The Rickshaw Travel Group ("Rickshaw Travels") was founded in May 1988. From our humble beginnings as a small travel agency, we have grown and expanded into several countries and today have 28 years of experience in the travel business, both corporate and leisure... read more .

Resident Special EA Citizen Special

Tanzania Citizens: from USD 625 (double/triple sharing)

Tanzania Residents: from USD 1865 (double/triple sharing)

Non-Residents: from USD 2095 (double/triple sharing)

From USD   625* | from £ 0 456.25*

per person sharing Min 4 Pax

The main tourist route and by far the most popular route and some claim the easiest route to Uhuru Peak. The 5-day option, which is available on this route, makes it the least expensive route on the mountain. A 6-day option with an extra day of acclimatization is however also available. This is the only route, which provides comfortable sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every campsite. Mineral water, soft drinks, beer and chocolates are also sold at every camp. All the camps on this route have radio contact with the Park Headquarters.


Day 1:
meet and greet and transfer to Moshi town. Overnight at Chanya Lodge on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1,830m/6,000ft) to Mandara Huts (2,700m/ 8,900ft)

Elevation Gain: 870 meters / 2,900 feet  
Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours 
Habitat: Rainforest 

After breakfast, you’ll get picked up from your hotel in Moshi and driven to the starting point at Marangu Gate (approximately 45 mins). After registration, you will begin your journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro using a well-maintained trail through Montane Forest. On the way, you’ll walk through dense rainforest and coffee plantations as your guide talks you through some of the local flora and fauna. Here you will also get a very good chance of witnessing Black and White Colobus monkeys, as well as many different species of brightly-colored birds. Mandara Hut is a group of dormitorystyle wooden huts with solar generated lighting. The camp accommodates up to 60 hikers, and has all necessary facilities, including water and toilets.   

Day 3: Mandara Huts (2,700m/8,900ft) to Horombo Huts (3,720m/12,200ft)  

Elevation Gain: 1,020 meters/ 3,300 feet 
Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours 
Habitat: Moorland  

On your second day, you’ll embark on a hike which traverses a slightly steeper trail to Horombo Hut. The trail passes through more of Montane Forest before transitioning into the moorland vegetation zone, where you’ll find rolling alpine meadows dotted with giant heather trees. Once in the open moorland, you’ll also get the opportunity to see plants like the giant lobelia and giant groundsel, which can grow to an outstanding 16ft in height! After approximately six hours of hiking, you will reach Horombo Hut, where you’ll have hot water to wash, an evening meal and an overnight rest. Horombo is a village of huts perched on a small plateau with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers.   

Day 4: Horombo Huts (3,720m/12,200ft) to Kibo Huts (4,700m/ 15,400ft)

Elevation Gain:  980 metres / 3,200 feet 
Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours 
Habitat: Alpine Desert 

Wake up early to catch the sunrise and get some great photos! After a full breakfast, you will then continue to trek at a slow pace through the heathland, which quickly turns into an almost lunar-like landscape as you enter the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. During this hike, you may start to experience some symptoms of altitude sickness. Pay attention to your body and keep your guide informed. From here you will start to get fantastic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit before arriving at Kibo Hut – a drystonewalled hut with dormitories and limited facilities. Rest for the evening at Kibo Huts and prepare for your final ascent to the summit!   

Day 5: SUMMIT DAY! - Kibo Huts (4,700m/ 15,400ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/ 19,340ft) to Horombo Huts (3,720m/12,200ft)   

Elevation Gain: 1,195 metres / 3,940 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,175 metres / 7,140 feet 
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours to Uhuru Peak; 7 to 8 hours to Horombo Huts 
Habitat: Arctic conditions 

This is where the going gets really tough! 
Just before midnight, you will venture into the night and begin your final ascent to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Head northwest through the heavy stone scree following multiple switchbacks between Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers until you reach Stella Point (5,685m). This section is probably the most challenging part of the route, and will require great physical and mental effort. Continue to move slowly, always listening to your guide.  
After a short rest at Stella Point, you will hike along the crater rim for another hour before reaching your ultimate goal – Uhuru Peak! Congratulations! You have now made it to the“Roof of Africa”. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there, but it is important to start your descent within good time to ensure you get enough rest back at Kibo hut. After your rest, you’ll gather the rest of your belongings and descend to Horombo Hut (3,100m) where you’ll enjoy dinner and a well-earned sleep! 

Day 6: Horombo Huts (3,720m) to Marangu Gate (1,830m/6,000ft)

Elevation Loss: 1,890 metres / 6,200 feet 
Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hours 
Habitat: Rainforest 

After eating breakfast, you will begin the easiest part of your adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro via scenic path through the forest to Marangu Gate. Successful hikers who made it to Stella Point and Uhuru Peak will be awarded their certificates at the gate. Then it’s time to drive back to your hotel to enjoy a shower, dinner and celebrations with a Kilimanjaro beer!

Day 7: Kilimanjaro airport
After breakfast check out from lodge and transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight to Home. 

End of climbing.


  • Marangu route trekking for 5days/4nights 
  • All park fees (entry, camping, forest department and rescue fees)   
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while on the mountain  
  • Accommodation and facilities while on the mountain.
  • Fair and ethical salaries for the team (guide, assistant guide, cook and porters) – in accordance with KPAP guidelines  
  • Transfer from Moshi to park entrance gate and back.
  • Drinking water  
  • Oxygen cylinder and ox meter  
  • Service of a private English speaking professional and qualified mountain guide.
  • Cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisional and client’s private bags,
  • All food and catering equipment,
  • Boiling water on the trek.
  • Pre and post accommodation on bed and breakfast basis.


  • Tips for guides, Cooks and Porters,
  • Personal mountain equipment and all types of hard and soft drinks
  • Hire of any Equipment or gear besides those arranged and provide by the office.
  • Medical Treatment or checkup.
  • Laundry service, telephone calls, Bear/ Soft drink, Gift and souvenirs.
  • Personal and luggage Insurance.
  • Any rescue fee apart from the Kilimanjaro national park authority.
  • All other Items of a personal nature.
  • Any return transfer from boarder.
  • Any luggage more than 15kg per client.
*terms and conditions apply