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Laibon Tours & Safaris

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type


Safari Standard

Safari Standard


Tour Overview

The Marangu route is arguably the most popular Mount Kilimanjaro ascent, a relatively easy 5–6 day climb. It’s also the oldest route, at one time attracting over 80% of trekkers on Kilimanjaro. On the Marangu route, you descend by retracting your steps and it’s the only route on Kilimanjaro with overnight stops in purpose built huts. Since this is the shortest and cheapest route on the mountain, it is frequently very busy leading to the facilities along the trail sometimes becoming stretched so always book in advance. The Marangu route approaches from the south, passing to the south of Mawenzi before it crosses to the desolate Saddle. The summit ascent is then conducted on an arduous scree slope that culminates in the arrival at Gilman Point on the crater rim. This route can done in 5 days and as a result it has a surprisingly low success rate for getting trekkers to the top compared to the other routes. To improve your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, it is advisable to factor in an extra day for acclimatization purposes. This extra day is spent at Horombo Hut from where you can enjoy a number of fascinating side trips to explore various features of the mountain.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Moshi
  • Minimum age:

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,540 per person when 1 person travels alone

From USD 1,400 per person when 2–4 persons travel together

From USD 1,220 per person when 5+ persons travel together

What's Included

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation in Moshi
  • 2 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees
  • Camping or hut fees
  • Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 season mountain tents (except for Marangu route)
  • Double layered sleeping mats
  • Professional Kilimanjaro mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Government taxes

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after the climb
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $70 for the entire trek
  • Laundry (available at the hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
  • Travel insurance



  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Laibon Tours & Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Laibon Tours & Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paperwork has been completed, your trek can begin, and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

  • Distance: 12km/8miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Eleven: 9,300 ft to 11,811 ft
  • Habitat: Heath

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

  • Distance: 5km/3miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Eleven: 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the ‘last water point’ which is followed by the so-called ‘saddle’. This near vegetation-less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut, usually reached in about 5–6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.

  • Distance: 8km/5miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Eleven: 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today is the ‘Big Day’ – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1–  hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1–2-hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

  • Distance: 6km/4miles and 16km/10miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours & 4-5 hours
  • Eleven:15,430ft to 19,341 to 12,250 ft
  • Habitat: Arctic and Heath

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

  • Distance: 20km/12miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Eleven:12,205 ft to 6,046
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
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