6 Day Marangu Route

Kilimanjaro Climbing & Trekking

The Marangu route stands out as the most preferred path for trekkers seeking to conquer the summit of Kilimanjaro. Renowned for its gentle pace, this route takes you through diverse landscapes including forests, moorlands, and the high-altitude desert known as ‘The Saddle,’ culminating at the majestic Uhuru Point.

Trekking Details

6 Days




-7 to 27 ºC

From peak to base

From $1,620

Per person

*Limited Time offer

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6 Day Marangu Route

Arrival Day at Kilimanjaro International Airport Pick up from airport and transfer to accommodation in Arusha for an overnight stay.

Day 1 of 6 Marangu gate 1900m to Mandara Hut (2700m)
Hiking Time: 5 hours (approx 12km)
After breakfast, we will drive from Arusha to the Marangu Park gate. All hikers are required to sign in at the park entrance while the guides and porters make the final preparations. Once complete, the hike will commence through the park gate into a beautifully green rainforest. The rainforest is full of wildlife and if you’re lucky enough, you might be able to spot a few animals especially the Monkeys and birds with a lot of flower species along the way to our first camp, Mandara Hut 2700m. In these huts you will have proper lights from solar and small beds with mattress. You only need your sleeping bags on these beds.

Day 2 of 6 – Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3720m):
Hiking Time: 6 hours (approx 11 km)
– In the morning, embark on a journey through the forest towards the rim of the Maundi Crater. Enjoy panoramic views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, as well as Lake Chala on the northern side.
– Traverse moorlands and heathers, spotting Tanzania’s diverse wildlife and indigenous plants like Lobelia Decanie and giant senecio.
– Lunch on the way to Horombo Hut, where you’ll spend the night. This day provides an opportunity to acclimatize to the increasing altitude.

Day 3 of 6 – Acclimatization Day (3720m):
Hiking Time: 2 hours (Approx 4.5 km)
– Rest and acclimatization day with an optional short hike to Zebra Rocks (4000m) or Mawenzi Hut (4200m).
– Return to Horombo Hut for lunch and ample rest, preparing for the next leg of the journey.

Day 4 of 6 – Horombo Hut (3720m) to Kibo Huts Base Camp (4700m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m):
– Hike to Kibo Hut through the alpine desert and saddle area (4-5 hrs). Lunch at the Saddle area.
– Early dinner before the midnight summit attempt.
– Midnight ascent towards Gillman’s Point (5688m) on a rocky path and steep scree.
– Further ascent to Uhuru Peak (5895m), where you’ll witness breathtaking views.
– Descend back to Kibo Hut for rest.

Day 5 of 6 – Kibo Hut (4700m) to Horombo Hut (3720m):
Hiking Time: 4 hours (9 km)
– After summiting, descend to Horombo Hut for the last night on the mountain.

Day 6 of 6 – Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate:
Hiking Time: 7 hours (18 km)
– A long day descending through the rainforest.
– Spot monkeys, including the blue and black and white colobus monkey.
– Reach Marangu Gate, have lunch, receive certificates, and drive back to Arusha for a well-deserved shower, relaxation, dinner, and an overnight stay.

Embark on this remarkable journey, conquering Kilimanjaro’s summit and immersing yourself in the diverse landscapes of Tanzania. The Marangu route offers an unforgettable experience with wildlife, flora, and stunning vistas.

What does this Marangu Route cost?


Number of Pax 2-3 pax 4-6 pax 7-14 pax
Per person $1,920 $1,770 $1,620


Includes & Excludes

Ground transport for all the above days
Accommodation (two nights in Arusha Before and after the trekking) and all the night at Kilimanjaro
All park fees
Rescue fees
Guides, porters and cooks salaries
Three meals a day

All other items of a personal nature
Tips to your guide
Soft drinks other than the mineral water
Alcoholic beverages
Person mountain gears such as sleeping bags, Rain gears( see list below)

Kilimanjaro Packing List

Below is the recommended packing list for a multi-day safari. Items numbered with a “+” can be adjusted upwards based on the number of safari days on your itinerary. Neutral colours are recommended to avoid attracting tsetse flies.

Technical Clothing Other
1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood Toiletries
1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell, for cold temperatures at night Prescriptions
1+ Long Sleeve Shirt, for protection from the sun Sunscreen
1+ Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric Lip Balm
1+ Hiking Pants Insect Repellent, containing DEET
1 – Shorts (optional) Face Mask (REQUIRED)
1 – Bathing suit (optional) Hand Sanitizer (REQUIRED)
2+ Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended Snacks (optional)
Headwear Headlamp or Flashlight
1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection Camera, with zoom lens of 300mm or more (optional)
1 – Bandana, Buff or Dust Mask (optional) Binoculars (optional)
Footwear Electrical Outlet Adapter
1 – Hiking Boots or Shoes Paperwork
1 – Sandals or Flip-Flops (optional) Trip Receipt
2+ Socks, wool or synthetic Passport
Accessories Visa (available at JRO)
1 – Sunglasses Immunisation Papers
1 – Neck Pillow, for napping in the vehicle (optional) Insurance Documents
1 – Daypack, small


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