6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu Route

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6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu Route

The Marangu route is perhaps the easiest and most comfortable route to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route is well-developed and the climb is constant and moderate. Only the approach to the summit is the exception as it is slightly more demanding. The accommodation on this tour is in simple mountain huts, which might be an advantage compared to the camping routes.

Detailed Itinerary

6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Marangu Route

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our transfer driver will be waiting for you , and transferred to your hotel in Arusha town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear ,You might want to explore the town of Arusha (taxi required) or just relax at the lodge. In the evening you will be briefed by our team on site in preparation of the upcoming trekking tour. You will spend the night will do this briefing depend on your arrive time accommodation.

Accommodation: Tulia Boutique Hotel and Spa

We depart Arusha for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.

Meal Plan: LD Budget

Elevation: 6,046ft to 8,858ft

Distance: 8km / 5miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Meal Plan: Full Board

Elevation: 8,858ft to 12,205ft

Distance: 12km / 7.5miles

Walking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Heathland

Today’s purpose is getting your body to acclimatize to the altitude. Acclimatization should not be underestimated as it greatly improves your chances of reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, you will set off on a trek to Zebra Rocks. The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a cooked lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day. Overnight and evening meal at Horombo Hut.

Meal Plan: BD

Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3880m/12,700ft

Distance: 9km / 5miles

Walking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

Meal Plan: Full Board

Elevation: 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft

Distance: 10km / 6miles

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Meal Plan: Fullboard

Elevation: 15,430ft to 19,341ft

Distance: 6km / 4miles

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 19,341ft to 12,250ft

Distance: 16km / 10miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Heath

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us back to the hotel in Arusha.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Elevation: 12,205ft to 6,046ft

Distance: 20km / 12miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Accommodation: Tulia Boutique Hotel and Spa

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

*Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring.

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