6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route
6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route

6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route

8 days

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Sleep in comfort while you trek Kilimanjaro on the Marangu route

Want to take on Mount Kilimanjaro but unsure of the best way? There is a lot to love about taking this guided trek up the Marangu route in 6 days! The “Coca-Cola” route is popular for its comfortable mountain huts and the convivial atmosphere at camp. The majority of the trail is on wide paths that aren’t too steep, so it’s an excellent way to get adjusted to the high altitude.

Trekking this route in 6 days instead of 5 will not only help your body adjust to the thin air but will give you more time to relax in preparation for the very challenging final ascent to the peak. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore the landscape and even take a quick hike by Mawenzi Peak if you’re feeling energetic. Your guides, porters and cooks will take good care of you to ensure you are prepared for the challenging trek from Kibo hut up to the summit of Uhuru Peak. If you’re going to climb Kilimanjaro, this could be the perfect way to do it!

Highlights of the 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route

Use the extra time on this tour to adjust to the elevation and take a side trip to see Mawenzi Peak.
Make new friends from all around the world at the comfortable mountain lodges
Experience dramatically different landscapes and climates, from rainforest to summit ice caps
Take advantage of the wide paths with easier footing before your final challenge up the peak

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From $1,656USD
8 days
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Guided
Mountain Huts, Hotel
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6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route

6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route Itinerary

Day 1 Pre-trek briefing

After your arrival and settling in the hotel, you’ll meet the representative for a pre-trek briefing, where your equipment will be assessed, and any required rentals can be arranged locally.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Hike through the rainforest to Mandara Hut

Your tour begins with the hour ride from your hotel in Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. You’ll have to go through some registration at the gate, but you’ll be on trekking in no time! Today your path will be through the lush rainforest vegetation, so look for birds and monkeys in the trees. A great opportunity to see monkeys presents if you decide to take the short side trip to Maundi Crater before you return to camp.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut on Mount Kilimanjaro (2,700m / 8,858ft)
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 8 km, 840m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Trek through moorland to Horombo Hut

The trail today will start to climb out of the trees and you’ll begin trekking across the open moorlands. You’ll be gaining a lot of elevation today! You’ll be spending the next two nights at the lively Horombo Hut, so be sure to enjoy the social atmosphere.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,720m / 12,204ft)
Distance: 5 to 6 hours, 12 km, 1000m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Rest day at Horomobo

It’s up to you to decide what you’d like to do today. Relax, enjoy the views, make new friends, and fuel up on hearty food in preparation for the rest of your journey. If you’re feeling restless, take a hike by Mawenzi Peak.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,720m / 12,204ft)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Trek the saddle of Mount Kilimanjaro to Kibo Hut

The landscape will change again today as you climb up into the alpine desert it will begin to look more like a lunar landscape! Your porters will be collecting water from the last source of water along the trail. You may still be well rested from yesterday, but you’ll still want to go to bed early in preparation for tomorrow morning’s midnight departure!
Overnight Location: Mountain Hut on Mount Kilimanjaro (4,703m / 15,429ft)
Distance: 5 to 6 hours, 9 km, 1000 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Hike to the summit

It will still be dark when you begin your hike sometime around midnight. Today will be the most challenging day of the trek, as the air is very thin and you’ll be hiking some very steep switchbacks with heavy scree and tricky footing. After you’ve reached Gilman’s Point the sun should be up, and you’ll have the snow-capped peak in your sights. The view from the top of Uhuru Peak will be spectacular! Make sure to celebrate with lots of photos before you begin your descent back down to Kibo Hut for lunch and Horombo Hut for the night.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,720m / 12,204ft)
Distance: 6 to 8 hours, 21 km, 1125m of ascent, 2175 of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Return to the rainforest and trip back to Moshi

Your last day on the mountain will be a welcome return to the rainforest and the lower elevations. Once you’ve reached the park gate your vehicle will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: 4 to 5 hours, 20 km, 2000m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

Today, after a good night’s sleep, you’ll head to the airport for your departure flight. Goodbye, Kilimanjaro!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route Price and Dates

This guided trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro can be run as a custom tour for your group, in which case the price depends on the size of your group. If you choose to join an existing group, the price is fixed.

The best time to travel to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro is during the driest months of the year, which tend to be December-mid March and June-October.

Private Guided 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 1: $1,916 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 2: $1,703 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $1,649 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: $1,624 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6-8: $1,622 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 9+: $1,613 USD per person

Join a Group Tour on the 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route Tour

Make new friends and join a group climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! You can also inquire with your preferred dates to create the group and let others join in. Prices below are per person:

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Accommodation on the 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route

The accommodations for this tour are mountain huts which are shared, dormitory-style rooms. Sponge mattresses and pillows are provided, and there are bathrooms with running water at some of the lower huts. The higher huts will have basic covered latrines. You’ll also spend one night before and after the tour in a quiet, cozy hotel in Moshi.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a single room while in the hotels (please enquire about the pricing). You can also pay a supplement of $5 USD per day to have a private tent.

Hotels on Standard Tour

K's Lodge in Moshi

This beautiful lodge near Moshi is a perfect spot to relax before and after your adventure to Kilimanjaro. Cozy rooms, nice area and all the amenities needed to guarantee comfortable stay!

Night 2

Mandara Hut

Mandara Hut offers communal wooden huts in a forest clearing. There are 60 beds in total that are equipped with a sponge mattress and a pillow. Bathrooms at this hut have running water.

Night 3-4

Horombu Hut

This scenic mountain hut is an energetic hub as it houses trekkers going both directions. There are 120 beds in communal rooms, and this camp also has bathrooms with running water.

Night 5

Kibo Hut

There are 60 beds with mattresses in communal huts at this camp. The bathroom facilities are basic vault toilets.

Night 6

Horombu Hut

This scenic mountain hut is an energetic hub as it houses trekkers going both directions. There are 120 beds in communal rooms, and this camp also has bathrooms with running water.

K's Lodge in Moshi

This beautiful lodge near Moshi is a perfect spot to relax before and after your adventure to Kilimanjaro. Cozy rooms, nice area and all the amenities needed to guarantee comfortable stay!

What’s included in the 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners are included. Purified drinking water is also included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes all the airport transfers and the transfers between Moshi and the trailhead before and after the tour.

Also Included

  • Experienced mountain guides
  • Porter and cook
  • Park fees
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder
  • Conservation, camping and rescue fees
  • VAT (18% charged by the government)

Not included

  • Visas if required
  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal equipment such as sleeping bag, trekking poles, etc. (rental options are available)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in Moshi or Arusha
  • Private toilet rental added to your gear: $100 USD
  • Additional equipment rentals (available locally)

Frequently Asked Questions about 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu Route

Monkey Adventures is an East African (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) operator offering Safari Tours, Kilimanjaro climbs, and Gorilla tracking (Uganda). They have offices in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda. The company offers Kilimanjaro climbs over different routes with a duration of 5 days to 9 days and all their departures are guaranteed. You can opt for a group joining trek (depending on if there is a group on that day) or a private trek just for your group.

Monkey Adventures is proud to share that the Tanzania National Parks Authority, Government of Tanzania recently presented them with the "Best Tour Operator" award for 2018/2019 and the company has also been recognized as the Travellers' Choice Winner - 2020 by Tripadvisor. In the past, Monkey Adventures have also won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018 and 2019.

Monkey Adventures guides hold certifications such as Kilimanjaro Guide Licence, Wilderness First Aid Responder, Tourism College Certificates, Kilimanjaro search and rescue, High altitude Medicine Skills Acquisition Program for Mountain Guide, and more.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. The Marangu route does not require any technical climbing skill but does have some steep stretches with difficult footing. The altitude of this trek can pose a significant challenge as the air is quite thin. Fit hikers with experience hiking at higher altitudes have the highest chance of success.

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