Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Marangu Route (Hut Accommodation) - 5 Days

Mount Kilimanjaro Uhuru Peak

Kilimanjaro Mountain is highest free standing mountain in African located in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is dormant volcanic mountain and therefore, it is preferred for trekking and is 5,895 meters high above sea level.

The mountain has 3 volcanic cones called the Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi. Mount Kilimanjaro is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park.

Kilimanjaro Mountain has multiple trekking or climbing routes such as Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Umbwe, Rongai and many more. The most famous trekking routes are Marangu, Machame and Lemosho.

Marangu Route is also called as Coca-Cola route. It is the oldest and famous route for climbers. The route is considered to be the easiest compared to other routes. It is the only route that offers huts – dormitory type accommodation, to sleep during the climb.

Machame Route is also called as Whiskey Route. This route is turning to be more popular compared to Marangu Route. The trek is steeper and hard compared to Marangu but you also have more days to climb. Machame route is scenically beautiful.

The route starts from the south gate and east down the southern part of Moutain Kilimanjaro.

Lemosho Route is one of the newer routes established by the authorities. The route starts from the west, passing through Shira Ridge and to Shira camp. Finally it joins into Machame trek. Lemosho Route is also considered to be scenic.

Marangu Route is also called as Coca-Cola route. It is the oldest and famous route for climbers. It is considered to be the easiest route compared to other routes. It is the only route that offers huts – dormitory type accommodation, to sleep during the climb.

Day 1
Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi town

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet, greet by your driver/guide and transfer to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi for your overnight.

Day 2
Moshi Town – Mt. Kilimanjaro Gate

After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, leave Moshi at 9 AM, drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park, and begin hiking at 10:30 AM. In the rain forest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Stop halfway for lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at 2 or 3 PM. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee. A 15-minute side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 PM. Bathrooms with running water are available.

Day 3
Trek Mt. Kilimanjaro

Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast, and pack for your next trek. Break camp by 8:30 AM, hike for an hour through rainforest glades, then follow an ascending path through heathland where you can look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3 PM, where you can see Kibo’s summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available. You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.

Day 4
Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

Wake to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.

Day 5
Kilimanjaro Mountain Trek

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows take you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends.

After your summit stays, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and recross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!

Day 6
Mount Kilimanjaro – Moshi Town

Wake, as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration! Overnight at the hotel.

Price Includes

  • Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi double or triple occupancy (before and after the climb); First night includes breakfast and Last night includes dinner & breakfast
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees
  • Hut/camping fees and tents
  • Tents foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and (Cutlery / Crockery) eating utensils.
  • Rescue fees (required by the National Park)
  • Pulse oximeters
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • Airport transfers (JRO - Kilimanjaro International Airports)
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

Price Excludes

  • Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1 person rate) 
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Mountain equipment (eg sleeping bags)
  • Gear for your climb, Some equipment is available for rent.
  • Routes
  • Items of personal nature (expenses)
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Extra activities (waterfall tour, cultural village visit).
  • Visa fees & travel insurance.
  • Flight tickets

Acclimatization Days: USD 320 per day on the mountain.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Marangu Route (Hut Accommodation)
From $ 1,660.00
per Adult
Number of Travelers Total Cost
1 Adult USD 2,050.00
2 Adults USD 1,730.00
3 Adults USD 1,730.00
4 Adults USD 1,680.00
5 Adults USD 1,680.00
6 Adults USD 1,560.00

Trip Facts

  • Transport to the gate from Moshi
  • 6
  • Trekking/ Climbing
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • 5 days
  • Hut Accommodation

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