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6 days Mount Kilimanjaro climbing- MARANGU ROUTE

  • If you have opted for the optional airport transfers, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. Pre-trek briefing at your Moshi hotel. You should be planning to arrive at least one day before the start of the trek. Today we will spend time having a pre-trek briefing. We will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed.


The Marangu Route, often called the “Coca-Cola route,” is the oldest path up Mount Kilimanjaro and one of the most popular ones. Opting for the Marangu route, you will repeat the very first successful Kilimanjaro summit by Hans Meyer that took place in 1889. The trail lies inside Kilimanjaro National Park, traversing all climatic zones of the mountain from tropical forest to alpine desert. Uniquely, it is the only route that offers dormitory-style huts for overnight stays. Considering the Marangu Route? It’s a good pick for climbing Kilimanjaro during the rainy seasons: from mid-March to late May, and from late October to late December because the huts will keep you dry and comfortable. The Marangu route is available in 5- and 6-day variations, with the second one being significantly less difficult.


After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment.
A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.
Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
Distance: 8km/5mi
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

You leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the affects of the altitude.
Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
Distance: 12km/7.5mi
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Heathland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Rest day at Horombo Hut with optional hike by Mawenzi Peak.
Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft
Distance: 0km/0mi
Hiking Time: 0 hours
Habitat: Heathland
Meals: Breakfast,

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro
between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.
Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
Distance: 9km/5.5mi
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep
and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at
every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
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 up / 15km/9mi down
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut.
Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower
elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts
will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
A vehicle will be waiting for you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi
(about 1 hour).
Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
Distance: 20km/12.5mi
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Forest
Meals: Breakfast



  • • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
  • • All meals while on the Mountain
  • • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • • Clean, purified drinking water
  • • Hotel accommodation (B&B)
  • • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  • • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
  • • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • • Kilimanjaro summit certificate


  • • Tanzania Visa
  • • International and domestic flights
  • • Transfers (available as an optional addon)
  • • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
  • • Tips and gratuities
  • • Travel insurance
  • • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
  • • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

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6 days Mount Kilimanjaro climbing- MARANGU ROUTE