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Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is the oldest on Kilimanjaro and is also one of the most popular – mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers.

There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. The Marangu route can be completed in 5 days; however, it is recommended that climbers take an extra day to acclimatise at Horombo Hut.

 Below is the day by day itinerary for the 5 days Marangu climb on Mount Kilimanjaro.

All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere.This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi..

Lets see the itinerary below:


•Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
•Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
•Distance: 8 km
•Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
•Habitat: Montane Forest Meals

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.


•Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
•Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
•Distance: 12 km
•Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
•Habitat: Heathl and Meals

We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks - two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.


•Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
•Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.


•Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
•Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
•Distance: 6 km
•Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
•Habitat: Arctic

•Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
•Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
•Distance: 16 km
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Health

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), 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 Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.


•Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
•Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
•Distance: 20 km
•Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

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