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5 Days Marangu Route

Safari Overview

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Marangu is the only route that offers sleeping huts in a dormitory accommodations style. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara hut and Kibo Hut and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Also available for consumption are soft drinks, bottled water, and beer.

Marangu Route overview

Day 1

Marangu Gate (1,828m)-Mandara Hut (2,743m)

Elevation Gain: 915 meters
Hiking Time: 3 to 5 hours
Distance: 6 kilometers
This morning you drive (about 3 hours) through Kilimanjaro semi-tropical foothills to Marangu (1,372m), situated on the south-eastern side of the mountain. As you drive, there are usually some excellent views of the snow-capped peak. On arrival at Marangu gate, you meet your team of guides and porters, pick up any last-minute supplies for the trek, and head to the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park to register for the climb. From the cluster of buildings at the gate, it is some four to five hours walk through patches of coffee plantation and dense rain forest to Mandara Hut. Overnight stay Mandara Hut.

Activity; hiking

Main destination; Mandara Hut


Day 2

Mandara Hut (2,743m) – Horombo Hut (3,720m)

Elevation Gain: 977 meters
Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hours
Distance: 11 kilometers
After breakfast follows the ascending path through the alpine meadow.The altitude begins to change and slow down your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut 12km from Mandara. Although extremely busy, the Horombo Huts are considered to be the nicest lodging on Kilimanjaro. The small, A-frame buildings can accommodate up to eight people each and provide lodging for hikers ascending, descending, and acclimatizing. Horombo can accommodate up to one hundred hikers and many more porters, cooks, and guides. There is only one dining hut at Horombo, overnight at Horombo Hut

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Horombo Hut

Day 3

Horombo Hut (3,720m) -Kibo Hut (4,750m)

Elevation Gain: 1,030 meters
Hiking Time: 5 to 6 hours
Distance: 11 kilometers
After breakfast resume the climb, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear. Climb to Kibo Hut. The Kibo huts are made of stone and are not very warm. Make sure you have a four-season sleeping bag or a three-season bag with an extra sleep sheet. Most hikers experience some of the effects of altitude sickness at this point. Be sure you are aware of altitude sickness symptoms and if you are feeling very sick, please tell your guide.

Activity; hiking 

Main destination; Kibo Hut

Day 4

Kibo Hut (4,750m) – Summit[Uhuru peak] (5,895m) & back to Horombo Hut (3,720m)

Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters
Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters
Hiking Time: 12 to 15 hours
Distance to Uhuru: 5 kilometers
Distance from Uhuru to Horombo: 16 kilometers
The beginning of the last ascent is made in the wee hrs of the morning while the screen is still frozen. Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMAN’S POINT (the most difficult and tiring part). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hour’s walk along the crater rim(19,344ft). Start the walk along the rim of the crater (19,344ft). Have short rest and relaxation after summiting before starting the descent to Horombo hut overnight.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Summit Uhuru peak 5985m

Day 5

Horombo Hut (3,720m) – Marangu Gate (1,828m)

Elevation Loss: 1,892 meters
Distance: 17 kilometers
Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours
The pace quickens as you continue your triumphant way back down across the alpine meadow and past Mandara Hut through the rainforest to Marangu Gate where you board the vehicle for the journey back to Arusha. Breakfast and Lunch are included on this day.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Arusha


                                                                                  End of (Kilimanjaro) Kilimanjaro route

Tour Includes

  • Overnight stays in mountain Huts
  • Experienced mountain guides
  • Mountain Equipment Sleeping tents, Kitchen tents, Porters, Guides, and Chef.
  • All 3 meals
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters.

 Tour excludes

  • Tanzania Visa
  • Tips and Gratuity to guide, porters, and cook.
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb can be arranged if required by clients)

Hope you have enjoyed your Marangu Route