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6 Days Marangu Route

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (1)
from/per person $1,650
  • Hiking Tours
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  • Hotel Included
  • Huts
  • Transfer Included


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Tour description

The Marangu trail is the route most taken by the tourists, being the easiest way up the mountain. Starting from the Marangu park entry gate at 1800 metres, it is a fairly easy three to four-hour walk through the thick rainforest. The route climbs steeply through giant heath of Mawenzi and finally to the Horombo camp (3720 metres). If possible you can spend two nights at Horombo Hut which can make the trek to 6 days otherwise you can continue to Kibo Hut where you can have the pre-summit rest and sleep.

Around 1 am you will have to start out for the summit so that you can approach the peak before sunrise. The mist and cloud close in and obscures the view around 8 am and sometimes earlier. Expect to take five to six hours from Kibo Hut to Gilman's point and a further one to two hours from there to Uhuru Peak. On the same day, you will descend from the summit to Horombo Hut and spend the night there.


Guided by a professional and friendly mountain crew 

International certificates for a successful ascent 

Two Nights Hotel Accommodation in Moshi 

Spot black and white colobus monkey

Transport to and from the airport is included 

Three meals per day are included 

Tour details


You can climb Kilimanjaro all year around. Depend on the what time of the year you wish to travel then we have both private and open group Kilimanjaro tours which you can join, Let us know your preferable time of travel and we will help you arrange your adventure tour in Tanzania.


Depend on the time of your travel, weather in Kilimanjaro is unpredictable, you can experience anything from hot to humid and to freezing, it is advisory to read thriller our Kilimanjaro clothing and equipment guide so you can have the best trek experience in terms of weather.


You can pay by our online payment system . We also accept payment in cash on arrival or deposit to our bank account 7 days before tour starts. Read our Terms and Conditions

Tour Start:

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Our driver guide will be at the airport holding a paper written your name ready to pick you up and drive to the hotel in Moshi

Tour Ends:

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Depends on what you wish to do after your trek (i.e Going on Safari or Travel to Zanzibar) our driver guide will drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.


7 Days

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Instructor /Live Guide

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Tour proposal

Tour Itinerary

Once arrived at Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO), our driver-guide will pick you up from the airport arrival gate and then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. Once in the Hotel, our Kilimanjaro mountain guide will meet and pre-briefing you about your upcoming trek adventure as well as check if you have all the necessary mountain gears, unless you do not have some of the equipment then you can rent before starting the trek.

Time: 1 Hour Drive

Distance: 47km

Accommodation: More Than A Drop


Day 1

Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

After your breakfast in the hotel, around 10 a.m to 10:30 a.m the driver will arrive to pick you up together with the rest of the crew and drive towards Marangu gate which is the starting point for climbing Kilimanjaro via Marangu route. Here you will go through the park formalities for registration and then you will start trek through the unspoilt vegetation while viewing white and black colobus monkey then you will walk through rainforest glades and later arrive at Mandara Hut where you will rest and get ready for a dinner.

Time: 4-5 Hours

Distance: 8 km/5 miles

Habitat: RainForest

Elevation: 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft

Accommodation: Mountain Hut


Day 2

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Today after your breakfast we will continue with the hike through the rainforest glades toward Horombo Hut and we will cross through heathland and moorland while enjoying the view of Mawenzi Peak. Later we will arrive at Horombo Hut in the evening where you will spend a night.

Time: 6-8 Hours

Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Habitat: Heath

Elevation: 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft

Accommodation: Mountain Hut


Day 3

Rest Day at Horombo Hut - Acclimatization Day

On this day you will have a rest day or opt to trek to Zebra Rock which is around 4100m to 4200m and then back to Horombo Hut for the overnight. This day of acclimatization helps prepare your body to acclimate for high altitude day especially the summit day.


Day 4

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Today you will have an early breakfast before starting the trek towards dwindling heathland before reaching to a moonscape and then to the saddle which connects Mawenzi and Kibo after a short time, we will arrive at Kibo Hut which is the basecamp on the Marangu Route.  where you will rest and get ready for the dinner.

Above 4000m the vegetation is alpine desert and you will be able to witness only White-necked raven going around the campsite. Not so much while arriving at the Kibo Hut. No water for wash. No water streams above this elevation. By the time you arrive, you will be tired and maybe weak. The crew will already set up your tent as well as a table for dinner. Your guide will visit you before you sleep (You might not feel sleepy anyway) for checking on your required summit clothes. It advised to sleep on 3 layers of clothes. First, because it is cold at the basecamp during the night (up to -10c) and second, because you have to make your layers warm as you will leave at midnight for the summit which is the exact cold. You will have your early dinner and then go for a pre-summit sleep until around 11 to 12 a.m before starting trek to Uhuru Peak.

Time: 6-8 Hours

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Elevation: 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft

Accommodation: Mountain Hut


Day 5

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak and then to Horombo Hut

Before leaving to Uhuru Peak, you will have a cup of coffee and cookies or biscuits. Put on the rest of layers (summit clothes) and ready to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak). What an incredible trek. Temperatures at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the nights are really cold. In the middle of June, the thermometer can drop to – 20 C. Dress and cover yourself accordingly. Walk slowly and listen to your Guide instructions. Expert to take six to seven hours from Kibo Hut to Uhuru peak, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak you will be amazed by the breathtaking views and incredible sunrise if the weather permits later you will descend down to Kibo Hut after having few minutes at the peak. Once at the base camp you will take a short break and then proceed to Horombo Hut where you will spend your night (Here is when the Tipping celebration can take place before your dinner).

Time: 6-8 hours

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Habitat: Ice-capped summit

Elevation: 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft Ascent

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft Descent

Accommodation: Mountain Hut


Day 6

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

After breakfast in the morning then we will descend down to Mandara huts where you will have your lunch then you will continue to descend to the gate and once arrived you will be presented with the certificates and say goodbye to the porters and guides then your driver will be there to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi or to the airport ready for your flight back home.

Time: 5-7 hours

Distance: 20 km/12 miles

Habitat: RainForest

Elevation: 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft

Accommodation: More Than A Drop




5 Nights Camping in the mountain

2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Moshi Town (Optional)

Total - 7 Nights Accommodation

Meal Plan

We provide three meals per day during your tour and only breakfast during a stay in a booked accommodation. During this tour you will have the following meals plan:

Breakfast - 6
Lunch - 5
Dinner - 5

For any special dietary requirements e.g vegetarian. Please, Let us know in advance.

Things to Do (Optional)

Moshi Photo Walk

Arusha Photo Walk

Lake Chala

Coffee Tour

Materuni Waterfall

Maasai Boma Culture

Kikuletwa Hotspring

Marangu Waterfall

Lake Duluti

Ilkidinga Waterfall

Zanzibar Island

Tour Includes

1 Pick up and 1 Drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Accommodation in Moshi, before and after trekking Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro park fees, Rescue fees, camping/hut fees

Government Taxes

Hot water for washing

Local and Friendly Certified English-speaking mountain guides

Porters to carry luggage with a maximum weight of 20kg

All 3 meals a day on the mountin

Transport to/from the hotel to the Gate

Double layered sleeping mats

4 Season Mountain Tents

Emergency First Aid Kit

Treated & filtered drinking water during your trek

All Porters, Guides and Cook Fees

A certificate of achievement for successful climbers

Tour Excludes

Travel Insurance

Sleeping Bag See Renting Prices

A portable flush toilet See Renting Prices

Meals outside your itinerary (Lunch and dinner at your Hotel in Moshi)

International visa for Tanzania Apply Now

International /Domestic Flight

Anything of personal nature

Tips. Tipping guide per group per day, not per climber

Guides: US$20 per day. Cook: US$15 per day. Porter: US$10 per day

What to Bring

The summits of Mt Kilimanjaro are covered in glaciers and snow, and the temperature at night often drops to below -10c to -15c so you are going to need a good sleeping bag. A closed mattress is also advisable if you are going to sleep on the ground as it provides the necessary insulation under your body and is far more comfortable and are provided by us during your trekking. A good set of warm clothes is equally important and that should include some sort of headgear and gloves. As it can rain at any time of year and heavily — you will also need waterproof clothing. A decent pair of hiking boots is an advantage for this trek. A pair of joggers is quite adequate most of the time though it’s a good idea to have a pair of thongs, sandals or canvas tennis shoes to wear in the evening at the camp if your main shoes get wet.

Remember that it’s not a good idea to sleep in clothes which you have worn during the day because the sweat which your day clothes absorb from your skin keeps them moist at night and so reduces their heat-retention capabilities. If you don’t intend to stay in the huts along the way you’ll need a tent and associated equipment which we normally provide. Unless you intend to eat only canned and dried food along the way (not recommended) our mountain local professional chef have basic cooking equipment and a water container to refill your bottles with treated and filtered water from the mountain streams with a capacity of at least one to three-liter per person every day. Our porters have the rucksack that they can carry your luggage including theirs with a limited of 20kg per person, so bring as little as you can (with a maximum of 15kg).  

If you wonder want to bring during your trek, below is the list of the important equipment even though all the gear you need for the trek can be hired in Moshi at the mentioned pice for the whole trek.

Read All Equipment List

General FAQ


Lemosho, Machame, Shira which approaches Kilimanjaro on the western side of the mountain are regarded as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro while using camping accommodation and they are routes which takes more days on the mountain. The Marangu Route is the route most taken by people, being the easiest way up the mountain with hut accommodation which consists of a group of comfortable wooden A-frame with bunk beds and mattress. The Rongai is coming from the north side of the mountain and this trail is as well only for camping but not scenic as that of western of the mountain since it receives a short period of rain. Lemosho and Machame, Umbwe and Shira routes descend down to Mweka gate while Marangu and Rongai descend down via Marangu route to the gate. Learn More from our Guide to Kilimanjaro Routes.


All our guides are trained and approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (TANAPA) before awarded the certificate and License to carry out the service for mountain guiding. During low seasons (March to May) all of our guides undergo different training based on mountain guiding and first aid techniques.


Our esteemed porters will be responsible to carry your pieces of luggage with the limit of 20kg  which means you need to bring less with a maximum of 15kg and the rest of your belonging which are not in use during the climb can be stored in the Hotel in Moshi town. You will need to bring your backpack with you which you can put your essential belongings and personal stuff that you need them regularly during a day and the rest can stay with porters until you arrive at the campsite.


The answer is yes, you can always turn around whenever you feel that you can not continue with a trek and you will be escorted with the assistant guide/porter and descend down to the gate where you will find the transport ready to pick you up and drive you to the Hotel.


No specialist equipment is required to climb Kilimanjaro but you do need a strong pair of good boots, and plenty of warm clothing, including gloves, a woollen hat and waterproof overclothes. You also need a sleeping bag and a small mattress or air bed. If you lack any of these, they can be hired in Moshi town at a very reasonable price. Read More about Clothing and Equipment rent.


At Kilimanjaro mountain, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro's ecological zones. On the plain area the temperature will go up to 30 c while after 3000m the temperature will hit to 5 to 15 c during a day and At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between -7 to -29 c. Due to Mount Kilimanjaro's great height, the mountain creates its own weather. Learn more about the ultimate guide to Tanzania Weather and Climate.

Read All Kilimanjaro FAQ



Cancelation Policy


To secure a booking  for this tour, 20% of the total cost should be paid upfront (Can be via Online Payment System or Bank Transfer). Remaining balance should be paid 14 days prior tour departure or with cash on the arrival day. Free cancellation up to 7 days prior departure. Read More About our Terms of Condition.


We accept payment via Bank Transfer and Online payment system with credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Once make a payment please send us the receipt confirmation and we will confirm your booking immediately. In case you will get any trouble while making payment e.g.. transaction failed. Please Contact us for more assistance.


You can also reserve a space without make a payment. Our travel expert will keep in touch while you are waiting to make payment in the future/ arrival days.


We accept only TSH, USD, EURO and GBP in terms of cash and it has to be on arrival, one day before starting the tour.


We advise you to take out Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances. Read More about Travel Insurance while in Tanzania.

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avatar - Jan, 02, 2021 -

7 Day Marangu Route

Had a wonderful time with Shizi Safaris on my trek to the roof of Africa and would highly recommend to anyone visiting Tanzania!! My guide Regan taught me Swahili the whole trip up and down the mountain and never got tired of me asking for new words. He was also a great photographer whenever I needed him to be. :P I also appreciated the flexibility when my flight was delayed and the arranged pickup was still there when I arrived at JRO as well as not insisting I stay at Horombo to acclimatize when I felt good enough on day 3 to continue going and let me finish the whole trip in just 5 days instead of 7. The guys also helped arrange a taxi for my transport to Arusha when we got back to Moshi which was really great! Would definitely recommend Shizi Safaris for a memorable trip up Kilimanjaro!!!