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Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route | 8 Days

The Marangu route and this has led potential climbers to think that it is an easy route to the summit. The fact that it requires a minimum of 6 days to complete it does not mean that it is easier than any other route. The only reason that people say it is easier is because it is the only route up Kilimanjaro where you sleep in huts as opposed to tents.

An optional acclimatization day at Horombo Huts is highly recommended for those with no prior trekking in altitude experience under their belt. Advance booking of hut accommodation is required to avoid any inconveniences. The route starts from the park headquarters in the village of Marangu and heads straight westwards towards Kibo. The trail goes through lush rainforest, heath and moorland to alpine desert and ultimately the arctic zone at the peak and same route down.

PRICE FROM: $ 1,854

DAY-1 | Arrival -JRO Kilimanjaro International Airport

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Arusha, and meet company member who will brief you on your upcoming schedule for safari and trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on the trekking day.

Accommodation : Hotel
Meals : Dinner & Breakfast

DAY-2 | Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Arusha 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.

  • Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Accommodation : Manadara Hut
Meals : All meals included

DAY-3 | Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

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.

  • Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi
  • Approx. time taken: 9 hours
Accommodation : Horombo Hut
Meals : All meals included

DAY-4 | Acclimatization Trek to Zebra Rocks (4020m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Horombo Hut Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day.

  • Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
  • Approx. time taken: 4 hours
Accommodation : Horombo Hut
Meals : All meals included

DAY-5 | Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today’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.

  • Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 7 hours
Accommodation : Kibo Hut
Meals : All meals included

DDAY -6 | Kibo Hut (4700m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) & Down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

You will rise around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m) and also offers a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. From Gillmans Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest, you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening, you will have your last dinner on the mountain and have your well-earned sleep.

  • Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 9 – 10 hours
Accommodation : Horombo Hut
Meals : All meals included

DAY-7 | Horombo Huts (3,690 M/12,100 Ft) to Marangu Gate to Arusha

After breakfast and refreshing; descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 1pm or 2:30 pm. Kindly tip your guides and porters as you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Arusha.

  • Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft) to
  • Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft) (890 m/2,920 ft) 18 km, 5-7 hours
Accommodation : Hotel
Meals : Dinner & Breakfast

DAY-8 | Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Depart the lodge in the Mid Morning - or flight time and make your way to Kilimanjaro International Airport, for your onward travel.

Meals : Breakfast

Note: Hotel check-out is at 10:30 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

Kilimanjaro Trek via Marangu Route Price 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
Included Halfboard Hotel Before & After Trek $ 1,933 $ 1,854 $ 1,844 $ 1,815 $ 1,798 $ 1,798 $ 1,788

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in huts while trekking
  • All park entrance fees and government levies
  • Transfers from Arusha to Marangu gate -return
  • Meals per day while trekking
  • English speaking mountain guide and assistant guides, Porters and cooks
  • Accommodation in Arusha Half board, before and after the climb

Price Excludes

  • Tips for Mountain Crew
  • International Flights
  • Vaccinations & Medications
  • Personal equipment (see kit list)
  • Airport transfers ($100 ) per vehicle two ways
  • Laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.

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