5 days or 6 days – Marangu – Route

Duration: Location: Price:
6 or 7 Days Marangu Route Mount Kilimanjaro Price Per Person from &1295

Affectionately known as this Route is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier than on the Machame route.

This is not always the best way due to a shorter acclimatization period. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain.

Hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route.

Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals. For the 5-day route, simply exclude the additional acclimatization day at Horombo hut – day 3 on the itinerary below.

Marangu Route Details The Itenerary

Transfer to Hotel for an overnight rest on bed, dinner and breakfast in readiness for the next day’s hit to Kilimanjaro.

The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 60 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.

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

Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 200 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here.

This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi-Saddle , passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatisation. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly!

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!!

You will rise around midnight, 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 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.

From Gillman’s 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.

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. 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. You now drive back to Arusha for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at the Hotel, B,L

Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. End of services.

Tour Terms and Conditions

Transfer to and from the base of the mountain

Marangu route trek as itinerary depicts

 Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.

 Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner

 Accommodations at Hotel in Moshi for 2 nights and huts on the mountain as per the itinerary

 All park entrance fees to include government taxes

 Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook

 All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport or Taveta

 Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or to Taveta

Tips,(around 110 to 130 US $)

 laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears

 Medical evacuation,

 International flights and taxes

 Visas (50 US$ for Tanzania)

 Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.