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December 14, 2020

Kilimanjaro climb Marangu Route 6 days

Written By signature safari

Arrival : Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi


Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our transfer driver will be waiting for you. He will take you to the  Keys Hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure. You might want to explore the town of Moshi (taxi required) or just relax at the lodge. In the evening you will be briefed by our team on site in preparation of the upcoming trekking tour. You will spend the night will do this briefing depend on your arrive time accommodation will be at .

Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut


We depart Moshi or Arusha 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.

  • Meal Plan: LD Budget
  • Elevation : 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
  • Distance : 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time : 3-4 hours
  • Habitat : Montane Forest

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut


We start the day of  Marangu Route 5Days Climb by 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.

  • Meal Plan: Full Board
  • Elevation :  (ft):8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
  • Distance : 12km/7.5mi
  • Walking Time : 6-8 hours
  • Habitat : Heathland

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut


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.

  • Meal Plan: Full Board
  • Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Hiking Time:6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut


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.

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.

  • Meal Plan: Full Board
  • Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

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

Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi


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 here and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast
  • Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
  • Distance: 20 km/12 miles
  • Hiking Time:5-7 hours
  • Habitat:Rain Forest

Departure Day


The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

*Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania

End of Marangu Route 5Days Climb

Price includes:

  •  All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  •   Airport Transfer
  •   Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  •  Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  •   All meals while on the Mountain
  •    Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  •   Clean, purified drinking water
  •   Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  •   Hut fees (part of park fees)
  •   Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  •   VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  •   Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%)

Price does not include

  •   Tanzania Visa
  •   Tips and gratuities
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  •   Meals not listed in the itinerary
  •   Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
  •   Surcharge for online payment of balance (5%)

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Signature Safari and Tours is comprised of a team who strive always for excellence, celebrated by their clients since the companies inception, we are a group of mountain and safari guides with over twelve years experience in creating and leading adventures summiting our Rift Valley Mountains, including the renowned Kilimanjaro, and going safari onto the endless plain as well as in the wealth of other parks in our beautiful land. Founded in 2006 as a small adventure specialist by a group of friends passionate about the flora, fauna, ecology and geography of our native land, we set out to create an adventure specialist company designing and realising inspirational bespoke adventure experiences for those who choose to travel with us. Signature Safari is one hundred percent Tanzanian owned and operated.

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