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Summit the tallest peak in Africa via the Marangu route for stunning views that make you feel on top of the world.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience the vibrant Tanzanian culture and wildlife in and around Moshi town

  • Trek through forests, grasslands, alpine desert, and up to Uhuru Peak at dawn

  • Summit the highest peak in Africa (19,341 ft)!

GROUP DEPARTURES

Join as a solo traveler or with friends to experience these amazing destinations with fellow travelers from all over. We guarantee all group departure dates even if only one person is signed up. We recommend asking how many people are currently in your group before booking. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive in Moshi
Day 2: Hike to Mandara Hut
Day 3: Hike to Horombo Hut
Day 4: Acclimatization day at Horombo Hut
Day 5: Hike to Kibo Hut
Day 6: Summit Kilimanjaro and return to Horombo Hut
Day 7: Complete trek and return to Moshi
Day 8: International departures

Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart in country. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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The summit guides really did an incredible job keeping us safe on the final summit push and the way back. Although the conditions on the summit were severe, making it to the top was incredible. We also had an amazing group that made the trip so much fun. This was my second trip with OneSeed.
— Edward S.
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I thought the experience as a whole was life-changing. The guides were so comfortable and knowledgeable that they made me feel safe. I also like the way that OneSeed contributes to the community and shares in the experience of being local to the destination. The staff on the expedition as well as in Denver was more than courteous and helpful in every way.
— Mark O.
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This was my second trip with OneSeed and I will continue to recommend them to friends. I love the model, the guides they hire, and the way they create such a good experience during and surrounding the hike.
— David F.

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Day 1:  MOSHI

Arrive to Kilimanjaro International Airport where our team will be awaiting your arrival. Drive 1 hour to the town of Moshi to check into our partner lodge to catch up on jet lag. Join the rest of the group for a welcome dinner at the lodge.

Peak Altitude: 2,800 ft  (853 m)

Inclusions: Welcome dinner (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase); airport transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 2:  MOSHI TO MANDARA HUT

The adventure begins! Drive 1 hour to the Marangu Gate to get your trekking permits for Kilimanjaro National Park. Depart with only a daypack and begin your ascent through the mossy rain forest. Stop for a picnic to enjoy your box lunch before continuing the ascent. Spend the first night on the trail at Mandara Hut, a solar generated, A-frame hut. Enjoy a delicious dinner before getting some well-deserved rest.

Total Hiking: approximately 5 miles (8 km) / 5 hours of trekking

Peak Altitude: 8,907 ft (2715 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

 
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Day 3: MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT

Transition from the rain forest into the grasslands and catch your first glimpses of the Kibo Crater. Trek past the unique plant life that can live for 100 years and reach up to 16 feet tall. Pass an ancient burial ground and learn about local Chagga culture. Retire to Horombo Hut for the evening after a warm meal and great sunset views.

Total Hiking: approximately 7.2 miles (11.6 km) / 6-8 hours of trekking

Peak Altitude: 12,155 ft  (3705 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

 
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Day 4: HOROMBO HUT

Spend a day at Horombo Hut to acclimate to the altitude. Take a short hike to Zebra Rock, a geologic phenomenon located near the hut. Don't forget to look up at the star-covered sky with a clear view of the Milky Way. With almost no light pollution and it's proximity to the equator, the Kilimanjaro area is an astronomer's paradise.

Total Hiking: approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) / 2-3 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 13,123 ft  (4000 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

 
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Day 5: HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT

The hike continues through another microclimate - the alpine desert. This moon-like landscape gives you great views of the summit as you near 15,000 feet of elevation. Eat lunch on the trail and reach Kibo Hut in the afternoon for some dinner and rest before heading out that same evening for your final ascent. 

Total Hiking: approximately 6 miles (9.6 km) / 6 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 15,518 ft  (4730 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

 
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Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Prepare for a spectacular (and long) day! Rise just before midnight to begin the long ascent to the summit where steep switchbacks lead you to the top. Be prepared for a very cold summit with plenty of layers and enough battery to snap that summit shot. Reach Gilman's Point (18,652 ft) at sunrise and take in the golden light before making the final push to Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro's summit at 19,341 ft! From the summit, head back the way you came and return to Kibo Hut for a quick snack before continuing down to Horombo Hut for the night.

Total Hiking: approximately 12.7 miles (20.4 km) / 13-16 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 19,341 ft  (5895 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

 
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Day 7: horombo hut to moshi

In the morning, soak in one last view from Horombo Hut and enjoy songs with the staff members of your group. Now is a good time to tip the porters, cooks, and guides. Continue your descent past Mandara Hut and continue all the way back to the park gates. Return to Moshi for a hot shower and a celebration dinner with your team.

Total Hiking: approximately 12.2 miles (20 km) / 6 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 12,155 ft  (3705 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

 
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Day 8: MOSHI

Enjoy one last Tanzania coffee and say goodbye to Moshi town. OneSeed will provide airport transportation for all international departures. 

Peak Altitude: 2,800 ft  (853 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; airport transfer

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items  
  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • airport transfers
  • hut accommodations on trail
  • 3 nights accommodation in Moshi
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • welcome and farewell dinners
  • guide & porter services
  • all ground transportation to/from trail

 

*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else. A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the lodge in Moshi during your trek. See current weather conditions for Kilimanjaro and Moshi.

Packing System: This expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. 

Carried Bag Weight Limit: 22lbs/10kg

Rentals Available:

  • Sleeping Bag - $42 USD
  • Trekking Poles - $21 USD
  • Gaiters - $15 USD
  • Contact Us to rent gear (must be confirmed no later than 1 week prior to expedition start date)

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below. It's important to note that trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Tanzania.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Tanzania here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for Moshi - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Wind jacket
  • Synthetic long underwear (1-2)
  • Fleece leggings or pants for summit night
  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Sun hat
  • Ski gloves & Glove liners
  • Waterproof hiking boots (which can accommodate thick hiking socks and liners)
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Hiking sock liners
  • Sandals/Crocs/Old Sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)
  • Day pack (30 L)
  • Day pack cover
  • Water bottles (2) or bladder may be substituted for one water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • SPF 50+ Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag w/ 0ºF rating
  • Hand sanitizer

 

  • Swimsuit for lodge in Moshi
  • Bug spray
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Bandana or Buff (for dust and wind)
  • Extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date
  • Photocopy of passport
  • USD for 15 or 30-day Tanzania Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
  • Yellow fever vaccination card (if applicable, not required for travelers coming from the USA)

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Over the counter medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto Bismol etc.)
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Tanzania (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Energy bars
  • Yaktrax
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

ELEVATION

*Measured in feet
 

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

 

Due to its elevation, Kilimanjaro contains 5 sub-climates from base to peak --bushland, rain forest, moorland, alpine desert, and arctic. Both precipitation and temperature vary greatly between each zone. Expect to hike from flat, dry plains through rain forest and semi-alpine environments before reaching the rocky, snow capped summit.

Because Kilimanjaro is located near the equator, the temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year. Highs at the base of the mountains are in the upper 70s and lows in lower 60s. As you increase in altitude on the mountain temperatures drop significantly and the evenings can drop well below freezing and into single digits higher up on the mountain.

The rainy season peaks in April, and late March and early May can be quite wet as well. Bringing warm clothes and good rain gear will keep you prepared for any weather you may encounter.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

  • Visas are required for US citizens. You can purchase your visa at the airport upon arrival to Tanzania ($100 USD) OR obtain your Visa prior to traveling to Tanzania. Please keep your passport and visa with you at all times during your expedition.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.
  • Visit the State Department website for Tanzania travel information for the most up-to-date Tanzania travel requirements.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

  • Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Tanzania.
  • Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Cards are required for some travelers depending on their travel itinerary. The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US). If you're traveling from any of the countries listed in this link, a yellow fever vaccine is required.
  • Question on vaccines? Call your local Travel Medicine Clinic or Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

Safe drinking water will be provided to you along the trail. When in Moshi or Arusha, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TRAIL?

  • REMEMBER: Avoid street food when you first arrive in Tanzania! You do not want to begin your trek with unnecessary stomach issues.
  • Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast may include crepes/pancakes, toast, eggs, sausage/bacon, fruit, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee. Lunch may include fried chicken, puff pastry with either spinach or meat/carrots/peas, candy/biscuit, a banana, and hard-boiled eggs. Dinner may include soup, pasta or rice, chicken, beef or fish, avocado/green pepper salad, and fruit.
  • OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email go@oneseedexpeditions.com. We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

You will be sleeping in mountain huts which are basic mountain lodges with shared dorm-style bunk beds and bathroom facilities. Huts are simple but comfortable spots to rest your head after a long day of trekking.

How many people will be on my expedition?

We generally cap our group departure dates at around 10, though some may be slightly larger depending on the expedition. We guarantee all group departure dates whether there are 1 or 10 travelers signed up. We recommend asking our team how many people are in your group when you sign up for a departure date. Keep in mind, travelers may join or cancel at the last minute! If you are the only one in your group, we are happy to work with you on changing your travel dates if no deposits have been made.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

Tipping in Tanzania can be very confusing, so we've provided this blog post to help guide you as you prepare for your trip and what to tip!

WHAT IS THE ELVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 19,341ft. Trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine. We always advise hiking at your own pace, drinking plenty of water, and the importance of self-care on the trail.

DOES SOMEONE CARRY MY PACK?

Due to the high altitude and length of daily travel, you will carry a daypack and a porter will carry your duffle bag up to 22 lbs. Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.

WHAT IS THE SUPPORT TEAM LIKE?

  • This chart outlines the number of support staff on your expedition based on group size. One common misconception is how many staff members it takes to help hikers reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. Each group requires a skilled team of guides, porters, and cooks. Nothing can be stored on the mountain, so everything from food and utensils to clothing and sleeping bags are carried up and down by porters.
  • OneSeed Expeditions is a partner of the Kilimanjaro Ports Assistance Project (KPAP). KPAP works with operators like OneSeed to ensure the protection of porters and guides on Kilimanjaro based on pay, accommodations, health, and safety. Their monitoring and partner accreditation program has truly moved the needle on porter welfare on Kilimanjaro and OneSeed has supported their work since our launch in the region.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

ou will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Moshi. Leaving an extra bag at either hotel during your trek is free of charge.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

Daily mileage can range from 5-13 miles and 5-16 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires excellent physical fitness. Treks include longer days, greater elevation gain, and more challenging terrain at higher altitude. Participants should expect high levels of physical exertion at times. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Tanzania is highly recommended.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Weather is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain. It never hurts to prep for both! Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for Kilimanjaro.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Swahili with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.


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