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.
Marangu Route – Tour Features
- Route: Climb Kilimanjaro Mountain via Marangu Route
- Duration: 6 Days
- Accommodation: Mountain Huts
- Age: 10+
- Departure: Can Start on any day.
- Park, hut & rescue fees
- All Taxes/VAT
- A professional driver/guide
- All accommodation & meals as specified
- All transport, unless listed as optional
- Porters & drinking water
- International flights
- Tips from safari driver/guide and chief
- Personal items
- Travel insurance, visa fees
- All things of personal nature
- Climbing gear (available for rent)
- Medical & travel insurance
Arusha – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
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
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
Horombo Hut – Mawenzi Hut - Horombo Hut
Day three is an acclimatization day. We suggest hiking all the way to Mawenzi Hut to allow for maximum acclimatization. The hike will increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak and reward you with magnificent views of Kibo. Return to Horombo for a late lunch before spending the afternoon and evening relaxing.
- Elevation: 3,700m – 4,600m – 3,700m
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
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
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
Are safaris in Tanzania safe?
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most stable countries. You’ll be welcomed by its friendly people and always taken care of by attentive staff. After full days of wildlife viewing, rest up at lodges, which offer authentic African charm and modern-day conveniences.
What additional costs can I expect when traveling in Tanzania?
Your safari land packages will include all accommodations, meals, water (with meals and on wildlife-viewing drives), airport transfers, park fees and services of guides and drivers. International airfare is not included.
Additional costs may include: tips for your guides, drivers and staff, bar beverages, laundry service, passport and visa fees, souvenirs and travel insurance (if you choose to purchase it).
What is the Great Wildebeest Migration?
The Great Wildebeest Migration is a year-round phenomenon where millions of mammals, mainly wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra, move around the Serengeti in a clockwise pattern in search of food and water. The driving force of the migration is rain, making it difficult to predict.
This happens from June to September (the mammals head Masai Mara) and October to November (Migration return back to Serengeti)
What if I don’t see the Great Migration during my safari?
Hakuna matata! No worries! Plenty of awe-inspiring moments present themselves whenever you travel in Tanzania. Even if you don’t happen to see the Great Migration, you’ll still see an abundance of wildlife.
What’s the food like?
With advanced notice, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and diabetic-friendly meals can easily be arranged. Make sure to inform us when booking your trip.
Will I have a chance to interact with the local people of Tanzania?
Many of our trips provide opportunities to visit local villages and interact with the people. However, if your itinerary does not include these visits, you’ll still gain valuable local insight from your expert guide, a native of Tanzania.
Can i bring children during the safari?
Of course! We think taking your whole family on safari is a wonderful way to learn and grow together; think of the lifelong memories! We recommend a minimum age of six on our family safaris.
Can I make my own itinerary?
Absolutely. Just contact us to start the process. We’ll listen to your needs and give expert recommendations based on your interests, timeline and budget. Leave the details to us!