The Marangu Route is one of the shorter trails (where camping is not necessary because it is not allowed, with climbers sleeping in dormitory huts along the way), taking just five day. From the Kibo Huts, Climbers climb up to the summit via Gillman’s Points. Many, however, opt to take an extra day to relax at Horombo Huts, using that day to visit the Mawenzi Huts Campsite at 4538m. Some climbers are misled into thinking this five or six day climb to the summit is simply a walk in the (national) park. 


 Climbing days: 5 Days to 7 Days
 Difficulty Level: Medium but High on Summit
 Traffic Level: High 
 Scenery: Good

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Welcome to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be met by our representative and transported to Sal Salinero Moshi for Overnight.

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Mandara hut (2,700 m)
Distance Approximation: 8 km
Climbing time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. Once the necessary paperwork has been completed, your climb can begin and you will soon be climbing through the dense rainforest. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the thumbless black and white colobus monkeys scrambling through the lush vegetation. Approximately 5 hours later, you will reach your destination for the day, the Mandara. Your first night is spent in the Mandara A-frame Huts which come equipped with solar generated lighting, flush toilets and water piped in from a nearby mountain stream. Each hut has 6-8 bunk beds. If you are a light sleeper we suggest bringing earplugs.

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,700 m) – Horombo Hut (3,720 m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Climbing time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
The day begins with an early breakfast and shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the treeline where vegetation changes to shrubs and then transitions rather rapidly into the low alpine moorland zone. Your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior. During the climb, you will also see giant lobelias which are scattered throughout the landscape at this altitude. Day 2 takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete and covers a significant distance. At Horombo Hut you will be served dinner and shown to your sleeping quarters for the night.

Day 3: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) – Kibo Hut (4,703 m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Climbing time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
You will depart from Horombo Hut early and begin a 1,000 meters ascent to Kibo Hut which covers a distance of approximately 10 km. There are two routes to Kibo. The first, or upper route, forks to the right. You will most likely take the lower left hand route as it is easier and nearly an hour shorter. On the left hand route, you will pass the last water point at 4,130 meters. Make sure to fill up your water reserves here as you will not find another watering point until you get back to Horombo Hut from the

summit (you are able to buy bottled mineral water at Kibo Hut if you will like to do so). Tonight is an early night to get enough rest, for you will be woken at approximately 23:00 hours to start your 1,150 meters ascent to Uhuru Peak.

Day 4: Kibo Hut (4,703 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,720 m)
Distance Approximation: 21 km
Climbing time: 9-14 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today is the “big day” to the summit stage. After being awoken you will be served some hot tea and biscuits and will then begin your summit ascent. You will begin the long and strenuous climb to the summit in the dark. Climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters) on the Kibo’s crater rim. You will most likely be very tired at this point. Take some time to rest and refuel with a snack. The final push is tough and requires mental stamina. Focus on moving slowly and deliberately for the final 200 meters ascent. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night because you will reach Uhuru Peak. Now you are standing on the “Roof of Africa” and you can take many pictures or videos as may like. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can rest a while to regain your strength. In total, you will be climbing upwards of 12-16 hours. It will be one of the longest days of your life but well worth it! Here’s the good news, beers can be bought at Horombo.

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m)
Distance Approximation: 20 km
Climbing time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
The last stage passes through the heather and moor zone to the Mandara Hut where a cooked lunch awaits you. Soon you will again be in the lush tropical rainforest and after about 6 hours of climbing, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park gate (1,860 m). After saying goodbye to your mountain crew you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to the hotel and remember to give your guides and porters tips at this point before being driven back to your Sal Salinero Hotel in Moshi. At the hotel, you can have a warm shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Before/After climbing:
There are hotels in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Area.

Mountain area:
On this route, there are designated Huts.





Inclusive of:
JRO  Airport and Mt. transfer fees.
2 Nights Moshi accommodation at     the Sal Salinero Hotel (3 Stars).
Quality climbing gears including     Sleeping bag and walking poles.
Free Local Moshi City walking tour.
Professional mountain guide.
All national park fees (Huts,     Permits and Rescue fees).
Storage for excess unused staffs.
Fair Mountain crew Salaries.
3 Meals and purified mineral water.

Exclusive of:
International and local airfares.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Entry visa in Tanzania.
Private mountain gears.
Travel insurance.
Tips for guides, porters and cook     and gratuities (high recommended).
Other Items of a personal nature     and unspecified services.