Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro's Marangu route in 5 days

5 days Marangu route presents the best and comfortable way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro within a short time. It's the first well-established route on Kilimanjaro offering a thrilling ascent to the summit of Africa's highest peak rising at 5,895 meters.

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro's Marangu route in 5 days

5 days Marangu Route overview

5 days Marangu route is the only route on Mount Kilimanjaro with overnight stays in comfortable huts with cozy beds and thick mastresses, wifi, solar panels and flush toilets. All these amenities will collectively contribute to creating the best experience from your Kilimanjaro trek via Marangu route in 5 days.

On your 5 days Marangu route, you'll embark on a journey that typically spans five days of hiking to reach the summit and descend. This route is one of the shorter options for climbing Kilimanjaro, which might be perfect if you have limited time or prefer a faster ascent. Just remember, even though the Marangu route offers a more gradual ascent compared to some other routes, you'll still need to ensure you're physically fit and acclimatize properly to manage the risks associated with high altitude.

During 5 days Marangu route Kilimanjaro climbing, you will follow a well-established path through diverse landscapes, including lush rainforests, moorlands, and alpine desert, before reaching the snow-capped summit of Uhuru Peak. The route usually starts and finishes at the Marangu Gate, the most common entry point for Kilimanjaro climbers using this route. The attractiveness of the 5 days Marangu route lies not only in its scenic splendor but also in the sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa.

One of the distinctive features of the 5 days Marangu route is its well-established infrastructure, including comfortable huts along the way. This makes it an ideal choice for those seeking a slightly less rugged experience without compromising on the sense of adventure. Whether you're an experienced trekker or a novice explorer, the 5 days Marangu route offers a balanced blend of challenge and comfort, ensuring a memorable journey for all.

The total number of days to climb the Marangu route is 5-6 days, depending on your pace and acclimatization needs . The route covers a distance of approximately 64 kilometers (40 miles) round trip.

Beyond the physical demands of the trek, 5 days Marangu route offers glimpses into the local culture and traditions of the Chagga people, who call the slopes of Kilimanjaro their home. From encounters with friendly porters to evenings spent sharing stories around the campfire, every moment on the 5 days Marangu route is enriched by the warmth of Tanzanian hospitality.

In conclusion, on the 5 days Marangu route is not just a trek; it's a transformative journey that will challenge your limits and leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. With its unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness, this iconic climb promises an experience like no other. So lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and embark on the journey of a lifetime along the legendary 5 days Marangu route.

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5 Days Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Climbing Price

The price for a 5-day Marangu route Kilimanjaro climbing vary depending on several factors such as the tour operator, the level of service provided, and any additional services or amenities included in the package. Hence,the price range for a 5-day Marangu route Kilimanjaro climbing package typically starts from $1,200 to $2,500 per person. This cost usually includes services such as transportation to and from the mountain, park fees, camping or hut accommodation, meals during the climb, experienced guides and porters, and necessary equipment such as emergency oxygen cylinder.

5 Days Marangu Route Itinerary

This is a full detailed day-by-day itinerary for the 5 days Marangu route Kilimanjaro climbing to the summit

5 days Marangu route Kilimanjaro climbing itinerary typically starts and ends in Moshi, Tanzania. On Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in Moshi and transfer to Marangu Gate (1,860m/6,100ft) where you will register with the authorities and begin your climb through the rainforest to Mandara Hut (2,700m/8,858ft); Day 2 involves a hike from Mandara hut to Horombo hut (3,720m/12,200ft) through heathland and moorland; On Day 3: you will hike from Horombo hut to Kibo hut (4,703m/15,430ft) through alpine desert; Day 4 is the most challenging day of the climb as you will make a pre-dawn ascent to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,341ft), the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro. After reaching Uhuru Peak, you will descend back to Kibo hut for a short rest before continuing down to Horombo hut for the night. On Day 5: you will descend from Horombo hut to Marangu Gate where you will receive your certificates of achievement before being transferred back to your hotel in Moshi.

Day

1

Hotel to Marangu Gate to Mandara hut

Distance: 8 km,
Hiking Time: 3 hours

The tour begins with a drive from your Hotel in Moshi to the Marangu Gate, where you will register for gate pass together with your guides and porters. From there, the trek begins through the rainforest section of Marangu route, with opportunities to spot wildlife such as colobus monkeys and exotic birds. The first day's hike ends at Mandara Hut, where you will spend the night.

Day

2

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Distance: 11 km,
Hiking Time: 5 hours

The second day of the tour takes you through moorland and heath ecosystems, with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. You will stop at Horombo Hut, where you will spend the night.

Day

3

Horombo hut to Kibo hut

Distance: 9 km,
Hiking Time: 5 hours

The third day is an acclimatization day, where you will spend the day resting and acclimatizing to the high altitude. It is important to note that altitude sickness can be a serious issue when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, so it is essential to take the necessary precautions and listen to your body.

Day

4

Uhuru Peak Summit then descend down to Horombo hut

Distance: 9 km,
Hiking Time: 5 hours

The fourth day of the tour begins with a pre-dawn start to reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Kilimanjaro. You will ascend through steep switchbacks and rocky terrain before reaching Gilman's Point on the crater rim. From there, it's a relatively flat walk along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. After taking in the breathtaking views from the summit, you will descend back to Horombo Hut for spending your final night on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day

5

Horombo hut to Mandara hut to Marangu Gate

Distance: 9 km,
Hiking Time: 5 hours

The final day of the tour is a long descend via the Mandara Hut back to the Marangu Gate, where you will receive certificates of completion and celebrate your accomplishment.

5 days Marangu route Addons

Hotels

Our 5 days Marangu route package by default include Kilimanjaro White House Hotel to meet the needs for budget travellers, However if you want another hotel you can upgrade at extra cost from the following hotel options;

  • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room) - USD 55 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) - USD 70 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) - USD 105 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Single Room) - USD 67 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) - USD 90 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) - USD 120 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Single Room) - USD 81 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) - USD 110 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) - USD 190 per night

  • Panama Garden Resort (Single Room)-USD 70 per night

  • Panama Garden Resort (Double Room)-USD 90 per night

  • Panama Garden Resort (Triple Room)-USD 120 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) - USD 130 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) - USD 150 per night

Note: if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.
If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.

5 days Marangu route package inclusions

  • 2-way Airport transfers

  • 2-nights Hotel accommmodation in Moshi town

  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel

  • Professional, first aid qualified and experienced mountain guides

  • Medical check up and Monitoring, 2-times per day

  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

  • Accommodation in Huts

  • Sleeping Mattress

  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder

  • All meals while on the Mountain

  • Quality Mess Huts with table and chairs

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

  • Clean, purified drinking water

  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)

  • Hut fees (part of park fees)

  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)

  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate

5 days Marangu route package exclusions

  • Tanzania Visa

  • International and domestic flights

  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

5 days Marangu route payment terms

Deposit Payment

  • Deposit is 20% of the total booking amount.

  • Deposit can be paid either via a bank transfer or an online card payment.t

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charges), this is non-refundable.

  • We offer bank accounts in 10 different currencies for bank transfer.

  • Once you make the advance payment you will receive a booking confirmation.

Balance Payment

  • Balance can be paid via bank transfer, online card payment, or with cash.

  • Bank payment can be done 15 days prior to the tour date (recommended 30 days prior).

  • Card Payment can be done 1 day prior to the tour date (recommended 7 days prior).

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charge), this is non-refundable.

  • Cash can be paid on arrival (USD printed in or after the year 2009).

5 days Marangu route cancellation policy

8 days and above departure

  • No cancellation fees.

0 to 7 days before departure

  • 50% of the total tour price will be charged as cancellation fees.

  • Trek can be postponed to any new date without any extra cost at any point in time.

  • The 5% surcharge paid for either or both advance and balance payments is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trek.

Supplements

  • Off-season supplement = USD 75


Note : Charged for solo trekkers to start a new departure in the month of March, April, May and November. Does not apply if you join an existing group. Does not apply if others trekkers also join your new group

5 days Marangu route discounts

Available discounts for Marangu - 5 days

  • Children between 5 years and 15 years old

  • Code: 5TO15 - USD 290 per person

  • Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania

  • Code: RESTAN - USD 170 per person

  • East African Citizens

  • Code: EAC - USD 680 per person

Price for 5 days Marangu route private trek

Please find below the prices for organizing a private trek via 5 days Marangu route. The prices are based on your group size.

  • Solo Trekker - USD 1430 per person

  • Group of 2 - USD 1270 per person

  • Group of 3 - USD 1220 per person

  • Group of 4 - USD 1210 per person

  • Group of 5 - USD 1200 per person

  • Group of 6 - USD 1190 per person

  • Group of 7 - USD 1180 per person

  • Group of 8 - USD 1175 per person

  • Group of 9 - USD 1170 per person

  • Group of 10 and above - USD 1165 per person

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