Marangu Route

5 Days


Marangu, the most popular route to Kilimanjaro’s summit, guides trekkers through lush forests, scenic moorlands, and the vast high-altitude desert known as ‘The Saddle.’ This affordable option allows for a five-day completion, with the flexibility of an extra acclimatization day. Distinguishing itself from other routes, Marangu offers cozy hut accommodations, enhancing the trekking experience on Africa’s highest peak.


Pick up from airport and transfer to accommodation in Arusha for an overnight stay.

Hiking: 5h (approx 12k)
After breakfast, we will drive from Arusha to the Marangu Park gate. All hikers are required to sign in at the park entrance while the guides and porters make the final preparations. Once complete, the hike will commence through the Park gate into a beautifully green rainforest. The rainforest is full of wildlife and if you’re lucky enough, you might be able to spot a few animals along the way to our first camp, Mandara Hut.

Hiking: 6h (approx 15kms)
In the morning, we will commence our hike through more forest area, towards the rim of the Maundi Crater.
The area turns into moorlands here and you can see an array of Tanzania’s vast wildlife and nature along the journey to the next camp at Horombo Hut.

Hiking: 6h (Approx 15km)
This is a rest and acclimatisation day and we will walk to either Zebra Rocks or Mawenzi Hut. We will walk through the moorlands across The Saddle towards Kibo Hut.

Hiking time: 14h (27km)
Our journey to the Summit will begin at around midnight. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path and steep scree towards Gillman’s point which is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. We will continue towards Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro before descending back to Kibo Hut for lunch and a rest before heading to Horombo hut.

Hiking: 6h (approx 27km)
Descend to Marangu gate via Mandara Hut and commence our drive back to Arusha.

The Trip Cost Includes

The Trip Cost Excludes

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Marangu Route

Contact Info

Phone: +255 764 103 944


Location: Kaloleni, Arusha