Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

8 Days | Set out to conquer Africa’s highest peak

5 out of 5 based on 57 reviews submitted.
Walking & Trekking
USD $3,179
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Take on Kilimanjaro on an eight-day trekking adventure. This is the most popular and direct of the mountain routes and the only one serviced by mountain huts to provide protection from the elements. With one guide for every two passengers and a team of porters, all you have to do is focus on the incredible views and keep your footing, while the crew keeps you safe and sound. 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.

Trip overview

Map of Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route including Tanzania, United Republic Of
Moshi, Tanzania
Moshi, Tanzania
Walking & Trekking
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Sleep in mountain huts during your trek and enjoy an included acclimatisation day at Horombo Hut to give you the best chance of reaching the summit.
  • Travelling with experienced guides – the best on the mountain – plus trained porters, you'll be in good hands, with one guide for every two trekkers.
  • Passing through vast grasslands, giant cacti fields and alpine meadows, all against dramatic mountain backdrops, the Marangu Route is popular for good reason.
  • Hike Kilimanjaro's climactic last stretch by lamplight and give yourself as much chance as possible to watch a sunrise over icefields from behind Africa’s highest peak.
  • We’re an official partner with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. Hike easier knowing that while our porters are taking care of you, there’s someone looking out for them.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Although no mountaineering experience is required, a good level of physical fitness is necessary to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to be comfortable walking 6–8 hours uphill a day. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it harder than your average uphill hike. You can find our detailed guide to tackling Mt Kilimanjaro here
  • The sky’s the limit! Sections of this trip take you above 2800 metres (9200 ft), where it is common to experience altitude sickness.
  • Temperatures at night can get very low when you're above 3500 metres, so clothing and a sleeping bag made for this kind of climate are essential. You can hire this at the beginning of your trip if you need, but make sure you speak to your travel agent or an Intrepid representative for details.
  • Your safety comes first. All our guides and trekking leaders have been trained by independent, UK-based medical specialists and are proficient in first aid. They also carry oxygen cylinders on all treks for emergency use.
  • You must be prepared to share the huts along this route with between 3 and 11 other people who may be of a different gender.
  • 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!
  • Some passengers on this trip may have been travelling together prior to the start of your trip. See what you're missing out on in the Serengeti & Kilimanjaro adventure – search trip code YGOMC on the Intrepid website for more information.


Map of Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route including Tanzania, United Republic Of



7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners




Hotel (2 nights), Mountain hut (5 nights)

  • Complimentary Sleeping Bag and walking pole hire ( must be requested at time of booking )
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Trek Briefing
  • Fully catered trek including National Park entrance fees, climbing fee, mountain huts & rescue services (5 days)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Services of experienced English speaking mountain guides (first-aid qualified) cooks and porters (a minimum of 1 guide to every 2)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Return transfers from hotel to park gate
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Porterage of 1 bag (9kg/20lb max)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Emergency oxygen and comprehensive first aid kits
  • Marangu - Kilimanjaro Porters Assitance Project

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 2,3,4,5,6 (Mountain huts) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A Self-Assessment Form is required for this trip. Your booking agent will provide you with this form at time of booking to fill out before arrival.
3. The cabins used during your trek are multishare for 4–12 people per cabin.
4. Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters (9200 feet) where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
5. Please make sure you arrange your flights in order to arrive at the starting hotel before 4 pm on Day 1 in order to attend the very important pre-climb briefing and information session that is usually held before dinner.

Essential Trip Information

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5 out of 5 based on 57 reviews submitted.
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Luke · Traveled January 2024
This trip is fantastic. A genuine rainforest to tundra experience. We all made the summit in good time and watched the sunrise over the glaciers. Our guides (Vendelin, Asifiwe), porters (Richie Rich, Raphael, Willy Willy & Emanuel) and cook (Asha) were so passionate about their work and supported us all the way there and back. Bucket list item - check.
Review submitted 13 Jan 2024

Ajay · Traveled December 2023
I had a fantastic trip with a successful summit to Uhuru Peak. This wouldn’t have been possible with out the support of the whole Intrepid crew. Joshua (our lead) did a fantastic job in ensuring everyone was safe and successful. His briefings were very helpful and provided valuable information to the group for preparing mentally for the challenges that would come. His assistants (Celine and AJ) were instrumental as well in completing Joshua’s leadership throughout the trek. Asha (our “stomach engineer” -group chef) did an awesome job in preparing all meals and ensure we were fueled for each day. Porters were amazing as well in not just carrying bags and supplies but also interacting with us as well. Highly recommend this trek with Intrepid!
Review submitted 23 Dec 2023

Alexandra · Traveled December 2023
I had an absolutely amazing, once in a lifetime experience and cannot recommend enough!
Review submitted 23 Dec 2023

Bruno · Traveled November 2023
Rocky’s team has been amazing on every aspect, All the staff has been working really hard to help all of us to summit the Kilimanjaro.
Review submitted 10 Nov 2023

Paul · Traveled October 2023
All I can say is Joshua and the team were amazing, friendly, attentive, supportive, sociable, humours, dedicated and professional. It was an amazing experience made better by the guides and the amazing people I got to meet and share the experience with
Review submitted 17 Oct 2023
Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route
USD $3,179