5 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – MARANGU ROUTE.

Day 1: We leave Moshi to Kilimanjaro gate – Mandara Hut. Take a short drive from Moshi or 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] 5 days Marangu route.

Day 2: We leave 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: Weleave Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut through Desert Saddle 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: We leave Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo HutWe 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 zig-zag 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: Safari to Kilimanjaro Retrace through Forest We retraces our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates to Moshi or 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]

We recommend you can extend your stay a little breeze on Zanzibar beaches or Ngorongoro Crater safari from at least 2 days

Cost – The trip costs depend on the number of people. Contact us for the pricing section.


  • All 5 days pp
  • Park fees
  • Accommodation
  • Full meals
  • Porters

Does not include

  • Logistic arrangement from Dsm
  • Accomodation of your arrival day to Moshi
  • Accomodation of the last day of being out of the mountain gate

Required Items to take with

Technical Clothing:
1 – Light to Medium Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood (It is very likely to rain on one or multiple days of the climb)
1 – Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down (to keep you warm when the sun isn’t shining)
1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell (We recommend this for layers to help you keep warm without getting too hot)
2 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
2 – Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
1 – Fleece Pants
1 – Shorts (optional)
1 – Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
3 – Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)

2 – Sport Bra (women)

1 – Brimmed Hat(for sun protection)
1 – Knit Hat (for warmth) ( Boshori/ Mzula)
1 – Balaclava, for face coverage (optional) Badala ya hii unaweza kuja na scalf.

Hand wear
1 – Warm Gloves (waterproof recommended)
1 – Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional

1 – Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces (If you purchase new boots please make sure to hike in them at least 5 or 6 times prior to leaving for Tanzania, new boots cause blisters!)
1 – Lightweight shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
3 – Hiking Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
3 – Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional)

1 – Lightweight ice grips for shoes like yaktrax (You will only need this if it snows and you will NOT NEED crampons)

1 – Sunglasses or Goggles (Very Important! – The sun is extremely strong at 14,000+ ft, 4000+ Meters)
1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
1 – Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
1 – Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.)
1 – Water Bladder (Camel back type, 2-3 liters)
1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended)
Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

1 – Two Person Tent (Optional! Chacha Tours will provide a high quality 3-season tent for you, however, if you have a tent you love and it is high quality we you can bring it for your personal use).

1 – Sleeping Bag rated at a minimum of -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees F),

1 – Lightweight / travel pillow / inflatable pillow
1 – Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
1 – Trekking Poles (recommended)
1 – Head lamp, with extra batteries
1 – Backpack or Duffer bag, for porters to carry your equipment
1 – Small to Medium Day pack, for you to carry your personal gear (The porters will carry most of your gear and clothing, this bag is for water, a camera, snacks, sunscreen, etc.)

Other Toiletries Prescriptions and Visa Requirements

Sunscreen (At Least 30 SPF
Prescriptions (Diamox High Altitude Medications, Other Personal Medications)

Lip Balm
Insect Repellent, containing DEET (You won’t have mosquitos after the first 2 days because they do not live at the higher altitude).
First Aid Kit (Antibiotic cream, adhesive bandages

Ibuprofen or Pain Reliever
Hand Sanitizer
Toilet Paper
Wet Wipes (recommended)
Energy Bars, Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
Camera, with extra batteries (optional)

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