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Climb Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route with highlights including....

  • A non-technical high altitude challenge of reaching Africa's highest point, Uhuru peak at 5985m or 19,341ft approaching via Kibo / Gilmans point and nights spent in mountain huts.
  • A friendly and proffessional support team of guides, cook, waiter and porters with external monitoring for fair working standards on each and every trek.
  • Spectacular 'equator to arctic' scenery on the southern circuit of the mountain through a mountain forest, heather and moorland, alpine desert and snowy summit.
  • 5 to 6 day trekking options with 6 days our recommended option for this route and 1 night before and after at a base lodge in Moshi.
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Day 1 - Arrival & pre-climb briefing at a Moshi based lodge

Direct arrival at a lodge in Moshi at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. This evening you will have a pre-climb briefing with your guide and a consultant.

  • Check in time: 12:00pm
  • Expected briefing time: 17:00pm
  • Meals included: none

Day 2 - Moshi based lodge to Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

Depart from Moshi to Marangu gate, upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities ready for your trek. Your trek today will be through rain forest. You may encounter some wild animals such as colobus monkey and some bird species and plant species on your way to Mandara hut. After a rest you will then trek to the rim of Maundi Crater with a spectacular view of Mawenzi peak. Later descend back to Mandara hut.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 7km
  • Start Altitude: 1860m
  • End Altitude: 2720m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2775m
  • Altitude gain: 915m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Mandara huts to Horombo huts

Proceed with your ascent through rain forest to heather and moorland. If cloudless you may see the views of Kibo and Mawenzi. On this day you will encounter different plant and bird species.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-6 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 11km
  • Start Altitude: 2720m
  • End Altitude: 3700m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 3700m
  • Altitude gain: 980m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Continue ascending passed ‘the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi through the alpine desert zone.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 12km
  • Start Altitude: 3700m
  • End Altitude: 4703m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 4600m
  • Altitude gain: 1003m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Around mid-night start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then continue to Stella point (5685m) and later, proceed to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Spend few minutes on the top by and then descend to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 14-18 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 21km
  • Start Altitude: 4700m
  • End Altitude: 3700m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 5895m
  • Altitude gain / loss: +1195m / -2195m
  • Meals included: Pre-climb snack, brunch and dinner

Day 6 - Horombo Hut to Marangu gate to a Moshi based lodge

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland to the forest zone to Marangu Gate (1860m) where your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Moshi.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 17km
  • Start Altitude: 3700m
  • End Altitude: 1860m (park gates)
  • Highest Altitude reached: 3700m
  • Altitude loss: 1840m
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 - End of our services after check-out.

After check-out our services end or you can include extra activities, a safari, beach extension or a airport transfer.

  • Check out time: 12:00pm
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 1 - Arrival & pre-climb briefing at a Moshi based lodge

Direct arrival at a lodge in Moshi at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. This evening you will have a pre-climb briefing with your guide and a consultant.

  • Check in time: 12:00pm
  • Expected briefing time: 17:00pm
  • Meals included: none

Day 2 - Moshi based lodge to Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

Depart from Moshi to Marangu gate, upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities ready for your trek. Your trek today will be through rain forest. You may encounter some wild animals such as colobus monkey and some bird species and plant species on your way to Mandara hut. After a rest you will then trek to the rim of Maundi Crater with a spectacular view of Mawenzi peak. Later descend back to Mandara hut.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 7km
  • Start Altitude: 1860m
  • End Altitude: 2720m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 2775m
  • Altitude gain: 915m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Mandara huts to Horombo huts

Proceed with your ascent through rain forest to heather and moorland. If cloudless you may see the views of Kibo and Mawenzi. On this day you will encounter different plant and bird species.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-6 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 11km
  • Start Altitude: 2720m
  • End Altitude: 3700m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 3700m
  • Altitude gain: 980m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Horombo Hut to Horombo Hut

Today’s trek is designated for the acclimatization, while reserving some energy for the summit trek next day. You will hike to Mawenzi peak with your guide passing Zebra Rocks. You will then return to the hut for your dinner and overnight stay.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 5-8km
  • Start Altitude: 3700m
  • End Altitude: 3700m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 4000m
  • Altitude gain / loss: 280m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Continue ascending passed ‘the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi through the alpine desert zone.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 12km
  • Start Altitude: 3700m
  • End Altitude: 4703m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 4600m
  • Altitude gain: 1003m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Around mid-night start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then continue to Stella point (5685m) and later, proceed to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Spend few minutes on the top by and then descend to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut.

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approximate trekking time: 14-18 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 21km
  • Start Altitude: 4700m
  • End Altitude: 3700m
  • Highest Altitude reached: 5895m
  • Altitude gain / loss: +1195m / -2195m
  • Meals included: Pre-climb snack, brunch and dinner

Day 7 - Horombo Hut to Marangu gate to a Moshi based lodge

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland to the forest zone to Marangu Gate (1860m) where your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Moshi.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Approximate trekking distance: 17km
  • Start Altitude: 3700m
  • End Altitude: 1860m (park gates)
  • Highest Altitude reached: 3700m
  • Altitude loss: 1840m
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - End of our services after check-out.

After check-out our services end or you can include extra activities, a safari, beach extension or a airport transfer.

  • Check out time: 12:00pm
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Marangu route

Minimum days: 5 days on trek
Maximum days: 6 days on trek
We recommend: 6 days on trek & 2 nights at a lodge
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Overnights: Mountain huts
Price range: Low to medium
Ascent / Descent: Marangu / Marangu
Acclimatisation & success: Low to medium
Circuit: Marangu
Traffic: High

The Marangu route was the original route offered to all trekkers and commonly reffered to as the 'Coca cola' route due to it's popularity throughout the years (and the soda's popularity locally). The route is the only one to offer permenant mountain huts as accommodation (over the other camping routes). This (and the fact the ascent / descent routes are the same and don't offer a huge variety in scenery) does mean that you may experience more traffic than other routes, especially in the peak season.

The route approaches from the South-east, summiting via Kibo / Gilmans point and the path is well maintained with major obstacles modified to make this a more climber friendly route. That being said the acclimatisation profile is not excellent and even the 6 day option (which includes and extra acclimatisation day) is quite a short hike and doesn't maximise chances of reaching the peak. For non experienced climbers we recommend at least this minimum of 6 days to offer the best acclimatisation profile and maximise your chances of reaching the summit, however we definitely prefer the camping routes and only recommend Marangu to those who really don't want to spend nights in tents.

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Standard packages usually include:

  • 1 Night accommodation at a base lodge on BB basis before trek
  • 1 Night accommodation at a base lodge on BB basis after trek
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, hut, ranger and rescue fees for itinerary
  • Trained, certified and experienced English speaking mountain guide/s
  • Mountain porters (1 x porter carrying personal mountain luggage of 12kg for Meru per 1 person)
  • Chef/cook, waiter porter and eating utensils
  • Meals indicated on the itineraries [B = breakfast, L = Hot lunch or packed lunch, D = dinner]
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi or Arusha based lodge to park gates; per group
  • 1 x transfer back to a Moshi or Arusha based lodge to park gates; per group
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut on-wards)
  • Basic first aid kit per group
  • 1 pulse oximeter per group for twice daily health checks with guide

Optional extras and comfort upgrades:

  • Supplemental oxygen or emergency oxygen cylinders
  • Comfort upgrades such as a personal porters for extra luggage, summit porters etc.
  • Airport or other transfers
  • Additional transfers from park gates to lodges
  • Domestic flights
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at a lodge
  • Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags etc.

Our standard packaged usually exclude:

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.
  • International flights
  • High altitude trekking insurance (visit recommended provider)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on first day of trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)
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When to visit


These recommendations are based on weather predictions and trends.

Excellent time

January, February, July to October, December

Good time

March, June, November

Mixed time

April, May

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