Marangu Route

Duration: 6 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day
> Spend the nights in huts during your Kilimanjaro ascent
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What makes the Marangu Route special? Huts! There is no need to camp! On the Marangu Route, you stay in dormitory-style huts. Now we're talking. Mattresses? Check. Pillows? Check. The huts on the Marangu Route allow for a very classic mountain feel, one that can remind you of a hut-to-hut hike. Sure, you don't have most of the same amenities, but it is very easy to get in touch with people who are undergoing the same experience.

About half of the people who choose the 5-day Marangu Route don't make it to the top. This figure changes drastically if those people would have chosen the 6-day Marangu Route, which includes an acclimatization day. This gives a success rate of more than 80%. As with all Bookatrekking. com offers, the 6-day Marangu route also includes transfers to and from the airport, the guide(s), porters, meals and accommodation in mountain huts. A detailed list of included services can be found below.

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Moshi – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Mandara Hut (2,700 m)

Duration: 03:30 h
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 830 m

After breakfast, you'll head to Kilimanjaro National Park gate (1,840 m) where glimpses of thumbless black and white colobus monkeys amidst lush vegetation might greet you. Around 4 hours later, you'll arrive at the Mandara Hut (2,670 m), your rest point for the day.

Once rested, your guide will lead you to Maundi Crater, treating you to panoramic views of Kenya's interior. The Mandara Hut is where you'll relish your evening meal and spend the night, surrounded by the serene beauty of the mountains.

This day's journey blends nature's marvels with relaxation, leaving you with indelible memories of Kilimanjaro's diverse landscapes and unique wildlife.

Mandara hut

Mandara hut

Mandara Hut (2,700 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Duration: 04:50 h
Distance: 11.9 km
Ascent: 1000 m

Your journey continues through heather-strewn paths, leading you to the brink of the neatly trimmed moorland plains, culminating at the Horombo Hut situated at 3,760 meters. On clear nights, this vantage point reveals the splendid sights of Moshi and the Pare ranges, twinkling in the distance.

Perched at the hut, you'll be treated to sweeping vistas that encompass Mawenzi and Kibo peaks, as well as the expansive Masai steppe. As the day winds down, you'll savor your evening meal and prepare for a peaceful overnight stay within the welcoming embrace of the Horombo Hut.

This segment of your journey offers both natural beauty and panoramic perspectives, creating a day that seamlessly combines adventure with relaxation amidst the remarkable landscapes of Kilimanjaro.

Horombo hut

Horombo hut

Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)

Duration: 02:30 h
Distance: 22.8 km
Ascent: 290 m
Descent: 290 m

After a delightful and leisurely breakfast that sets the tone for the day, you'll eagerly set off on a trek that spans 2 to 4 hours, leading you to the iconic Zebra Rocks at an elevation of 3,980 meters. This unique rock formation derives its name from the striking black and white stripes that adorn its surface, a true marvel of nature that awaits your exploration.

Upon completing your captivating trek and returning to the welcoming embrace of the Horombo Hut, you'll find a delectable cooked lunch prepared to satisfy your appetite. With each bite, you can relish not only the flavors but also the sense of accomplishment from the day's journey.

The afternoon presents you with a precious window of time to unwind, both physically and mentally. As you bask in the serene atmosphere of the Hut and take in the panoramic views around you, your strength is gradually restored, setting the stage for the upcoming day's hike.

As the golden hues of the evening sunset begin to paint the sky, you'll partake in a hearty evening meal, savoring each bite while exchanging stories and laughter with fellow adventurers. The Horombo Hut, with its cozy and welcoming ambiance, will be your home for the night, providing you with the restful reprieve you need to continue your journey through the enchanting landscapes of Kilimanjaro.

Horombo hut

Horombo hut
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  • Private transport to and from airport to your hotel

    Your trekking company is able to pick you up from the airport and bring your to your hotel. A transfer back to the airport is also included in the package.

  • Transportation to and from the start/end point

    The transport from your accommodation to the start point is taken care of. This also applies to the way back.

  • Huts on Marangu Route

    On the Marangu Route you will be provided with a bed in one of the huts on the way to Uhuru Peak. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.

  • Double Layered Sleeping Mats

    Double layered mats provided by your trekking company will put you to sleep in no time.

  • Hot meals daily while on the mountain

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. Your trekking company is bringing their own cook. Don't be surprised when you see an exclusive three course dinner on your plate.

  • Treated and filtered water

    During the trek you won't have a shortage on drinking water.

  • Hot water for washing

    Don't expect an extensive shower, but there will be the possibility to use hot water for a decent wash.

  • Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit

    The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude). Also emergency portable oxygen is carried along. On top of that the guides are qualified Wilderness First Responders.

  • KINAPA Rescue Fee

    The fees for the Kilimanjaro Rescue Team are covered. This is managed by KINAPA, Kilimanjaro National Parks. Interesting fact: Kinapa means “We carry each other” in Swahili.

  • Park fee, camping fee, VAT and other taxes

    The park entry fees, the crater fee, camping fee and value added tax are included in the price.

  • Fair salary, food, insurance and accommodation for guide and porter(s)

    The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

  • Your own team of porters and guides

    Per person you generally have a team of 1 guide, 1 cook and 8 porters who will support you in your climb. If you are part of a group of four, you will be able to enjoy 2 guides, 1 cook and 12 porters. Although there will always be enough hands on deck, the exact amount of support staff varies per route.


  • Visa for Tanzania

    Visas are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. For most nationalities it is possible to get a visa upon arrival when you arrive at the airport in Tanzania. Check with your local Tanzanian embassy or consulate to see what the requirements are.

  • Flights to and from Moshi

    The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Tanzania. To get an idea of which airlines are visiting Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), it is best to have a look at their website.

  • Personal expenses

    All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

  • Travel Insurance Including Repatriation

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Tanzania.

  • Tipping

    Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning go trekking in Tanzania.

  • Portable flush toilet

    Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for USD 70 for the entire trek.

  • Accommodation before and after the trek

    Whether you stay in Moshi, Arusha or anywhere else, before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation and meals.


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