The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive 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. All your equipment and supplies are pottered and a cook prepares all your meals.
Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m) Hiking time: 5 hours | Distance: About 12 km's | Habitat: Montane forest. After B/fast, Drive from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Marangu National Park gate. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Make sure that you have all your day pack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. Picnic lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Mandara Hut 2700m. (Full Board).
Mandara hut (2700m) - Horombo hut (3720m) Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 km's | Habitat: Moorland. After B/fast, Continue your climb passing through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. B/fast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Horombo Hut 3700m. (Full Board).
Horombo hut (3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m) Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 km's | Habitat: Alpine desert. After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the "Saddle" (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. B/fast, Picnic lunch, Dinner and rest till 23h30.
Summit Attemp, Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m). Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru - 6 hours to descend to Horombo | Distance: 6 km's ascent - 21 km's descent | Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit. You will rise around 23h30, you shuffle off into the night. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. The total time spent walking on this day is around 13 - 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Evening overnight Horombo Hut (3700m).
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Our Vehicle and Driver will be waiting for you to transfer you back to Moshi/Arusha/JRO.