Marangu Route – 5 days

About the route

This route is also known as the ‘Coca-Cola’ route, and it is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro, but also the oldest and best-established route. Many people prefer to use Marangu, since it is considered to be the easiest route up the mountain, because of its gradual slope. It is also the only route that has dormitory style sleeping huts. The minimum number of days required for this route is five, but successfully reaching the top within this time is rather difficult. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is essential to enhance your chances for success in reaching Uhuru Peak.

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

Transport will be provided from the Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation in Moshi. You’ll have some rest before meeting your guides, who will brief you about the climb and Mt. Kilimanjaro, followed by equipment check to ensure that all you have all the essentials. If some of your equipment is missing or is in a bad shape, you can rent from us. You’ll have dinner and spend the night here in preparation for the adventure awaiting you.

Day 2: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Morning drive from your hotel in Moshi takes us through Marangu village, which is one hour away. After signing in at the Marangu gate, you will be provided with packed lunch boxes and water, after which we’ll begin the 4 – 5 hour walk to Mandara Hut. The walk will be slow, and it’ll take you through a dense and humid forest, and you will have the lunch along the way. Dinner will be served at Mandara Hut, and you’ll spend the night here as well.

  • Elevation 1800meters to 2720meters
  • Distance: 7km
  • Hiking Time:4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
  • Elevation 1800 meters to 2720 meters
  • Distance: 7km
  • Hiking Time:4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Lunch boxes and water will be provided after breakfast, before you begin your trek to Horombo Hut. After about 45 minutes in the forest, we’ll arrive to the area of long grass and stunning view of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. As our trek continues, the terrain will transform into moorland. The lunch break will be at the picnic site, and our trail ends at Horombo hut, where dinner will be served before you turn in for the night.

  • Elevation 2720 meters to 3720 meters
  • Distance: 12km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Heather and Moorland

Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

The hike to Kibo Hut follows after breakfast, and you will be supplied with lunch boxes and water before we leave. Our hike continues across the desolate alpine desert of the ‘Saddle’ that divides Kibo and Mawenzi. This is where we’ll pass the last water point, and the porter will carry for us supply of water required for food, hot drinks and drinking. Dinner will be served at Kibo Hut where you will spend the night.

  • Elevation 3720 meters to 4700 meters
  • Distance: 11.5km
  • Hiking Time:6 to 7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

You will wake up at around 11:30 P.M. for a hot cup of tea or coffee, and then get ready for your hike to the summit which will begin at around 12:30 P.M. The temperature at around this time is below freezing. The trail you will take twists upwards through heavy scree towards the Gilman’s point. Once we reach Gilman’s point, hot cup of tea or coffee will be served to warm you up, accompanied by breathtaking view of the sunrise over Mawenzi. The hike to Uhuru peak continues for another 1.5 hours, over a gentle slope around the edge of the crater rim. Uhuru peak is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and in Africa. Once at the top, you will spend a short time enjoying the view and photograph your success, before we begin the steep hike back to Kibo hut for lunch and some rest. Our descend continues to Horombo Hut for dinner and a good night’s rest.

  • Elevation 4700 meters to 5895 meters to 3720 meters
  • Distance: 20km
  • Hiking Time:13 – 14 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

After breakfast and the last celebration with the porters, you will trek down to Marangu gate. Once here, you will have a hot lunch. Vehicle will meet you at the gate to take you back to your accommodation in Moshi where you can shower and rest.

  • Elevation 3720metes to 1800meters
  • Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Time:6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-Desert

Price for Joining Group

From USD 1350
Number of People Price
1 $1,450
2-4 $1,400
5-9 $1,350
10+ $1,300
Please note that we can arrange joining group climbs, group size between 5 and 9 people, and every individual pays the same price – $1,350. Option for all climbers looking for the budget climbs.

Price includes:

  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Moshi. {Pre and post climbing accommodation
  • Park fees, Camping fees, Hut fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees and
  • Transport to and from the mountain gates before and after climb
  • Certified, professional and highly Experienced mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Warm water to wash every evening at camp
  • All meals on the Mountain.
  • 3 freshly prepared meals daily while on the mountain
  • Daily tea and coffee at camp
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • All hut fees
  • Breakfast at Hotel
    • Government Climbing Taxes
    • Climbing permits
    • Daily Briefings
  • Safety Equipment:
    • Emergency oxygen
    • Pulse Oximeter
    • First Aid kits
    • Portable Stretcher
    • Mobile Communications
    • Hot drinks at every meal
  • Free wireless internet at the hotel

Prices excludes:

  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Airfare
  • Mountain personal equipment but they available for hire {Mountain clothes}
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner (which is not included in the itinerary).
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees

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