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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 offers hut accommodation provided for hikers,  Bathrooms and running water are available at the lower huts.

It can be completed in 5 days; however, it is recommended that climbers take an extra day to acclimatize at Horombo Hut. Whilst offering rewarding views from the Saddle (a high altitude desert), it is less scenic than other Kilimanjaro routes due to ascent and descent on the same trail which contributes to it being the most crowded climb route on Kilimanjaro.

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 offers hut accommodation provided for hikers,  Bathrooms and running water are available at the lower huts.

It can be completed in 5 days; however, it is recommended that climbers take an extra day to acclimatize at Horombo Hut. Whilst offering rewarding views from the Saddle (a high altitude desert), it is less scenic than other Kilimanjaro routes due to ascent and descent on the same trail which contributes to it being the most crowded climb route on Kilimanjaro.

Itineraries

Arrival

Arrive in Tanzania

Arrive in Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA – JRO) where by Tupo Travel staff will be holding a Tupo Travel placard who will transfer you to Moshi town, for you to spend the first night at a hotel. Those who will arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA – NBO) in Kenya, will be picked by Shuttle bus to Moshi.

Day 1

Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut (8,875 ft)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Distance: Approximately 7km

Habitat: Montane forest

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

Day 2

Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Hiking time: 9 hours

Distance: Approximately 12.5km / 7.8mi

Habitat: Moorland

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

Day 3

Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 8 hours

Distance: Approximately 9.5km / 5.9mi

Habitat: Semi-desert

The route now turns East into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This is definitely the toughest day so far.

IToday’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 – 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.

Day 4

Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Hiking time: 12hours – 15hours

Distance: Approximately 22km / 13.7mi

Habitat: Alpine desert

Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

Day 5

Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

Hiking time:8 hours

Distance: Approximately 20.8km / 12.9m

Habitat: Rain Forest

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.
For many climbers, this 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak.

The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear.

The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.

Departure

Moshi - Kilimanjaro International Airport

Depart Tanzania or continue your dream with amazing safari extensions.

For trekkers not continuing with a safari we provide transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or bus station for your onward journey.

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • -29C Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Mbugani Hotel (or alternative) on Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 10% discount on meals at selected restaurants in Moshi Town
  • Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects
  • 2- way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $20 extra per vehicle)
  • Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter 
  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$150 per toilet + toilet tent)
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  • Pricing Name Marangu 5 Days
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    Available Seats: 15

    Adult ( 1 - 15 Pax ) USD1,628.00 USD1,628.00 /Person

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