Marangu Route, One of the easiest route, Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to reach the top of Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak). This might partly be as an outcome of the fact that the Marangu is the slightest expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby reaching to summit one day earlier related to the secondly easier & famous route, Machame route. This is not always the greatest way, due to a little acclimatization period.

The main difference among the Marangu 5 day and 6-day routes is the extra acclimatization day at Horombo Hut.

Day 1; Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara hut (2715m)

Meet and pick up you at your Hotel in Moshi/Arusha, then we take a short drive to main Kilimanjaro National Park gate, approximately takes about 45-50 minutes’ drive from Moshi and almost 2.5hrs from Arusha. On your way drive across the village of Marangu heading to the Mt. Kilimanjaro main gate, which is on the minor slopes of the Kilimanjaro mountain. After reaching the park gate, all climbers are required to register at the Mt. Kilimanjaro park office as to sign in for climbing and make the last arrangements for the summit Kilimanjaro. Our porters will be arranging their packs and loading ready to carry to the rooftop, covering the food, water, cooking gas and most of your equipment. Dinner is prepared by our chef and served in a communal dining mess.

Hiking time: 5h

Distance: Approx.… 8.1 km

Habitat: Montane forest

Day 2; Mandara hut (2715m) to Horombo hut (3705m)

Another hiking day from Mandara Hut to Horombo huts the path passes through a short spring of forest, kilts the base of the Maundi Crater and then arises into the conversion from rainforest to moorland.

Hiking time: 6h

Distance: Approximately 11.6 km

Habitat: Moorland



Day 3; Horombo hut (3705m) to Kibo hut (4730m)

After breakfast takes your breakfast and maybe sing with guides and potters you continue your climb into the Mountainous desert environment. From Horombo there are two traces to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located among the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). En route to Kibo Huts once again remember to leisurely down and drink sufficient water!

Hiking time: 6h

Distance: Approximately 9.6 km

Habitat: Mountainous desert



Day 4; SUMMIT DAY; Kibo hut (4730m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Horombo hut (3705m)

You will rise about 23h20, and later some tea and biscuits you hobble off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough.

Hiking time: 7 – 8 hrs to summit Uhuru Peak, Then it may take another 6 to 8 hours to descend to Horombo Huts

Distance: About 5.4km hike and 15 km descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit


Day 5; Horombo hut (3705m) to  Marangu Gate (1860m)

After taking breakfast, you will be continuing with your descent (for 6 hours), fleeting the Mandara hut, descent to the Kilimanjaro main gate. It is suggested not to recompense your porters any tips until you and all your gear have arrived at the gate safely. At Marangu gate, you sign out your name and your details in a register. This is also where summited climbers receive their summit certificates.

  • Hiking time: 6h
  • Distance: Approx 19.7 km
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