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Climbing Marangu Route

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow.

There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens' and ladies' latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.

All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts. This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

  • Some primate wildlife can be seen (mainly skyes monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys)
  • Full trek to the summit requires only five days, so this route is cheaper than others
  • Maundi Crater offers stunning views of the Pare and Blue Mountains as well as Mawenzi Peak on a clear day
  • Extra day for acclimatization can be spent on Day 3 where you can walk to Mawenzi Tarn Hut and back to Horombo for overnight
  • Marangu route is where Park headquarters are located

Arrival Day: Upon arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by our representative and get transferred to Moshi in a designated hotel for overnight.

Day 1: Moshi (915 m/3,000 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,820 m/6,000 ft) to Mandara Huts (2,720 m/9,000 ft) 7 km, 4-5 hours Montane Forest
A briefing from your guide thereafter you will have breakfast. After breakfast you will be leaving Moshi, drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park, and begin hiking. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Stop halfway for lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts. You will have dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.

Day 2: Mandara Huts (2,720 m/9,000 ft) to Horombo Huts (3,720 m/12,100 ft) 11 km, 6-8 hours
You will have your breakfast in the morning following a hike for an hour through rainforest glades, then an ascend path through heath land where you can see some of mountain vegetation which includes lobelias, senecio or (giant groundsels). Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts, where you can see Kibos summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available. You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibos sub peak Mawenzi.

Day 3: Horombo Huts (3,720 m/12,100 ft) to Kibo Huts (4,720 m/15,400 ft) 10 km, 6-8 hours Alpine Desert
Wake to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the days hike climbs through the dwindling heath land that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.

Day 4: Summit Day! Kibo Huts (4,720 m/15,400 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Horombo Huts (3,720 m/12,100 ft) 4 km up, 14 km down 10-15 hours
Alpine Desert Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave in the midnight, switchback up steep lose scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilmans Point on the crater rim at 5,681 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM.  After Gilmans point you walk another 45 minutes to an hour depending on your pace to Stella point 5,756m/18,888ft. Then another 45 minutes to Uhuru point 5,895 m/19,340 ft. This is Africa’s highest point, and after your summit stay, descends back to the Kibo Hut, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Hut. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!

Day 5: Horombo Huts (3,720 m/12,100 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,820 m/6,000 ft) to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft) 18 km, 5-7 hours
Wake up as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Hut. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration, shower and receiving of your certificates.

Arrival Day: Upon arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by our representative and get transferred to Moshi in a designated hotel for overnight.

Day 1: Moshi (915 m/3,000 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,820 m/6,000 ft) to Mandara Huts (2,720 m/9,000 ft) 7 km, 4-5 hours Montane Forest
A briefing from your guide thereafter you will have breakfast. After breakfast you will be leaving Moshi, drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park, and begin hiking. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Stop halfway for lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts. You will have dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.

Day 2: Mandara Huts (2,720 m/9,000 ft) to Horombo Huts (3,720 m/12,100 ft) 11 km, 6-8 hours
You will have your breakfast in the morning following a hike for an hour through rainforest glades, then an ascend path through heath land where you can see some of mountain vegetation which includes lobelias, senecio or (giant groundsels). Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts, where you can see Kibos summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available. You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibos sub peak Mawenzi.

Day 3: Horombo Huts (3,720 m/12,100 ft) - Zebra Rocks - 4200 m
This day is used for acclimatization and you will trek up to Zebra rocks, climb to Mawenzi ridge were you can see the view of the Mountain and kibo hut in order  to get use to high altitude and descend back to Horombo hut and spend the rest of the day there.

Day 4: Horombo Huts (3,720 m/12,100 ft) to Kibo Huts (4,720 m/15,400 ft) 10 km, 6-8 hours Alpine Desert
Wake to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the days hike climbs through the dwindling heath land that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.

Day 5: Summit Day! Kibo Huts (4,720 m/15,400 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Horombo Huts (3,720 m/12,100 ft) 4 km up, 14 km down 10-15 hours
Alpine Desert Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave in the midnight, switchback up steep lose scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilmans Point on the crater rim at 5,681 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM.  After Gilmans point you walk another 45 minutes to an hour depending on your pace to Stella point 5,756m/18,888ft. Then another 45 minutes to Uhuru point 5,895 m/19,340 ft. This is Africa’s highest point, and after your summit stay, descends back to the Kibo Hut, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Hut. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!

Day 6: Horombo Huts (3,720 m/12,100 ft) to Marangu Gate (1,820 m/6,000 ft) to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft) 18 km, 5-7 hours
Wake up as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Hut. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration, shower and receiving of your certificates.

5 Days / 4 Nights Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route - Price List

Number of People 1 2-3 4-5 6 - More
Price in USD $   $1590     
   $1550  
$1515
$1500

6 Days / 5 Nights Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route - Price List

Number of People 1 2-3 4-5 6 - More
Price in USD $   $1675     
   $1635   
$1590
$1565

       Kilimanjaro Includes:

       Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb.

       Professional experienced mountain guides, porters and cook salaries.

       All Park fees.

       Rescue fees.

       All meals while on the Mountain.

       Arrival and Departure transfers.

       Clean, purified drinking water.

       Management and safety procedures.

       Fair and ethical treatment of porters.

       Summit Emergency Oxygen.

       Pulse Oximeters.

       Kilimanjaro Excludes:

       Tanzania Visa on arrival

       Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

       Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

       Tips and any items of personal nature.