creating a custom adventure, please check out our Bespoke section of the site.

Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive strato-volcano in northeast Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. At 5,895m (19,340 feet) above sea level, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Aided by its relatively easy ascent – Kilimanjaro has become a major destination for mountaineers and trekkers from around the world. It’s also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Highlights

  • Experience trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro in your own private guided and supported group. Stand on the roof of Africa and be above everyone else on the continent. This intimate adventure is not offered at this degree of personal service by any other company than FFX Adventures.
  • Our tour leaders are some of the best in the industry. They are licensed professional guides with a deep love for their country and a willingness to show what makes their homeland great. This adventure is also supported by porters and other crew.
  • We are very proud to be a KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project) Partner, which means that each of our treks are monitored to ensure we are taking good care of the porters that climb with us, something that only 12% of companies have signed up to.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Jambo! Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania

Kilimanjaro is a global magnet for athletes and adventurers and several routes wind their way up the mountainside. On your first day at the foot of the triple-volcanic-peak that is Kilimanjaro (don’t worry – only one of the three peaks is still active and even that one is dormant…), check out the exhibition at the Marangu Gate to get hyped for your impending summit attempt. The local people are Bantu-speaking indigenous Africans called the Chaga. Take time out to visit the caves they used to use during clan wars, or explore the Chaga Life Museum for insight into the local community’s history and traditional lifestyle. Head back to your comfortable hotel in the evening for a full briefing and kit check with your FFX guide.

Accommodation Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort

Day 2 Kili here we come...

As part of the FFX Kili team, you’ll snake your way to the summit following the well-established Marangu Route. The trek itself totals five days. Three days for the ascent, two days for the descent. We’ve designed this ‘slow and steady’ itinerary with sensible acclimatisation days to give everyone the very best chance at summit success. With a serious challenge ahead, now isn’t the time to suffer sleepless nights at packed campsites. This is another reason we love the Marangu Route: it’s the only one with comfortable bunkhouse accommodation all the way to the summit. Life always seems so much better after a great night’s sleep and an energy-packed breakfast.

Day 3 Let the ascent begin

Kit checked, bags packed, snacks purchased: it’s time to get this Kili show on the road. You’ll meet your smiling guides and porters in the morning and set off for our first day’s trekking. It’s an 8km hike from our resort hotel to the Mandara Hut (at an altitude of 2725m above sea level) which can take from three to five hours to complete depending on group speed. Though you might think Africa is arid, you’ll find yourself surrounded by dense rainforest and then giant heather as the day progresses – the first of many surprises on this epic climb! Arrive fit and you’ll have more time and energy to enjoy the stunning views en route, and for more team chat and games once you hit the hut in the evening. If you get in early with energy to spare, take a side trip out to explore Maundi Crater.

Day 4 A harder hike to Horombo

Day two on the mountain sees things getting tougher. This is where your training starts to pay off as you’ll be ready for the slightly steeper ground, at altitudes over 3000m. It’s 12km from the Mandara Huts to the Horombo Huts. This takes between five and seven hours. We’ll rise above the lush rainforest canopy and continue our slow and steady trek through alpine meadows dotted with heather. The twin snow-tipped peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi dominate our view (both extinct volcanic cones). We’ll pick our way through ravines, diverse vegetation and ever-changing landscapes to reach the Horombo Huts (at an altitude of 3780m above sea level), your home for the evening.

Day 5 Zebra Rocks and the calm before the storm...

Today is designed for relaxing, acclimatizing and sightseeing. We’ll take a stroll to visit the striped geological phenomenon known locally as Zebra Rocks. Prepare to update your social media accounts with images of this incredible natural wonder! From this elevation, the panoramic views towards Kibo are priceless. You’ll return to the Horombo Hut for lunch and the rest of the day. Launch a local mini-expedition, chill out, read, catch up with your journal and drink lots of water. Things are about to get intense.

Day 6 A rugged and rocky lunar landscape

Feeling rested, rejuvenated and acclimatized, it’s a 10km trek on to Kibo Hut (at an altitude of 4740m above sea level). The going under foot is getting rockier and more rugged as the day progresses. The air is starting to feel ‘thinner’ too, and breathing and trekking will start to take more out of you and feel tougher. You will adjust to a pace of walk called ‘slowly slowly’, the absolute mantra of your experienced guides. Success on Kili isn’t about speed, it’s about proper pacing. Your journey now takes us through a sparse moorland environment rich with giant groundsel and hardy lobelia. We’ll skirt Mawenzi Peak to arrive at the stark lunar landscape of the saddle and Kibo Hut in the afternoon, ready for a few hours’ sleep.

Day 7 - 9 Summit success and celebrations

Temperatures at this altitude are decidedly cool, so your guides will wake you with some welcoming hot tea at 11pm. Are you ready for the final push to the summit of mighty Kilimanjaro? It’s a 6km hike to Kilimanjaro’s highest point, Uhuru Peak, which should take from six to eight hours. The return trek from the summit all the way back down to Horombo will take around the same time, too. This is why you need to train: being good at ‘strolling to work’ just won’t cut it when faced with a 12-14 hour trek at altitude on the roof of Africa!

Headtorch at the ready, you’ll pick a starlit path up a large scree slope to reach Gilman’s Point (at an altitude of 5685m above sea level), aiming to catch a dramatic sunrise over the ice fields of the crater. Continue for two hours along the rim of the crater to Uhuru Peak (5896m) to stand upon the highest point in Africa – and on the summit of the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. From here there are amazing views of the crater, ice fields and plains below. After exhilarated team shots, some obligatory selfies and a chance to catch your breath, it’s back down to the Horombo Hut and to continue your two-day descent to the valley floor, now so very far below.

Additional Notes

Focus on your fitness
Kilimanjaro is one of the planet’s most popular trekking peaks. Who wouldn’t want to tick ‘climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain’ off their bucket list? Our words of advice are: don’t be fooled by how simple we’re making this look. It’s not a race, and you’ll be encouraged to walk slowly slowly (‘pole pole’ in Swahili) by your guides. But the better your base fitness, the more you’ll enjoy the experience. Daily distances on Kili aren’t great, but you’ll be operating at altitude, so everything will seem harder. Before your trip, fit some training into your busy life like walking, running, and stair climbing. Increase your trekking stamina, hike with a full daypack, up your core and cardio training, and even go on a few overnight or multi-day treks. You need to be happy walking uphill for six to eight hours per day because at altitude in Africa – the amount of effort needed is only going to amplify.

Will I get altitude sickness?
As you push on towards the summit of Kilimanjaro, you’ll climb higher than 2800m. This is the point at which altitude sickness can start to kick in. Not everyone is affected, but our expert guides will monitor you regularly to check for any warning signs and will descend with anyone showing symptoms.

A note on in-country operations
Your safety on this challenging trip is our number one priority. We guarantee one personal guide for you and your travel companion plus one porter per person and additional porters for food and supplies. We have the utmost respect for our in-country staff, who are all ‘Leave No Trace’ trained. We also partner with the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project, which monitors each of our expeditions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our friendly, invaluable porters on the mountain.

Climb Kilimanjaro with FFX Adventures
To reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain in style, join this FFX adventure today. Enjoy action-packed days, downtime, and time with your own personal team as part of this experience. As with all FFX adventures, this Tanzanian itinerary is crafted with high-quality ingredients. Expect comfortable accommodation when in towns and cities, mountain huts instead of campsites, and well trained in-country staff. Get in touch to book your Kilimanjaro summit trip with FFX Adventures. A full kit-list and other vital information will be provided upon booking.

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Info

Included Meals
7 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
7 Dinners

Accommodations
2 Nights at Hotel
5 Nights at Mountain Huts

Trekking Crew 
1 Private professional licensed English-speaking guide
4 Porters
1 Cook

Amenities and Activities
• Welcome greeting at airport.
• Private transfers to and from the airport.
• Chagga Museum & Chagga caves visit
• Local market visit
• Complimentary Sleeping Bag and walking pole hire (must be requested at time of booking)
• Mount Kilimanjaro – Trek Briefing
• Fully catered trek including National Park entrance fees, climbing fee, mountain huts & rescue services (5 days)
• Mount Kilimanjaro – Services of experienced English-speaking mountain guides (first-aid qualified) cooks and porters.
• Mount Kilimanjaro – Return transfers from hotel to park gate
• Mount Kilimanjaro – Porterage of 1 bag (15kg max)
• Mount Kilimanjaro – Emergency oxygen and comprehensive first aid kits
• Special farewell dinner

Exclusions
• International airport departure tax
• Any visas required
• Services not mentioned in the itinerary
• Late check out at hotels
• Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
• Tips for leaders, guide and driver
• Expenditure of personal nature
• Personal Insurance
• Optional activities

Additional Notes
You’ll need a good level of fitness for this trip. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it much harder than your average uphill hike. The going will be slow as your body adjusts.

Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters / 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.

Tried and tested all-purpose hiking equipment is required. Temperatures at night can get very low when you’re above 3,500 meters, so warm clothing and a sleeping bag are essential. You can hire this equipment if need be.

Your safety comes first. Our experienced guides will monitor you for any signs of acute mountain sickness. If you show any signs, you’ll descend immediately with a guide.

Although no mountaineering experience is required a good level of physical fitness is necessary. You must be comfortable walking 6-8 hours uphill a day. This is certainly a strenuous climb so the better prepared you are, the more you should enjoy it.

Plenty of time is available each day to get between the huts on the mountain so you do not need to rush, and you are in fact far better off going slowly and enjoying the changing scenery and views.

We recommend that in the months leading up to your climb you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise. Walking, running and stair-climbing will all strengthen your legs and improve your stamina.

Passport and Visas requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

Visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania.

Foreign nationals may apply for a visa online in advance of travel. Applicants may complete the e-visa application form and make payment online with a credit card or bank transfer at www.immigration.go.tz. If the e-visa is approved, the applicant will receive a “grant notice” via email. Present a copy of the grant notice to the Immigration Officer on arrival at the airport in Tanzania.

U.S. citizens may also obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania. The cost is $100 USD. Be prepared to pay in cash in case connectivity issues make electronic transactions impossible.

A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry, and at least one blank visa page, is required. Visitors who enter on visas must present a roundtrip ticket and demonstrate they have sufficient funds for their stay.

Visit the Embassy of Tanzania website for the most current visa information. Read the page on visas and immigration to ensure you will have the correct status during your visit to Tanzania.
For information on obtaining a residence permit, please contact the Tanzanian Immigration Department’s Ministry for Home Affairs website or by telephone.

Dar es Salaam: +255 (0) 22 2850575/6

Vaccinations
Please check with the CDC for information on vaccinations at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/tanzania or consult your physician.

Personal Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory for every traveler on an FFX Adventure. Travelers will have to present to the adventure tour leader during the welcome meeting their travel insurance credentials. If a traveler does not have proper travel insurance unfortunately, they will not be allowed to continue on the adventure.

You must have travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation, and repatriation coverage of at least USD $200,000 covering all applicable dates of travel with FFX Adventures. This insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expensive. You are strongly recommended to extend your coverage to include cancellation, curtailment, and all other expenses that may arise as a result of the loss, damage, injury , delay, or inconvenience while traveling. FFX Adventures does not sell travel insurance directly, but we can provide a list of travel insurance providers.

Please call us at or email at 1-833-924-1096 or info@ffxadventures.com for further information

If you need help acquiring flights, please contact our partner Air Treks at https://www.airtreks.com/about/contact/

If you have any questions, feel free to call Air Treks at
1-877-AIR-TREKS (1-877-247-8735)

For business and first class please call
1-877-482-4368

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