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5 Days Marangu Route Itinerary
5 Days Marangu Route Itinerary
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5 Days Marangu Route Itinerary


The route takes five days minimum to complete, although six days is more practical and recommended. The sleeping huts along the route are structures with a dining hall and bunk beds, equipped with mattresses and pillows. The descent is done on the same path, contributing to Marangu’s overcrowded feeling. It is a cheaper climb as well, do to the close proximity of the gate to Moshi, the gateway town, and because it is a shorter route. Scenically, Marangu is not a desirable route compared to all the other routes because it confines climbers to one area of the mountain, thus limiting the variety. However, Marangu has the best trail in the rainforest section of the trek. Of course, there are still great views of the Mawenzi and it’s equally spectacular for everyone at Uhuru.

Day 1: Marangu gate (1700m) - Mandara Hut 2740m – (5,500ft to 9,000ft)

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Marangu village and proceed to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register at Kilimanjaro National Park Authority offices and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara hut located at 9,000 ft / 2,740 m. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Mandara Hut

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,740m) – Horombo Hut (3700m) - (9,000ft to 12,100ft)

In the morning around 8:30 a.m after breakfast starting trekking to Horombo hut. After about 1 hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo hut. The view of Kibo summit and Mawenzi are both stunning and shinning in clear days. In most cases giant lobelias and grounsels are found on your way. Horombo hut is a point were most of the climbers uses it for acclimatization whereby they spend an extra day. Spending an extra day give a wide change for successful summit the roof of Africa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Horombo Hut

Day 3: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Kibo Hut (4700m) - (12,100ft to 15,400ft)

In the morning after breakfast the trek will take us to the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heartland but then disappears into desert like structure. At Kibo you will have your dinner, take a nap and at the middle of the night around 23:30 hour prepare for summit climb.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Kibo Hut

Day 4: Kibo Hut (4,750m/15,580ft) to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft)

Around midnight, awake for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The hike begins with a demanding five hour hike to Gillman's Point on the crater rim. Although this is considered to be the easiest of the three crater ascent paths, it is still extremely difficult. The first major rest stop, William's Point, lies at 5000 meters and is approximately a two hour hike Kibo Hut. Continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will continue to Gillman's Point (5,681 meters).

The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

On the way down from the summit, you will see all of the magnificent views you could not see on the way up. Stop for a short break and snacks at Kibo Hut before continuing on to Horombo Hut. Reach Horombo Hut in the afternoon and enjoy your last night on the mountain.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Horombo Hut

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,200ft) to Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft)

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi.

Dinner and overnight at PANAMA GARDEN RESORT or similar hotel in Moshi

Panama Garden Resort


  • img All transport and accommodations
  • img All National Park entry fees
  • img 2 night's hotel the night before and the night after the climb, with breakfast included
  • img Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
  • img Qualified medical guides
  • img Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • img Pickup and drop off to Airport
  • img Hut fees [ Marangu route
  • img Supplementary Portable Oxygen and Complete First Aid Kit (used in case of emergency only)
  • img Pulse oxy-meter carried by all chief guides


  • img International and domestic flights
  • img Items of a personal nature
  • img Tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US$300 to US$ 350 per hiker - depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
  • img Personal Hiking/Trekking gears (Some Gears are available for Rent)
  • img Snacks, personal medicine
  • img Meals, drinks and snacks not specified in hotel
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