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Marangu Route

5 Days - KilimanjaroSafari

Tour Overview

Marangu Route is the oldest, easiest and shortest route to the summit on Kilimanjaro and is the most popular – mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.

All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere.


Day 1 

After breakfast and a briefing, you will depart for Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro. Register at the gate and begin your hike in the late morning. As you pass through the rain forest, look out for the beautiful bird life and colobus monkeys. Stop at the halfway point for lunch before reaching the Mandara Huts in the early afternoon. Enjoy the surroundings and relax before dinner and overnight.

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 2  Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

An early breakfast before heading out through the rain forest glades and following the path to the heathlands. Continue up into the open moorlands, filled with small shrubs. Stop halfway for lunch and enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi.

Arrive at Horombo Huts in the afternoon where you will be able to see Kibo’s summit. You may start to feel the effects of the altitude here. Here you will relax before dinner and overnight.

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland
Day 03   Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
Wake up early for some great photos of the sunrise before breakfast. Begin your climb by passing through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you cross the saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. After lunch and once through the saddle, you can examine the summit climb up to Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours later.

Dinner will be served early at Kibo Hut before an overnight

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day4  Kibo Hut – Summit - Horombo Hut
Wake at midnight for a light breakfast and prepare for your push to the summit. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. When you reach Gilman’s Point, you will be greeted by the famous views of the crater and its ice-caped peak.

Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim will get you to the peak by mid-morning. Experience the excitement of the summit as you are filled with emotions of accomplishment, having successfully made your journey to the top of Africa’s highest peak.

After some photos, descend to Kibo Huts for some lunch and a rest before heading back down to Horombo Huts.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 5  Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate - Arusha
After breakfast, descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts where you will have lunch. Continue down through the lush forest to the park gate. At the gate you will receive your summit certificate before heading back to Arusha..
  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Park fees
  • Tanapa Fees
  • Conservation Fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation
  • Items of a personal nature