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

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.




Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

East African Mountains

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Feb, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip



  • 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!

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Price per person

Group of 1
2889 USD

Group of 2
2889 USD

Group of 3
2889 USD

Group of 4
2889 USD

Group of 5
2889 USD

Group of 6
2889 USD

Group of 7
2889 USD

Group of 8
2889 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 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 1Arrival

    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 2Marangu 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 3Horombo 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 4Mawenzi 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 5Kibo 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 6Summit 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 7Marangu 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 8Depart

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


Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)


Stella Maris Lodge (or equivalent pending availability) near Moshi. On the mountain we will sleep in huts that have dining halls, bathrooms, and bunks with mattresses and pillows


About the Guide


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.



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