Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu Route



Price per couple

$4,800 USD


Walking & Trekking

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.


Start: Marangu, Tanzania

Finish: Marangu, Tanzania            

Countries: Tanzania

Theme: Walking & Trekking

Physical Rating: 5 out of 5



Why you'll love this trip

  • Stay in one of Northern Tanzania's most historic buildings and explore the lush tropical surrounds of Marangu
  • Taking the Marangu route to climb the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro allows you to stay in the comfort of huts
  • Travelling with experienced guides and porters, you'll be in good hands, with one guide for every two passengers
  • Spot monkeys hiding in the jungle on your way to Mandara Hut
  • Walk through stunning alpine zones, watching the scenery shift as you gain altititude
  • Hike Kilimanjaro's climactic last stretch by lamplight, reaching Africa’s highest point
  • We are an official partner of IMEC’s Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). This means all of our climbs have been assessed and scored based on a number of criteria, all of which are designed to ensure the proper treatment of porters on the Mountain. Read more here:


Is this trip right for you?

  • You'll need a good level of fitness for this trip. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it much harder than your average uphill hike. The going will be slow as your body adjusts.Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
  • Your safety comes first. Our experienced guides will monitor each passenger for any signs of acute mountain sickness. If you show any signs, you'll descend immediately with a guide.
  • Hiking for several days without a shower can be tough – be prepared for some dust and dirt. A mask, wet wipes and face washer may become your best friends!
  • The huts along this route sleep between 4 and 12 passengers and will be mixed-gender. 
  • Tried and tested all-purpose hiking equipment is required. Temperatures at night can get very low when you're above 3,500 metres, so warm clothing and a sleeping bag are essential. You can hire this equipment if need be.

Departure Dates

Start: 21-Oct-2018 Finish: 27-Oct-2018 Trip Code: EA-GUSI181021
Start: 02-Dec-2018 Finish: 08-Dec-2018 Trip Code: EA-GUSI181202
Start: 09-Dec-2018 Finish: 15-Dec-2018 Trip Code: EA-GUSI181209
Start: 16-Dec-2018 Finish: 22-Dec-2018 Trip Code: EA-GUSI181216

How to book

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What we need to complete your booking: 

  • Full name, as per passport
  • Personal E-mail & telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number and nationality
  • Passport issue and expiry dates
  • Emergency contact name and telephone number
  • Dietary and/or medical needs


Path to Uhuru Peak
Mountain Hut
Uhuru Peak



Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania. Please make sure you arrange your flights to arrive at the hotel before 4PM on Day 1 in order to attend the very important pre-climb briefing and information session that is usually held before dinner. Pick up at Kilimanjaro airport then transfer to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort. Rest of the day at leisure as you wait for the evening meeting where your climb starts with a full briefing and kit inspection before dinner by an experienced Kilimanjaro chief guide, in preparation for the start of our trek.

Accommodation Style - Hotel

After breakfast, begin your hike from Kilimanjaro Resort to Mandara Hut, a distance of 5 miles (approx. 3–5 hours). First you will meet your guides and porters after breakfast. Each person will have a personal porter, and there are extra porters for camping equipment and food. It takes about 15 minutes to get to Marangu Gate at the entrance of the Mt Kilimanjaro National Park (6,102 feet). We will register as a group, which can take some time, depending on how busy it is. From here it is a long but easy walk through dense rainforest to the first mountain hut. In the forest, you will find many species of brightly colored birds and different types of monkeys. We'll walk through giant heather on our way to Mandara Hut (8,940 feet) where we will stop for the night. From here you might choose to take an optional walk to the nearby Maundi Crater. If the skies are clear, take in excellent views of the nearby town of Moshi far below.

Accommodation Style - Mountain Hut

Your second day on the mountain involves another long hike over a slightly steeper stretch. The total distance from Mandara to Horombo Huts is 7.5 miles (approx. 5–7 hours). Today you will see the rainforest give way to open and rolling alpine meadows dotted with giant heather trees. Once out of the forest canopy, the twin snow-tipped peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi lie directly ahead. These are two of the three great cones of Kilimanjaro (the other being Shira). During the day's walk, we will traverse several ravines before reaching the hut, which is set in a rocky valley. There is time to enjoy a wide variety of vegetation and changing landscapes on the way to Horombo Hut (12,402 feet). We will spend the night here at the hut.

Accommodation Style - Mountain Hut

Today we walk the 6 miles or so from Horombo to Kibo Hut (approx. 5–7 hours). As the journey progresses, you will notice the landscape gradually becoming more rugged and rocky, and the air noticeably thinner. To adhere to this, we will adjust our walking speed and pace ourselves. Marvel at giant groundsels and lobelias while you travel across the sparse moorland. Skirting Mawenzi Peak, arrive at the stark lunar landscape of the Saddle. Reaching Kibo Hut in afternoon (15,551 feet), take the opportunity to have an early night. 

Accommodation Style - Mountain Hut

Your guides will wake you up at 11PM and hot tea will be served. Prepare for the last leg of the trek – to the summit. The distance from Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak is 4 miles (approx. 6–8 hours), and the descent to Horombo will be approximately the same amount of time. The trek begins beneath the stars as we zigzag our way up a large scree slope, guided only by torch light, to reach Gilman's Point (18,652 feet). With some luck, we'll arrive in time for breathtaking views of the sun rising behind Mawenzi Peak. This is the stretch that most people find the hardest, and you should be prepared for a very cold morning. The dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields of the crater will make the early start worthwhile. For those who still have the energy, it's a further walk (approx. 2 hours) along the rim of the crater to Uhuru Peak (19,344 feet), the highest point in Africa. From here there are amazing views of the crater, ice fields and plains below. After photos and time to catch your breath, descend back to Horombo Hut for a well-earned rest.

Accommodation Style - Mountain Hut

Continue your descent through alpine meadows and rainforest to the park gate. The distance from Horombo to Marangu Gate is 12 miles (approx. 5–6 hours). Here your transport awaits and you will return to the Kibo Hotel for a relaxing shower – a real treat after the physical exertions of the last few days! Over a celebratory meal, we can relive and share our experiences of the past five days on the mountain.

Accommodation Style - Hotel

Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter, check out followed by a transfer to the airport for your departure flight depending on the flight timings.

More about your trip


  • Hotel – 2 nights
  • Mountain Huts – 4 nights


Meals not included

  • Host Couples are responsible for the full cost of group meals, not included in the itinerary, and will be reimbursed by WinShape Marriage upon return from their trip.
  • Additionally, Host Couples are responsible for billing all meal time non-alcoholic drinks to a separate tab which will also be reimbursed upon return by WinShape Marriage.


  • Private minibus transfers



  • English Speaking Leader throughout


Airport Transfers

Arrival and departure transfers are included in trip pricing, on a group basis. If you are arriving outside the group flights, private arrival and departure transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.


  • International airport departure tax
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check in or late check out at hotels
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Host Couples will be reimbursed for all additional expenses upon return*



Package Price

In order to book, a non-refundable deposit of USD 800 per couple is required and the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to departure. Single supplements must be requested at the time of booking. All transfers, pre-trip and post-trip accommodations must be requested 90 days prior to departure.

Pricing per couple: $4,800 USD

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