The Marangu Route is the main route and by far the most popular way up
Kilimanjaro. The majority of the route is a wide graded trail.
The accommodation is also the "best"., i.e. bunk beds are
provided in "A" frame huts (all other routes are tent only).
The forest is very beautiful and Maundi Crater is worth a visit just for
the flowers and scenery. The route also affords wonderful views of
Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks.
This route is the easiest and should be taken by those who feel
less confident with their climbing ability. However the trail is the
most heavily used trail and one may not feel alone in the wilderness.
This is a benefit in some situations as this is the only route with
emergency evacuation. The Marangu Route often books out in the high
season, pre-booking is therefore necessary. It generally takes five
days for the round trip:
Day 1: Marangu to Mandara Hut
Day 2: Mandara to Horombo Hut
Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Day 4: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut
Day 5: Horombo Hut to Marangu
The schedule, trails and accommodation are designed to allow visitors to
acclimate. An extra day at Horombo, Mawenzi or Kibo Huts is recommended
for additional altitude acclimatization.
Day 1: After an early morning pick up from your hotel in Moshi or Arusha
will drive to the Marangu Gate. We will spend 1-2 hours at the Park
Headquarters at Marangu Gate for registration, payment of fees and final
packing. After as somewhat leisurely walk you will arrive in Mandara,
hopefully avoiding the rain showers that sometimes fall in the afternoon.
From the gate, you ascend a cleared ridge trail, formerly a vehicle track
to Mandara Hut. The cleared trail is the fastest way to Mandara, but
opportunities to see wildlife or enjoy the forest are limited due to the
heavy foot traffic. An alternative is to ascend along the parallel forest
trail and descend on the main trail. The forest trail branches off to the
left, a few minutes after the gate, and follows the edge of a stream
through the undergrowth. About halfway (1 1/2 hrs from the gate) you can
choose to cross the stream and rejoin the main trail, or continue on the
forest trail. Both trails continue on opposite sides of the stream,
merging about one hour before Mandara Hut.
Day 2: From Mandara Hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest
and skirts the base of Maundi Crater, crosses a meadow and a wooded
stream, then emerges into grassland. It is well worth the short detour to
scramble up to the rim of Maundi Crater for a superb view of the mountain
and its surroundings. The trail crosses numerous moorland ravines
before ending at Horombo Hut, which is set in a rocky valley with a fine
stand of giant senecios.
Day 3: From Horombo Hut there are two trails to the Saddle. The right fork
is very stony and eroded, but is the most direct route to the Saddle and
Mawenzi. From the Saddle (about 2 hrs from Horombo), there are trails to
Mawenzi Hut (1/2hr) or Mawenzi Tarn Hut (2 1/2 hrs) and across the length
of the Saddle to Kibo Hut (3 hrs). The left fork from Horombo Hut is an
easier trail and emerges on the Saddle much closer to Kibo and about one
kilometer from Kibo Hut.
Day 4: The trail to the summit lies directly behind Kibo Hut, to the west.
It is normal to start this day's climb at 2 am or earlier. (There are
three reasons to do this: to see the sun rise over Mawenzi from the top of
Kibo, the loose stone scree is frozen ómaking it easier to climb, and
you can get back in good time). The first part is an uneven trail which
leads to the Hans Meyer Cave, a good rest point. After that, the trail
makes more regular switchbacks most of the way to the top, with a last
scramble over rocks to Johannes Notch and Gilman's Point. From there, the
trail continues along the rim past Stella Point to Uhuru Peak.
As you descend the scree from the rim back to Kibo Hut, it is tempting
to run fast, but this can result in clouds of irritating dust and even
unpleasant falls. The return to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast
compared to the ascent.
Day 5: Descend from Horombo Hut. You can easily make Mandara Hut by
lunchtime, and continue to the Park gate and Marangu in the afternoon.
We will meet you and return you to your hotel...for that long awaited hot
Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut 3-4 hrs (The forest trail is slower)
Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut 5-7 hrs
Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut 5-6 hrs
Kibo Hut to Giliman's Point 5-6 hrs
Gilman's Point to Uhuru Peak: 1-2 hrs
Mandara Hut - 2700 m. This is a group of comfortable, wooden A-frame huts.
The largest cabin has a downstairs dining area and an upstairs dormitory
with bunk beds and mattresses; smaller huts sleep 8 each. The total
capacity is 60. Water is piped into site from springs above and flush
toilets are behind the main cabin.
Horombo Hut - 3720 m. The buildings are similar to Mandara, but total
capacity is 120. Water is piped from the stream behind the huts. Do not
use this stream or its valley as a waste disposal area. There are platform
toilets south-east of main hut, about 80 m down the slope and new flush
toilets have been built within the complex of small huts.
Kibo Hut - 4700 m. This stone built block house with a small dining-room
and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor has bunk beds
and mattresses for 60 people. Water: None, so we bring an adequate supply
from the 'Last Water' stream above Horombo Hut. Platform toilets are
behind the hut (to the southwest).
All huts are fairly basic and heavily used, but they provide more
comfort than sleeping in a tent. All other routes up Kilimanjaro use
All prices include all park
fees, salaries of guides/porters/cook,
all meals on the
and transfer to/from Arusha or Moshi. Discounts can also be arranged for
larger groups. Not included: tips
and items of a personal nature.
||Price Per Person
|5 Day Marangu Route
||1360 US dollars
||200 US dollars