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The Marangu Route is the fastest, easiest and most popular route to Uhuru Peak and takes 5 days. The summit of Kilimanjaro was reached first on this route. Since the first route was discovered in Marangu, there are many facilities such as camping cottages. The shelters offer beds and pillows, however climbers need to supply their own bedbags. The trail to Marangu reaches the top of Uhuru on the Southeast side of Kilimanjaro Mountain. If you are not adequately prepared, you may have difficulty getting to the peak since acclimatization is difficult without previous preparation. This will make reaching the peak more challenging.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
30 Minutes Before Safari Time
Time:4hrs to 5hrs (Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut)
About 8 kilometers (Marangu Gate to Mandara)
You will begin your first day with breakfast in your accommodations. Your mountain chief guide will take you to Marangu Gate after you have been picked up by our professional driver guide for a brief. Then ascending through the tropical rain forest, observing the animals and plants of the mountain up to Mandara Hut, where dinner will be served and an overnight stay will be arranged.
Time: 6 hrs to 7 hrs (Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut)
About 12km (Mandara to Horombo)
In the morning, we will begin our day with a delicious breakfast prepared by our mountain chefs in Mandara’s hut. Then we continue our journey through the forest until we reach the high moorland woods. From your hut, you will enjoy magnificent views of Mawenzi and Kibo summits, followed by dinner and sleep in Horombo hut.
Time: 6hrs to 8 hours (Horombo hut to Kibo hut)
About 10km (Horombo to Kibo
On this day, after breakfast and acclimatization you wake up early in the morning. The beginning of the ascent to the long and tough path. The nicely constructed path crosses the “Last Water point” and then the “Saddle.” This largely treeless plateau connects Mawenzi with Kibo’s main summit. You’ll enjoy an early supper at Kibo Hut and overnight.
Time: 6 to 8hrs (Kibo hut Uhuru peak) & (4 to 5hrs Uhuru peak to Horombo hut)
About 6km (Kibo hut to Horombo) & 16km (Uhuru peak to Horombo hut)
Finally, you will have to wake up very early at midnight around 2:00am for a light breakfast and then begin your climb to the summit of Uhuru Peak. Since it is the highest free standing mountain in the world, this is the ultimate dream come true for mountain enthusiasts. After a few minutes spent taking photographs and enjoying your accomplishment of reaching the highest point in Africa, you will descend to the Horombo hut to spend your last night on the mountain.
Time: 5 to 7hrs (Horombo hut to Marangu gate)
About 20km (Horombo to Marangu gate)
This is your last adventure day where you will have your breakfast at Horombo hut and then continue your descent down to Marangu Gate where your adventure started. You will be walking in the downhill tropical rain forest. Reaching the gate you will collect your award winning adventure certificate and Serengeti Wonder’s driver will be waiting for your driving back to Moshi town.