6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu Route

Day 1: Arusha/Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 5 hours | Distance: About 12 km’s | Habitat: Montane forest

The drive from Arusha to the 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 day pack 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. Meals Plan: {L, D}.

Main destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
Mandara HutBudget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
Meals & drinks:
Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 km’s | 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. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}.

Main destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
Horombo HutBudget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
Meals & drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Horombo hut (3720m) – Acclimatisation day

Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildingngs 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 is for additional acclimatisation. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}.

Main destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
Horombo HutBudget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
Meals & drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 km’s | 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. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}.

Main destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
Kibo HutBudget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro
Meals & drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

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 23:30hrs, 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. Meals Plan: {B, L, D}.

Main destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
Horombo HutBudget mountain hut located in or near Uhuru Peak
Meals & drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m) – Arusha

Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 27 km’s

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. Meals Plan: {B, L}.

Main destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodation:
End of tour (no accommodation)
Meals & drinks:
Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
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