• Arusha, Tanzania
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Marangu Route | Kilimanjaro Climb

  • 5 Days, 4 Nights Climb
  • + 2 Days Hotel Stay in Moshi Town
  • Code: 5DMRKC
  • Starts From: $1,500

Climb Highlights

Marangu route is the easiest, shortest and most popular route on Kilimanjaro. This route is used by almost 50% of all climbers to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Climbers use comfortable mountain huts and it is also suitable inexperienced hikers though a little crowded a certain time of the year.The only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping.

Mountain diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional cooks. A typical diet on mountain includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian, gluten-free & halal options are available at no extra cost. All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Comfortable huts accommodation supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required.

Before and after your kilimanjaro climb, you will stay at Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottage or similar with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool.

Why Choose Marangu Route?

  • 50% of all climbers summit Kilimanjaro.
  • Most popular of all the routes on Kilimanjaro today.
  • Easiest and shortest route on the mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Great alternative to those who do not want to sleep in tents.
  • Single travelers can join this group climb.
  • This climb can be customized on request.
  • Suitable inexperienced hikers.
  • Well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones. 
  • A good option for hiking during the rainy season.
  • Comfortable huts accommodation and amazing meals.
  • Starts any day, if availability permits.
  • Joining group keeps climb costs down.

Additional Info



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7 days






Climb Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive at KIA and transfer to Moshi Town

After you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met by Maasai Wanderlust representative and be transferred to Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottage or similar in Moshi Town. In the evening there will be a briefing with our chief guide, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.

  • -Bed & Breakfast Hotel accommodation. Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.
  • -Overnight at Bristol Cottage/ Lindrin Lodge or similar.
  • 2

    Day 2: Marangu Gate- Mandara Hut (1879m- 2720m)

    This morning after breakfast, pack your climbing gear into the Land Rovers and drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park. Begin hiking head through dense rainforest to the trailhead. Be on the lookout for rare black and white Collobus monkeys swinging in the canopy. During heavy rainy season, lower elevations tend to be wet and muddy, we recommend you to bring your gaiters and trekking poles. After a hearty lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at late afternoon. If you may start to feel the effects of altitude here, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:-

  • -Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine.
  • -Drink over 4 liters of water daily (little by little, frequently).
  • -Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • -Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.
  • At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

  • -Elevation Attained: 851 m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Montane Forest.
  • -Hours trekking: 5-6 Hours.
  • -Distance: 11 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Hot/Picnic lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight and Mandara Hut.
  • 3

    Day 3: Mandara Huts- Horombo Huts (2,720m- 3,720m)

    Out of the Mandara hut, you’ll hike up through the heather and heath-like shrubs grow in this area as well as gorse-like bushes, attractive grasses and flowers. Stop half way for lunch and you will arrive at Horombo hut at late afternoon. Several hours after lunch you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kibo Hut with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then hike back down to Horombo Hut where dinner will be prepared for you. The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

    Acclimatization hike:-

  • -Change in Elevation: Horombo Hut (3,720 m) — Zebra Rock (3,920 m)
  • -Hiking distance: 2.5 km
  • -Hiking time: 1–2 hours
  • -Elevation Attained: 1,000 m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Moorland.
  • -Hours trekking: 5-7 Hours.
  • -Distance: 10 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Hot/Picnic lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Horombo Hut.
  • 4

    Day 4: Horombo Huts- Kibo Huts (3,720 m- 4,720 m)

    After breakfast, trek to your next Hut. Cross the alpine desert with intense radiation, high evaporation, and daily fluctuations in temperature; nights can be below 0˚C and in the day time as high as 40˚C in direct sun. Under these harsh conditions only the hardiest lichens, moss, tussock grass and bright yellow daisy-like flowers alongside the trail can exist. After a little lunch break cross the large saddle on the way to Kibo Hut. You’ll explore the volcanic towers, rocky overhangs, and large boulder formations as you acclimatize. Rest up in preparation for tomorrow’s thrilling summit bid.

  • -Elevation Attained: 1,000 m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Alpine Desert.
  • -Hours trekking: 5-7 Hours.
  • -Distance: 9 km.
  • -Difficulty: High.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Hot/Picnic lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Kibo Hut.
  • 5

    Day 5: Kibo Hut- Uhuru Peak- Horombo Hut (4,720- 5,895 m- 3,720 m)

    Wake up around midnight and have breakfast before you start hiking up Pole, Pole (Slowly, slowly) with headlamps or flashlights into the night on the steepest and demanding part of the Kilimanjaro. If you are lucky enough, the moonlight will light your steps up on the northwest through the most challenging heavy loose scree and boulders trails all the way to Stella point. At this point, you will have a short rest and welcome a new dawn with amazing and stunning sunrise. Begin your focused trek to the summit, reaching Uhuru Peak- the highest point in Africa and the world’s highest freestanding peak where you create memories of lifetime. Enjoy free time to celebrate your success with your fellow trekkers, and snap stunning once in a lifetime photos before descending to Kibo Hut. At the camp, have lunch and a little rest. Then, pack your belongings then descend to Horombo Hut by crossing saddle.

  • NOTE: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.
  • -Elevation Attained: 1,175 m.
  • -Elevation Lost: 2,175 m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Arctic.
  • -Hours trekking: 9-12 Hours.
  • -Distance: 16 km.
  • -Difficulty: High.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Hot/Picnic lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Horombo Hut.
  • 6

    Day 6: Horombo Hut- Marangu Gate(3,720m- 1,879m) – Moshi Town

    Wake up and have an early breakfast as usual, then pack your belonging and descent to Mandara hut. At Mandara, you will have lunch before you continue descending through the most beautiful cloudy, foggy and lush moorland forests to Marangu Gate. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates. After tipping and saying welfare to your mountain crew, you will be transferred back to Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottage or similar in Moshi Town.

  • -Elevation Lost: 1,821 m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Montane.
  • -Hours trekking: 5-6 Hours.
  • -Distance: 18 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Bed & Breakfast Hotel accommodation. Check-out starts at 11:00 PM.
  • -Overnight at Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottage or similar in Moshi Town.
  • 7

    Day 7: Departure

    Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport or prolong your stay in Tanzania for Safari or luxury and relaxation holiday in Zanzibar Island.

    Please Note

  • 2 Nights before and after climb are in a cozy room equipped with all the necessary things including Wi-Fi. A large variety of food for meat lovers and vegetarians will not leave you indifferent. All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer). Single occupancy is available upon request and extra chargers apply. Contact us for more information.
  • Hotel check-out is at 11:00 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.
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  • √ Professional & licensed guides (10+ years of successful climbing experience).
  • √ Services of dedicated mountain crew (assistant guides, cooks, porters.) 
  • √ Pick-up & Drop Off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • √ Transfer to park entrance gate and back to the hotel in Arusha city.
  • √ Accommodation on sharing basis before & after climb (double room, breakfast included).
  • √ Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • √ Equipments (comfortable sleeping & dining tent, camping table and chairs).
  • √ All park fees (conservation fees, hut fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee & VAT.
  • √ Three meals on the mountain as specified in the day-by-day Itinerary.
  • √ Boiled & purified water on the mountain.
  • √ First Aid kit.
  • Excluded

  • ∆ International flights tickets (from/to home)
  • ∆ Visa fee.
  • ∆ Personal items or souvenirs.
  • ∆ Personal gear climbing rentals.
  • ∆ Lunch and dinner in hotel (only before and after the climb).
  • ∆ Mountaineering insurance.
  • ∆ Tips for the mountain crew (100–150 USD per person).
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