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Climb Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route

Tour Length8 days
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Summary of this Hiking Tour

  • Max. Group Size 10 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Accommodation Hotel / Bungalow or Chalet
  • Transport Microbus
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This  Kilimanjaro Hike follows the Marangu Route, the easiest and shortest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Marangu Route is sometimes called the "Coca Cola" and is the oldest and most popular route up Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Marangu route is unique in offering the luxury of sleeping huts at all of the camp stops along the way. The Mandara and Kibo Huts have 60 beds each and the Horombo Hut sleeps 120 people. The huts are equipped with comfortable bunk beds each with a sponge mattress and pillow. The huts on the Marangu trail are communal and are fitted with solar powered lights. The bathrooms of the huts lower down on the slopes feature running water. 

There are various beverages on sale along the Marangu Route to quench the thirst of climbing hikers. Bottled water, soft drinks and even beer, are usually available at the huts. Meals are taken in shared dining huts where several climbing groups from various countries across the globe get to meet up. These social mealtimes on the Marangu route are fun and lively occasions.

This guided Kilimanjaro Trek takes a leisurely 6 days of hiking, allowing for time to acclimatize on your way to the "Roof of Africa".

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha/Usa River - Tanzania

This Kilimanjaro Hike begins with collection from Kilimanjaro Airport situated close to Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Moshi, in northern Tanzania. From the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be taken to Usa River, the capital of the Meru District, located 23km from Arusha city.

On day one you will be briefed on the Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Trek and have time to check your trekking equipment in preparation for your hike. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax at the lodge - rest under the big indigenous trees and take a swim in the pool. You can also take a taxi to Arusha to explore the bustling town and visit a local market.

We spend the night at the Meru View Lodge (or similar), our pre-trek lodge near Mount Kilimanjaro. This evening we hold a briefing in preparation of the trek. The friendly lodge features a 10-acre tropical garden, swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
  • Dinner

Day 2: Usa River – Marangu Gate (1840m) – Mandara Hut (2670m)

Day two starts with breakfast at the Green Hills of Africa Lodge and then you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1840m).
Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro National Park, we complete the necessary paperwork before starting our hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro. The trek soon takes us into the dense rainforest where we are surrounded by ancient trees draped with moss, giant ferns, lichen and other indigenous vegetation. Walking through the rainforest we keep a lookout for black and white colobus monkeys, as well as other wild animals.
After a 4-hour walk, we reach our first overnight stop, the Mandara Hut (2670m). Here we rest before visiting Maundi Crater with our mountain guide. From the crater, we enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior, before returning to Mandara Hut for dinner and our overnight stay.
  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2670m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

Today begins with an early breakfast before continuing our Marangu Hike up Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. We soon reach the tree line passing into the heath and moor vegetation zone.
We hike for about 4 – 6 hours to reach the Horombo Hut, at an altitude of 3700m. We will have dinner and stay overnight at Horombo Hut, admiring the spectacular views over Mawenzi, Kibo and the vast plains of Masai steppe.
  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Zebra Rocks (3980m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

We take the day to acclimatise, greatly improving our chances of successfully reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro on this hike.
After a relaxing breakfast, we trek for about 4 - 5 hours to reach the Zebra Rocks (3980m), a rock formation named after the distinctive black and white stripes on the rocks. Returning to Horombo Hut we enjoy a warm lunch prepared by our mountain team. The afternoon is free for you to relax and rest up before setting off on the next leg of our Marangu Hike the following day. We have dinner in the evening and spend another night at Horombo Hut.
  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

A long and challenging trek awaits us today, lasting about 5 - 6 hours.
Our destination is Kibo Hut with the hiking trail passing the “Last Waterpoint” followed by the so-called “saddle” en route. Today the Kilimanjaro Hike takes us through a barren plateau joining the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi.
Tonight we enjoy an early dinner and get an early night, in preparation for a very early start the next day.
  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

Today is the most exciting day on our Marangu Hike as we will reach the summit of Kilimanjaro!
We start the final stretch of the trek at night while the lava ash is still frozen, making it is easier to walk on. The mountain guide wakes you at 23:00 hrs and by midnight we set off on the long and tough trek to the summit. Making our way slowly but surely up Kilimanjaro we pass the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m. We reach the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, Gillman’s Point at 5715m, as the rises casting its warming rays over the surrounding landscape.
Leaving the cold night behind us we hike for a further 1 - 2 hours to reach the highest point of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak. Standing at 5895m on Uhuru Peak you will be rewarded with magnificent sweeping views of the lower slopes of Africa's tallest mountain and the landscapes below. Here you experience the inspiring sense of achievement at having climbed to the “Roof of Africa”!
We retrace our steps following the same trail back down Kilimanjaro. The now-thawed lava ash makes for a speedy descent to Kibo Hut, where a warm meal and welcome from the mountain team awaits you. After a 1 - 2 hour break to regain strength we continue our Marangu hike to Horombo Hut (3720m), arriving in the afternoon. The evening meal is followed by a well-deserved early night!
  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1840m) – Arusha/Usa River

The final stretch of this Kilimanjaro Hike passes through heath and moor terrain as we return to the Mandara Hut at 2700m. After a warm lunch at Mandara Hut we head back into the tropical rainforest reaching the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m) after 6 hours trekking today.
At the gate we say goodbye to our mountain guides and transfer back to the Green Hills of Africa, where we spent the first night of this hike up Kilimanjaro. Back at the lodge you can warm up with a shower or take a refreshing dip in the pool relaxing after your days on the mountain. The last evening is spent relaxing at the lodge, celebrating your great feat of successfully reaching the summit of the Mount Kilimanjaro!
Our evening meal and last overnight stay will be at the peaceful lodge in Usa River.
  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8: Arusha/Usa River - Kilimanjaro Airport

On day eight you have a hearty breakfast at the lodge, before continuing with your travels or taking a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. This brings your memorable Kilimanjaro Hike via Marangu Route to a close.
  • Breakfast

Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route Itinerary




Altitude gain (m)




Marangu Gate (1840m)

Mandara Hut (2670m)



Beautiful passage through the mountain forest with a chance of seeing the colobus monkeys.


Mandara Hut (2670m)

Horombo Hut (3720m)



Stage through heath and moorland with typical Senecia and Lobelia.


Horombo Hut (3720m)

Horombo Hut (3720m)

↑400m ↓400m

ca 4-5h

Acclimatisation day with a hike to the Zebra rocks.


Horombo Hut (3720m)

Kibo Hut (4700m)



The alpine desert becomes more and more pronounced. Passing the Last Water Point and over the Saddle to the Kibo hut.


Kibo Hut (4700m)

Horombo Hut (3080m)

↑1200m ↓2200m


Start before dawn, at sunrise over Gillmann’s Point to Uhuru Peak. Descent via Kibo to Horombo Hut.


Horombo Hut (3080m)

Marangu Gate (1840m)



Descent through the rainforest to the park gate. A farewell ceremony from the mountain guides and the presentation of the Certificate of Completion of Kilimanjaro.

Find out more about Africa's highest mountain and compare the hiking routes up Mount Kili in our blog post about Climbing Kilimanjaro.

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