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 4 hours later, you will reach your destination for the day, the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior. Evening meal and overnight stay at Mandara Hut.

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. Approximately 5 to 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight at an altitude of about 3,720 m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Masai Steppe. At Horombo Hut you will be served dinner and shown to your sleeping quarters for the night.

Day 3: Horombo Hut (3,720 m)
Distance Approximation: None
Climbing time: None
Habitat: Moorland
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. You can decide to climb to a basecamp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi or to stay at Horombo Hut instead of staying at Horombo Hut. 

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) – Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) – Horombo Hut (3,720 m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Climbing time: 2-4 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Today’s purpose is getting your body to acclimatise to the altitude. Acclimatisation should not be underestimated as it greatly improves your chances of reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, you will set off on a 2 to 4 hours climb to Zebra Rocks. The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a cooked lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the climb the following day. 

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) – Kibo Hut (4,703 m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Climbing time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today’s stage is long and tough. The trail passes the “last waterpoint” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly plantless plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is Kibo Hut and it should be reached in about 5 to 7 hours. 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 hour.

Day 6: 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” the summit stage. You will start in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. You will begin the long and strenuous climb to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200 m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and after another 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. Now you are standing on the “Roof of Africa”. 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. After the 1 to 2 hours break, you will be on your way down to the Horombo Hut where you will arrive in the afternoon. After an evening meal, it is early to bed for most.

Day 7: 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.