Marangu route

The Kilimanjaro Marangu route approaches the mount from the southeast; it is considered the easiest route among the five climbing routes. This is due to its gradual slope and the direct path. It is also the oldest and well established and the only one that offers facilities such as sleeping huts, which are dormitory-style. Therefore, the huts have bunk beds at Mandara, Kibo, and Horombo huts. There are supplies of mattresses and pillows but still, there is a need for sleeping bags to be carried with the guest. Apart from the pillows and mattresses, the huts are also equipped with dining halls and equipped washrooms. Moreover are consumption availabilities such as soft drinks and beers but not included in the mentioned price.

Day 1: Moshi to Marangu Gate then Hike up to Mandara Hut

This is the first day of the adventure, where after the morning breakfast from the hotel, you will be picked at the office for briefing, equipment check, and then starts the journey to the gate where you will finish up with the gate formalities before starting the hike up to the Mandara Hut.

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides chef/chefs and porters

Walking through: The rainforest to Mandara encampment

Short trip: Maundi crater with a view of the surroundings

What to see: Eucalyptus trees, birds, and Colobus monkeys

Time & Distance: 3 to 4hrs hiking of 8km distance

Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft

Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Mandara to Horombo hut

On this day you are ascending through the open moorland up to the Horombo hut. From this post, you will start to have the feeling of the altitude changes.

What to see: Lobelias, groundsels, and the great view of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides chef/chefs and porters

Walking through: The moorland to Horombo encampment

Time & Distance: 5 to 6hrs hiking of 12km distance

Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3: Acclimatization day

This day is served for climbers to increase the chance of success for the summit. As you will be ascending higher to the top of the mountain on day 4, you need to have the climate change adaptation then you will be trekking to the Zebra rock and then back to Horombo hut for lunch and continue relaxing and collecting some strength for the adventure itself ahead on the next day.

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides chef/chefs and porters

What to see: The distinctive black and white stripes rocks (zebra rocks)

Time & Distance: 4hrs hiking of 5km distance

Elevation: Zebra Rocks 4020m/Horombo Hut 3700m

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4, Horombo to Kibo Hut

On this day you will pass the last point where you can find water. And from there the venture will be deep walking to the Marangu route saddle which is the way between the two peaks which are Kibo and Mawenzi.

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides chef/chefs and porters

Walking through: The saddle of Kilimanjaro between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks

What to see: some water streams and hardy grasses as the area is deserted

Time & Distance: 5 to 7hrs hiking of 9.5km distance

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day 5: Summit day (ascend for the summit and descend down to Kibo then to Horombo)

This is the adventurous part through the Kilimanjaro Marangu route and is the memorable part with the Kilimanjaro climbing certificate. You will be leaving Kibo hut at midnight or around 2 Am start the climbing to the summit on steep heavy scree or sometimes snow up to Gilman’s point which is located on the crater rim. From there you will ascend to the Uhuru peak and reaching there, you are at the highest point in Africa. Then descending to the Horombo encampment.

Walking through: The steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point

Time & Distance: 6 to 8hrs

Equipment: Headlamps/flashlight, warm layers as it will be very cold before descending

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft Down to 3700m/12,200ft

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day 6: Horombo to Marangu gate and back to Moshi

After the morning breakfast, you will continue the descending up passing through the Mandara hut and then continue the descending up to the Marangu gate where you started the adventures and from there you will find the office team waiting for you, and you will be picked and drove back to Moshi.

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides chef/chefs and porters

Time & Distance: 4 to 5hrs descending of 20km distance

Walking through: The moorland and lush forest

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft

Meal plan: Breakfast, 

Price package inclusive and exclusive

Standard Package Included:

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport ready for Kilimanjaro route.
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, and 18% VAT on tour fees & services cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional Kilimanjaro trekking guides, cooks, and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the Kilimanjaro climbing
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Pre and after Kilimanjaro climbing Accommodations,


Not Included:

  • Both National and International Flights
  • Visa cost which is 50$ except for Canadian and USA passport holders which are 100$
  • Items of a personal nature such as Mountain Climbing equipment
  • Medical insurance and A doctor for the Kilimanjaro trekking & Kilimanjaro climbing group
  • Tips and gratitude  for the Kilimanjaro trekking or mountain crew
  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent)

End of Kilimanjaro Marangu route or Kilimanjaro trekking