6 Days Marangu Route

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Marangu gate - Mandara hut.

Elevation: 1842m – 2700m

Distance: 8km

We depart Arusha early in the morning  for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rainforest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then winds its way along the beautiful hillsides until we reach the Mandara Hut.

Day 2:Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut

Elevation: 2700m – 3720m
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
After breakfast, we’ll begin today’s trek through the forest until we reach the moorlands. We may get our first views of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3:Horombo Hut - Mawenzi Ridge - Horombo Hut

Elevation: 2,700 m to 3,720 m
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Distance:  10 km
This day is specifically designed for acclimatization. We’ll enjoy a pleasant hike to the Mawenzi Ridge which offers expansive views over Kibo and Mawenzi. After enjoying a few moments exploring the area, we’ll then head back to Horombo Hut.

Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo hut

Elevation: 3720m – 4700m
Hiking Time:8 hours
Today is a 10km walk but it’s gradual. We’ll cross over the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo before we reach the Kibo Hut. The camp sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall and once we get there, we’ll enjoy an early dinner before preparing for the summit push.

Day 5:Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Hut

Elevation: 4700m – 5895m – 3730m
Distance: 6km to Uhuru and 16km from Uhuru to Horombo Hut.

Very early in the morning (around midnight), you’ll be gently woken up with a hot cup of tea and a snack before we begin our final push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. While taking short, frequent breaks, we’ll be walking in darkness for several hours. Once we reach Gilman’s Point, you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak.

Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Tanzania and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 6: Horombo hut to marangu gate

Elevation: 3730m – 1842

Hiking Time: 7 hours

Distance:  20 km
On our last day, we’ll have a long, steady trek down through the tropical forest. Please note that this section can be wet and slippery and another reason why trekking poles can be helpful! Our driver will be waiting to meet us at Marangu gate  and transport us back to the hotel in Arusha Town. Upon arrival at the gate, we will collect our summit certificates and enjoy a well-earned, local Kilimanjaro beer. A drive from Marangu gate to Arusha takes about 3 hours
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation in Moshi is or Arusha included
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four seasons private mountain sleeping tents
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Entrance fees
  • All Government taxes and levies including 18% VAT.
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Visa fees for Tanzania (approx. 50 USD on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100)
  • Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes etc. (available for renting)

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Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in the Northern part of Tanzania, in the Kilimanjaro National Park. It covers an area of 100 kilometers long and 65 kilometers wide.The mountain is a dormant volcano which is comprised of three volcanic cones, Shira, Kibo (on which Uhuru summit stands) and Mawenzi.
Kibo is classified as dormant but not extinct. The last major eruption from Kibo occurred 360,000 years ago. The last volcanic activity happened 200 years ago and resulted in today’s ash pit (visible from Uhuru Peak)

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