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The best Ultimate Kilimanjaro Climbing in 5 days Marangu route

Marangu route in 5 days Kilimanjaro Climbing itinerary overview

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Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Elevation: 1,870 m (6,135 ft) to 2,720 m (8,923 ft)
Distance: 8 km (5 miles)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rainforest
Depart from Moshi and drive to Marangu Gate for registration.
Start trekking through the lush rainforest, spotting blue monkeys and unique plant life.
Arrive at Mandara Hut, where you’ll have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 2,720 m (8,923 ft) to 3,720 m (12,205 ft)
Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Continue your hike through the forest and into the moorland zone.
Enjoy stunning views of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.
Arrive at Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation: 3,720 m (12,205 ft) to 4,700 m (15,420 ft)
Distance: 10 km (6 miles)
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Trek through the alpine desert, crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.
Reach Kibo Hut for an early dinner and rest in preparation for the midnight summit attempt.

Day 4: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

Elevation: 4,700 m (15,420 ft) to 5,895 m (19,341 ft) (Uhuru Peak) and descend to 3,720 m (12,205 ft)
Distance: 22 km (14 miles) round trip
Hiking Time: 10-14 hours
Habitat: Arctic to Moorland
Begin the summit attempt around midnight, ascending to Gilman’s Point (5,685 m) and then to Uhuru Peak.
Celebrate your achievement at the summit of Africa’s highest point.
Descend back to Kibo Hut for a short rest, then continue to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation: 3,720 m (12,205 ft) to 1,870 m (6,135 ft)
Distance: 20 km (12.5 miles)
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland to Rainforest
After breakfast, descend through the moorland and rainforest zones.
Return to Marangu Gate, where you’ll sign out and receive your summit certificates.
Transfer back to Moshi for a well-deserved celebration and rest.


All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

Sleeping Mattress

Emergency Oxygen Cylinder

All meals while on the Mountain

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Conservation fees (part of park fees)

Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

Rescue fees (part of park fees)

VAT (18% charged by the Government)

Kilimanjaro summit certificate

Tanzania Visa

International and domestic flights

Hotel (available as an optional addon)

Transfers (available as an optional addon)

Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)

Tips and gratuities

Travel insurance

Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed in the itinerary

Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

The best Ultimate Kilimanjaro Climbing in 5 days Marangu route
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