5 Day Tanzania Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Climb


Perfect for the first time climber who loves a challenge with great rewards!

The Marangu route is the easier of the paths to conquer the mighty snowcapped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you need an optional acclimatization day we can reschedule to 6 days.

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Day 1: Moshi to Kilimanjaro gate – (Mandara Hut)

Take a short drive from Moshi /Arusha town to the Kilimanjaro Park Gate which lies at the edge of Marangu. This is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations.

After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby, and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well.

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Day 2: Mandara Hut - Horombo Hut

The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland, and in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach Horombo Hut.

Sunrises and sunsets here are often very stunning, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut]

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Day 3: Horombo Hut-Kibo Hut Through Desert Saddle

We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! 4-5 hours walking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

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Day 4: Kibo Hut to Summit-Horombo Hut

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic screen, but there are some well-graded zig-zag tracks and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise.

Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night.

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Day 5: Safari to Kilimanjaro Retrace through Forest

We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates to Moshi/Arusha town. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is.

End of 5 day Kilimanjaro climb Marangu route.


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