6 Days Marangu Route Trek

6 Days Marangu Route Trek

6 Days Marangu Route Trek

Trip Introduction

6 Days Marangu Route Trek

Marangu Route is the most popular and also one of the most scenic routes. It is the only route with an established hut system so trekkers have the added luxury of hut accommodation and dining. Your trip starts when we pick you up from the airport at Kilimanjaro from where we will take you to the hotel in Moshi for the night. You will be introduced to your mountain guide and we will ensure you have all the necessary gear for the climb.

This 6-day tour to climb Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route gives you an opportunity to increase the chance of reaching the summit since most of the tourist have been complaining about the factors which made most of the visitors not to reach the summit. Among the reasons was the shortage of ascending time which does not allow the body to have enough time to acclimatize.

This additional day has proven to be the most efficient solution to tourists who find it difficult to acclimatize faster within 5 days of their climb.

Itinerary » 6 Days Marangu Route Trek

Day 1: Marangu gate– Mandara Hut

Elevation gain: (1700m to 2740m) – (5,500ft to 9,000ft)

Distance: 8 kilometers

Time: 3 hours

After breakfast and short briefing from our professional and experienced mountain guides, our driver will take you for about an hour drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate via the attractive Marangu village. As you arrive, you will register at Kilimanjaro National Park Authority offices and commence the climb. You will walk through the rainforest to the Mandara hut located at (9,000 ft. / 2,740 m.) as you arrive at Mandara hut you will have a short rest and later in the evening you will go for a side trip to Maundi Crater where it’s a good way to acclimatize see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania.

Dinner & Overnight at: Mandara Hut

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation gain: (2,740m to 3700m) – (9,000ft to 12,100ft)

Distance: 11 kilometers

Time: 5 hours

Around 8:30 a.m. morning after breakfast you will start trekking to Horombo Hut. After 1 hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo Hut. The view of Kibo summit and Mawenzi are both stunning and shinning in clear days. In most cases, giant lobelias and groundsels are found on your way.

Dinner & Overnight at: Horombo Hut

Day 3: Acclimatization Walk

On this day your guide will take you for a day trip of which you will have time to visit zebra rock located 3 kilometers away from Horombo hut and hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. Mawenzi Ridge is a unique landscape that offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we will head back to Horombo Hut. These activities will give you an opportunity to acclimatize with the environment in order to prepare for a fresh climb the next day. Also spending an extra day gives a wide change of body for successful climbing to the roof of Africa.

Dinner & Overnight at: Horombo Hut

Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation gain: (3700m to 4700m) – (12,100ft to 15,400ft)

Distance: 9 kilometers

Time: 5 hours

Early morning after breakfast the trek will take us to the last water point, walking on the saddle of Mount Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heartland but then disappears into a desert-like structure. At Kibo you will have your dinner, take a nap and at the middle of the night around 23:30 hour you will prepare for the summit climb.

Kibo Hut to Summit

Elevation gain: (4,750m to 5,895m) – (15,580ft to 19,340ft)

Distance: 6 kilometers

Time: 6 hours

Around midnight, awake for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The hike begins with a demanding five-hour hike to Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. Although this is considered to be the easiest of the three crater ascent paths, it is still extremely difficult. The first major rest stop, William’s Point, lies at 5000 meters and is approximately a two-hour hike from Kibo Hut. Continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will take you to Gillman’s Point (5,681 meters). The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and as far as hikes go, not very difficult.

The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Horombo Hut.

Dinner & Overnight at: Kibo Hut

Day 5: Summit Mount Kilimanjaro - Horombo Hut

Elevation loss: (5,895m to 3700m) – (19,340ft to 12,100ft)

Distance: 15 kilometers

Time: 7 hours

On the way down from the summit, you will see all of the magnificent views you could not see on the way up. Stop for a short break and snacks at Kibo Hut before continuing to Horombo Hut. You will arrive at Horombo Hut in the afternoon and enjoy your last night on the mountain.

Dinner & Overnight at: Horombo Hut

Day 6: Horombo Hut - Marangu Gate

Elevation Loss: (1,800m to 3,720m) - (12,200ft to 5,905ft)

Distance: 19 kilometers

Time: 5 hours

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi.

Dinner & Overnight at: Panama Garden Resort

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6 Days Marangu Route Trek

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