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Kilimanjaro Hike via Marangu Route

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    safari soles tours

  • Locations

    Tanzania, Kilimanjaro

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    $2050 USD per person
  • Duration

    6 days, 5 nights

  • Starting Location


  • Price Includes

    2 nights’ accommodation Airport pickup/drop off Permits&Value Added Tax (VAT) Mountain crew Oxygen Tents, double occupancy Camping equipment Mess tents, tables, chairs Meals All Ground Transfers


  • Hike the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
  • The journey to the summit of Kilimanjaro is like going from the equator to Antarctica.
  • Marangu route is the only one with hut accommodation on the Mountain.


Trip Info

This multi-day hike takes you up the Kilimanjaro through the Marangu Route with an extra acclimatization day unlike the 5-day trek you will have even more chances of reaching the summit with this route considered one of the easiest, however, its has the least success rate.

Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 2 hours), register, and commence the climb.
– Walkthrough 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, birdlife, and Colobus monkeys.
– Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
– Distance: 8km/5mi
– Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
– Habitat: Rainforest
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels.
– At this point, you may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.
– Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
– Distance: 12km/7.5mi
– Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
– Habitat: Heathland
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

horombo hut – acclimatization day
At Horombo Hut, you will spend the day allowing your body to acclimate to high altitude. You will have the option of doing a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for further acclimatization with your guide. Breakfast and dinner will be at the hut and lunch will either be packed or at the hut depending on your preference for the day.

Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
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 the summit climb.
– Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
– Distance: 9km/5.5mi
– Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
– Habitat: Alpine Desert
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
– Very early in the morning (midnight to 2:00 AM), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim.
– Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family.
– From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
– The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights.
– It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers.
– This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
– Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
– Down to 3700m/12,200ft
– Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
– Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down

Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Arusha or Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut.
– Continue descending through the lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
– Our vehicle will meet you at the Marangu gate to drive you back to the hotel or the airport.
– Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for a celebration!
– Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
– Distance: 20km/12.5mi
– Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
– Habitat: Forest.
– Meal: Breakfast.

Your adventure awaits!

safari soles tours

safari soles is a mid size company dedicated to share an adventurous journey of exploring life and beauty of our country, like our clients we are passionate to learn, discover & explore the vast corners of the world. we therefore understand the excitement, constant thinking and yearning for every hour of everyday that a journey may cause and therefore invite you to partner with us on a stress-free journey in exploring this beautiful country with joy & much needed fun!!!.

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