Marangu Route (6 Days)

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

Marangu Route 6 Days

From $1,500

MARANGU ROUTE this is the most popular route known as the ‘coca-cola route’, Due to their uniqueness is the oldest and one of the most preferable routes. Many agree that, this is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro summit point, given its gradual slope.

Although is the easiest route because no technical skills are required for this five-day trek. It is not as scenic as other routes. However, some prefer this route because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers.

There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. During peak season these huts can be very overloaded so as advance booking of hut accommodation is required to avoid any inconveniences

The Marangu route is usually done in 5 days; we would highly recommend all to add an additional day for better acclimatization.


Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be meet with All weather adventures representative, picked up there and transfer to hotel in Moshi town. Then 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. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) to Mandara Hut (2,700 meters)

After breakfast and briefing from your guide you will be collected from your hotel in Moshi and you will be driven to the gate from Moshi, which takes approximately an hour and passes through the village of Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work and registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities has been completed your trek can begin. Day one is a gradual trek through the Kilimanjaro rainforest. Within the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy so trekking poles will help.

Mandara Hut
Distance: | 8km / 5 mile
  Approx. trekking time: | 7 hours 
  Zone: | Rainforest
  Meals: | Breakfast
| Lunch
| Dinner

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,700 meters) to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

Day two on the Marangu Route begins with an early start. You will be served breakfast and should be on your way by latest 08:30. The trek continues through the rainforest, around the base of the Maundi Crater and then transitions rather rapidly into the low alpine moorland zone. If the weather is clear you should definitely take the opportunity to scramble up the Maundi Crater to get your first full view of Kibo. During the trek you will also see giant lobelias which are scattered throughout the landscape at this altitude. At Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) you will be served dinner and shown to your sleeping quarters for the night.

  Horombo Hut
  Distance: | 11.5km / 7 miles
  Approx. trekking time: | 6 – 8 hours  
  Zone: | Rainforest/Low Alpine Zone
  Meals: | Breakfast
| Lunch
| Dinner

Day 3: Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks(4020 meters) then back to Horombo Hut(3700 meters)

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.

  Horombo Hut
  Distance: | 5km / 3.1 miles
  Approx. trekking time: | 4 hours  
  Meals: | Breakfast
| Lunch
| Dinner

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)

Today in Marangu Route is long and tough. There are two routes to Kibo. The first, or upper route, forks to the right. You will most likely take the lower left hand route as it is easier and nearly an hour shorter. On the left hand route you will pass the last water point at 4,130 meters. 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. Make sure that you have all your gear ready for a prompt departure.

  Kib Huto
  Distance: | 10km / 6 miles
  Approx. trekking time: | 5 – 7 hours 
  Zone: | Low alpine zone / High alpine zone
  Meals: | Breakfast
| Lunch
| Dinner

Day 5: Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

Day five begins with summit night. 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. 

  Uhuru Peak
  Distance: | 22km / 13.7 miles 
  Approx. trekking time: | 6-8 hrs to the summit and then 5-8 hrs to Horombo Hut 
  Zone: | Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone
  Meals: | Breakfast
| Lunch

Day 6: Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Marangu Gate (1,870 meters)

Day six from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate is nearly 20km but usually only takes 7 hours to complete. You will be exhausted at this stage and spend most of the hike imagining the hot shower you will be having that evening. 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.

  Marangu Gate
  Distance: | 20km / 12.5 mile s
Approx. trekking time: | 6 – 8 hours 
  Zone: | Low alpine zone and rainforest
  Meals: | Breakfast
| Lunch

Day 6: Tanzania departure

This day left for your next destination. A vehicle will take you back to the Hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration. Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to beaches in Zanzibar so as we can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region. If you fly back home our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

  Meals: | Breakfast
5 DAYS CLIMB + 2 DAYS IN HOTEL 1 Person 2-4 Persons 5-7 Persons 8-10 Persons 11+ Persons
MARANGU ROUTE $1,780 $1,660 $1,600 $1,560 $1,500 Compare Prices
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The climb cost includes:

  • Pick up at International Airport;
  • Transfer to the hotel Parkview inn or Kilimanjaro wonders hotel
  • Professional mountain crew. Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 15 kg of personal baggage);
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • Camping/hut fees
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain. The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian options are available upon request
  • Modern tents
  • First aid kit
  • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick)
  • Portable flush toilets can be provided for free upon clients request
  • Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery)
  • Meeting the group at the National Park exit and transfer to the hotel
  • Accommodation after the climb
  • International certificates for a successful ascent
  • Return transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.

The climb cost excludes:

  • Flights tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Personal gear rental
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry services
  • Tips for the mountain

Tip on mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended for group sharing as following:

  • Guide $15 – $20 per day
  • Cook $10 – $15 per day
  • Porter $8 – $10 per day


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