6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking: A Journey Through Marangu

6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking: A Journey Through Marangu

The 6-day Marangu Route is a challenging climb on Mount Kilimanjaro. The first day involves a trek through the rainforest to Mandara Hut. The second day involves trekking through the forest to reach the high moorland zone. The third day is an acclimatization day. The final day is the summit day, which requires mental and physical preparedness.




Day 1:

Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut


Begin your first day of the 6 Days Marangu

Route with a transfer from your hotel in Moshi or Arusha towards the Marangu

Gate. It is at the Marangu gate that you will meet up with your Mount

Kilimanjaro crew which includes your Mount Kilimanjaro, Marangu Route guide,

and porters then do some registration and paperwork ready for your climb.

The Marangu Route trail begins with a

beautiful ascent in the rainforest zone. The tropical rainforest is blessed

with great views and a variety of rare monkey species that may include, the

Sykes or Blue Monkey. This trail opens up to reveal amazing hills that lead to

Mandara Hut, your accommodation for your first night.


·     Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft (1,843 m) to 8,858 ft (2,700m)

·     Distance: 8 km/5 miles

·     Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

·     Habitat: Rain Forest


Day 2:

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut


Start the second day on Mount Kilimanjaro

by trekking through the forest until you reach into high moorland zone of the

mountain. While here it is possible to get a glance at two of Mount

Kilimanjaro’s 3 peaks, Kibo and Mawenzi. After a long and satisfying trek, you

will wind up your day by relaxing and spending your night at the Horombo Hut.


·     Elevation: 8,858 ft (2,700m) to 12,205 ft (3720 m)

·     Distance: 12 km/7 miles

·     Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

·     Habitat: Heath


Day 3:

Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge


The third day of your 6 days Marangu Route

itinerary is basically your acclimatization day. This is an extra day set aside

for acclimatization to combat altitude sickness and can be spent trekking on

Mawenzi Ridge. The amazing landscape of the Mawenzi Ridge will definitely

reward you with beautiful views of Kibo and Mawenzi while overlooking the

Mawenzi tarn camp. After exploring the area for some time, we return to our

accommodation/rest point of the day, Horombo hut.


·     Elevation (ft.): 14,400 ft. (4,389m) to 12,205 (3720 m)

·     Distance: 5 km/3 miles

·     Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

·     Habitat: Heath



Day 4:

Horombo Hut to Kibo Hot


Your Kilimanjaro trek continues by

gradually hiking across another ridge and lunar desert famously known as the

“Saddle” which is sandwiched between the two Mount Kilimanjaro peaks, Mawenzi

and Kibo.


The resting and accommodation camp of the

day will be Kibo Hut, located at the base of the Kibo crater wall. To prepare

for the summit hike ahead, you will enjoy your dinner and summiting

preparations here at Kibo Hut as summiting usually takes place at midnight.


·     Elevation (ft.): 12,205 ft. (3720 m) to 15,430 ft. (4703 m)

·     Distance: 10 km/6 miles

·     Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

·     Habitat: Alpine Desert


Day 5:

Summit day: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak


Today is the summit day, so you will have

to wake up very early at around midnight in a bid to reach the summit.


Mental and physical preparedness is usually

put to the test here, as it is the most challenging part on Mount Kilimanjaro

as you may face strong winds and cold weather.


We ascend at night time, with a few hours

in darkness while a short break between different intervals.


Sunrise usually comes along when we reach

Gilman’s point at an elevation of 18,600 ft. or 5,669 m with a view of the

Mawenzi Peak.


Finally, we reach the summit at Uhuru Peak,

which is basically the highest point in Africa, and the highest peak on Mount

Kilimanjaro standing at 5,895 m or 19340 ft.


Reaching Uhuru peak is the ultimate goal,

you will spend some time at the peak, reflecting on the challenge amid

congratulations and satisfaction on this achievement.


·     Elevation (ft.): 15,430 ft. (4703 m) to 19,341 ft. (5895 m)

·     Distance: 6 km/4 miles

·     Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

·     Habitat: Arctic


After spending some time at Uhuru Peak, we

descend to Horombo Hut whereby you will enjoy your last dinner on Mount

Kilimanjaro and have some rest, also your last sleep on Mount Kilimanjaro.


·     Elevation (ft.): 19,341 ft. (5,895m) to 12,250 ft. (3733m)

·     Distance: 16 km/10 miles

·     Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

·     Habitat: Heath


Day 6:

Horombo to Marangu Gate


This is your last day on Mount Kilimanjaro

as it marks the end of your 6 Days Marangu Route tour. You will go down the

mountain with a descent trek bypassing the tropical rainforest.


We will collect our Mount Kilimanjaro summit

certificates at the Marangu gate and then drive back to Moshi town.


·     Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft

·     Distance: 20 km/12 miles

·     Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

·     Habitat: Rainforest


Included in Trekking Package:

  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board meals
  • All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
  • Gate Transfers


Excluded from Trekking Package:

  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel or Medical Insurance  is required and you should ask for Recommendation
  • Gamow Bag
  • Medication
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew ($15 Industry Standard Recommended)
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Additional lodge nights if early decent from the mountain $75 per room

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