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Kilimanjaro 6 Days Marangu Route

Mount Kilimanjaro




6 days

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The Marangu Route is the oldest and most well established trekking route on Mount Kilimanjaro, and it remains extremely popular, despite a wide variety of other options becoming available. This path provides trekkers with the classic Kilimanjaro climbing experience, offering sweeping views and a wonderful hiking adventure all the way to the summit of Uhuru Peak. That said, it also has some unique aspects that set it apart from any of the other routes as well, giving Marangu route a character and feeling that is entirely its own.

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  • Elevation: 1905m/6250ft to 2723m/8934ft
  • Altitude gained: 818m
Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take you through the Village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.
  • Elevation: 2723m/8934ft to 3721m/12,208ft
  • Altitude gained: 998m
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, through heathland, looking for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, to enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts late afternoon beneath the spectacular Kibo Summit viewpoint. Temperatures begin to drop.
You can spend a full day and a second night at Horombo. On this day, you can either rest at the huts or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi base camp then return to the Horombo Huts. This extra day will help your acclimatization, and further your understanding of the mountains weather and altitude. After your pause, you will continue up to the Kibo Huts on your fourth day for your midnight start to the summit.
  • Elevation: 3721m/12,208ft to 4714m/15,466ft
  • Altitude gained: 993m
After breakfast, we continue on through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Here while we stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.
  • Elevation: 4714m/15,466ft to 5895m/19,341ft
  • Altitude gained: 1181m
  • Descent to 3721m/12,208ft
  • Altitude lost: 2174m
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. We continue our way to the summit in a switchback formation through trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion, we ascend through heavy scree and possibly snow towards Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way. Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa! After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.
  • Elevation: 3721m/12,208 to 1905m/6250ft
  • Altitude lost: 1816m
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 45 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel 4 stars B&B. before being transferred to your journey home, safari or a relaxing trip to Zanzibar. CERTIFIED ETHICAL CLIMBING: We believe the tourism industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities. We actively promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility.


  • All meals on the hike.
  • All Park entrance fees.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
  • Camping equipment if applicable (tents
  • mattresses
  • sleeping bags
  • pillows
  • table and chairs)
  • Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour with Smile With Us Africa.


  • Flights (International)
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Tips for Guides, Porters & Chef
  • Personal expenses in nature such as money for souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees etc.
  • Visa fees (100 USD for American and 50 USD for non-American)
  • Immunization documents (yellow fever recommended for visa processing on arrivals)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and /or park fees

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Taylor W
Taylor W
Unable to attend, but they were great I was unable to attend due to an illness. They were in constant communication and contact with me throughout the refund process and I received my refund in a timely manner. They were very nice and great communicators throughout the process. I can’t wait to try and rebook in the future, as it looks incredible and I was so bummed I was unable to attend.
Great and reliable tour operator! What a fantastic experience we had! Everything was arranged to perfection. Our guide Erick is the best guide ever! He has a lot of humor, speaks good English and knows a lot about nature and animals. He does everything to see all the animals. The overnight stay was great. The people were very friendly and the food was really perfect! I can really recommend this reliable party if you are looking for a once in a lifetime safari! We had booked a two-day Selous safari from Zanzibar (Dutch couple).
Jordan H
Jordan H
Truly Amazing Experience 👏 we have just got back from such an amazing experience with this company!!!!from initial interaction with the team here it was seamless, the hotel to airport transfer was completely private along with the tour. The guide named 'Eric' was the best guide- nothing was a problem for him and made sure we got very close to the animals but always kept the animals feeling safe and not scared. his communication was outstanding,a really really nice man. the lodge which we stayed was also very comfortable and luxurious again all staff where very friendly.would highly recommend Smile with Us tours 5 start company Eric and Isack made the experience amazing!!
Ashlie H
Ashlie H
Amazing! We had an amazing time on our safari! We were able to see almost all the animals and many of them were very close to us. Our driver was great and did everything he could to help us see as much as possible. Highly recommend!
Marco S
Marco S
Nice Safari We had a 5 day trip from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi NP, Udzungwa Mountains NP, Nyerere NP and back to Dar es Salaam.Pros:+ All accommodations were superb, clean and really nice (didn't had much time to spend inside though) + Our driver and tour guide (Msese) was really good.++ we've seen much more animals than the others in the camps (elephant 🐘, giraffe 🦒, zebra 🦓, pumba, hyene, lion 🦁, hippo, chameleon, crocodile 🐊, ...) ++ we got a lot of information on the whole tour++ he really made us feel welcome++ he drove very good and safe++ we could always say stop when we wanted to stay longer at a place + the car (Toyota LandCruiser) was in good condition, clean and the seats are comfortable + the tour was very well organised and planned + they kept care of my gluten allergy, this was not a problem. Just make sure to tell the company in advance as well as the driver when leaving (I used the Celiac travel card in swahili) Con:- make sure that the driver knows the whole plan. For us he missed some parts of the tour and they arranged everything on short notice without any issues - bring your own binoculars, some animals are very shy (I guess also depends on the season and weather) - at one national park they build a big hydro dam, this already has a big impact on nature (has nothing to do with the tour itself) - not the cheapest option, but still much cheaper than the tours offered from the Golden Tulip Hotel in Dar es Salam
Unvergesslich und einmalig Wir haben eine von Anfang bis Ende gut durchgeplante und aufregende Safari erlebt. Alles war perfekt. Ein freundlicher und vor allem erfahrener Guide, der einem jede Frage beantworten konnte. Eine perfekte Unterkunft. Ein tolles Frühstück im Busch. Es war wundervoll und wir kommen aus dem schwärmen nicht mehr raus. Ein absolutes Muss für jeden der noch nie eine Safari gemacht hat.
Monica B
Monica B
Outstanding experience! I went on a solo safari trip with Smile With Us Tours in January 2023. The experience was super from the beginning to the end. Everything was very well organized to meet my wishes, and I felt so taken care of from the moment I was picked up from my hotel in Zanzibar. At arrival in Nyerere National Park (the plane landed while giraffes and other exotic animals were walking by the runway!), I was met by the most welcoming and genuine guide, Eric. He made sure I had many moments I will remember for life during my two days game drive with him. He put in all his effort to find the animals, we got up really close with them, and he was full of knowledge. I saw hippos, lions, zebras, elephants, African wild dogs, hyena, buffalos, crocodiles, giraffes, warthogs, baboons, black face monkey, impalas, waterbuck, wildebeest and more. I am so thankful for everything he did for me to give me the best experience possible. I also did a safari walk and a river safari where I got to see even more animals, birds and learned about animal tracks, herbs, plants and trees, and about surviving in the wilderness. My accommodation during my stay was at Selous Jimbiza Camp. Here I was met by a very welcoming staff. I was treated as a queen, the food was great, the crocodile and elephant bread the chef made were impressive, and I felt safe both day and night. I totally recommend Smile With Us Tours, and would love to go on a tour with them again!
Ivan J
Ivan J
Positive safari experience with Eli We were having a 3 day safari trip in Selous Game Reserve. From the start communication about everything was fast and efficient. On the first day we had the river boat safari, which was fun and we were lucky enough to see the elephants on the way back to our camp. On the second day we had a full day for a safari. Our guide was Eli and he was amazing, really knowledgable and funny, trying his best to show us as much as possible. We enjoyed every minute of it. My partner was not feeling so well and Eli was kind enough to check every now and then is she ok or needs anything. We would recommend this to everyone and if we ever go to a safari again would love to have Eli as a guide.
Brilliant I was quite nervous about booking through a local agent, having never been to TZ before but Jacob answered all our questions very promptly.Our guide (Allen) was very knowledgeable, very friendly and very helpful.Would definitely recommend!
Highly recommended! loved doing a private safari - great divers and guides. Loved the game drives and we also did the hike to the Sanje waterfall. They are intense days with early starts and after the 5 days it was perfect that we had some time planned at the beach. Flying out of Selous to Zanzibar was a perfect ending. Highly recommend the company - they were great to deal with and quick to respond.

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