Marangu was the first route established to the summit of Kibo, and it is a busy route, there is no doubt about that! It is what is often called a ‘Tourists Route’ due to it’s high traffic and ‘luxurious’ amenities such as evenings in huts instead of tents and the ability to purchase soda and beer at the huts. Not exactly a true adventurer’s choice, relatively speaking. The route isn’t exactly ideal for acclimatization either, unless deviations are built in. As such, the success rate on Marangu is often less than other routes. But, if it sounds like we are trying to talk to out of this route, we are, except that it does have it’s own appeal. Marangu is still a legitimate way to to the summit of Africa. It is the legacy route and does hold history. And of course, it can be comfortable in huts, especially in the wet seasons. There is no escalator, and as such, Marangu offers very viable and respectable options for disabled or otherwise physically disadvantaged trekkers on it’s well established trail.
Marangu variations can be done in 6 days. We will only accommodate 5 day itineraries if you have been pre-acclimatized (within the last 2 days) on Mt. Meru or another high altitude peak.
Sample Route (6 Days):
- Day 1: Start at Marangu Gate (1860m) and hike 7km for ~4 to 5 hours with an altitude gain of 840m to Mandara Hut (2700m).
- Day 2: Hike from Mandara Hut (2700m) 11km for ~6 to 7 hours with an altitude gain of 1000m to Horombo Hut (3700m).
- Day 3: Hike from Horombo Hut (3700m) 4km for ~3 to 4 hours with an altitude gain of 550m to Zebra Rock (4250m) then return to Horombo Hut.
- Day 4: Horombo Hut (3700m) 9.5km for ~6 to 8 hours with an altitude again of 1050m to Kibo Hut (4750m).
- Day 5: From Kibo Hut (4750m) depart early in the morning and hike 9km for ~6 to 8 hours with an altitude gain of 1195m to Uhuru Summit (5895m), then descend 19km for ~5 to 6 hours with an altitude loss of 1945m to Horombo Hut (3950m).
- Day 6: Descend from Horombo Hut (3950m) 18km for ~5 to 7 hours with an altitude loss of 2250m to Marangu Gate (1700m).
Pricing is based on the number of climbers in the group and the number of days on the mountain. Pricing below does not include non-mountain costs such as airport transfers and lodging. Those costs can be found by clicking here.
- Single: $2,157 USD
- Group of 2: $1,844 USD per person
- Group of 3: $1,700 USD per person
- Group of 4 to 8: $1,628 USD per person
For groups larger than 8 and climbs longer than 6 days, please inquire via email for a custom quote.