6 Days Marangu Route Mount Kilimanjaro
Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania
After arriving at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be transferred to one of the hotels in Arusha town by our tour guide who will also brief you on your upcoming trek and do equipment check to ensure every necessary mountain gear has been covered. This day is set aside for renting any missing gear.
- Hotel: BB
Note: Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.
Day 2: Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)
After having your breakfast at the lodge, you’ll be taken to Marangu gate to start the trekking tour. After completing all the necessary paperwork, you’ll start hiking through the dense rainforest. In the impressive vegetation of the area, you might be able to spot few primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After resting for few minutes at the hut, your mountain guide will guide you to the Maundi Crater where wonderful view of the Kenyan interior awaits you.
- Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi
- Approx. time taken: 5 hours
- Meals: BLD
Day 3: Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)
The day begins with an early breakfast. After you’ve left the Mandara Hut, you’ll slowly enter the heath and moor zone and reach the timberline. After trekking for 4 to 6 hours, you’ll see the Horombo Hut which is located at an altitude of 3700 meters. From the hut, you’ll view the wide plains of the Masai steep overlooking Mawenzi and Kibo.
- Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi
- Approx. time taken: 9 hours
- Meals: BLD
Day 4: Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks (4020m) then back to Horombo Hut (3700m)
Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name.When you return back to the Horombo Hut, you’ll be served with a warm lunch. After having your lunch, you can relax for the day and get prepared for the upcoming day hike.
- Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
- Approx. time taken: 4 hours
- Meals: BLD
Day 5: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)
Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This plateau is mostly vegetation-less and joins the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. You’ll get to reach today’s destination which is Kibo Hut after trekking for 5 to 6 hours. After reaching the hut, you’ll enjoy an early evening meal as the night happens early and is short.
- Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi
- Approx. time taken: 7 hours
- Meals: BLD
Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)
Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. The final ascent in the mountain will begin around midnight and you should be well prepared for it as it is going to be long and strenuous. The trail will slowly go upwards after we’ve passed the Hans Meyer Cave located at an elevation of 5220 meters. Trekking for few hours, you’ll make it to the Gilman’s Point which is situated at the crater rim before sunrise. Further hike for 1 to 2 hours and you’ll soon forget the cold of the night. Later you’ll reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meters. After spending some time up there, you’ll descend down to Kibo Hut where a warm meal will be served to you. Rest for few hours and then proceed back to Horombo Hut.
- Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi
- Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
- Meals: BLD
Day 7: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)
The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After bidding goodbye to your mountain guides, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Arusha. After arriving at your hotel, you can take a hot shower and celebrate your success of reaching to the top.
- Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi
- Approx. time taken: 8 hours
- Meals: BL
Day 8: Departure
- After breakfast.
- Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.
Note: Hotel check-out is at 10:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.
*Other add-ons along with Safari and Zanzibar tours are available for tourists looking for further explore Tanzania.
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- Marangu Route Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Marangu route is preferred by many because of its relative easier path on the mountain and gradual slope. It is also the only route in the mountain offering sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodation.
- A minimum of five days is required for summiting through this route, but probability of successfully reaching to the within that time frame is low. To increase the chances, an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is thus advised when climbing through the Marangu route.
- Despite being the easiest route and its immense popularity, we advise against choosing the Marangu route for summiting Kili. It has least scenic variety of all the Kilimanjaro routes because both ascent and descent are done on the same path. Thus it also seems crowded most of the time. It is favoured only during the rainy days as it offers hut accommodation.
- Elevation 5895m
- Location Tanzania, Africa
- Number of Climbers 25,000 Annually
- Private transport fees to and from Kilimanjaro Airport and your accommodation in Arusha
- Accommodation for 2 nights at a hotel in Arusha
- Transportation to and from Kilimanjaro gate
- Fees of mountain guides, cooks, and porters who are both professional and friendly
- Hot meals three times per day on the mountain
- Ample bottled water and filtered drinking water throughout the trek.
- Hot water for washing
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Government taxes
- Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
- Emergency first-aid kit
- Any lunch, dinner, and drinks ordered at your hotel before and after the climb
- International Flights
- Visa Fees
- Gear for your climb
- A flush toilet which is portable is available at an extra charge of $70 for the entire trek.
- Items of personal nature
- Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
- Tipping amount to the mountain crew (guides, porters, and helpers)