KILIMANJARO – 5 Days Marangu Route + 2 N in Hotel

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Travel overview:

Tanzania is one of the most attractive countries in Africa due to it´s diversity of facets. From Kili-manjaro, the breathtaking National Parks, to huge lakes, to the beautiful coast at the Indian Ocean with the offshore islands Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia, the country invites you to stay. Tan-zania is also a true mosaic of ethnic diversity.

Look forward to extraordinary encounters with fascinating people and foreign cultures.


  • Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Day 2: Arusha – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
  • Day 3: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
  • Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
  • Day 5: Kibo Hut – Summit (Uhuru Peak) – Horombo Hut
  • Day 6: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha
  • Day 7: Arusha – Departure – Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport


The most famous and popular route to Kilimanjaro. Most hikers consider it the easiest route to Uhuru Peak. Via the Marangu Route the summit of Kilimanjaro can be reached in 5 days. However, this is not the best way to climb Kilimanjaro because of the lack of time to acclimatize your body and the reduced chance of reaching the summit. The 6-day variant, on the other hand, offers one acclimatisation day. The Marangu Route is the only route with fixed accommodation. The huts are equipped with simple beds and mattresses. All campsites are in direct contact with the national park management by radio.

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport

Welcome to Tanzania! We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to your hotel in Arusha. There you will receive a briefing from us.

Accommodation & Catering: Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spa or Similar (B & B)

Day 2: Arusha to Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Height 1.879m to 2.720m

Distance: 8 km

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rainforest

You will be picked up at your hotel in Arusha and drive to Marangu gate registration (2-3 hours). Afterwards, you will begin trekking through the rainforest to Mandara Huts.

Here you will have an acclimatization opportunity of visiting Mound Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara hut.

Overnight stay: Hut

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Altitude: 2.720m to 3.720m

Distance: 11 km

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast you will out climb the rainforest and continue trekking to Horombo hut where you will trek through rolling moorlands and get your fist clear view of towering Kilimanjaro.

Overnight stay: Hut

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

Altitude: 3.720m – 4.720n

Distance: 9 km

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Alpine desert

After a good night rest and breakfast you will trek past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle a great desert between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. An early dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.

Overnight stay: Hut

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kibo Hut – Summit (Uhuru Peak) – Horombo Hut Camp

Altitude: 4.720m – 5.895m – 3.720m

Distance: 6 km ascent / 15 km descent

Hiking time: 6-8 hours ascent

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Wake at midnight for a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent. Because you will climb to the summit in the dark you will need to have your headlamps/flashlights. It will also be very cold until start descending, so you will need to have all of your warm layers. This is an important time to keep on slowly (pole in Swahili). The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru peak shortly before or after sunrise. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks up steep scree or possibly snow, and reaches Gilman’s point on the crater rim at 5685m 4 and 6 a.m. At this point you will have a view of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit Uhuru peak, here you will spend some time for taking photo’s.

After your summit photos and taking in the view, descend back to the Kibo Hut, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment and continue down trough recross the saddle to Horombo Hut. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.

Overnight stay: Hut

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Horombo Hut Camp – Marangu Gate – Arusha

Altitude: 3.720m – 1.879m

Distance: 19 km

Hiking time: 4-7 hours

Habitat: Rainforest

After a long sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack, continue your descent through the moor-land to Mandara Huts. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates and you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! After lunch you drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! (2-3 hours)

Accommodation & Catering: Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spa or Similar (B & B)

Day 8: Departure – Kilimanjaro Airport

Today we will take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will depart. (Flight time details must be provided)


Total cost if 2 PAX: USD 1.900,– per Person

included in price:

2 nights in Hotel (double room)

Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Hotel

Transfer from hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport

All park entry, camping and rescue fees

All meals, cooked and filtered drinking water on the mountain

Warm water for washing every morning and evening

Oxygen cylinder – for emergencies only

English speaking guides (Wilderness First Responder – certified), cook and carrier

Staff salaries and fees

Transport to / from National Park Gates

First aid kit and pulse oximeter

3 delicious meals daily

On the first day of your hike 3 litres of bottled drinking water will be provided, on the mountain the porters will fetch water from the streams, which will be cooked and filtered for you.

not included in price:

Tips for your guide and porters

Prices do not include sleeping bags

Tips for hotel employees etc.

Soda / alcohol, unless otherwise stated

health insurance

Visa fees

International airfare

Laundry service

Meals not specified in the itinerary

our recommendation for tips:

USD 250 to USD 300 tip per participant for the entire team. Please hand over the total amount to the Chef Guide. The Chief Guide then distributes the tip fairly to the team members.

The tip is an expression of your satisfaction and it is up to you how much you tip.

Persons with reduced mobility:

Our trips are not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

If capacity is available, we will endeavour to offer the requested travel services to guests with reduced mobility. We request that you provide details of the number of people and the type and extent of mobil-ity restrictions for each participant at the time of booking so that we can check whether the booking can be confirmed.

Booking confirmation:

Your booking will be confirmed by e-mail as soon as we have received the deposit of 20% of the cost of your booking and a signed booking confirmation form. The balance is due at least 30 days prior to de-parture. If you book a tour less than 30 days before the departure date, you must make full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us. The deposit is a non-refundable payment and will only be refunded under the circumstances set out in point 5b general terms and conditions

Cancellation conditions:

Cancellation with cancellation fee. The cancellation fee is a percentage of the tour price and depends on the amount at the time of the cancellation.

up to 30 days before the start of the trip 20%.

from 29th day until 20th day before departure 25%.

from the 19th day until the 10th day before departure 50%.

from 9th day until 4th day before departure 65%.

from the 3rd day before departure 85%.

from the 2nd day before departure 100%.

in case of non-appearance 100% of the tour price

Important information about your trip:

In future, travellers to Tanzania and Zanzibar can also apply for an electronic visa ( You can apply for both tourist and business visas as well as multiple-entry visas. Fees range from 50 to 250 US dollars and can be paid by credit card or bank transfer. The existing appli-cation options are to remain in place for a transitional period. According to the Federal Foreign Office, there is no information available as to whether it will still be possible to apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport (as of 30 November 18).

Environmental protection:

When entering Tanzania and Kilimanjaro, plastic bags and plastic bottles are prohibited (solid plastic drinking bottles may be used).


The majestic Kilimanjaro, the name comes from the natives of the Chagga people “Kilemakyaro”, which means an impossible journey, as it was very difficult for them to climb the summit with bad clothes and bad equipment.

Germans were the first explorers to visit the mountain in the middle of the 19th century. They mispronounced “Kilemakyaro” as Kilimanjaro.

The Kilimanjaro National Park covers an area of 756 square kilometers above the 2700 meter high contour. It includes the high mountain and high mountain zones, Shira Plateau, Kibo and the Mawenzi peak. The park preserves the scenic and geological features of Kilimanjaro. The Kilimanjaro lies 330 km 3° south of the equator, at the northern border of Tanzania. The impressive and magnificent Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world.

It consists of three resting volcanoes: Kibo 5895(19340ft), Mawenzi 5149m(16896ft) and Shira 3962m(13000).

Temperatures vary from 30°C at lower altitudes to 0°C at higher altitudes with permanent ice and glaciers. However, no technical skills are required as you can walk all the way to the top!


Climbing tours are physically demanding and we cannot stress the importance of physical conditioning enough. We recommend that you start your training program at least two months before your departure. While strength is important, endurance training should be your main focus. Climbing hills and climbing stairs are both excellent ways to condition your lower body. Start slowly, without the weight of a rucksack, and possibly add more weight as you increase your training pace. Take a long hike (4-5) hours several times with a weight pack (40-60lbs) on and off hills or small mountains. Weigh your backpack with water containers and pour the water out before descending to minimize knee stress. Add running, cycling, swimming, racket sports, basketball, etc. to this activity for additional aerobic conditioning. If possible, try at least two longer hikes of 6-10 hours with at least 3000 feet difference in altitude. A few days before your departure you should rest and drink plenty of water.

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