Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route (6 Days)

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The Marangu route nicknamed “Coca Cola Route” begins in the eastern side of the mountain. It is the easiest of the Kilimanjaro routes (with about 29% of climbers taking this route every year) but needs at least 5 days to attempt the summit successfully. Unlike other routes such as Machame and Lemosho route, when taking Marangu route, climbers stay overnight in permanent huts and the trail is hardened and well built – there are no any sections that require any scrambling! However, the summit night is extremely challenging on the way up with 5 – 7 hour midnight hike especially at the steep slope past Gilman’s Point (5,681 m/ 18,638 ft)!
An extra acclimatization day is recommended at Horombo Hut Valley for newbies to provide more rest before heading to the Base Camp ready to face the final challenge!


  • Trailhead: Marangu Gate
  • Trip Type: High-altitude trekking
  • Total Route Length: 64 km (40 miles)
  • Travel Style and Conditions: Wooden Huts
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Service Level: High

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Day 1 Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up from the Airport (JRO) and transferred to your hotel in Moshi, where you will meet your mountain guide and office representative for meet & greetings followed by your pre trek briefing and kit check. This day, our team will be answering any question about your upcoming adventure to make sure everyone is ready to go!

Day 2 Marsngu Gate (1,860m/6,102 ft) – Mandara Huts

After breakfast at your hotel, we transfer to Marangu gate where we register and complete the National Park formalities. It will take an hour of drive from Moshi and 2hr 30 min from Arusha to get to Marangu gate. We then start trekking; steadily ascending through stunning dense rainforest which can be quite muddy and wet underfoot, but it’s a magnificent way to start our challenge! Night Camp: Mandara Huts (2,720m/ 8,924 ft).

Altitude Change: ↑835 m/ 2,740 ft
Trekking Distance/ Time:7 km/ 4.4 miles (4-5 hr)

Day 3 Mandara Huts – Horombo Huts

After breakfast at the Mandara, we proceed with our ascent to our next destination via lighter ‘monkey’ forest. Maundi Crater (at 2,775 m) is located just after 20 minutes of walk from Mandara Huts and one can opt to pay it a visit by walking another 15 minutes away. We will have our lunch at around 3,500 m/ 11,500 ft elevation. On a clear day, we will enjoy an amazing view of Mawenzi peak (5,149 m/ 16,893 ft) and some villages in the lower plains of Kenya (Taveta). We proceed on a stony trail to the final bridge which crosses over a wide stream and swampy meadow of the Horombo Plateau where we will be spending the night.  Night Camp: Horombo Huts (3,720m/ 12,205 ft).

Altitude Change: ↑1,000m/ 3,280 ft
Trekking Distance/ Time: 11 km/ 6.8 miles (5-6 hrs)

Day 4 Horombo Huts – Acclimatization Day!

Our day will be spent on the moorland and alpine desert by hiking from Horombo Huts uphill to the black cliff formations standing about 20 meters high, namely Zebra Rocks (3,980 m/ 13,058 ft). It is a good idea to trek further up to about 4,200 m/ 13,780 ft elevation where we will have once in-a-life time view of Kibo peak and the entire route of the next day! The descent is is quick and would take about an hour, so that we can be back at the Camp for hot lunch. The rest of the day can be spent either catching some sleep or playing some games to pass time … J Night Camp: Horombo Huts (3,720m/ 12,205 ft).

Altitude Change:↑↓480 m/ 1,574 ft
Trekking Distance/ Time: 5-7 km/ 3-4 miles (4-5 hr)

Day 5 Horombo Huts – Kibo Huts

We leave early at 7:30 am towards Kibo Huts with the unique view of the summit. At around 4,000 m the trail passes the final water source where porters fill up their containers last time. We will be keeping our pace to a slow rhythm as we need to conserve as much energy as we can for the summit attempt later this evening. We reach our Base Camp at 2 pm for a good rest followed by an early dinner (at 5 pm) before getting our heads down, as we will be woken at 11 pm for our summit attempt! Night Camp: Kibo Huts (4,703 m/ 15,430 ft)

Altitude Change:↑983 m/ 3,225 ft
Trekking Distance/ Time:12 km/ 7.5 miles (5-6 hr)

Day 6 Kibo Huts – Uhuru Peak & Then Back to Horombo Huts

We leave the Camp at 11:30 pm or a bit early after having a little snack/ porridge or soup/ tea or coffee – most of our mountain gears stays at Kibo Huts till our return late in the morning. We shouldn’t forget head torch, our filled up water bottles & few snacks. You will be accompanied by Guides, Assistant Guide and some dedicated summit crew and the rest of the porters will remain at the Camp. The next 5 hours are spent trekking to Stella Point (5,750m) over scree and rock, where we will be rewarded with magnificent and spectacular views of the ice cliffs which surround us, and the majestic views to the Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks – trekking just does not get any better than this! We now make regular rest stops every 15 minutes or so, to aid our chances of reaching to the Peak at 5,895 m/ 19,341 ft. We push on to the summit with an amazing sun rise and aim to reach the top by about 6:30 or 7 am. We start our long descent via Gilman’s Point and back to Kibo Huts, where we will enjoy some lunch and a good rest. Our descent then continues down to Horombo Huts (4,703 m/ 15,430 ft) – today is a very long, emotional day, but at the same time, so memorable and exhilarating. Night Camp: Horombo Huts (3,720m/ 12,205 ft).

Altitude Change:↓↑↓1,192 m/ 3,910 ft & Then , ↓ 2,175 m/ 7,136 ft
Trekking Distance/ Time: 21 km/ 13 miles (12-14 hr)

Day 7 Horombo Huts – Marangu gate – Moshi

Our final descent start with a nice breakfast followed by tipping ceremony; then we continue trekking for about 6 hours to make the 1,880 meters descent back to Marangu gate. Lunch will be served either at Mandara Huts or at Marangu gate. We take the vehicle transfer back to our Lodge in Moshi for a well-deserved hot shower or cool soak in the pool! This evening, we meet as a group to contemplate our achievements with a Great Dinner at your Lodge.

Altitude Change:↓1,880m/ 6,168 ft
Trekking Distance/ Time: 18 km/ 11 miles (5-6 hr)

Day 8 Depart Tanzania

After breakfast there may be some free time to relax at the lodge or go shopping in Moshi and then leave your hotel in Moshi for your transfer to the airport to catch your departure flight

Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.

  • Conservation Fees, Camping/ Hut fees & Rescue fees
  • All government taxes
  • Camping equipment: =>Huts to be used – So, sleeping and mess tents are not required for Marangu route, =>Proper foam mattresses are provided in the cabins
  • Airport transfers – Kilimanjaro Int’l Airport (JRO) to Moshi/ Arusha, 2 ways
  • Transport to and from the Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Mountain Guides, Assistant guides, Cook and Porters
  • 3 meals per day + Professional mountain chef while on the mountain
  • Water throughout the trek
  • Hotel Accommodation: =>2 Nights in the Hotel – i.e. Pre & Post climb hotel accommodation in Moshi, on half board basis
  • VHF Radio Communication
  • Portable Oxygen tank during the summit attempt – 1.8L canister/ trip
  • Pulse Oximeter – for monitoring your body performance while on the high altitude
  • Fair wages paid to our mountain crew (porters, cook and guides) as part of our responsibility to the Community and Fair Treatment of our mountain Crew – our practices conform with our partners for responsible travel including Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Porters Association (KPA) as well as Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Snacks, personal hygiene kit and personal medication
  • Water purification tabs
  • Personal mountain clothing & trekking gear – some of the kit is available for hire in Moshi
  • Extra acclimatization day – An extra day can be added while on the mountain and each extra day costs extra US$ 220 per person and this amount will be paid at our main office after the climb.
  • Portable toilets – not allowed on Marangu route
  • Flights and Tanzania entry visa
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended depending on your flight route on entering Tanzania; vaccination for Meningitis & Hepatitis A is optional)
  • Optional Travel and medical insurance is but highly recommended
  • Tips for your mountain crew is mandatory nowadays (average tip is anything from US$180 to US$ 250 per climber depending on the number of days spent on the mountain, group size and route chosen)
  • Doctor for the group
  • Items of a personal nature

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