6 Days Marangu Route

6 Day Marangu Route Trekking + 2 nights hotel stay

Route Overviews

The Marangu route is perhaps the easiest and most comfortable route to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route is well-developed and the climb is constant and moderate. Only the approach to the summit is the exception as it is slightly more demanding. The accommodation on this tour is in Simple Mountain huts, which might be an advantage compared to the camping routes.

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

After arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our driver will take you to the Tulia hotel and Spawhere the rest of the day is at leisure. You might want to explore the town of Arusha or just relax at the hotel. In the evening you will be briefed by our team on site in preparation of the upcoming trekking tour. You will spend the overnight at the Tulia Hotel and Spa. Bed and Breakfast includes

Day 1 Arusha – Marangu Gate 1860m – Mandara hut 2700m

Altitude: ↑ 840 m
Walking time: 3-4h

Soon after breakfast at the hotel you will be taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate 1840m. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the thumbless black and white colobus monkeys scrambling through the lush vegetation. Approximately 4 hours later, you will reach your destination for the day, the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior. Evening meal and overnight stay at Mandara Hut 2700m. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 2 Mandara Hut – 2700m – Horombo Hut -3700 m

Altitude: ↑ 1,000 m
Walking time: 5-6h

The day begins with an early breakfast and shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the treeline where vegetation changes to shrubs. Approximately 4 to 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight at an altitude of about 3700 m. From the hut you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Maasai steppe. Evening meal and overnight stay at the Horombo Hut.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 3 Horombo Hut – 3700m to Zebra Rocks -3980m to Horombo Hut 3700m

Altitude: ↑ 280 m ↓ 280 m
Walking time:  4-5h

Today’s plan is getting your body to acclimatize to the altitude. Acclimatization should not be underestimated as it greatly improves your chances of reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, you will set off on a 2 to 4 hour trek to Zebra Rocks 3980m. The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a cooked lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day. Overnight and evening meal at Horombo Hut. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 4 Horombo Hut 3700m – Kibo Hut 4700m

Altitude: ↑ 1,000 m
Walking time:

Today’s stage is long and tough. The trail passes the “last waterpoint” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly plantless plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is Kibo Hut and it should be reached in about 5 to 6 hours. Tonight is an early night to get enough rest, for you will be woken at approximately 01:00 hrs.Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 5 Kibo Hut – 4700m to Uhuru Peak – 5895m then Horombo Hut 3700m

Altitude: ↑ 1,195 m ↓ 2,195 m
Walking time: 12-14h

“Big Day” – the summit stage. You will start in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. You will begin the long and strenuous trek to the summit in the dark. Passing the Hans Meyer cave at 5,200 m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,715 m) on the crater rim. Soon you will have forgotten the cold of the night and after another 1 to 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. Now you are standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can rest a while to regain your strength. After the 1 to 2 hour break, you will be on your way down to the Horombo Hut 3700m where you will arrive in the afternoon. After an evening meal, it is early to bed for most.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 6 Horombo Hut 3700m to Marangu Gate 1860m – Arusha

Altitude: ↓ 1,840 m
Walking time: 6-7h

Final stage passes through the heather and moor zone to the Mandara Hut – 2700m where a cooked lunch awaits you. Soon you will again be in the lush tropical rainforest and after about 6 hours of trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park gate -1860m. After saying goodbye to your mountain crew you will be taken back to the hotel. At the hotel you can have a warm shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. You will have to spend the night at the Hotel while waiting for the departure time in the next day. Bed and Breakfast includes


After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip and go on safari.

Items included:

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain huts
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers

Items excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended as following:

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.