5 Days Marangu Route

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro

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Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro

Overview

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. However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on 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.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

Day 2 –Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3 – Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi Approx. time taken: 9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4 – Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 – 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.

Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi Approx. time taken: 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 5 – Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6 – Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

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 / 12.9mi

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 7 – 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 gifts shop before heading to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast Included

*Safari ,Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania

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Choose the PRICE that suits you best

Budget Camping Safari
10 People +
$230/person
  • 1 person $ 400
  • 2- 4 people $ 300/person
  • 5- 9 people $ 250/person
Luxury Tented Camp & Lodge Safari
10 People +
$430/Person
  • 1 person $ 650
  • 2- 4 people $ 500/person
  • 5- 9 people $ 450/person

Package Includes

• Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi. • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi. • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate • Park entry fees, • Camping fees • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees • 18% VAT on tour fees & services • 4 Season mountain tents • Double layered Sleeping Mats • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek • Hot water for washing • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) • Government taxes • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter • Emergency first-aid kit

Package Excludes

– Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb. – Travel insurance – Flights – Laundry (Available at hotel) – Personal items and toiletries – Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain.

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