Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route | Beginner-Friendly Hike

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5 days 6 nights trek

Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

A relatively easier, shorter and least expensive route, Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu route remains to be a top choice of most travelers – especially beginner climbers or those traveling with inexperienced backpackers. Compared to other routes like Machame, Marangu trail can take you to the summit in 5 days, or 4 even. Although it sounds like a short cut, most tour specialists deem it not the best way due to a shorter acclimatization period. However, you can always opt to spend an extra acclimatization day on the mountain.

With Napanda Safaris, you can choose between a 5N6D adventure or the shorter one which is 4N5D. Because you are in the Marangu route, you have the luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu route.

We’re committed to helping create moments of discovery as you embark on a trip with us. Our talented guides are not only well equipped to show you around but are more than capable of explaining the experience as you go through it. They are there to help you fully immerse yourself in the moment. Feel free to approach the guide to talk about the trip during your breaks. They would be more than happy to help you make the most out of special moment you’ve discovered. So what are you waiting for? Come and create special moments of discovery with Napanda Tours and Safaris!


  • All accommodations and meals as per personalized itinerary
  • Airport/hotel transfers, park fees & applicable regional flights
  • Private use of a specially outfitted 4WD vehicle and binoculars
  • Expert guide and driver (all are fluent in English)
  • Unlimited bottled water, soft drinks and bush snacks
  • Laundry, beer, wine and spirits are included at select lodges and camps
  • Comprehensive support from our operational office in Arusha, Tanzania


  • International Airfare to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Laundry, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits not specified above
  • Travel Insurance, gratuities, souvenirs, and Items of a personal nature

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Arrival at Kilimanjaro

Upon arrival at JRO, Napanda Safaris staff will meet and greet you and then chaperone you to Arusha for briefing. Climber’s kit will then be checked to make sure all required gears are complete. Dinner will be served at Tulia Hotel & Spa or Point Zone Resort, where you will also spend the night.

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Mandara Hut (9,000′)

You will be picked up at your hotel in Moshi after breakfast and head on to Marangu gate for registration, payment of fess and final parking. After about 2 hours, we will start to climb through dense semi-tropical areas and finally retire at Mandara Hut.

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Horombo Hut (12,000′)

After breakfast, we will start to ascend through the alpine meadow, grasslands and moorland to Horombo Hut. Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be easily viewed on the way.

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Kibo Hut (15,000′)

Breakfast will be served in Horombo Hut. Soon after, we will ascend further to Kibo Hut where the landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactuses, groundswell and lobelia can be seen along the way.

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Summit Day

We wake up at midnight, have a quick snack and then proceed to the summit through Gilman’s Point (18,640’), which is approximately 5 to 6 hours away. By early morning, we will finally set foot at Uhuru Peak (19,340’) – Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit. Picture taking will take place and you will have time to revel it all in before descending back to Horombo Hut for dinner and a wel-deserved night’s rest.

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Marangu Gate

After breakfast in Horombo Hut, we will start descending further to Marangu gate where a car is already waiting to take you to Moshi. At Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi, celebratory dinner will be waiting for you.

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Last day of Tour

Breakfast will be served at the hotel and you have until noon to check out. Transfers to JRO will also be arranged. This marks the end of your tour.

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