MARANGU ROUTE 5 DAYS
Marangu trail is the oldest and most well established trekking route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It remains extremely popular mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has hut accommodation for trekkers.
Marangu route does not require overnight camping. It is the only route on Kilimanjaro with permanent hut accommodation.
The gradual ascent, hut accommodation and a day's acclimatization in the middle of the 6-day Marangu route contribute to make it one of the easiest trails to climb Kilimanjaro.
The dormitory style hut accommodation on Marangu route means there are fewer porters to hire to carry camping equipment. This along with the short route length makes Marangu the cheapest among all routes.
Being one of the easiest, shortest and cheapest routes on Kilimanjaro makes a lot of people, especially younger folk gravitate to the Marangu route. It is the busiest trail on Kilimanjaro.
Because the ascent and descent are done on the same route, the Marangu trail has comparatively much less scenic variety as the other routes.
Is Marangu Route for Me?
If you like the comfort of huts on the trail, then this is the only option on Kilimanjaro with permanent hut accommodation. The 6-day version is said to be relatively the easiest trail to climb Kili. It is also the cheapest and the most crowded route with the least scenic variety because the ascent and descent are done on the same path. Over crowding on Marangu trail is partly caused by this reason.
Marangu Route Prices
We do no compromise on safety and quality, so our prices are not the cheapest. However, they are also not unreasonably high like some other companies. We take a lot of pride in the value for money we provide to each and every client.
THE CLIMB COST INCLUDES
Return transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to accommodation in Moshi
Return transfer from accommodation in Moshi to the entry gate into Kilimanjaro National Park
Park Fees: all park fees collected by Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all others).
Accommodation at hotel in Moshi.
Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern comfortable 4-season North Face VE-25 tents)
Please note: by default, you will share a room and a tent with your travel companion. If you travel solo on a group expedition, we will room you with a same-sex participant. Single supplement is available upon request.
Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike
All meals on the hike. You will find delicious energy-rich meals on our mountain menus. Our professional chefs will prepare assorted soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost
All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water)
Hiking and safety equipment:
4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
All group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery)
If you choose extra comfort package you additionally will have walk-in tents, sleeping cots, hot water bottles for the night as well as portable toilets included
Oxygen cylinders and oximeters
Complete medical kits including Diamox.
Professional guides licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All guides are holder of Wilderness First Responder certification. All of them have 7+years of successful experience
Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.)
18% VAT, 1% TDL and 0.3% Service Levy. We have honest and responsible tour operator working in full compliance with the tax law of the United Republic of Tanzania.
THE CLIMB COST EXCLUDES
Tips (250-300 USD per climber for the whole mountain crew)
Visa fee (100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for all others)
Personal gear rentals
Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the climb)
Portable toilets (if required - 250 USD per unit, one can be shared between 3 people)
Mountaineering insurance. You'll need special insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro that covers high-altitude trekking up to 6000 m
FAQs for Marangu Route
HOW DIFFICULT IS THE MARANGU ROUTE?
Marangu Route is also the only route that offers hut accommodation, which can provide some comfort for climbers. Hence the 6-day route is said to be somewhat easier. But the 5-day hike is very difficult because there is no time for the body to acclimatize. Do note that good fitness levels are still necessary for this trek.
HOW LONG IS THE MARANGU ROUTE?
The exact distance on the Marangu trail is 82km or 50 miles. We recommend chosing 6 days over 5 days to do this route. The average daily altitude gain is about 1000m as compared to only 700m on 7-day Machame and 500m on the 8-day Lemosho routes.
WHAT IS MARANGU ROUTE'S SUMMIT SUCCESS RATE?
As it is one of the shortest routes on the mountain, the Marangu Route has the lowest summit success rates. This is mainly because of the unprofessional local tour guides who take groups up the mountain on the shorter (and cheaper) 5-day hike. Because of this, the 5-day average success rate is 50%! We advise our hikers with this in mind, so we only take the 6-day option which increases the success rate to over 90%!
HOW IS THE SCENERY ON THE MARANGU ROUTE?
The Marangu route ascends through the rainforest, moorlands, and alpine areas before ending in the glacial zone. This trek is very beautiful and is the only route that allows you to descend the same way you ascended.