- The Marangu Route is the oldest on Kilimanjaro and is also one of the most popular trail mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Kilimanjaro Centre for Trekking and Ecotourism – KCTE provide mattresses and pillows. Ever since tourism expanded on Kilimanjaro the Marangu Route has been the most popular trail, and with a path that takes in such glorious features as the deep rich forest of the south-eastern slopes, the flower-filled Maundi Crater and the wind-blown high-altitude desert of the Saddle, it’s not surprising.
The Marangu Trail is also the only trail where you sleep in huts rather than under canvas. Do not, however, be misled into thinking this route is easy – indeed, many people fail to reach the summit on this route because they have failed to acclimatize properly. For this reason, we have included a ‘rest’ day in our itinerary, where we spend two nights at Horombo Huts in order to increase our chances of acclimatizing properly – and making it to the summit safely! Note that the following itinerary is for just five days. Those sensible folk who opted for a six-day climb will in all probability take a ‘rest day’ (or, more accurately, an ‘acclimatization day’) on day 3.