6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route most interesting aspect is that it is the only route climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro that does not allow camping. Instead of sleeping in tents, trekkers stay in permanent huts instead.
Marangu Route is the oldest and most well-established trekking route on Mount Kilimanjaro, and it remains extremely popular, despite a wide variety of other options becoming available. This path provides trekkers with a classic Kilimanjaro climbing experience, offering sweeping views and a wonderful hiking adventure all the way to the summit of Uhuru Peak. That said, it also has some unique aspects that set it apart from any of the other routes as well, giving the Marangu route a character and feeling that is entirely it is own.
Marangu Route offers a slow, steady climb to each of the daily camps, which has given it the reputation for being an easy trek. Don’t underestimate this trail, however, as the approach to the final camp can be physically demanding with roughly 1000 meters of vertical gain on that day alone.
Day 01: Arusha/Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m), Hiking time: 5 hours | Distance: About 12 km’s | Habitat: Montane forest
Day 02: Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m), Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 km’s | Habitat: Moorland
Day 03: Horombo hut (3720m) – Acclimatisation day
Day 04: Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m), Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 km’s | Habitat: Alpine desert
Day 05: SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m), Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo | Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent | Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Day 06: Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)/Arusha, Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 27 km’s
6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro climbing Marangu Route, accommodations
Dormitory-style shelters accommodation provides extra protection from the wind and rain, which makes this route a popular one for travelers climbing during the rainy season, which comes in April and May. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. While staying at those huts, trekkers will sleep in bunk beds equipped with a simple mattress and pillow. They will also be able to purchase an array of candy bars, bottled water, and soft drinks, which is why the Marangu route is often referred to as the “Coca-Cola Route.”
Of course, summit day on Kilimanjaro is always a challenge no matter which direction you approach from, making the final steps onto the top all the more satisfying.
Because it is one of the shortest treks to the summit – requiring just five days to reach Uhuru Peak – the Marangu Route is a popular one with trekkers who have a limited amount of time for their climb, while your Medical Emergency Evacuation Insurance is included.
Day 1: Arusha/Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m)
Hiking time: 5 hours | Distance: About 12 Km | Habitat: Montane forest
Drive from Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 2 hours. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb.
Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack, and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. Meal Plan: L & D
Day 2: Mandara hut (2700m) - Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 Km | Habitat: Moorland
From Mandara Hut, the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater, and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. Meal Plan: B, L & D.
Day 3: Horombo hut (3720m) - Acclimatisation day
Horombo Hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo are for additional acclimatization. Meal Plan: B, L & D
Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 Km | Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left-hand fork) to choose from. Meal Plan: B, L & D
Day 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo | Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent | Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will rise around 23h30, 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), also a good resting spot. Dinner and Overnight at Horombo Hut. Meal Plan: B, L & D
Day 6: Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)/Arusha
Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 27 Km
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate, you sign your name and details in a register. Thereafter Hot Picnic Lunch Packed drive to Arusha for the drop-off. Meal Plan: B & L
Trek price includes
- Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
- Rongai Route trek as per the itinerary
Full board accommodation in tents whilst on the trek.
Accommodations in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary
Kilimanjaro park entrance fees to include government taxes
Services of English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters, and skilled cook/s
All services begin and end at Arusha/Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
Treated water on the trek
Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport
Trek price excludes:
- All personal travel insurances
- All personal expenses including; telephones, tips, alcoholic drinks, laundry, etc
- Sleeping bags and climbing gears
- Arusha/Moshi hotel accommodations
- International flights and airport taxes
- Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary