6 Day Kilimanjaro Climbing via Marangu Route



  • Duration in days: 6
  • Itinerary Category:  Kilimanjaro Trekking
  • Destinations:  Kilimanjaro via Marangu route
  • Major Attractions: Kilimanjaro mountain
  • Guiding Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Start point: Moshi
  • End point: Arusha
  • Essential items: Digital Camera with enough memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with ultra violet radiation filtering etc
  • Additional information: guidance and support offered by cookers, guides and porters while on the mountain


Day 1: Moshi to Marangu gate to Mandara hut 2,750 m

  • You will be transferred to Marangu gate from the hotel
  • Perform registration formalities at the Marangu gate
  • Afterwards, you will begin trekking through the rain forest to Mandara hut
  • Here you will have an acclimatization opportunity of visiting Maundi Crater
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Mandara Hut

Day 2: Mandara hut 2750 m to Horombo hut 3,807 m

  • After breakfast you will go out for a climb through the rain forest
  • Continue trekking to Horombo hut where you will trek through rolling moorlands and get your first clear view of towering Kilimanjaro
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Hut

Day 3: Horombo hut

  • Spend an extra day here at Horombo for acclimatization purposes
  • This day you will hike to Mawenzi Ridge or Zebra Rock to have your body adjust to higher altitudes
  • After this session you will return back to Horombo hut for lunch, resting until dinner and overnight stay here

Day 4: Horombo hut 3807m to Kibo hut 4725m

  • After a good night rest and breakfast you will trek past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle a great desert between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo
  • Have an early dinner and overnight stay at Kibo hut for preparation for conquering the Kilimanjaro Summit

Day 5: Summit Day Kibo Hut camp to Uhuru peak 5,895 m to Horombo Hut camp 3,690 m

  • Wake at midnight to have a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent
  • Because you will climb to the summit in the dark you will need to have your headlamps / flashlights
  • It will also be very cold until you start descending, so you will need to have all of your warm layers
  • This is an important time to keep on slowly slowly (pole pole in Swahili) climb
  • The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise
  • Switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 6 AM
  • At this point, you will have a views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you
  • Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s
  • After your summit photos and taking in the view, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment and continue down through re-cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Camp

Day 6: Horombo Huts camp 3,690 m to Marangu Gate 1,830 m to Moshi

  • After a long and enjoyable sleep you will be awake for breakfast and pack up, start descend through the moorland to Mandara Huts
  • Here you will have lunch then proceed with your trekking down through lush forest to Marangu park gate
  • Here you will sign out then afterward a vehicle will take you to back to the hotel in Moshi
  • At the hotel is where it is definitely time for certificate presentation and celebration

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