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Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route

DURATION

11 days

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels & Huts

Trip Difficulty
DIFFICULTY
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Strenuous Trekking with Long Days

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LOCATION

Africa, Tanzania

MEETING POINT

London or Kilimanjaro Airport

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Six days on the southern side of Mount Kilimanjaro is all it takes to reach those snowy peaks. But can you handle the Marangu route? 

The Marangu route is Kilimanjaro’s most popular trekking route because of its slightly shorter and more manageable path. The sleeping huts might have something to do with it too. There are no tents on the Marangu route you see, so if you’re more of a glamper than a camper, this one’s for you.

Whichever approach you take to reach the summit of the Roof of Africa, get ready to feel something hitherto unknown. Because there really is nothing like being 5,895m up among the clouds and saying, “World’s highest free-standing mountain? Completed it mate.”

The 64km-long route will certainly test your calves and your character but this is a challenge you’ll never forget. Is it time to tick Kilimanjaro off your Bucket List? 

Read our article ‘Why Kilimanjaro is the Best Seven Summit To Climb

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What's Included In Our Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route

All Activities Mentioned In The Itinerary All Activities Mentioned In The Itinerary

Max 16 Travellers Per Group Max 16 Travellers Per Group

3* Hotel & Huts (Twin Share & Multiple Occupancy) 3* Hotel & Huts (Twin Share & Multiple Occupancy)

Private Transport Private Transport

9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 9 Dinners 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 9 Dinners

Porters To Carry 12kg During The Trek Porters To Carry 12kg During The Trek

Expert Guides With You Throughout The Trip Expert Guides With You Throughout The Trip

Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route Itinerary

  • Day 1: DEPARTURE

    DEPARTURE You will meet your Bucket List Leaders at the airport and fly out as a group for Bucket Lister + Trips. If you have booked a Bucket Lister Trip we will see you in Tanzania soon! If you have transfers with us we will take you to the hotel. For those making their own way, we will see you in Moshi.

  • Day 2: ARRIVE IN TANZANIA

    ARRIVE IN TANZANIA If you are on a Bucket Lister+ Trip or have booked transfers you will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to the Weru Weru River Lodge in Moshi. If you are land only or on a Bucket Lister trip you will need to make your own way to the Weru Weru River Lodge. Welcome Briefing: Your welcome briefing will be at 6pm at the hotel

  • Day 3: A CHANCE TO EXPLORE

    A CHANCE TO EXPLORE Today you will have the opportunity to head into Moshi Town for a tour in the morning. Before dinner, you will have your trek briefing with your guides.

  • Day 4: DRIVE TO MARANGU PARK GATE, VISIT MAUNDI CRATER

    DRIVE TO MARANGU PARK GATE, VISIT MAUNDI CRATER After breakfast on the first day of the trek, we’ll load up the kit, and you’ll be driven to Marangu Park Gate. Fingers crossed we’ll get to see the Colobus Monkeys as we journey upwards! Generally, the walk takes about half a day. Visit Maundi Crater where there are some brilliant wildflowers and superb views of Kibo and Mawenzi. Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2 mi Approx. time taken: 5 hours

  • Day 5: TREK TO HOROMBO HUTS

    TREK TO HOROMBO HUTS We’ll start moving out of the forest and before too long we’ll notice the Kifinika Hill on our left and also intermittent views of Mawenzi and Kibo. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch at Kambi Ya Taabu. We’ll arrive at Horombo Huts in the middle of the afternoon, spend some time chilling out, and then have dinner together. Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8 mi Approx. time taken: 9 hours

  • Day 6: ACCLIMATISATION DAY AT HOROMBO

    ACCLIMATISATION DAY AT HOROMBO On the third day of the climb, we have an acclimatisation day. Generally, we recommend the ‘saddle walk’ – the views of Kibo and Mawenzi are amazing and the ascent and descent to Zebra Rock is just what your body needs. If we set off nice and early we’ll still have the rest of the afternoon to relax and sort out kit. Remember to bring a book for this day! Distance covered: 5km / 3.1 mi Approx. time taken: 4 hours

  • Day 7: TREK TO KIBO HUT

    TREK TO KIBO HUT Climbing through the moorland forest and then alpine desert you will reach ‘the saddle’ between the twin peaks of Mawnzi and Kibo. Before Kibo you will come to Jiwe la ukoyo’. From here you will walk for about an hour to reach Kibo Hut (4703m). Take a well-earned rest to recharge your batteries ahead of the night’s summit attempt. Purify your water, put new batteries in your camera and head torch, pack your snacks and get ready. Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9 mi Approx. time taken: 7 hours

  • Day 8: KILIMANJARO SUMMIT DAY!

    KILIMANJARO SUMMIT DAY! On the fifth day of the climb, it’s time to get serious. You’ll be woken at midnight, and we’ll be trekking through the night. It gives us time to try and reach the summit and still descend in the daylight. Remember to layer up – it WILL be cold, but you’ll need to remove layers later in the day. The first half of this ascent is on steep winding rocky path. We’ll maintain a very slow, but steady pace to reach the summit. As we near the crater rim, the sun will rise. We recommend that you pause to enjoy what many people consider the finest sunrise on earth. From Gilman’s Point, it takes another 1½ to 2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5895m), although the gradients are much gentler and terrain easier. Standing on the summit will have made the last 10-12 hours worthwhile! Today will probably have been the longest day of your life but quite possibly the best! After hitting the summit, we head back down to Horombo Hut for a well-earned rest! Distance covered: 22km / 13.7 mi Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours

  • Day 9: RETURN TO MARANGU PARK GATE

    RETURN TO MARANGU PARK GATE Day six of the climb is the final day on the mountain. We head from Horombo back to the Marangu Park Gate. We take the short drive back to the hotel for a well-earned HOT shower and celebratory evening meal. Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9 mi Approx. time taken: 8 hours

  • Day 10: REST DAY

    REST DAY Today is a rest day. Take your time to relax or explore the town.

  • Day 11: RETURN FLIGHTS TO THE UK

    RETURN FLIGHTS TO THE UK This marks the end of our Tanzanian adventure. If you haven't had enough you can continue with a Safari or a trip to Zanzibar!

  • Day 1

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  • Day 2

    3* Lodge – Twin room
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  • Day 3

    3* Lodge – Twin room
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  • Day 4

    Mandara Hut
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  • Day 5

    Horombo Hut
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  • Day 6

    Horombo Hut
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  • Day 7

    Kibo Hut
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  • Day 8

    Horombo Hut
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  • Day 9

    3* Lodge – Twin room
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  • Day 10

    3* Lodge – Twin room
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  • Day 11

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Bucketlister trips are our standard for all our incredible trips. When you book a Bucketlister trip we will organise everything for you from the first to the last location on your adventure and you’ll have a local guide with you every step of the way. All you’ll need to organise is your own flights and transfers. (Additional Options for Land Only Transfers)

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Bucketlister+ trips are a done-for-you service from start to finish. We organise everything for you. You’ll have a UK Guide with you every step of the way and the additional option to book UK Group Flights & Transfers through us. All you’ll have to do is pack your bag.

Bucketlister+ trips are a done-for-you service from start to finish. We organise everything for you. You’ll have a UK Guide with you every step of the way and the additional option to book UK Group Flights & Transfers through us. All you’ll have to do is pack your bag.

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