Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - 6 Day Marangu Route

Conquer one of the steepest routes to the top of Africa’s highest peak. 8 days.

7 Nights
Year round

The Marangu route is one of the quickest routes to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. This makes it a popular option but far from the easiest; the shorter route comes with a steeper incline and less time to acclimatise. The trail will take you through rainforest and moorland, stopping to rest at mountain huts by night.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 6 days trekking
  • 5 nights camping
  • 2 nights B&B accommodation (before and after the trek)
  • Local, certified guide
  • Fair and sustainable wages for cook and porters
  • Meals and drinking water
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for

Hikers looking to take the challenge of Mt. Kili up a notch on a quick ascent that will test their mental and physical stamina.

Need To Know

Yes, you host is one of the pioneers in the field of ethical tourism in Tanzania. They are part of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project which works to raise public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

You can climb on your own if you wish, or you can choose to join a bigger group.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t a technique climbing mountain; anyone of reasonable fitness should be capable of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. You just need to be prepared and determined. The Kilimanjaro National Park authority allows children from 12 years to an old man of 80 years.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Visa fees
  • Equipment hire
  • Energy snacks and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Due to Tanzania’s proximity to the equator, this region doesn’t typically experience the extremes of winter and summer weather but has dry and wet seasons instead. The local weather conditions on Kilimanjaro can be somewhat unpredictable to say the very least; rainfall varies from 2100mm per year in the rainforest belt to less than 120mm per year in the summit zone. Similarly, daily temperature changes are unexpected when compared to normal weather cycles, and are largely dependent on altitude.

During your trip, a team of experienced chefs will cook and serve you nutritious meals.

Breakfast: Fruit juice and fruit, cereal, porridge, eggs prepared at request, breads and toast with jam margarine and honey, French-toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.

Snacks: peanuts, crisp, popcorn, cookies, chocolate, dried fruits.

Lunch: Sliced vegetables, fruit, boiled egg, meat cutlets, various sandwiches options (egg/ cheese/tomato/tuna/meat/peanut butter), macaroni and meat sauce and breads.

Dinner: soup of the day, breads, salads, rice, pastas, potatoes, roast or fried chicken, beef or fish, currys, mixed vegetables, lentils, fruit salad, fruit with custard, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.

On summit night, you’ll enjoy a midnight snack with juice, soup, hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits. When you return to base camp, a nice meal will be waiting for you to reward all your hard work.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

It is possible to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro all year round, however, the months outside of the rainy seasons are more desirable. The best months are from December to March, and July to October. The finest weather is usually at the beginning of the year from January to March, which are typically the warmest and driest months of the year.

The following equipment is provided by your host:

  • Sleeping Tents are Mountain Hardwear Brand Trango 3
  • Mattresses, which are made foam material in Tanzania
  • Dining tents to accommodate enough people with a solar light on
  • Comfy chairs with backrest
  • Oxygen tanks on each climb
  • All cooking equipment

Please see our ‘optional extras’ for a list of items that can be hired upon arrival.

Guides have been trained at Mweka Wildlife centre to learn everything about the routes. With over 10 years of experience, they have been to the summit over 100 times. Additionally, all of the guides are certified First Aid Responders and CPR trained.

You do not require any technical equipment on Mount Kilimanjaro; however you will experience changing weather conditions and be exposed to temperatures ranging from +30 degrees to -25 degrees, so you should be prepared for this. You should take thin layers that can be added, or taken away depending on the weather conditions.

The list below provides a good overview of what you need to bring:

Technical Clothing

  • Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
  • Weather rated Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
  • Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
  • Long sleeve shirts: light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
  • Short sleeve shirts: light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)

  • Waterproof Pants, breathable

  • Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended) (2)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) (2)
  • Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  • Sports Bra (women)


  • Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
  • Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
  • Socks, thick, wool or synthetic (3-5)
  • Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (3-5)
  • Gaiters, waterproof – highly recommended to prevent loose gravel and sand


  • Sleeping Bag, warm, four season rated*
  • Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
  • Trekking Poles (highly recommended)
  • Head lamp, with extra batteries*
  • Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment*
  • Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear*


  • Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
  • Knit Hat, for warmth
  • Balaclava, for face coverage (highly recommended)
  • Bandana (optional)


  • Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)*
  • Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth*


  • Sunglasses or Goggles
  • Backpack Cover, waterproof*
  • Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
  • Water Bottle* (Nalgene recommended, must have 2-3 Liters combined)
  • Water Bladder* Camelback type – note disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the mountain per National Park regulations
  • Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
  • Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended)
  • Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate


  • Trip Receipt
  • Passport
  • Visa (available upon arrival )
  • Yellow fever vaccination card
  • Insurance Documents

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

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If you need to be taken down to a lower altitude as a matter of urgency, there are two options.

In most instances, steel framed, mobile stretchers can be pushed by porters to descend quickly. Most people feel immediate relief at lower altitudes. You will be evaluated and if the guides determine you are well enough, you will wait for others in your group at a lower camp or taken to the gate for transfer to Moshi for rest and medical treatment if necessary.

For more serious concerns, through a partnership with Kilimanjaro SAR, emergency helicopters can be deployed within 5 minutes for evacuation, with in-flight medical treatment. If you require further medical attention upon landing, you will be taken to their modern private High Altitude Medical clinic ideal for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Please ensure you have appropriate insurance coverage for trekking with evacuation coverage up to 6,000 meters above Sea Level.

For 2 clients you’ll be accompanied by 14 supporting staff members: - 1 lead guide
- 1 Assistant guide
- 1 Cook
- 1 Waiter
- 1 Pilot (toilet porter)
- 9 Regular porters, who carry any additional equipment

No, you are accompanied by experienced mountain guides. However, if you would like the peace of mind of a doctor to accompany you, this can be arranged. Please contact your host to book, at least 2 months in advance.

Unlike many operators, your host carries oxygen on all climbs and guides perform daily health and pulse oxymeter checks, which measures both your heart rate and percentage of oxygen in your blood. We want to ensure and monitor your health and safety at all altitudes. Your guides are well trained to identify AMS signs and to resolve them immediately

There is a limit to the weight that the porters can carry and your kit bag must be a maximum of 20Kg. You will also have a rucksack that will contain your basic kit for a days walking.

If you wish to bring more than 20kg it is best to arrange another bag and an extra porter charge will apply.

Your host can advise you on what to pack before setting off, and you can leave excess luggage securely at the base before you set off for the trek.

You must ensure you have travel insurance which covers high altitude trekking, with evacuation coverage up to 6,000 meters above Sea Level. Please be aware that coverage and eligibility requirements for this benefit differ by policy.


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There are six established routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west of the mountain; the Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south; and the Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes, except Marangu, descend via Mweka.

The Marangu route is the oldest route on Mt. Kilimanjaro; due to the short amount of time it takes to complete and the permanent sleep huts available at every camp stop, it is often the most popular too. However, the trail is steep and allows not much time for acclimatisation, making the summit success rate lower than some of the other longer routes.

More than a century ago, the trail was dubbed the Coca-Cola route due to the wardens and rangers selling bottles of Coke to trekkers to keep them going. This is the only route where the ascent and descent trail is shared so the footfall is high.

Start point

You will be met by your host upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transferred for overnight accommodation at Bristol Cottages B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

Finish point

Your tour will end at around 12:00 and you will be transferred back to Bristol Cottages B&B in Moshi for an overnight stay ahead of your transfer back to the airport in the morning.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport

Your host will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation for the night.

Here, your guide will meet you for a briefing and equipment check before you retire for an early night ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2: Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

This morning, you will leave the town of Moshi for the 45-minute drive through the village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.

The trek will begin through windy trails with wooded scenery as your guide tells you about the local wildlife.

After 4-5 hours of trekking, you will reach your first camp, Mandara camp, where you will rest over-night in a mountain hut.

5km trekking, 4-5 hours, elevation: 1830m to 2740m

Day 3: Mandara Huts to the Horombo Huts

After breakfast at camp, you’ll leave the rainforest behind and take an ascending path through heathland that is home to giant lobelias and other groundsels.

As you continue into open moorland, you’ll be exposed to views of Mawenzi – Africa’s third highest peak and a stark reminder of the challenge ahead.

You’ll arrive at your camp for the night at Horombo Huts. You’ll feel the temperature drop as you prepare to spend the night at this camp beneath Kibo summit.

11km trekking, 6-8 hours, elevation: 2740m to 3690m

Day 4: Horombo Huts

You will stay most of today at Horombo Huts; you can reserve your energy and relax or take some short strolls in the area.

The route you are taking to the summit of Mt. Kili is a short one, allowing very little time for acclimatisation; this pause in the trek allows time for your body to adjust which will be imperative to a successful summit.

Day 5: Horombo Huts to the Kibo Huts

This morning, you’ll leave camp and resume your trek through moonscape terrain.

A steady incline will take you up and over the Saddle Plateau (4400m) which separates the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi; from here, you can reflect on the summit climb up Kibo that lies ahead.

When you arrive at the Kibo Huts, it’s time to prepare your equipment for the summit attempt in the early hours.

10km trekking, 6-8 hours, elevation 3690m to 4695m

Day 6: Summit Day

At 02:00 you’ll awake for your summit attempt, the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek; the first part of the trail will take you on the rocky path to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m) before zigzagging up to Gillman’s Point (5681m).

From here, it’s a snowy trek all the way to the top of the peak; take it slow and watch your step as you make your way to the top of Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

After rest and celebrations, you’ll begin the 6-hour trek back down to the Horombo Huts for your overnight stay; the descent feels much quicker than the ascent you’ll be pleased to hear.

Up: 4km, 5-7 hours, elevation: 4695m to 5895m Down: 15km, 5-6 hours, descent to 3690m

Day 7: Descend to Marangu Gate and Return to Moshi

After breakfast this morning it’s time to say goodbye to the group and continue the descent down to the Marangu Park Gate. Have your gaiters and trekking poles to hand as the warmer temperatures make for a wet and muddy terrain.

When you reach the park gate, you’ll be rewarded with your summit certificate. Your transfer will be waiting for you at the gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (45-minute drive).

Arrive at the hotel to enjoy a hot shower and final farewell dinner to mark the end of an incredible adventure.

18km trekking, 6-7 hours, elevation 3690m to 1830m

Day 8: Time to Head Home

Breakfast this morning will mark the end of this remarkable trip; you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania, but if it’s time to go home, your transfer will be ready to take you back to the airport.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


Your first and final nights will be spent at the Bristol Cottages B&B in the middle of Moshi town on the foothills of Kilimanjaro.

The accommodation sits within lush green gardens and offers rooms with en-suite bathrooms with hot water, air conditioning, and free WiFi. There is a restaurant on site offering a selection of Tanzanian, Indian, Italian and continental food, with room service also available.

During the trek, you will stay at a number of mountain huts along the Marangu route.

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