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8-day Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition, Marangu Route, led by an American guide

Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

Join a certified mountain guide for this 8-day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route, a shorter route that begins in the rainforest and offers hut-to-hut accommodations.


East African Mountains

8 Days

Feb, Aug - Oct




* A tough yet exhilarating climb to take in the view from the rooftop of Africa

* Complete a seven summit while experiencing stunning landscapes of the mountain

* Professional guides who focus on providing excellent service and safety

* A shorter, less steep route - plus, sleep in mountain huts along the way


Experience the exhilaration of standing on the highest point of Africa during this 8-day journey to the top of one of the seven summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro, via the Marangu route!

Mt. Kilimanjaro is a classic climb that is a life goal for many aspiring adventurers. With this 8-day trek to the peak of the dormant volcano, you can make your dream a reality, as we ascend to 19,344 ft (5,896 m) to witness a spectacular sunset from the roof of Africa. Along the way, we will enjoy the pristine landscapes of Kilimanjaro National Park, passing through many distinct ecosystems and climactic zones as we ascend to higher and higher altitudes on our way to the crater rim.

We will follow the Marangu route during this expedition, a trail that begins among lovely rainforest landscapes. This route is shorter than many of the other trails, ideal for those who have a limited amount time. While still an undoubtedly tough ascent at incredibly high altitudes, it is also considered easier than other routes, with less steep inclines. Instead of setting up camp on the mountain, we will sleep in huts along the way. These huts are equipped with bunk beds, mattresses, and pillows. For more information regarding the route, please review the day-by-day outline below.

We strive to provice a quality experience, with a focus on a great customer service and safety. Your American lead guide will be joined by experienced, English speaking local guides trained in wilderness and high altitude safety. We also provide porter assistance throughout the trip. We also offer pre-trip assistance and planning, so that you arrive in Tanzania fully trained with the appropriate gear for a successful climb. The climb is strenuous. While not a technical mountain, a high level of physical fitness is required, and participants are expected to train. We recommend a training program oriented around strenuous hikes with elevation gains, as well as a strength training regimen.

Book now for this incredible opportunity to complete a once-in-a-lifetime climb to the top of the legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro, a natural wonder of the world!

Check out our other trips on Kilimanjaro and beyond: Mount Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route, 10 days with an American guideMount Kilimanjaro, 9 days on the Machame Route with an American guide, or 10-day Trek to Machu Picchu with an American Guide!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Porters

Price details

Includes: 2 nights at hotel in Moshi (w/ breakfast) before and after the climb, group transfer to and from the trailhead, national park fees including camping and rescue fees, professional experienced guides, porters, camping gear including good quality tents and sleeping pads, meals on the mountain, oxygen for emergency use, information sessions and pre-trip planning assistance. Not included: dinners/lunches in Moshi, visa fee, personal gear and equipment.


Day 1: Arrival

Arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), where you will meet your guide for your transfer to the lodge in Moshi. Meet the other members of your group for a final briefing and gear check.

Day 2: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Vehicle transfer to Marangu Gate (6,046 ft/1,843 m). We begin the trek through a rainforest landscape, with opportunities to spot Colobus monkeys and birds along the way. We stop at Mandara Hut (8,858 ft/2,700 m) for the night.

Distance: 5 mi/8km

Time: 5 hours

Elevation gain: 2,800 ft/900 m

Day 3: Horombo Hut

We cross the moor today as we get our first glimpse of the summit of Kilimanjaro. This is a long strenuous hike at higher and higher altitudes, so we will take it slow and steady. We stop at Horombo Hut for the night (12,205 ft/3,720 m).

Distance: 7 mi/12 km

Time: 6-8 hours

Elevation gain: 3,300 ft/1,000 m

Day 4: Mawenzi Hut and back

Today we explore the mountain a bit in order to give us a chance to acclimatize. We venture to a high point at Mawenzi Hut (14,160 ft/4,315 m), noting the unique flora and fauna of this part of the mountain. From there, we descend back to Horombo Hut for the night.

Distance: 6 mi/10 km

Time: 3-5 hours

Elevation gain/loss: +/- 1,900 ft/600 m

Day 5: Kibo Hut

We ascend to the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. This is a long, tough day as the trail steepens and altitude grows higher. However, the views make the challenge worth it. We end at Kibo Hut (15,430 ft/4,703 m) for the night.

Distance: 6 mi/10 km

Time: 6-8 hours

Elevation gain: 3,200 ft/980 m

Day 6: Summit Push!

We leave the hut around 1-2 am to begin our summit push.  The last ascent of 3,600 ft (1,100 m) will last 6-8 hours as we cross over Gillman’s Point and complete the remaining distance to the summit at Uhuru Peak (19,344 ft/5,896 m). Upon arriving at the summit, we watch a spectacular sunset over the Great Rift Valley and celebrate our achievement.

We descend back to Kibo Hut for lunch, then to Horombo Hut for the night.

Total distance: 14 mi/22 km

Time: 6-8 hours to summit; 4-5 hours descent

Elevation gain: 3,924 ft/1,196 m to summit

Elevation loss: 7,139 ft/2,176 m

Day 7: Marangu Gate and Moshi

We complete our descend of the mountain, walking back through the lovely jungle back to Marangu Gate for our vehicle transfer back to Moshi for a relaxing evening.

Distance: 12 mi/20 km

Time: 5-7 hours

Elevation loss: 6,100 ft/1,900 m

Day 8: Depart

End of trip. Transfer back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home, or continue your adventure with an optional safari.


About the guide

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At Miyar Adventures, we know that every trip is as much about discovering yourself as it is about discovering the world. Miyar was founded because of our passion for climbing - a passion we will strive to share with you whether you join us for a trip close to home or in a remote corner of the Himalayas.

We strive to be your trusted companion as you chase your life-long dreams. We believe it is our duty to ensure that you are safe and that you have fun every time you climb with us.

We want to make climbing accessible to all adventure-seekers, regardless of their age and climbing background. And when we go climbing with seasoned climbers, we make sure they have enough of a challenge.

Miyar's guides have relevant training through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) for the terrain in which they guide. This includes training in rock climbing, ice climbing, glacier travel, and snow sports, as well as avalanche training and Wilderness First Responder or higher level medical certification.


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What people are saying about Miyar



Sandeep and his wife, Jasmine, are lovely guides! We did a 1 day intro to rock climbing excursion with them and we had a great time! They communicated well and provided us with a fun and safe day of climbing. They chose routes based on our experience and taught us a lot. I highly recommend hiring Miyar Adventures. We have already shared their info with friends and family.


Five days of awesome is all I can say. Glen our instructor and guide was extremely knowledgeable. I had previous glacier mountaineering experience and his techniques were so much more efficient than what I had been taught. To top it off we had a great summit day.


Whole group summited! Huge thanks to the guides for helping us all get there! It's certainly not an easy climb, but the entire experience was fantastic. Especially loved the snow skills training on the second day. Lots of fun was had practicing the self arrest & team arrest. The team arrest training was a huge confidence builder to see that I wasn’t going to take the entire team down if I fell The lead guide (Glen) was fabulous. You can tell he really enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with the guests on his trip. Folks in the store are super helpful as well. Sandeep (owner) is great, and have talked with him in the store & via email several times to get advice. Great pre-trip guidance (including a meeting the night before the climb to make sure you have all the gear you need & nothing you don’t), and you can tell how much Sandeep cares about making sure every guest has a great experience. Lots of reasonably priced gear rental options available here as well if you aren’t sure if mountaineering is for you. Considering a Kili trip while I’m still in good hiking shape, and they’ll be the first place I look at if I decide to book.


I took the Mountaineering skills course (5 days) in Baker. I learned so much about Glacier travel, rope management, crevasse rescue, and much more! Glen, our guide was awesome and highly knowledgeable. We also got to summit Mt. Baker during the course which was the most magical part! I HIGHLY recommend them!


Myself and my daughter climbed Mt. Baker with Miyar Adventures via Easton Glacier route, Simon was our guide. The whole experience was epic in many ways. Simon's knowledge is excellent, I would trust him 100% in any situations that may come up on the mountain. We learned a lot and it was fun. The overall organization from Miyar was great (including informational emails from Jake and communication with Sandeep). Great company that I would choose again in a heartbeat.

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