6 Days Marangu Route

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6 Days Marangu Route


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6 Days, 5 Nights



Group Size

10+ People

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6 Days Marangu Route Climbing, known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Many favour the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its more gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts with dormitory-style accommodation.

The Marangu route is an extremely popular one as it attracts a lot of climbers of all ages and climbing experiences. Add in the fact you have a hut and a foam mattress at the end of the day as opposed to a tent making this the most manicured of routes.

Joining Safaris offers the Marangu route both in 5 and 6 days and the route is the same for both options with the difference being one extra day at altitude.

We strongly advise you to opt for this extra day which gives you the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the mountain.

Included All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
Professional, experienced, mountain guides
Guides, Porters, Cook salaries, and park fees
Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
All meals while on the Mountain
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Conservation fees (part of park fees)
Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
Rescue fees (part of park fees)
VAT (18% charged by the Government)
Kilimanjaro summit certificate
Excluded Tanzania Visa
International and domestic flights
Hotel (available as an optional addon)
Transfers (available as an optional addon)
Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags,hiking boots,clothes,etc (« for renting)
Tips and gratuities
Travel insurance
Personal Expenses (e.g.laundry, telephone,beverages,etc.)
Meals not listed in the itinerary
Liquors,beers and bottled beverages
Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

Tour Plan

Day one of 6 Days Marangu Route Climbing, after breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: LD

Day two of 6 Days Marangu Route Climbing, you leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland
  • Meals: BLD

Day three of 6 Days Marangu Route Climbing, Rest day at Horombo Hut with optional hike by Mawenzi Peak.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

Day four of 6 Days Marangu Route Climbing, Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with the upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest and prepare for the summit climb.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD

Day five of 6 Days Marangu Route Climbing, very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD

Last day of 6 Days Marangu Route Climbing, after breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through the moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through a lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

  • Joining Safaris vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).
  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: B

Let’s plan with Joining Safaris for an unforgettable 6 Days Marangu Route journey, where every step brings you closer to the summit and an experience that will linger in your heart forever. Elevate your senses and conquer Kilimanjaro in style!


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