6 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

TRIP OVERVIEW

The renowned Kilimanjaro Marangu Route, spanning 6 days, continues to captivate numerous visitors seeking an unforgettable experience. The journey to Kilimanjaro involves shared huts with bunk beds for accommodation, and the ascent culminates at Gilman’s Point on the Kibo Volcano’s rim. The return journey follows the same path of ascent.

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Day 1: Mandara Huts
  • Starting Elevation: 6,464FT / 1970M
  • Ending Elevation: 8,924FT / 2720M
  • Distance: 5 Miles / 8KM
  • Time: 3-5 Hours
  • Climate Zone: Afromontane Forest

After breakfast, depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park. Upon reaching the park gate, your crew will finalize preparations. After completing formalities, begin the hike from Marangu Gate. A picnic lunch is enjoyed en route, and by afternoon, you arrive at Mandara Hut. Optionally, a short walk to Maundi Crater is available in the afternoon.

  • Starting Elevation: 8,924FT / 2720M
  • Ending Elevation: 12,205FT / 3720M
  • Distance: 7 Miles / 11KM
  • Time: 5-7 Hours
  • Climate Zone: Afromontane Forest

Following breakfast, set out for Horombo Huts. Given the significant altitude gain, maintaining a gentle pace is recommended to gradually acclimate. Arrive at the camp by mid-afternoon to relax. Two nights are spent here for altitude adjustment.

  • Starting Elevation: 12,205FT / 3720M
  • Ending Elevation: 12,205FT / 3720M
  • Distance: 6 Miles / 10KM
  • Time: 4-5 Hours
  • Climate Zones: Afromontane Forest / Heath

Today is dedicated to acclimatization, allowing flexibility in its length. To enhance acclimatization, a hike to higher altitudes towards Mawenzi Volcano is undertaken. Clear weather provides spectacular views from the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The afternoon sees a return to Horombo Huts for relaxation.

  • Starting Elevation: 12,205FT / 3720M
  • Ending Elevation: 15,486FT / 4720M
  • Distance: 6 Miles / 9KM
  • Time: 4-6 Hours
  • Climate Zones: Heath / Alpine Desert

An early start leads to the final hut before the summit attempt. Progress to Kibo Hut involves collecting water at the last water point and ascending the saddle. The alpine zone unfolds towards the base of Kibo. Reach Kibo Hut by mid-afternoon to rest before the evening ascent. After an early dinner, rest ensues before the nighttime summit departure.

• Starting Elevation: 15,486FT / 4720M • Ending Elevation: 12,205FT / 3720M • Distance: 13 Miles / 21KM • Time: 13-17 Hours • Climate Zones: Alpine Desert / Arctic / Heath Commence the ascent towards the peak from Kibo Hut before midnight. The nighttime start aids firm footing on scree sections and maximizes chances for a clear summit attempt. The journey to Gilman’s Point takes around 6 hours, followed by an additional 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak (Alt 19,341ft, 5985m). Descend along the same route, with a stop at Kibo Hut for rest. Return to Horombo Huts by evening for dinner and rest.
  • Starting Elevation: 12,205FT / 3720M
  • Ending Elevation: 6,164FT / 1879M
  • Distance: 12 Miles / 19KM
  • Time: 5-7 Hours
  • Climate Zone: Heath / Afromontane Forest

Descend through the heath zone and forest to Marangu Gate. After the final formalities, lunch, and bidding farewell to your crew, a transfer takes you back to your lodge for a well-deserved shower. Later, a Tanzania Travel Company Representative will visit to congratulate you, gather feedback, and address any remaining questions regarding your onward journey.

Tour Includes:

  • Park fees, (entry fee camping/hut fees & rescue fees crew fees)
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Three health and fresh meals
  • Professional and experienced mountain Guide
  • Professional and experienced cooks
  • Transportation to & from the airport
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gates
  • Enough number of porters for your luggage, food, water, and camping equipment
  • Food, shelters, and fair wages for the porters, cooks, and guides
  • Camping gears (sleeping tents, dining tents, tables, chairs, and cooking gear)
  • Radio and cell phone communication that help us to stay in contact within and outside the group therefore we can respond almost instantaneously to whatever issue that may arise
  • We provide our guides with professional first aid kits and pulse oximeters for daily updates on acclimatization progress
  • Assistance with the climbing permit procedure

Tour Excludes:

  • Personal porters
  • All international and domestic flights
  • Tourist Visas
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Mountain trekking gears e.g. walking poles (available for hire upon request)
  • Sleeping Bag (available for hire upon request)
  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$200 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • Others; Extra expenses as food or drinks separate from those described in the itinerary, satellite phone calls, transference fees, and other services not specified as included
  • Any other alterations to our itineraries
  • Emergency Oxygen

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Zoe K
Zoe K
2022-10-31
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho route TTC were amazing throughout my trek to the Kilimanjaro summit in October 2022. Everything was organised so well but the really exceptional aspect was the team of local support staff and guide. AJ, Paul, Isaya, Joseph, Pascal, Renata and the 30 other fantastic people that carried, cooked, camped and cared for us. Absolutely loved every second, a trip of a lifetime, thank you 🙏
Henry S
Henry S
2022-10-31
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Once in a lifetime experience I climbed Kilimanjaro with the Tanzanian Travel Company (booked through Charity Challenge UK) in October 2022. Everything was superbly coordinated by TTC, who arranged everything from porters, transport, food, tents- pretty much everything we needed to get to the summit! All of the staff from the guides and porters were very friendly and their knowledge was unrivalled. Special mentions to our lead guide, Richard, who's advice was invaluable and the other guides and porters David, Eric and Joseph (there are too many to mention). Would definitely book again with TTC in the future.
Nicola D
Nicola D
2022-10-24
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Excellent experience I just got back from climbing My Kilimanjaro on a trip organised by Charity Challenge in the UK. All the ground arrangements in Tanzania were done through Tanzania Travel Company and I would highly recommend. Staff were all excellent, knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great trip and I’m considering organising a holiday for the family with TTC in the future.
MbaleSaint
MbaleSaint
2022-08-26
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Great company with excellent staff Climbed Kilimanjaro with the Tanzanian Travel Company at the end if July and the whole experience was superb. The guides, porters, cook, doctor & toilet man were unfailingly encouraging, helpful, cheerful and really seemed to enjoy their work. I would thoroughly recommend them.
PDatlen
PDatlen
2022-08-09
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An adventure you won't forget! The whole experience from start to finish was awesome and I most certainly won't forget it. From the hotel to the staff and porters who made our trek possible, the food was tasty and plentiful, we all felt like part of the team and very well looked after.I definitely recommend doing the Lemosho Route for a greater chance of acclimatisation. The summit night was by far the hardest part but well worth the effort (even I got emotional). I would urge everybody looking to climb Kilimanjaro to definitely train for a good 4-5 months before attempting this challenge, it will only enhance the mammoth achievement.
Rod
Rod
2022-08-04
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Fantastic time climbing Kilimanjaro thanks to TTC! I recently completed a climb of Kilimanjaro with a small group of 7, managed on behalf of Charity Challenge by Tanzania Travel Company. We had a fantastic (if gruelling) experience, and I cannot praise TTC highly enough. From the MD Sam and our chief guide Richard, through to every guide and porter who accompanied us (not forgetting Pius, our doctor), everyone combined the highest standards of professionalism with warmth and friendliness, and a genuine concern for both our well-being and our success in getting to the summit. Highly recommended.
Billy B
Billy B
2022-07-19
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Amazing family experience Excellent safari! Incredibly friendly and accommodating! I was having some difficulty finding a well priced thorough safari and was given a number by a family friend who highly recommended this safari company. As Tanzanians it’s rare for us to be able to see a safari but Samuel helped guide us through a plan for a truly unforgettable experience. We hide an amazingly well educated guide and driver Kamau who went out of his way to get us some truly amazing shots. At one point we were literally 2-3 meters away from 3 young male lions, I was in shock at what Kamau could point out. Food provided was excellent Tanzanian cuisine. My little brothers(8 yr)first safari and he had a fantastic time Highly recommend as a Tanzanian.
Suzie D
Suzie D
2022-07-15
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Professional, organised, outstanding Tanzania travel company are a great company, incredibly professional and organised a comprehensive and well planned trip to Kilimanjaro. The communication and attention to detail were outstanding and I would highly recommend this company to any group heading to Tanzania. Suzie, International Mountain Leader (BAIML), Women with Altitude co-ordinator.
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lisaappelbaum
2022-03-18
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Excellent experience with TTC! Setting out to climb Mt Kilimanjaro was quite a challenge and the team at TTC made it a safe and enjoyable trip! They did an excellent job guiding us through each day of the climb. I also had the opportunity to go on a safari afterwards with a guide named Livingston and he did an absolutely fantastic job getting us close to the animals and knowing the best spots in the game drives. Highly recommend this incredible travel group!
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