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6 Days Marangu Route

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

6 Days Marangu Route

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It is named to be “The oldest route for Kilimanjaro Treks”. However, people call it “the Tourist Route” or “Coca Cola Route “. Of all routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Marangu is said to be the easiest, cheapest and by far the most popular. Well, this may be justified by frequent trekkers. but as professionals, we wouldn’t advise you to slightly take it as an easy route. Every hike needs hard work to get to the summit.


Only one statement many trekkers would consider true: climbing Kilimanjaro on the Marangu route is the cheapest option. The Marangu route is not the most popular route anymore. It has been outshined by the Machame Route and I disagree that the Marangu Route is the easiest. It can be the easiest trip to organize, have the widest, most relaxed path to walk on, and offers hut accommodation, but with all that said, it does NOT make it easier to reach the summit.

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  • Departure Time
    Early in the morning.

Tour Plan

Airport Transfer to the Hotel in Moshi
You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro Airport by our representative and to drive to your Accommodation in Moshi town. Late afternoon for a pre-climbing briefing and climbing equipment check. We will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance as well.
  • Accommodation: Park View Hotel or Panama Garden Resort
  • Time and Distance:1 hour’s drive, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
Moshi – Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut
After an early breakfast at your hotel (07.00hrs), you depart one hour later and arrive at the Marangu Gate around 9.00hrs, ready for registration and the start of the trek. Excitement builds as the porters load up equipment and you meet the professional trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain. Starting on the south-east side of Kilimanjaro, at an altitude of 1,879 metres and finishing the day at 2,720 metres, your total walking time today to Mandara Hut – where you will spend the night – is around 3.5 to 4 hours (excluding breaks), during which you cover just over 8 km/5 miles. You start the walk-in mid-morning, take your picnic lunch at around 13.00hrs, and then continue the walk until you reach the hut at 16.00hrs. Dinner is served at 18.30hrs. Today’s walk, though almost entirely uphill, is a pleasant one, with perhaps the chance to see some blue monkeys or to admire the rainforest vegetation on the ascent. The rainforest is the chief feature of today’s landscape. Look out for the bright red impatiens kilimanjari flower, an iconic symbol of the mountain. At the end of the day, the giant heathers and bearded lichen begin to show themselves for the first time. The Mandara A-frame Huts, where you will sleep, feature solar-powered lighting, while water is supplied from a stream and there are flush toilets. As you will be sleeping in dormitory-style accommodation with others, bringing some earplugs is advisable!
  • Accommodation: Dormitory Beds, At Mandara Huts
  • Hiking Time and Elevation: 3.5 – 4 hours’ walking, from 1,879 at Marangu Gate to 2,720 m at Mandara Hut
From Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut
Your early 07.00hrs breakfast prepares you for a 08.30hrs departure and today your 11 km/7 miles walk will take between 5.5 and 6 hours of actual walking time (excluding breaks) and you will climb a total of 1,000 metres to the finishing-point at Horombo (altitude: 3,720 metres). On the way you will enjoy your picnic lunch at 13.00hrs, before continuing your climb and arriving at the hut at Horombo around 16.00hrs. Dinner will be served at 18.00hrs. On today’s walk, you will note that the forest landscape is quickly replaced by moorland and heather, as your route takes us past the renowned Maundi Crater. Altogether, the scenery today becomes more barren, but nevertheless some of Kilimanjaro’s iconic plant species can be seen today. Look out for the fascinating giant groundsels, lobelias and proteas. If you are lucky enough to have a clear day, you should get the first chance to see the snow-capped peak of Kibo and also the distinctive Mawenzi peak. Like Mandara, Horombo also consists of A-Frame huts and caters for those on the way up the mountain and those on the way back down. Once again, you will be in dormitory accommodation.
  • Accommodation: Dormitory Accommodation, At Horombo Hut
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 5.5 – 6 hours’ walking, from 2,720 m at Mandara Hut to 3,720 m at Horombo Hut
Horombo Hut – Zebra Rocks – Horombo Hut
Today is your extra day for acclimatization, a very important part of your program as it allows vital extra time for adapting to the mountain air, which becomes ever thinner as you ascend. Everyone is given the option today to visit the Zebra Rocks (4,100 meters), which involves a 90 – minute climb and a return descent to the Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) for a second night. Don’t expect to see a zebra at these rocks, however, as they take their name from their stripy black and white colour, caused by the effects of mineral-laden water on the lava rockface. Horombo is a busy stopover, being used by both climbers and descenders on Marangu, as well as those descending on the Rongai Route. The presence of abundant water at Horombo (3,720 meters) means that you have the ‘luxury’ of toilets and even washbasins! Look around you today and you will notice that you are reaching the point where the moorland scenery runs out, to be replaced by Alpine desert. And although there is definitely no zebra here, you may be surprised to find some species of rodents and birds this high on the mountain.
  • Accommodation: Dormitory Accommodation, At Horombo Hut
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 2-3 Hours, 3,720 M At Horombo Hut To Zebra Rocks At 4,100 M And Return To Horombo Hut 3,720 M
From Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut
From your Horombo starting point a 3,720m, today, you ascend a further 983 metres, covering around 9 km/6 miles and aiming to arrive at the hut at Kibo for your overnight stop by around 15.00hrs. Once again, you will start early, with a 07.00hrs breakfast and a 08.30hrs departure. Your walk to the Kibo Huts is expected to take you around 5-6 hours. Where the path divides today, you choose to take the southern (left-hand) route. On this path you take the opportunity to fill up your water reserves at the Maua River, the last useable water supply at a height of around 4,000 metres. At first today’s stage is rather steep, and there is less vegetation, but you are rewarded with your first sight today of some of the famous ‘cones’ of Kilimanjaro. Picnic lunch is once again scheduled for 13.00hrs. After the Maua River, you climb towards the Mawenzi Ridge and across the barren, dry terrain known as the Saddle and head for the huts, which are at the bottom of the Kibo summit. Dinner tonight is at 17.30hrs and you are advised to get to bed early, in preparation for the midnight departure for the summit. Kibo Huts are made of stone and quite basic.
  • Accommodation: Dormitory Beds, At Kibo Huts
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 5 – 6 Hours ’Walking, From 3,720 M At Horombo Hut To 4,703 M At Kibo Hut
Ascent To Uhuru Peak And Descent To Horombo Hut
Your schedule for your ‘Summit Day’ is very different. Rising at 23.00hrs, you take your tea and biscuits (23.30hrs) before a midnight departure. Today, you have 1,192 metres to climb, on what will be your toughest day, with around 10-13 hours of actual walking time and a total distance of 22 km/14 miles. Your expectation is to reach the summit from 07.00hrs onwards. You begin on a rocky path, and then climb via a series of zig-zags which get ever tighter as you climb. Your reference points on your ascent today are, first, William’s Point (5,000 metres), Hans Meyer Cave (5,151 metres) and then Gilman’s Point (5,685 metres). The focus today is on walking pole pole – that is, slowly. On reaching the top (5,895 metres), you take time to celebrate the successful climb, take photos and congratulate yourself, then make the descent to return to Kibo Hut (4,703 metres) for about 11.00hrs and take a very well-deserved, two-hour rest and enjoy a welcome brunch. Setting off again at 14.00hrs, you continue your descent until you reach the now-familiar Horombo Hut (3,720 metres) for about 17.00hrs. Dinner today will be served at 19.00hrs.
  • Accommodation: Dormitory Accommodation, At Horombo Hut
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 11-13 hours’ walking, from 4,703 m at Kibo Hut to the summit at 5,895 m, then down to 3,720 m at Horombo Hut

Descent From Horombo Hut To Marangu Gate – Moshi

After breakfast at your now-familiar time of 07.00hrs, you take the chance to thank your hard-working guides and porters at the important ‘Tipping Celebration’. Afterwards, you depart from Horombo Huts (3,720 metres) and start your descent down towards Marangu Gate (1,879 metres), stopping at Mandara Hut (2,720 metres) around midday for a cooked lunch. Marangu Gate (1,879 metres) is usually reached by 16.00hrs, and today’s section is approximately 20 km/ 12 miles which takes you between 6.5 to 7 hours of walking time. Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, a fitting souvenir recognizing your tremendous effort. You then return by vehicle to Moshi, to the comfort of your hotel, for your overnight stay and some deserved relaxation. Or perhaps, if you still have some energy, you can celebrate your wonderful achievement. After all, you have just climbed Africa’s highest mountain!
  • Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort or Park View Inn Hotel
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 6.5 – 7 hours’ walking, from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate, descending from 3,720 m to 1,879 m, then return by vehicle from Marangu Gate to your hotel 1 hours’ drive.
Departure - Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 11.00hrs. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for a ‘day room’ which allows you to stay until 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.) As a transfer to the airport is included in this package, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport.

  • For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our guide will be meeting you in the late afternoon to provide you with a briefing.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Mountain Professionals guides.
  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to and from Moshi.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Moshi at fine hotels.
  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Park Gate.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees.
  • All hut or camping fees for the climb.
  • African guide, assistant guides, porters and cooks.
  • All meals and utensils on the mountain.
  • Camping equipment includes tents, mattress, dome dining tent with table and chairs.
  • Government taxes.

The price does not include

  • Items of personal nature, individual travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.
  • Personal Tanzania entry visas.
  • Personal clothing or gear.
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks.
  • Recommended Travel/Trip Cancellation Insurance.
  • Staff gratuities

Important Tips Informations

Tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip, and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether your guides and porters were professional and had your best interests in mind. If your guides and porter have not met your expectations, please inform us immediately after descending. If they press you for a tip during the trek, inform us as well, as this is against company policy. You can use US Dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these.


Depending on the number of clients but usually, you will have:  Chief Guide, Assistance Guide, Cooker, and Porters.
Additional Notes:
If you have booked your climb through an agent that gave you different information, please tip according to the agent’s information. To avoid confusion, on the first day of your climb, please confirm with your guide the correct total number of staff that you or your group have. Don’t pay tips tip any other persons.

Marangu route 6 Days

  • 1 person $ 2050
  • 2-4 people $ 1750/person
  • 5-7 people $ 1650/person
  • 8-10 people $ 1600/person
  • 11 above $ 1500/person
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