The 6 Days Marangu route is one of the easiest and most popular trail in Kilimanjaro. The moderate slope makes it less difficult to climb. It’s the only route with huts, simple dining and rooms. We recommend on doing Marangu 6 days/5 nights in Mountain though this route allow 5 days/4 nights in Mountain.
Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania and transfer to the hotel
Arrive in Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Done Adventures Safaris staff will pick you up and transfer you to Moshi town where you will spend the first night at a hotel. For those who will arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Kenya, we will pick you up and get transferred by Shuttle bus to Moshi.
Day 2: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
After having your breakfast we will make a short journey from the hotel to Marangu National Park gate for the necessary formalities at the gate. We start the climbs through fascinating tropical rain forest; we reach the first hut at Mandara for dinner and overnight. An alternative is to simply rest and relax the beautiful forest around the camp. Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut (2,700 m).
- Walking hours: 5-6 hours.
- Zone: Rain-forest.
- Walking hours: 5-6 hours walking.
Day 3: Mandara hut to Horrombo hut
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into moorland and in clear weather, there are great views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery around the camp. Mandara Hut to Horrombo Hut (3,720 m)
- Walking hours: 4-6 hours walking.
- Zone: Low Alpine Zone
Day 4: Horrombo Hut to Mawenzi hut
Walk towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. We recommend drinking enough water and walking slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the Horrombo hut. Horombo hut to further improve our acclimatization.
Zone: Low alpine zone to High alpine zone
Day 5: Mawenzi Hut to Kibo Hut
Climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. These 6-7 hours walking will be taken at a slow pace until we reach Kibo Hut (4,700m), where we will spend the night in a comfortable hut. There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Horrombo Hut to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)
- Walking Hours: 4-6 hours walking.
- Zone: High alpine zone.
Day 6: Kibo Huts to Summit then to Horrombo Huts
Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic screed has some well-graded zig-zags, a slow but a steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 meters. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895 m. which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment. We descend to Kibo Huts amazingly fast and we stop at Kibo Huts for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Horrombo Huts. Kibo Huts to Summit to Horrombo Huts (3,720 m.)
Day 7: Horrombo Huts to Marangu Gate
Descend past Mandara huts to Marangu National Park gate, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to Mountain Inn for dinner, summit cerebration and overnight. Horombo hut to Marangu Gate. (6-7 hours walking)
- Zone: Rainforest.