5-Day Marangu Route, Kilimanjaro Climbing

Trip Overview

The Marangu path, also referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route, is a well-known journey up Mount Kilimanjaro. The oldest and most established route is this one. Given its gentle slope, the Marangu route is preferred by many since it is thought to be the easiest path on the mountain. Additionally, it is the only route that provides dormitory-style sleeping huts.

The least number of days needed for this trip is five, although the likelihood of successfully completing it in that time is very slim. When ascending Kilimanjaro through the Marangu route, it is highly advised to spend an additional day acclimatising on the peak.

Nevertheless, despite the Marangu route’s enormous popularity, we avoid guiding climbs there. Because the ascent and descent follow the same path, the route has the least difference in scenery of all the routes and is also the busiest. Only during the rainy season are the hut accommodations recommended in Marangu.

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

You will be met by your guide, who will give you a briefing on your forthcoming trip and check your equipment to make sure you have all the appropriate mountain gear, when you are picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and taken to your hotel in Moshi town. On this day, the missing equipment can be rented.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

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

Breakfast is had early in the day. You will quickly cross the timberline and enter the heath and moor region after leaving Mandara Hut. The Horombo Hut, which is located at a height of 3700 metres, will become visible approximately 4 to 6 hours later. Fantastic views of Mawenzi, Kibo, and the expansive Masai steppe may be seen from the hut.

  • 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)

Breakfast is eaten first thing in the morning. You will soon arrive at the timberline and then move into the heath and moor area after leaving Mandara Hut. The Horombo Hut, which is at a height of 3700m, will be visible in about 4 to 6 hours. You will get stunning views of Mawenzi, Kibo, and the expansive Masai steppe from the hut.

  • 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)

The stage today is lengthy and difficult. The “Last Water point” and the alleged “saddle” are both passed by the well-built trail. This plateau, almost devoid of vegetation, connects Mawenzi to Kibo, the main summit. The Kibo Hut is where we’re going today, and it generally takes 5 to 6 hours to get there. You will eat dinner early and go to bed early because the night will be brief here.

  • Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

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

“The Big Day” – the summit stage – is today. Around midnight, your long and exhausting final ascent will start. The ascent continues upward after passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m. You will arrive at Gillman’s Point (5681m), the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, at sunrise, where the light will begin to gradually warm the ground. You will soon forget the night’s chill, and after another hour or two of hiking, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895 metres. Once you get back to Kibo Hut, a hot supper is waiting for you, after which you’ll take a one- to two-hour break before returning 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 final step leads to the Mandara Hut (2700m), where a hearty meal is waiting for you after passing through the heath and moor zone. Your return to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m) will take place after a total of 6 hours of hiking through the tropical rainforest. A brief transfer takes you back to your hotel in Moshi after you say farewell to your mountain guides. Once there, you can enjoy a warm shower and toast your accomplishment of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Depart Tanzania

After the hike, you have the rest of the day to relax before your trip home. You might visit Moshi town and buy some souvenirs before going to the airport, depending on your travel schedules.

If you want to keep exploring Tanzania, there are add-ons for safaris, trips to Zanzibar, and other destinations.

  • Meals: Breakfast Included

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The COVID-19 Pandemic has been a huge game changer for the tourism industry worldwide, and Tanzania is no exception. Ensuring that our guests and staff are as protected and healthy as possible has become our top priority.
All of our staff have been trained by officials from Tanzania’s Ministry of Health on the necessary procedures to follow to ensure your safety. At the same time, we highly recommend that you follow the health and travel advice of relevant authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
We encourage wearing masks, using hand sanitizer frequently, and maintaining social distancing at all times. Importantly, if there are any additional safety measures that we can implement to make you feel safer and/or more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

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