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Marangu Route 6 Days
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Marangu Route 6 Days

Mount Kilimanjaro

Marangu Route 6 Days

$1404

per person

The Marangu Route is the oldest on Kilimanjaro and is also one of the most popular – mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers.

Unique and Affordable Kilimanjaro climb Marangu route 6 days Budget Climb Start a $ 650 guiding serves per person. The budget conscious are often attracted to the cheaper price point of this route. Taking this route over 6 days will greatly help you with an extra acclimatization day.

Suitable for: Moderate fitness with previous trekking experience ideal
Pros: One of the shorter routes, this may be an option for those on a tight time frame and/or budget. With accommodation in huts it can also be a good option during rainy season.
Cons: Trek goes ascends and descends via the same path and approaches the summit from the steeper route via

The Marangu Route is the oldest on Kilimanjaro and is also one of the most popular – mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatization period, so we recommending to taking Marangu route 6 days trek.

The Marangu route does however offer you the many option of spending  acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends Marangu route 6 days  trek is greatly increasing your chances of success. However, the success rate with the Marangu route is much lower compared with other Kilimanjaro route.

Shared hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals. The main itinerary difference between the Marangu 5 day and 6 day routes is the additional acclimatization day at Horombo Hut. Kibo Hut are always recommend to have at least 1 day in town before starting your trek.

This route and it is a great choice for those coming during rainy season (March through June -because let’s face it, camping is no fun in the rain!). Taking this route over 6 days will greatly help you with an extra day of acclimatization.

This route has wonderful views and opportunities of both peaks of Kilimanjaro* (Kibo and Mawenzi). It is worthwhile noting that it is the only route of Kilimanjaro where you ascend and descend using the same route.

 

 

 

 

  • Departure
    Moshi Town to Marangu Gate
  • Departure Time
    Please be ready by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Return Time
    Approximately 1:00 PM in the last day.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, cold weather jacket, gloves, pants, spare clothing.
  • Include
    Emergency oxygen
    Park Fees
    Helicopter Rescue
    Taxes
    Camping Facilities
    Transfers to and from the park
    Crew salaries
    Sleeping tents
    Guides
    Sleeping Mat
    All meals while on tour
  • Not Included
    Climbing gears
    Meals not listed
    Visas
    Personal expenses
    Travel insurance
    Tips and gratuities
    Personal trekking equipment
    Airport Transfers
    Hotel Accommodations
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Day 1: Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: Approximately 12 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Moshi and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980m). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rain-forest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the look out for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! After 3-4 hours of ascending, you will reach the Mandara Hut (2700m). Each hut has 6-8 sleeping bunks (sleeps 60 hikers total) with solar generated lighting. Next to the central hut there are flush toilets. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!
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Day 2: Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Moorland
Following breakfast, hikers will begin their ascent out of the rainforest and into the heathen moorland. Hikers will pass the Maundi Crater and are able to climb up to its rim for a spectacular view of the Kibo Crater. In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. After 6 hours of hiking, you will reach Horombo Hut (3720m). Horombo Hut sleeps 120 hikers and is located on a small plateau. Similar to the first night, the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this site.
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Day 3: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Acclimatization Day

At Horombo Hut, you will spend the day allowing your body to acclimate to high altitude. You will have the option of doing a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for further acclimatization with your guide. Breakfast and dinner will be at the hut and lunch will either be packed or at the hut depending on your preference for the day.
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Day 4: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
Following an early morning breakfast, you will continue your ascent into the alpine desert habitat. Hikers have the option of 2 trails that lead to Kibo Hut (4700m). The upper route (located to the right of the fork) is the same trail used the previous day for the day hike to Mawenzi Hut. The lower route (located to the left of the fork) is the more popular route because it is a shorter hiking distance (1 hour shorter).
Kibo Hut is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. There is no water at this camp, but hikers can buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!
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Day 5: Summit Attempt - Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru and 6 hours to Horombo
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers ascent and 21 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours.
At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m). You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.
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Day 6: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 27 kilometers
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m). The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive Kilimanjaro certificates. After receiving certificates, you will drive back to your hotel in Moshi.

Tour Location

The Marangu Route is the oldest on Kilimanjaro and is also one of the most popular – mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers.

Kilimanjaro Route Map

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Number of People Price in USD
1 1,524
2 1,404
3 1,394
4 1,374
5 1,369
6 1,369
7 1,362
8 1,354
9 1,352
10 1,349
 

Hotels: We offer the following hotel options

Hotel/Lodge Name Price Per Night in USD
Panama Garden Resort (Single Room) USD 80 per night
Panama Garden Resort(Double Room) USD 100 per night
Panama Garden Resort (Triple Room) USD 150 per night
The Secret Garden USD 18 per night
The Hibiscus Moshi USD 35 per night
Kilimanjaro Cottages (Single Room) USD 35 per night
Kilimanjaro Cottages (Double Room) USD 56 per night
Kilimanjaro Cottages (Triple Room) USD 84 per night
Parkview Inn (Single Room) USD 71 per night
Parkview Inn (Double Room) USD 81 per night
Parkview Inn (Triple Room) USD 160 per night
Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) USD 130 per night
Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) USD 145 per night
Kilimanjaro Wonders (Triple Room) USD 160 per night
Gears: We offer the following ad-dons to your gear
Private Toilet USD 90
Sleeping Bag USD 40
Duffel Bag USD 20
Head torch USD 10
Oxygen Cylinder USD 76
Transfers: We offer the following transfer options
Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way) USD 30 per vehicle
Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way) USD 30 per vehicle
Arusha to Moshi (one way) USD 50 per vehicle
Moshi to Arusha (one way) USD 50 per vehicle

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