This is the easiest route to take to climb Kilimanjaro. From the summit glaciers, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland and forests lead down to the cultivated foothills. The Marangu route takes you at a gentle pace through these dramatically different zones.
Marangu / Mandara
Transfer to Marangu, a small village situated at an altitude of 1800 m, where you will meet your guide and porters before departing for Mandara Hut at 2750 m (3 -4 hours). You will trek across coffee plantations before entering a dense and humid forest where you will see giant ferns, many birds and primates, including the black and white Colobus monkey. Possibility of going to the Maundi Crater, where you will have a panoramic view of the plains, lake Jipe, and in the distance, the Pare and Usambara mountains. At the refuge a hot and copious dinner is served.

Mandara / Horombo
We leave the forest for an ascent of 1000 m across moorlands. The trek becomes easier at this point despite the initial effects of altitude. This part of the trek, which takes about 5 or 6 hours, will take us to Horombo Hut (3720 m). Here we have a breathtaking view of Kilimanjaro's twin summits : Mawenzi and Kibo. Final water point.

Horombo / Mawenzi
Today is a day of acclimatisation, with a 5 hour trek to Zebra Rock, at the foot of Mawenzi (4800 m). Kibo's summit is omnipresent and dominates the rocky plain. Today is important as the acclimatisation prepares us for the final ascent, enabling us to avoid altitude sickness.

Horombo / Kibo
The air becomes cooler, and the last traces of vegetation quickly disappear leaving an icy ground in places. The path becomes flatter and runs alongside "The Saddle", a plateau which links the Mawenzi and Kibo summits. The Kibo crater is an active volcano, and is covered by a layer of ice. After around 7 hours of trekking we reach Kibo Hut. The night at Kibo will be very short as the departure for the final ascent starts at 1 a.m. The porters stop here and wait for the trekkers to descend from the summit.

Kibo / Uhuru Peak
The final ascent begins in the middle of the night under a starry sky. After a trek of 4 or 5 hours up a very steep incline, you will first reach Gillman's Point (5685m) at the edge of the crater. This is followed by a trek of 1 - 2 hours across glaciers before finally reaching Uhuru Peak at 5895 m. You will be on the ’Roof of Africa’, with a panoramic view that will take your breath away. Watching the sun rise from behind Mawenzi is an extraordinary experience, and any tiredness felt is instantly forgotten faced with this magnificent spectacle. The descent via the Lower Route takes around 7 hours to reach Horombo Hut, at a difference in altitude of 2200 m.

Horombo / Marangu / Arusha
In the morning the adventure ends with an easy descent of 18 km (4-6 hours) to Marangu Gate, where you will meet your driver and return to Arusha.