Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.
The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Klimanjaro using the Marangu route.
The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred.
Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International Airport
On your arrival, you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Moshi town; where you will meet a mountain guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gears. The missing gears can be hired on this day or on the next morning before leaving for Kilimanjaro.
Hotel in Moshi: bed and breakfast included.
Prices for 6 Days Marangu Route(Per Person)
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- 8 day adventure, 6 of which include 3 meals a day
- 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi, breakfast included
- Airport Pickup from Kilimanjaro Airport
- All Ground Transfers
- Accommodation while trekking
- National Park Entry Fees
- Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide
- Porter service on the trek
- First aid kit
- Trip completion certificate
- Farewell Dinner
- Airline tickets;
- Visa fee;
- Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
- Personal gear rentals;
- Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
- Mountaineering insurance.
Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
In the morning after breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel for briefing about daily routine during about your climb to Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu route and there after we depart Arusha town for Marangu Gate. Begin your Mount Kilimanjaro climb through the rain forests, for 4 to 5 hours hike to Mandara Hut (2750m). Overnight Stay Mandara Hut – Mount Kilimanjaro.
Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2miles.
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast; Included.
Day 3: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
After breakfast, leave the glades of the rain forest and continue trekking into open rolling moorland. The trek takes about 5-6 hours hike to *Horombo Hut (3820m) Overnight Stay Horombo Hut – Mount Kilimanjaro.
Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8miles
Approx. time taken: 9 hours
Day 4: Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks (4020m) then back to Horombo Hut (3700m)
Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day.
Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
Approx. time taken: 4 hours
Day 5: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut.
After a good night’s rest, trek past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle, a broad desert zone between the two peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Kibo Hut (4720m) is reached in 5-6 hours hike. Overnight Stay Kibo Hut (4720m) – Mount Kilimanjaro.
Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9miles
Approx. time taken: 7 hours
Day 6: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak the summit 5,895m – Horombo Hut
At Kibo hut (4720) Wake up at Midnight, the start for the Summit is made just after midnight at before star serve with light refreshment than proceed to the steepest part of the route is to Gillman’s point (5700m). A further 1 to 2 hours walk, early morning reaching to the Summit Uhuru Peak (5895m) celebrates your success of Mount Kilimanjaro climb, take the photos before descend to Horombo Hut (3820m) 5-6 hours. Overnight Stay Horombo Hut – Mount Kilimanjaro.
Distance covered: 22km / 13.7miles.
Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
Day 7: Marangu Gate – Transfer to Moshi or Arusha
The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.
Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9miles.
Approx. time taken: 8 hours
Day 8: Depart Tanzania
The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.
Hotel in Moshi: bed and breakfast included.
Options after Kilimanjaro Trekking:
Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.