6 days marangu route Highlights

A six-day trip to ascend Africa’s highest peak, using the popular Marangu Route. Expect a variety of landscapes, perhaps some wildlife on the lower slopes... This six-day trip to majestic Kilimanjaro allows for extra acclimatization time, giving you an excellent chance of reaching the snow-capped summit. You will have a private vehicle to take you to and from the mountain; on the mountain, your accommodation on this trip will be in comfortable huts.

Day 1 Airport Pick-Up - Drop Off At Hotel

A member of Jerry Tanzania Tours hospitality team greets you upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). He will drive you to your hotel, which will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay after a long flight, such as: pleasant rooms with hot showers, a restaurant with delicious choices, genial service team and access to the Internet.Your briefing, in the course of which your guides will provide all the details of the forthcoming trek, takes place in the evening. They will answer your questions and make sure you are properly equipped for the trek, providing rental gear when necessary.

Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort

Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi

Day 2 Moshi – Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut

After an early breakfast at your hotel (07.00), you depart one hour later and arrive at the Marangu Gate around 9.00, ready for registration and the start of the trek. Excitement builds as the porters load up equipment and you meet the trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain. Starting on the south-east side of Kilimanjaro, at an altitude of 1,879 metres and finishing the day at 2,720 metres, your total walking time today to Mandara Hut – where you will spend the night – is around 3.5 to 4 hours (excluding breaks), during which you cover just over 8 km.

You start the walk-in mid-morning, take your picnic lunch at around 13.00, and then continue the walk until you reach the hut at 16.00. Dinner is served at 18.30. Today’s walk, though almost entirely uphill, is a pleasant one, with perhaps the chance to see some blue monkeys or to admire the rainforest vegetation on the ascent. The rainforest is the chief feature of today’s landscape. Look out for the bright red impatiens kilimanjari flower, a symbol of the mountain. At the end of the day, the giant heathers and bearded lichen begin to show themselves for the first time. The Mandara A-frame Huts feature solar-powered lighting. Water is supplied from a stream and there are flush toilets. As you will be sleeping in dormitory-style accommodation with others, bringing some earplugs is advisable.

Accommodation: Mandara Hut

Hiking Time And Elevation: 4 hours, from Marangu Gate (1,879 m) to Mandara Hut (2,720 m)

Day 3 From Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut

Your early 07.00 breakfast prepares you for an 08.30 departure and today your 11 km walk will take between 5.5 and 6 hours of actual walking time (excluding breaks) and you will climb a total of 1,000 metres to the finishing-point at Horombo (altitude: 3,720 metres).

On the way you will enjoy your picnic lunch at 13.00, before continuing your climb and arriving at the hut at Horombo around 16.00. Dinner will be served at 18.00. On today’s walk, you will note that the forest landscape is quickly replaced by moorland and heather, as your route takes us past the renowned Maundi Crater. Altogether, the scenery today becomes more barren, but nevertheless some of Kilimanjaro’s iconic plant species can be seen today. Look out for the fascinating giant groundsels, lobelias and proteas. If you are lucky enough to have a clear day, you should get the first chance to see the snow-capped peak of Kibo and also the distinctive Mawenzi peak. Like Mandara, Horombo also consists of A-Frame huts and caters for those on the way up the mountain and those on the way back down. Once again, you will be in dormitory accommodation.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Hiking time and Elevation: 6 hours, from Mandara Hut (2,720 m) to Horombo Hut (3,720 m)

Day 4 Horombo Hut – Mawenzi Ridge – Horombo Hut

Today, after breakfast you will hike to Mawenzi Ridge (4,389 m) for further Acclimatization with your guide, On the way you will enjoy your picnic lunch at 13.00, before returning to Horombo Hut for another night. Dinner will be served at 18.00.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Hiking time and Elevation: 6 hours, Horombo Hut (3,720 m) – Mawenzi Ridge (4,389 m) – Horombo Hut (3,720 m)

Day 5 From Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut

Today, you ascend a further 983 metres, cover around 9 km and aim to arrive at the hut at Kibo for your overnight stop by around 15.00. Once again, you start early, with a 07.00 breakfast and a 08.30 departure.

Where the path divides today, you choose to take the southern (left-hand) route. On this path you take the opportunity to fill up your water reserves at the Maua River, the last useable water supply at a height of around 4,000 metres. At first today’s stage is rather steep, and there is less vegetation, but you are rewarded with your first sight today of some of the famous ‘cones’ of Kilimanjaro. Picnic lunch is once again scheduled for 13.00. After the Maua River, you climb towards the Mawenzi Ridge and across the barren, dry terrain known as the Saddle and head for the huts, which are at the bottom of the Kibo summit. Dinner tonight is at 17.30 and you are advised to get to bed early, in preparation for the midnight departure for the summit. Kibo Huts are made of stone and quite basic.

Accommodation: Kibo Hut

Hiking time and Elevation: 6 hours, from Horombo Hut (3,720 m) to Kibo Hut (4,703 m)

Day 6 Ascent to Uhuru Peak and Descent To Horombo Hut

Your schedule for your ‘Summit Day’ is very different. Rising at 23.00, you take your tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure. Today, you have 1,192 metres to climb, on what will be your toughest day, with around 13 hours of actual walking time and a distance of 21 km

Your expectation is to reach the summit from 07.00 onwards. You begin on a rocky path, and then climb via a series of zig-zags which get ever smaller.

Your reference points on your ascent today are, first, William’s Point (5,000 metres), Hans Meyer Cave (5,151 metres) and then Gilman’s Point (5,685 metres). The focus today is on walking slowly. On reaching the top, you take time to celebrate the successful climb, take photos and congratulate yourself, then make the descent to return to Kibo hut for about 11.00 and take a very well-deserved, two-hour rest and enjoy a welcome hot lunch. Setting off again at 14.00, you continue your descent until you reach Horombo for about 17.00. Dinner will be served at 19.00.

Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Hiking time and Elevation: 13 hours, Kibo Hut (4,703 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) to Horombo Hut (3,720 m)

Day 7 Descent From Horombo Hut To Marangu Gate – Moshi

After breakfast at your now-familiar time of 07.00, you take the chance to thank your hard-working guides and porters at the ‘Tipping Celebration’. You depart from Horombo and start your descent down towards Marangu Gate, stopping at Mandara for a hot lunch at around midday.

Marangu Gate is reached by around 16.00, and today’s section is around 19 km which takes 6.5 to 7 hours of walking time. Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, recognizing your tremendous effort. You then return by vehicle to Moshi, to the comfort of your lodge, for your overnight stay and some deserved relaxation. Or perhaps, if you still have some energy, you can celebrate your wonderful achievement. After all, you have just climbed Africa’s highest mountain!

Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort

Hiking time and Elevation: 7 hours, from Horombo Hut (3,720 m) to Marangu Gate (1,879 m)

Day 8 Departure - Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 11.00.(In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room use which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)

As a transfer service to the airport is included in this package, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travellers who have booked to go on safari, our Jerry Tanzania Tours guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.

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Jerry Tanzania – Transfers:
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park.

  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel.

Jerry Tanzania Trip Safety:Helicopter Rescue

A Helicopter Rescue Service will be provided to Air transfer you before dark from the Mountain to hospital in Moshi during Emergency (This Service will only be applicable if you have Travel Insurance which covers up to 6,000 meters above sea level and also includes helicopter evacuation, weather permitting Helicopter Rescue will be organized.

Jerry Tanzania – Trip Crew:
  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are well-equipped to handle medical emergencies as they have undergone various High-Altitude Medical Emergency Training to save the lives of climbers who fall sick on the mountain.

  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, porters, cooks, etc.).

  • One night at the hotel (Panama Garden Resort or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool).

  • Accommodation in huts on the trek.

Please Note:

All hotel accommodation is based on a sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer. Single occupancy in a hotel is available upon request and extra chargers apply. Single accommodation is not available in huts while on the trek, because it is the park rangers who assign the trekkers to the huts.

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the trek.

  • All meals on the trek. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. In our menu you will find different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost.

  • All drinks on the trek (juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Entrance Fees:

All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, hut fees, crew fees, rescue fees and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Hiking and safety equipment:
  • Mountain Huts

  • Foam Mattresses

  • Communal Dining Spots

  • Simple Toilets - Flushable And "Long Drop".

  • Crockery And Cutlery.

  • Dry Bag (To Protect Your Duffel Bag).

  • Oxygen Cylinders And Oximeters.

  • GPS-Tracking Service.

  • Complete Medical Kits.


Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman’s Point (5,685 metres) or Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres).


Travel Insurance:

We advise you to purchase Travel insurance for your Kilimanjaro trek as it protects you from accidents and unforeseen circumstances, you’d never dream of happening on your once-in-a-lifetime trek.

Make sure your travel insurance covers you for:

  • Emergency Rescues

  • Overseas Medical expenses

  • Delays in flights and other delays, etc.

Entry visa for Tanzania:

$100 per person for USA Citizens and $50 per person for All Other Nationalities (read climbing Mount Kilimanjaro guide for more details).

Personal & Medical items:
  • Wet wipes

  • Sun cream

  • Prescription medication

Tips for the trip crew:

Here’s an average of tipping scales on Kilimanjaro:

  • $20 – $25 for a chief guide per day.

  • $15 – $20 for an assistant guide per day.

  • $12 – $15 for a cook per day.

  • $6 – $10 per porter per day.

These figures are per party, not per climber. It is perfectly acceptable to give less or more than these figures.

Normally, the porters do not summit. Yet, there is a special breed of them - the so-called “summit porters” - who reinforce the climbing crew for the very final leg of the trip. These people help the guides to make sure that every climber is safe and comfortable. Together with your guides, the summit porters will be carrying hot tea, biscuits and oxygen to make sure that you are warmed and energized to keep trekking to the summit. Please show your appreciation for any help you receive by tipping these porters directly. We would suggest an extra tip of $20.

Personal Gear:
  • Though all group camping equipment is included in our Kilimanjaro packages, your personal outfit (mostly clothes for climbing) is not. Thus, you should bring all personal gear for your Kilimanjaro adventure. Our consultants will let you know what you will need for the expedition.

  • If you do not have certain gear, you may hire everything necessary from us. All equipment is new (we renew our stock every six months). However, remember that personal gear hire is not included in your tour price and extra fees apply.

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