Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

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Conquer the highest peak in Africa, mighty Mt Kilimanjaro.

This classic Tanzania trek is the most popular route to Mt Kilimanjaro and the only one serviced by mountain huts to provide protection from the elements. We hike along the most direct path to the summit of Kilimanjaro and cover the trail in just five days, with the help of experienced guides and porters. Hike through forests and alpine meadows, over rocky ravines and past lunar landscapes to the spectacular summit of Africa's highest peak. The panoramic views from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro must be seen to be believed.

  • Spot monkeys hiding in tropical rainforest
  • Visit Marangu and explore the lush tropical surrounds
  • Travel with a group of experienced guides and porters
  • Walk through surreal hanging moss forests and moonscapes
  • Hike Kilimanjaro's climactic last stretch by lamplight
  • Trek to Africa's highest point
  • Experience an incredible African sunrise from Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Gaze over the vast plains of Tanzania

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Marangu, Tanzania
  • Finish:

    Marangu, Tanzania
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 16
  • Meals:

    6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (2 nts), Mountain hut (4 nts)
  • Transport:

    Minibus
  • Included activities:

    Fully catered trek including National Park entrance fees, climbing fee, mountain huts & rescue services (5 days), Services of highly experienced guides and porters

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    209kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit in order to secure a Kilimanjaro climb permit ( AUD1000, USD1000, EUR800, NZD1000, GBP650, CAD1000, ZAR8000, CHF900 ). Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.

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Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Summary

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Day 1 Marangu

Welcome to Tanzania. Travel to Marangu and admire the cloud-covered summit of the upcoming challenge - Mt Kilimanjaro. Perhaps get warmed up for the trek with a walk around the hotel's sprawling tropical gardens.

Day 2 Mandara Hut

Start the Kilimanjaro trekking adventure by getting to know the team of guides and porters. Set off with a hike through lush rainforest and spot monkeys and brightly-feathered birds in the overhead canopy. From the base at Mandara Hut, enjoy an optional walk to nearby Maundi Crater.

Day 3 Horombo Hut

Get muscles pumping on a trek to Horombo Hut. Rainforest gives way to rolling alpine meadow and the path crosses several ravines before reaching the hut. Spend the night in the shadow of twin snow-tipped peaks, Kibo and Mawenzi.

Day 4 Kibo Hut

Heading higher towards the peak of Kilimanjaro, hike up progressively more rugged and rocky terrain and notice the air start to thin. Skirt the stark moonscape of the Saddle to reach Kibo Hut.

Day 5 Uhuru Peak/Summit

Close to midnight, wake and enjoy a cup of tea before zigzagging up a scree slope by lamplight. Arrive at Gilman's Point in time to rest tired legs and watch the sun rise from behind Mawenzi Peak. Continue the final trek upwards and pass along the rim of a crater to reach the highest point in Africa. At 5,896m, the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro offers simply unforgettable views of the crater, the ice fields and the distant East African plains.

Days 6-7 Marangu

Descend through alpine meadows and lush rainforests to Marangu and celebrate the end of a memorable Kilimanjaro trek with a warm, hearty meal and a well-earned hot shower or relaxing bath.
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