6 Days Kilimanjaro Challenge Climb – Marangu Route

Tour Summary:
The Marangu route offers a well-developed and gradual trail to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is considered to be one of the most comfortable and easiest routes, as your climb is moderate and constant with only the final leg to the summit being slightly more challenging. Overnights stay will be arranged in simple mountain huts.

Mikumi National Park

Area Covered

Kilimanjaro Mountain.

  1. Marangu Gate
  2. Mandara Hut
  3. Horombo Hut
  4. Kibo Hut
  5. Uhuru Peek

Day 1-6 | Tanzania

Day 1
Start: Marangu Gate (1,860 m)
Finish: Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 840 m
Walking time: 3-4h

Day 2
Start: Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
Finish: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 1,000 m
Walking time: 5-6h

Day 3
Start: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Finish: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 280 m ↓ 280 m
Walking time: ca 4-5h

Day 4
Start: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Finish: Kibo Hut (4,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 1,000 m
Walking time: 5-6h

Day 5
Start: Kibo Hut (4,700 m)
Finish: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Altitude: ↑ 1,195 m ↓ 2,195 m
Walking time: 12-14h

Day 6
Start: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Finish: Marangu Gate (1,860 m)
Altitude: ↓ 1,860 m
Walking time: 6-7h

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and e taken to the Bristol Cottage Hotel in Moshi Town. The rest of the day is for you to do as you please. You can opt to spend the day relaxing in the hotel or exploring the surrounding area and town (short taxi drive away). In late afternoon, you will be briefed by our team on what to expect on your upcoming trek.

The night will be spent at Bristol Cottage Hotel. Dinner included.

Day 1: Moshi – Marangu gate (1,860 m) – Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
After breakfast, you will be taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at 1,840 m. Upon completion of the necessary paper work, your trek commences and soon you will be hiking through the dense rain forest of Marangu. Looking up, you might have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the thumb less black and white Columbus monkeys. After you have reached the Mandara Hut (2,700 m) in approximately 4 hours and had time to catch your breath, you will have the option to join a walk to the Maundi Crater. Here, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Kenyan interior as well as of the gleaming lakes which share the border between Kenya and Tanzania.

You will stay the evening at Mandara Hut. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,700 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
An early breakfast strengthens you for the trek ahead and shortly after leaving Mandara Hut, you will reach the crossroads between Horombo Hut and Maundi Crater. Heading in the direction of Horombu Hut, the vegetation will change to shrubs and you will cross the open moorland, reaching your destination in approximately 4 – 6 hours. Looking back your path will already be shrouded in clouds, and looking forward you will catch glimpses of Mawenzi, Kibo peak and the Masai steppe.

After your evening meal you will drift off to sleep at the Horombu Hut. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Zebra Rocks is on the agenda today so that your body can acclimatize to the altitude. Acclimatization plays an important role in improving your chances to reach the summit, and this 2 to 4 hour trek offers you the opportunity to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh air. Zebra Rocks (3,980 m) is named after the distinct black and white stripes covering the rock formation. A hot lunch will await you upon returning and the rest of the afternoon is for you to enjoy the spectacular views around you and regain your strength for tomorrow’s hike.

You will stay another night at Horombu Hut. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Kibo Hut (4,700 m)
After breakfast, a long and tough journey to Kibo Hut awaits you. The vegetation slowly changes into alpine desert and you will pass the ‘last water point’ on your way to the so-called ‘saddle’, a plateau situated between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. You will arrive at the Kibo Hut in about 5 to 6 hours and go to bed straight after dinner as the summit calls for an early start at approximately 23:00 h.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5: Kibo Hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
The summit day has finally arrived, and at around midnight when the lava ash is still frozen, you will start your ascent. Your path will be strenuous with only the headlights to light our way. You will pass the Hans Meyer Cave at 5,200 m and slowly make your way up. Gilman’s Point at 5,715 m will be reached as the sun rises over the crater rim. You will continue another 1 to 2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). The cold is soon forgotten as you stand on the ‘Roof of Africa’, basking in the rays of the morning light. After a well-deserved photographing opportunity, you will descend along the same path. The lava ash will now have thawed, allowing for a faster descent. Upon your arrival at Kibo Hut, a warm meal and approximate 2 hours rest awaits you, before you continue down to the Horombu Hut where you will stay the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6 Horombo Hut (3,700 m) – Marangu Gate (1,860 m) – Moshi
The surrounding vegetation becomes greener as you continue your descent and soon you will arrive at the Mandara Hut (2,700 m) where a hot lunch awaits you. The journey back to the park gate gives you another chance to observe the beautiful tropical rain forest and spot anything you might have missed on the way up, like the Impatiens Kilimanjaro Flower which is endemic to the rain forest on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Arriving at the gate, you will say goodbye to your mountain crew and will be taken back to Moshi Town at Bristol Cottage Hotel. At the hotel you can enjoy a shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight stay arranged at Moshi Town Bristol Cottage Hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After a relaxing breakfast, you will either be taken back to Kilimanjaro Airport, or alternatively, you can continue with your travel plans, such as extending your trip to include a safari tour or a relaxing holiday on Zanzibar.


Private trekking: Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route
From: Arusha
To: Arusha
Min. number to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants: Private climb
Departure day: Any day of your choice
Price: From 1,500 USD (4-6 pax) to 1800 USD (2-3 pax)
Single Supplement: 50 USD

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain huts
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers
  • Sleeping bags
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc
  • Travel insurance