Marangu Route

Marangu Route

This is by far the most popular and well known route. Most people choose this route because you have the option of of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain, which increases your chances of reaching the summit. By choosing the Marangu Route you also get to sleep in huts along the entire route instead of camping. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares your meals.

Duration of climb: 6 days
Accommodation: Huts
Price: Contact Us

DAY 01 :
Start Point: Marangu Gate (1980m)
End Point: Mandara Hut (2700m)
Distance: Approx. 9km (5 hours)
Habitat: Montane Forest.
DAY 02 :
Start Point: Mandara Hut (2700m)
End Point: Horombo Hut (3720m)
Distance: Approx. 10km (6 Hours)
Habitat: Moorland
DAY 03 :
ACCLIMATISATION DAY at Horombo Hut
Horombo Hut is always bustling with hikers, guides, porters that are both ascending and descending. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatisation.We strongly recommend a hike towards the Mawenzi hut, which passes the Zebra Rocks on the way. This hike is about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down. This hike will really help with the acclimatisation process. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. It's a good idea to get to bed early and get fully rested for the next few days.
DAY 04 :
Start Point: Horombo Hut (3720m)
End Point: Kibo Hut (4700m)
Distance: Approx. 11km (6 Hours)
Habitat: Alpine Desert
DAY 05 :
Summit Attempt
Start Point: Kibo Hut (4700m)
Summit Point: Uhuru Peak (5895m)
End Point: Horombo Hut (3720m)
Distance to summit: Approx. 6km (8 hours)
Distance to Horombo: Approx 21km (6 hours)
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
On the Summit Day you will rise about 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you set off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the hike consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), which you will be pleased to know is a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (568m), which is located on the crater rim. From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. You have now reached the summit! Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there taking photographs etc. You will then start the 3 hour descent back to the Kibo hut. After a short rest you will carry on down to Horombo hut which is where you will spend the night. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day.
DAY 06 :
Start Point: Horombo Hut (3720m)
End Point: Marangu Gate (1980m)
Distance: 21.26km (6 Hours)
This is the final hike of the trip. The final descent will take about 6 hours. Once you reach the Marangu gate you will sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. Our vehicle will pick from gate and transfer you to the Hotel for leisure and resting.

The above tour includes: Park Fees, Transfers to and from the Airport, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner whilst on the mountain, 2 nights at the Medium Hotel in Arusha/Moshi.

Groups of 3+ qualify for a discount. Please contact us for further information.


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