Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route


About this activity

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  • Free Cancellation Free cancellation up to 5 day(s) prior departure, after which the tour cancellation policy applies Learn More.
  • Duration:5 Day(s)
  • Activities
    • Backpacking Tours
    • Camping and Stargazing Tours
    • Mountaineering Tours
    • Photography Tours
    • Unique Adventure Tours
  • Travel StyleBudget
  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
  • Tour Vibe Active
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • Family/Kids
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Tanzania,
    • Arusha, Tanzania
  • Pickup

    arusha tanzania

  • Drop-off

  • Age Range 7 - 90 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights
  • highest point in Africa

    hiking adventure

Tour Introduction

The 'Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route - 5 Days Hiking Tour' this is a trekking multi-day tour to the Kiliamanjaro summit through the Marangu Route what's the most popular and easiest route to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro given its gradual slope and direct path. Its that path that you will surely reach the highest point in Africa. Allocated in a small group you will have an adventurous journey to the roof of Africa. However the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu Route is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes, because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason. At the same time it is the best option to conquer Kilimanjaro for less experienced hikers, but no illusions, even this easiest way up to the Kilimanjaro summit will require a fairly good physical condition


- After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 2 hours), register and commence the climb. 

- Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. 

- A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys. 

- Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft 

- Distance: 8km/5mi 

- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours 

- Habitat: Rainforest 

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

- You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels. 

- At this point you may begin to feel the effects of the altitude. 

- Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft 

- Distance: 12km/7.5mi 

- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours 

- Habitat: Heathland 

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

- Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. 

- Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb. 

- Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft 

- Distance: 9km/5.5mi 

- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours 

- Habitat: Alpine Desert 

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

- Very early in the morning (midnight to 2:00 AM), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. 

- Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. 

- From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment. 

- The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. 

- It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. 

- This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there! 

- Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft 

- Down to 3700m/12,200ft 

- Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down 

- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down 

- Habitat: Alpine Desert 

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

- After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. 

- Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). 

- Our vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to the hotel or the airport. 

- Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration! 

- Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft 

- Distance: 20km/12.5mi 

- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours 

- Habitat: Forest. 

- Meal: Breakfast. 


Pickup & Drop-Off
  • Services of a private mountain guide, cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions and client's private bags.
  • Halal
  • Meat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • All meals and water.
  • Jeep & 4WD
  • Transfers from Hotel to gate entrances (starting point of climb).
  • Transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport or from Arusha Airport.
Other Included
  • National Park entrance, accommodation and camping fees.
  • All meals and water.
  • Free storage of excess baggage not required on the mountain hike.
  • porters


  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Extra Services

Other Excluded:

  • tips
  • visa

Covid Safety

regular sanitization of equipment

vaccinated guides

regular health check-ups of crew


  • Jan2024

Tour Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 5 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 50 % of the tour amount

Tour Date Change Policy

Tour Date can be changed 5 day(s) prior departure

Good To Know

  • tips are exclussive of tour fees, will be expected to tip


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