Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking in 5 days via the Marangu route

Get to the top of Kilimanjaro in just 5 days via the easiest path, the Marangu route with one of our certified mountain guides.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

5 days

Mountain Range

East African Mountains

People per Guide

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Get to the top pf Mount Kilimanjaro via the easy Marangu route in just 5 day.

  • Explore the amazing flora and fauna of the area on your way.

  • The route offers a stay in comfortable mountain huts instead of camps.

 

Apart from being the oldest route, the Marangu Route is also considered as the easiest path to the summit. So, join us on this amazing expedition as we take you to the highest point in Africa in just 5 days!

Located in the Kilimanjaro National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) is the highest mountain in Africa and is a popular climbing destination for many hikers.

Out of the available routes, Marangu is well developed and offers a fairly constant climb. It is also known as the Coca-Cola route and is the only route that offers a stay in comfortable mountain huts instead of camps.

We’ll begin the journey from Arusha and head to the Marangu gate. Here, after the necessary paperwork, we’ll set on our trail. Passing through dense rainforest, we’ll get to Mandara hut and Horombo Hut the following days. Here, you will notice a change in vegetation with forest giving way to moorland. 

Horombo Hut offers spectacular views of the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo and the Masai steppe. Continuing further, we’ll get to Kibo Hut and take rest to prepare for the summit hike the next day.

The following day, starting just past midnight while it is still dark, we’ll scale to Gilman’s Point just in time to see a beautiful sunrise. From there, a good hike of about 1- 2 hours will take us to Uhuru Peak, the top of Kilimanjaro.

The summit offers exceptional views of the neighboring peaks. After enjoying our time, we’ll descend via Mandara and get back to the Marangu gate to end this thrilling trip.

Send a message to book your seat on this exciting adventure in Tanzania. We’ll be happy to guide you. You can also ascend the peak via the Machame route.

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
1480 USD

Group of 2
1480 USD

Group of 3
1480 USD

Group of 4
1480 USD

Group of 5
1480 USD

Group of 6
1480 USD

Group of 7
1480 USD

Group of 8
1480 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
  • Clean, drinkable water during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping pad
 Pride does not include: Flights, Sleeping Bag, Drinks, Visa fees, Tips and Travel Insurance.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 0Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport – JRO Arusha

    We’ll receive you from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transfer you to Tulia Hotel and Spa (or similar in Arusha). In the evening, we’ll brief you about the pre-climbing and check the climbing equipment.

    Included: Bed and Breakfast

     

  • Day 1Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

    After tea, we’ll leave for Kilimanjaro National Park gate – Marangu. Post necessary paperwork you will soon be hiking through dense rainforest. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the black and white colobus monkeys scrambling through the lush vegetation.

    After a good hike of about 3 to 4 hours, we’ll reach the Mandara Hut. Later, you’ll visit Maundi Crater to see some wonderful views.

    Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 2Trek to Kibo Hut

    The trail leads to the last waterpoint, which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly plantless plateau links the summit of Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is Kibo Hut and it should be reached in about 5 to 6 hours. We’ll rest early to get enough rest for the upcoming summit hike. You will be woken at around 11 pm.

    Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 3Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo

    We’ll start in the middle of the night when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave (5,220 m), the climb takes us to Gilman’s Point (5,681 m) on the crater rim just before sunrise.

    Another hike of 1 to 2 hours, takes us to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa. The descent follows the same path and the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent. After lunch at Kibo Hut, we’ll get down to Horombo Hut and stay overnight.

    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 4Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

    Starting early at 1:00 am, we’ll reach Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is a bit steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags that will take us to the Point in about five or six hours.

    For those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing by the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area.

    The descent is surprisingly fast and we’ll return to Horombo for the night. Total hours: 11 to 15.

  • Day 5Horombo to Mandara Marangu, back to Arusha

    After breakfast, passing via Mandara Hut, you’ll traverse moorland and lush forest to get to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Marangu, from where you’ll be transferred to Tulia Hotel and Spa or a similar hotel in Arusha.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Accommodation

Hotel and Mountain Huts

 

About the Guide

 
 

Mack was born and raised in Arusha, northern Tanzania, in a lovely Ilmaasai tribe family. He is the eighth child of ten and has spent the majority of his career as Tour Guide covering East Africa.

Mack studied Information Communication Technology and has also specialized in the field of Procurement and Supply Management. However, he feels at home in the African wilderness!

Travel and Tourism Management is where his heart lies. As he gained more experience, Mack realized that he wanted to create safaris of his own using the skills he acquired during his travels. He wanted to use his personal touch to provide the best possible customer experience! His intense love for nature and conservation has contributed richly to the quality of the safaris he offers.

Mack has the uncanny ability to coordinate and organize tours for large groups of people making his tours a hassle-free and seamless experience.

 
 

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What People are Saying about Kiliholidays Tours and Safaris

 

Communications were smooth and planning with this company made me no troubles. The hiking itself was also hustle-free, guides were proffesional, chef was cooking tasty, porters did their work properly. So our way to summit was easy-going (and succesful too). Reccomended
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Yaroslav
I am so glad we booked with Kiliholidays! Mack, the owner of the tour company, was excellent in communicating with me via email! He was quick to respond to all of my questions and concerns. We booked two tours: Mt. Kilimanjaro 6-day Marangu route and also a 3 night/4 day safari. Both were amazing and unforgettable experiences! For Mt. Kilimanjaro tour: what can I say, we LOVED our guides Paroko and Baracka!!! They were so friendly, encouraging, helpful and wonderful to talk to! Our porters and cook were also fantastic! Perhaps bring an extra blanket to keep you warm during the cold nights as the sleeping bags they provided could have been better, but other than that, we had a great time! For our safari, we went to Tarangire, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. Each park was beautiful and our guide, Thomas, was excellent! He was able to find so many animals for us. It was crazy how sharp his eye was! We saw the big 4 on the first day thanks to him! We stayed at Farm of Dreams Lodge andTukaone Camp. WOW!!! Loved both!!! Loved the comfort of a wonderful hotel at Farm of Dreams Lodge and the awesome experience of “glamping” at Tukaone!!! Very glad we booked with Kiliholidays! Very transparent, trustworthy company that delievered what they promised in our discussions!
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Michelle
My friend and I recently trekked to Mt. Kilimanjaro with Kiliholidays. We had a wonderful time!!! Our guides Paroko and Baracka were AMAZING! They were so friendly, patient, encouraging, and helpful! We loved talking to them and learning more about Tanzania! The rest of our team, the porters and cook, were just as friendly and warm. Everything we had discussed in our e-mails with Mack prior to the trek were executed as advertised! My only recommendation is you might want to bring a warm blanket as it can get very cold and the sleeping bags they provide are not the most warm. As with all tours, especially something as serious as going on a week-long climb, make sure to discuss all the fine details of the trip beforehand to ensure you know precisely what is included and what will cost extra, such as oxygen, sleeping bags, walking poles, etc. We made sure to ask these questions and Mack was excellent with communicating with us. Loved his transparency and honesty. For the price and service provided, I would definitely recommend booking with Kiliholidays!!!
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micha789
Very well organized. Clear informations, safe all the time... guide was beyond expectations!
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