5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Itinerary

5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.

5 Days Variation Combines day 3&4 from 6Days Marangu Route, Trekking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut without Acclimatize day on Mawenzi Ridge,

5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Itinerary:

Day 0: Arrival Tanzania.

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International airport and transferred to Arusha for your overnight stay.

  • Overnight: Kiliwonders Hotel Moshi
  • Meal Plan: HalfBoard.

Day 1: Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut

  • Elevation (Ft): 6,046 Ft To 8,858 Ft
  • Distance: 8 Km/5 Miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 Hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

We Depart Moshi For Marangu Gate For The Necessary Formalities Before Beginning Our Trek. The Hiking Trail Begins By Ascending A Beautiful, Tropical Rain Forest. At The Upper Edge Of The Forest Line, We Have The Opportunity To See Blue Monkeys. The Trail Then Widens To Expose Beautiful Hillsides Until We Reach Mandara Hut.

Day 2: Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut

  • Elevation (Ft): 8,858 Ft To 12,205 Ft
  • Distance: 12 Km/7 Miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 Hours
  • Habitat: Heath

We Start The Day Continuing Through The Forest Until The Trail Opens Into High Moorland. We May Get Our First Views Of Kibo And Mawenzi Peaks – Two Of The Three Volcanic Peaks That Make Up The Summit Of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3: Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut

  • Elevation (Ft): 12,205 Ft To 15,430 Ft
  • Distance: 15 Km/6 Miles
  • Hiking Time: 8-9 Hours
  • Habitat: Heath

This Is An Extra Day Meant For Acclimatization And Can Be Spent Day Hiking On Mawenzi Ridge. The Unique Landscape Offers Motivating Views Of Kibo And Mawenzi. After Spending A Few Moments Exploring The Area We Head Back To Horombo Hut, then We Climb Gradually, Then Cross The Lunar Desert Of The “Saddle” Between Mawenzi And Kibo. Our Camp, Kibo Hut, Sits At The Bottom Of The Kibo Crater Wall. Once Here We Rest, Enjoy An Early Dinner To Prepare For The Summit Day.

Day 4: Kibo Hut To Uhuru Peak

  • Elevation (Ft): 15,430 Ft To 19,341 Ft
  • Distance: 6 Km/4 Miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 Hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Very Early In The Morning (Around Midnight), We Begin Our Push To The Summit. This Is The Most Mentally And Physically Challenging Portion Of The Trek. The Wind And Cold At This Elevation And Time Of Day Can Be Extreme. We Ascend In The Darkness For Several Hours While Taking Frequent, But Short, Breaks. At Gilman’s Point (18,600 Ft), You Will Be Rewarded With The Most Magnificent Sunrise You Are Ever Likely To See Coming Over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, We Arrive At Uhuru Peak- The Highest Point On Mount Kilimanjaro And The Continent Of Africa.

Uhuru Peak To Horombo Hut

  • Elevation (Ft): 19,341 Ft To 12,250 Ft
  • Distance: 16 Km/10 Miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 Hours
  • Habitat: Heath

After Spending A Few Moments Taking In The Plains Of Africa And Your Accomplishment, We Descend To Horombo Hut. Later In The Evening, We Enjoy Our Last Dinner On The Mountain And A Well-Earned Sleep.

Day 5: Horombo Hut To Marangu Gate

  • Elevation (Ft): 12,205 Ft To 6,046 Ft
  • Distance: 20 Km/12 Miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 Hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

On Our Last Day, We Have A Long Trek Mostly Downhill Through The Tropical Rainforest. Once At The Park Headquarters At Marangu Gate, We Collect Our Summit Certificates. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us to Airport. (One More night in the hotel is Recommended).


Price Item Includes:

  • 1 Nights’ accommodation at the hotel.
  • Return transfers between the hotel to the start / finish point of a climb.
  • All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping / hut fees and climbing permits.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).
  • Chief guide carries a Pulse Oximeter.
  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid).
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
  • All mentioned activities unless labeled option.
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the Climb.
  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.
  • Hut’s fees
  • Water for washing up daily.
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
  • All Airport Transfers.

Price Item Excludes:

  • International and airport taxes.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Passport and travel visa requirements (Tanzania visa is required).
  • Compulsory tips for crew/day from group (average tip is anything from USD $20/guide | USD $15/assistance guide | USD $10/Chef | USD $5/@porter.
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Accommodation after Trekking (available on request).
  • Visa fees.
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.

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