Marangu is a classic, well established Kilimanjaro trekking route that continues to be a popular route to summit Kilimanjaro. The relative comfort of sleeping in huts is especially welcoming for climbing Kilimanjaro in the rainy season (March to May and November).
The route is a gradual ascent on well maintained tracks. On the final summit ascent there is a steep zigzag trail up to Gilman’s Point. The route then flattens out on the crater rim, finishing with an easy, gradual ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak.
The ascent and descent to Marangu gate is on the same Kilimanjaro trekking route which can result in a higher volume of traffic at busy times.
Marangu: 6 trek days.
Arrive into Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Moshi hotel for overnight. (Airport transfer and dinner not included.)
Transfer to Marangu gate (1800m) to start trekking on Marangu route through montane forest with enticing glimpses of colubus monkeys in the canopy. Reach the first hut at Mandara (2,700m) in 3 to 4hrs.
Increasing altitude means a slower hiking pace through alpine meadows to arrive at Horombo Hut (3,720 – 5 to 6 hours).
This is an acclimatization day. You can rest, socialize, enjoy the scenery and take opportunities to photograph the environment. Join your mountain guide for an optional easy hike up to Zebra Rocks. From here you can get good views of Mawenzi peak. After a picnic lunch, take a slow hike back down to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight (3,780m).
Continue on Marangu route trekking through the rugged and rocky landscape to cross the Saddle to Kibo Hut for a rest and a Kilimanjaro summit briefing (4,700m – 5 to 6 hours).
The final ascent is made around midnight while the scree is still frozen. There is a steep climb to Gilman’s Point (5,680m – 5 to 6 hrs). The route then flattens out along the crater rim. Your goal, Uhuru Peak (5,895m) can be reached in 1 to 2 hours. After a short rest and snacks on Kilimanjaro summit, start the descent on Marangu route to Kibo Hut for breakfast and another rest before returning to Horombo Hut for a final overnight.
From Horombo Hut it is an easy return on the same Marangu trail to reach the national park gate. After picking up certificates, join the waiting vehicle to return to Moshi and the hotel for overnight (dinner not included).
Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure or on to another activity (priced separately).