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Trekking Kilimanjaro with ATA – 5Days Trekking via Marangu Route

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Marangu route 5 days itinerary is fairly easy despite of its difficult at the final part to the summit. Termed easier route, the route has encounter a highest failure rate due to bad preparation and untimely attempt. The above situations have moved KINAPA officials to put more emphasis and serious measures for those who climbing Mt Kilimanjaro on Marangu route. All camps along this route have a good radio communication to the park office. Some goods like mineral water, soft drinks, beer and chocolates are available in these camps.

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Marangu route can be trekked in 5 days however, one additional day is advisable for acclimatization at Horombo  camp. Marangu is the only route on this Mountain that offers hut accommodation in beds and mattresses. The route can also be trekked in 6 days & more. Taking 6 days that means 1 day will be for acclimatization at Horombo hut which covers almost 96 km long. Short Tanzania safari or beach holidays in Zanzibar can be combined by ATA (Africa Trekking Agency) with your Kilimanjaro trekking upon to your request

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  • 5 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing on the Marangu Route Itinerary, this route is very unique route on the mountain and the only route with home facilities like water taps, Marangu Route is also a only route on Kilimanjaro that clients ascend and descend through the same way.


Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut.
Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut.

Take a short drive from Arusha town to the Kilimanjaro Park Gate (1,830 m.) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby, and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. [3-5 hours walking to Mandara Hut]

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach Horombo Hut (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very stunning, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut]

Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut]

Day 4: Summit Day then down to Horombo Hut
Day 4: Summit Day then down to Horombo Hut

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic screen, but there are some well-graded zigzag and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.) passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night. [11-15 hours walking from Kibo Hut to Gillman’s Point]

Day 5: Horombo Hut – Arusha
Day 5: Horombo Hut – Arusha

After breakfast,we will start with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates to Arusha town. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. [5-6 hours walking]


  • • 1 nights BB at one of mid range Hotel in Arusha
  • • All nights’ accommodation in Huts.
  • • Professional, experienced, mountain guides.
  • • All Park fees and Rescue fees.
  • • All meals while on the Mountain.
  • • Pick up from the airport on arrival
  • • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees.
  • • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food.
  • • Clean, purified drinking water.
  • • Fair and ethical treatment of porters.
  • • Sleeping Mattress.
  • • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival.
  • • Personal Expenses.
  • • Optional Tours.
  • • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Tour's Location


When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude in Arusha Tourist City on Day 5 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 0 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your things at the hotel and explore The only planned activity for this day, an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow trekkers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers during arrival is included in the price of this tour, however departure transfer is not included that mean you can book for an departure transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator or representative will be at the airport to pick you on your arrival. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
What is the age range?
This tour has an age range of 15-70 years old, this means children under the age of 15 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form.


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Go Explore with ATA! Discover!  World’s most famous and unique parks, find the getaway to Tanzania Safaris and Accommodation ▷ ✓, Ngorongoro Crater✓, Trekking Kilimanjaro, ✓ Hotels in Arusha,✓ Wildebeest migration in Serengeti, ✓ Zanzibar Excursions & stone town city …

Travis Tan


Amazing Trip

The trip was such an amazing thing to experience. Everything ran smoothly and was so exciting. Our guide, Mark, was super friendly and organised and a great guy to have leading us.
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