Tour overview

5 Days Marangu Route

The Marangu Route 5 days, also called the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.

marangu map

Some hikers preferred Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However, the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu route is, unfortunately, less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path.

Included

  • 2 Nights accommodation bed and breakfast  in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Professional, English speaking guide (driver)
  • All Park fees
  • All national park fees
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • Rescue Fee

Not Included

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival and $100 for U.S. nationals
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • International Flights
  • Optional Tours e.g. (short safari after your climb etc.)

Day 1: Arusha to Mandara Hut.

Elevation (ft.): 6,046 ft. to 8,858 ft.
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Drive from Oasis Hotel to Marangu gate and spend around two hours for registration, payments of fees and final parking. Start climbing through dense semi-tropical to the first hut- Mandara hut (9,000ft). Dinner and an overnight at Mandara Hut.

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.

Elevation (ft.): 8,858 ft. to 12,205 ft.
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath

Early morning breakfast and later ascend through the alpine meadow and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight at Horombo Hut.

Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut.

Elevation (ft.): 12,205 ft. to 15,430 ft.
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Have breakfast and further ascend to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell, and lobelia appear on the way. Dinner and an overnight at Kibo Hut.

Day 4: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut.

Elevation (ft.): 15,430 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft.): 19,341 ft. to 12,250 ft.
Distance: 16 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6 hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively. You will reach the Mountain peak on the morning of the 5th day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo Hut for dinner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo Hut.

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate – Arusha.

Elevation (ft.): 12,205 ft. to 6,046 ft.
Distance: 20 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. The waiting car will take you to Moshi / Arusha, for your ongoing travel arrangements.