The Marangu route was the original route climbed by the first Europeans over 120 years ago, and the "easiest" route for those who want to trek the traditional direct route. On the Marangu route, we stay in A-frame huts, instead of tents. The climb is led by our highly trained and expert mountain guides, and we enjoy fine mountain grub prepared by our chefs who are trained annually.
Day 1: Moshi
Arrive Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International airport or Arusha Airport.
A Shrike Safaris representative will pick you up in Arusha city or perhaps Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to Moshi town, best-known as the gateway to the roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Once in Moshi, your tour guide will meet, greet and brief you about your trek to Kilimanjaro. He will also make sure that you have taken all the gear necessary for the trek. In case you are missing important equipment, it can easily be hired in Moshi.
Day 2: Mandara Hut
8,875-ft/ 2,705-m | 4.3 miles/ 7 km | 4-5 hours
A 1-½ hour drive past the banana and coffee plantations brings us to Marangu gate. After check-in, we hike the well-maintained track, climbing uphill for about 4-5 hours through the lush montane forest to Mandara Hut. Look up in the trees, and you might see the black and white Colobus monkeys grunting and jumping around in the canopy. Mandara Hut is made up of a collection of wooden A-frame huts, built in the late 1970's. The huts have running water and "flush" toilets, African style. Meals are prepared by our cooks and served up in a common dining area, where you meet climbers from all parts of the world sharing the excitement in the air.
Day 3-4: Horombo Hut
12,850-ft/ 3,916-m | 7.14 miles/ 11.5 km | 6 hours
Soon after heading out, we leave the last glades of the rain forest behind, entering the heath and moorland zone. You get your first view of Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks in the distance. As we pass the fields of heather, you see the mountainside gradually opening up. We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery until our chefs have prepared dinner. We spend 2 nights at Horombo to acclimatize. On our extra day, we a take 4-hour round trip hike to Mawenzi Hut, passing Zebra Rocks along the way, returning to Horombo for lunch and a relaxing afternoon before dinner. Depending on your fitness level you may opt to stay here only 1 night...
Day 5: Kibo Hut
15,446-ft/ 4,708-m | 7.5 miles/ 12 km | 6 hours
After breakfast, we continue our trek into the Alpine desert habitat. Once across the barren Kibo Saddle, between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks, we start our climb up to Kibo Hut, a stone blockhouse situated on the slopes of Kibo Peak. On a clear day, you'll be able to see Gilman's Point on the crater rim, a key landmark on our way to the summit. After arriving at Kibo around mid-afternoon, we relax, then have dinner and prepare for the midnight climb.
Day 6: Uhuru Peak | Horombo Hut
Summit: 19,340-ft/ 5,895-m | 4.2 miles/ 6.7 km | 7-8 hours
Horombo Hut: 12,850-ft/ 3,916-m | 12.7 miles/ 20.5 km | 6-7 hours
Your guide wakes you up just before midnight with some hot tea and snacks. Then we bundle up and start the uphill climb. Today's the toughest day, and at sunrise, you see the most stunning views of Mawenzi, the Kibo Saddle and the plains below. We slowly wind our way over the rocky outcrops and through the scree until we reach the rim of the crater at Gillman's Point. The toughest part of the climb is over, as we only have about 2 hours to Uhuru Peak, the summit, where the view awaiting you is truly exciting. After half an hour celebrating at the summit, we head back down towards Horombo.
Day 7: Marangu Gate | Moshi
Gate: 6,102-ft/ 1,859-m | 12.3 miles/ 19.8 km | 6 hours
Moshi: 3,000-ft/ 914-m | 90 minute drive
This day we will descend down past the Mandara encampment to the base of the mountain, where each trekker receives a well-earned certificate, this is the last time to see your porters, it is recommended to tip them at this point. The Shrike vehicle will meet you and drive back to your hotel for a hot shower and some. You will enjoy a farewell dinner with your guides.
Day 8: Moshi
Depart Tanzania, or continue on your wildlife safari. Shrike Safaris takes you through some of the most spectacular wildlife reserves on the planet. You stay in hand-picked lodges and camps in the SERENGETI, at the NGORONGORO CRATER, TARANGIRE & LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK. Click here