Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route: 6 days/5 nights

Tour Overview

Marangu Route

The Marangu route is less interesting than the others, as it’s a straight up and down trek via the same route. The chance of reaching the summit is lower as well due to less opportunity to acclimatize. Some people prefer it because they want to stay in huts and find it to be cheaper. If these aspects are important to you, we can arrange a 6-day Marangu climb. However, in our experience, the Machame route is preferable. We wouldn’t recommend a 5-day Marangu climb as the success rate for reaching the summit is less than 50%. It would be a shame for you to make such a great effort and incur so much expense if you don’t have a good chance of reaching the top!


Day 0: Arrival – Arusha

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Meet Mytrip Connector Safaris staff and transfer to your hotel in Arusha for relaxation.
  • Enjoy a briefing with your Safari Consultant about the upcoming trek.
  • Overnight: Seven Skies Hotel (

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1,830m) to Mandara Huts (2,700m)

  • Morning meet-up with your head guide.
  • Drive for 45 minutes to Marangu Gate for registration.
  • Begin trekking through lush forest (potential Colobus monkey sightings).
  • Gradual climb to Mandara Huts (4-5 hours).
  • Mandara Huts: Wooden A-frame huts with bunk beds and solar lighting.
  • Enjoy the beautiful forest surroundings or explore the nearby volcanic remains of Maundi Crater.
  • Overnight: Mandara Huts (capacity: 60 climbers)

Day 2: Mandara Huts (2,700m) to Horombo Huts (3,720m)

  • Steeper climb out of Mandara Huts through a short forest section.
  • Emerge into grassy moorland with potential views of Kibo peak and Mawenzi.
  • Steady ascent through the moorland zone with giant heather and groundsel plants.
  • Reach Horombo Huts after 4-6 hours of trekking.
  • Horombo Huts: Similar hut complex to Mandara with hot washing water, dinner, and overnight stay.
  • Overnight: Horombo Huts (capacity: 120 climbers)

Day 3: Acclimatization Walk

  • Relax and enjoy a second night at Horombo Huts for improved acclimatization.
  • Hike towards the base of Mawenzi Peak (optional) passing Zebra Rocks.
  • Experience a more alpine landscape with a peaceful atmosphere.
  • Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Day 4: Horombo Huts (3,720m) to Kibo Huts (4,700m)

  • Continue ascent into the alpine desert towards the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi.
  • More open terrain with a feeling of high-altitude wilderness.
  • Arrive at Kibo Huts for lunch and rest before the summit attempt.
  • Overnight: Kibo Huts

Day 5: Summit Day – Kibo Huts (4,700m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) & Descent to Horombo Huts (3,720m)

  • Pre-dawn start (around midnight) for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak (highest point in Africa).
  • Hike by headlamp for 6 hours – challenging ascent to the crater rim (Gilman’s Point).
  • Gradual climb to Uhuru Peak with stunning views (though physically demanding due to altitude).
  • Celebrate summit success and begin descent back to Kibo Huts for a quick meal.
  • Descend further to Horombo Huts – a surprisingly fast yet tiring descent (total trek time: 14 hours).
  • Enjoy your final dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved sleep.
  • Overnight: Horombo Huts

Day 6: Horombo Huts (3,720m) to Marangu Gate (1,830m)

  • Final trek descent to Marangu Gate through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest.
  • Watch your step on the potentially slippery trail (descent time: 5-6 hours).
  • Meet your transfer at the gate and return to Arusha for relaxation.
  • Overnight: Seven Skies Hotel

Day 7: Departure

  • Hotel pick-up and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure flight.


• Park fees
• Camping fees
• Rescue fees
• Pre and post accommodations
• Head guide
• Assistant guides
• Cook & porters salaries
• All meals during Safari except in Arusha booked on bed and break fast
• Drinking water
• Tents
• All transfers
• 18% VAT


• Hiring of clothing, sleeping bags, walking poles etc.
• Tipping to your guides, cook and porters. The standard recommendation for this is USD$25 per day to the head guide, $20 per day to the assistant guide, $15 per day to the cook and $10 per day per porter. These costs are split between everyone doing the climb

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