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Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is favoured by many due to the obvious nature of the path and its gradual incline increase. Are you willing to sacrifice the comfort of sleeping in a bed Don’t fret, the Marangu Route is the only route that offers accommodation The sleeping huts resemble dormitories and each bunk bed is equipped with a sponge mattress and pillow. Bathrooms and running water are available at the lower huts. Kibo uses a basic latrine system and buckets of water are available. 

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Day 1



Arriving in Tanzania

You will be met by one of our drivers at Kilimanjaro airport for an hour drive to Moshi where you will spend a night before starting the hike the following day.

Day 2

Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m)


Marangu Gate

After breakfast, transfer to Marangu gate and start the climb through fascinating rain forests till you reach the first hut Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (9,000ft).

Day 3

Mandara huts (2700m) - Horombo huts (3720m)


From Mandara to Horombo Huts

After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine – meadow. The altitude begins to change and slowdown your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut 12km from Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. (12,520ft).

Day 4

Acclimitization Day


Horombo Huts

Today we walk towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. We recommend drinking enough water and walking slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the Horrombo hut. 
Horombo hut to further improve our acclim.

Day 5

Horombo hut (3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m)


To Kibo Hut

After breakfast, resume the climb, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear. Climb to Kibo Hut. Meals and overnight at the hut. (15,520ft).

Day 6

Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)


Summit attempt

The beginning of the last ascent is made in the wee hrs of the morning while the scree is still frozen. Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMANS POINT (most difficult and tiring part). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hour’s walk along the crater rim. (19,344ft). Start the walk along the craters rim. (19,344ft). Start the descent to Horombo hut for overnight.

Day 7

Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)


Return to Hotel

Return to a hotel in Moshi/Arusha. After lunch, have a good rest, meals and overnight at your hotel. 
End of Tour, Congratulations!