6 days Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu route 

6 Days from $1197 per person

6 days Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu route 

This path offers trekkers the classic Kilimanjaro climbing experience, offering sweeping views and an excellent hiking adventure to the summit of Uhuru Peak. However, it also has some unique aspects that set it apart from the other routes, giving the Marangu route a character and feeling entirely its own.

One of the more exciting aspects of the Marangu Route is that it is the only route up Mount Kilimanjaro that doesn’t allow camping. Instead of sleeping in tents, trekkers stay in permanent huts.

These dormitory-style shelters provide extra protection from the wind and rain, making this route popular for travellers climbing during the rainy season in April and May. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.

While staying at those huts, trekkers will sleep in bunk beds equipped with a simple mattress and pillow. They’ll also be able to purchase an array of candy bars, bottled water, and soft drinks, which is why the Marangu route is often called the “Coca-Cola Route.”

Marangu Route offers a slow, steady climb to each of the daily camps, which has given it the reputation for being the most accessible trekking route on Kilimanjaro.

Don’t underestimate this trail, however. The approach to the final camp can be physically demanding, with roughly 1000 meters of vertical gain on that day alone.

Of course, summit day on Kilimanjaro is always a challenge no matter which direction you approach, making the final steps onto the top all the more satisfying.

Because it is one of the shortest treks to the summit—requiring just five days to reach Uhuru Peak—the Marangu Route is popular with trekkers who have limited time for their climb.

Overview:

  • 6 days Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu route
  • Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits of the world at 19,340′
  • Navigate Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route, the most scenic on the mountain
  • Cross six ecological zones from lush rainforest to the harsh, beautiful arctic zone
  • Follow expert African guides, complete of knowledge of the mountain and its environs
  • Experience Signature Camping! Spacious tents, deluxe comfort, excellent meals, and more!

Day by day highlights

Tour features

Season & Dates
Solo
2 Pax
4 Pax
6 Pax
Low Season
1 MAR – 31 MAY
$1964
$1538
$1317
$1197
High Season
1 NOV – 20 DEC
6 JAN – 29 FEB
$1068
$1619
$1386
$1258
Peak Season
1 JUN – 31 OCT
21 DEC – 5 JAN
$2298
$1799
$1576
$1398
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Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

Our driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel for briefing. Your guides will provide a detailed orientation and examine your gear. If you arrive midday or before, you will have time to explore Moshi, a chilled-out blend of African and Asian influences with a colorful market and a choice of coffee houses and bars. Enjoy a delicious dinner and rest to prepare for the adventure ahead.

  • Driving Distance: 45 / km (40 Mins)
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Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 2: Marangu Gate then Hike up to Mandara Hut

This is the first day of the adventure, after breakfast from the hotel, equipment check, and then 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, chefs/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

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Meal Plan: Lunch and  Dinner
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Day 3: Mandara to Horombo hut

On this day, you will ascend through the open moorland to the Horombo hut. From this post, you will start to feel the altitude changes.

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

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides, chefs/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

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Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 4: Acclimatization day

This day is served for climbers to increase their chances of success at the summit. As you ascend higher to the top of the mountain on day 4, you need to adapt to climate change. Then, you will trek to the Zebra Rock and then back to Horombo hut for lunch, continue relaxing, and collect some strength for the adventure ahead on the next day.

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides chefs/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

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Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 5: Horombo to Kibo Hut

On this day, you will pass the last point where you can find water. From there, you will venture deep, walking to the Kilimanjaro saddle between the two peaks, Kibo and Mawenzi.

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides, chefs/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 a hiking of 9.5km distance

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

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Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Day 6: Summit day (ascend for the summit and descend to Kibo then to Horombo)

This is the adventurous part of the Marangu route and the memorable part as you are about to be certified with the Kilimanjaro climbing certificate. You will leave Kibo hut at midnight, around 2 AM, and start climbing to the summit on steep, heavy scree or sometimes snow up to Gilman’s Point, located on the crater rim. From there, you will ascend to the Uhuru Peak, and reaching there, you will be at the highest point in Africa or have reached the roof of Africa. You will spend a short time descending from Kibo to the Horombo encampment.

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

What to see: the incredible view at the Uhuru peak

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides during the summit, and you will be joining the chef/chefs and porters at Kibo

Time & Distance: 6 to 8hrs Ascending/hiking of 6km distance and 15km descending to Horombo

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

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Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 7: Horombo to Marangu gate and back to Arusha

After breakfast, you will continue descending, passing through the Mandara hut and descending to the Marangu gate, where you started the adventures. From there, you will find the office team waiting for you, and you will be picked up and driven back to Arusha. Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu route

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides, chefs/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,

  • Walking Time: 4 – 5 hours Distance: 20km Altitude Loss: 3700m
  • Driving Distance: 135 / km (2 Hours)
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Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 8: Departure After breakfast

Our representative will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight departure. Take the memories, the sense of accomplishment, and the everlasting bond with the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. If you decide to go on a Tanzania Safari, that’s a different adventure, and we’ll take care of that for you!

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  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private Mountain sleeping tents:
  • 6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu route
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees, Airport transfers, Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries, and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with tables and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Oximeter
  • Medical Kit
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Pre and Post-Climb Accommodations
  • Portable toilet

 

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips on personal spending monies for souvenirs, etc.
  • Travel Insurance

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