5-days Marangu Route

About Marangu Route

The Marangu route is also referred to as the "Coca-Cola" route, as it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. It is the oldest and the most well established route on the Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls, basic washrooms and toilet. Short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason.



  • Guides
  • Park Fees
  • Tax
  • Gate Transifer
  • Crew Wages
  • Food

  • 4-Breakfast
  • 5-Lunches
  • 4-Dinners
  • Drinking Water
  • Accommodation

  • Campsite
  • Other

  • Cook
  • Porters
  • Not-Included

  • Flights
  • Tipping the crew
  • Visas
  • Click below to see Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

    After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.

    Meals: Lunch & Dinner
    Altitude: 1,700 m to 2,740 m
    Distance Covered: 7kms(4-5 hours)
    Accommodation: Mandara Hut

    Day 2

    Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
    You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

    Meals: Breakast, Lunch & Dinner
    Altitude: 2,700 m to 3,700 m
    Distance Covered: 11kms (6-8 hours)
    Accommodation: Horombo Hut

    Day 3

    Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
    Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Altitude: 3,700 m to 4,700 m
    Distance Covered: 10kms (6-8 hours)

    Day 4

    Kibo Hut to Summitt then Horombo Hut
    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
    The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Altitude: 4,700 m to 5,895 m then 5,895 m to 3,700 m
    Distance Covered: 4kms up / 14kms down (10-15 hours)

    Day 5

    Horombo Hut to Moshi
    After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

    A vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
    Altitude: 3,700 m to 1,700 m
    Distance Covered: 18kms (5-7 hours)