Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in just a few days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier than on the Machame route. This is not always the best way due to a shorter acclimatisation period. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain.
Day 1:NAIROBI – ARUSHA
After breakfast, pick up from Nairobi hotel and thereafter, depart for Arusha arriving in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon organising any gear you require for the trek.
Overnight at your Arusha hotel.
Day 2: ARUSHA – MANDARA
After breakfast, drive to Moshi then on to the Marangu Park Gate, the set off point for your three hour hike to Mandara Hut in which you cover 9 km. Here, we are at 2,774m above sea level on your first overnight on Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: MANDRA – HOROMBO
Begin your trek to Horombo hut in an average hiking time of 8 hours, lunch enroute. In clear weather Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be seen.
Dinner and overnight at the hut, altitude 3,761m.
Day 4: HOROMBO – KIBO
After breakfast, hike 13 km to Kibo hut, 4,732 m above sea level in an average hiking time of 6 hours. You will now encounter spectacular mountain vegetation like lobelia, giant cactus and groundsel.
Day 5: HOROMBO VIA GILMAN’S POINT AND UHURU PEAK
Wake at 02.00 a.m. for a pre-down attempt of the summit. It takes 5 hours to Gilman’s Point 5,681 m above sea level. From Gilman’s it takes 1 hours to the summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5,896 m above sea level. Descend to Horombo hut for overnight.
Day 6: HOROMBO – ARUSHA
After breakfast, descend to the Marangu Park Gate via Mandara. You will be transferred to your Arusha hotel for overnight.
Day 7: ARUSHA – NAIROBI
After breakfast depart for Nairobi on the morning or afternoon shuttle
Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
All park entrance fees to include government taxes
Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.
Meal plan as detailed
All park entrance fees.
Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain