Marangu Route 5 Days

The Marangu Route, which identified as the “Coca-Cola” route is the simple and more accessible route to the climbing of Kilimanjaro, while any trekking can be challenging. Trekking can be performed up to 6 days. The way passes The Saddle, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) scattered, high elevation, semi-desert that divides craggy Mawenzi from the foremost of Kibo peak. Of the Mountain, icebergs, screens, walls, afro-alpine moorland, and forests reach below to the cultivated foothills. The Marangu route is a preference of local tour operators since it’s the shortest route and needs no camping gear. The Kilimanjaro Park offer Dormitory style accommodation in huts for the guests and the porters. For this purpose, it is usually the budget route choice. Since of its short profile, the Marangu route has the lowest summit completion rate out of any other trail.


    Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

    • Distance: 7km
    • Hiking Time: 3 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest

    You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. Once signed in at the park and final preparations are complete, we start ascending on a cleared ridge trail through the rainforest. Our first night is at Mandara Hut camp set in a forest clearing. This camp consists of a group of wooden A-framed huts and flush toilets behind the main hut.

    Day 2: Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts

    • Distance: 12km
    • Hiking Time: 6 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland

    In the morning we leave camp and trek through a short stretch of forest through to moorland, circumventing the base of the Maundi Crater. In the afternoon we will reach the Horombo Hut where will we stay overnight.

    Day 3: Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut

    • Distance: 10km
    • Hiking Time: 5 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine desert

    Today we continue our ascent into the Alpine desert zone to Kibo Hut. This afternoon we will have an early dinner, prepare your personal gear for the summit and then get some sleep. Our summit trek starts around midnight.

    Day 4: Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

    • Distance: 21km
    • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
    • Habitat: Stone screed and ice-capped summit and Moorland

    You will be woken around 23:30pm, and after a hot breakfast we will start our final summit. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to Hans Meyer point (5250m). The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5681m) on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of scree. From Gillman’s Point we could encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. After taking photos at the summit we start the 3 hours descent back to Kibo Hut. After a short rest we pack up all your personal gear and trek down to Horombo Hut (3 hours). Tonight is our last night on the mountain.

    Day 5: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

    • Distance: 18km
    • Hiking Time: 6 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest

    This morning we make our final descent down to Marangu Gate where we started. You will be taken for lunch and here you will receive your summit certificate to commemorate your great achievement. We will then drive you back to your hotel where we will say our farewell.

    Possible Extentions of your stay

    Wildlife Safaris

    Day Tours

    Beach Holidays

    Included in the price:

    • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
    • All Park fees
    • Rescue fees
    • All meals while on the Mountain
    • Arrival and Departure transfers
    • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
    • Hut fees
    • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
    • Clean, purified drinking water
    • Crisis management and safety procedures
    • Fair and ethical treatment of porters

    Excluded from the price:

    • International Flights
    • Alcoholic and soft drinks not included
    • Visa fees
    • Tips for the mountain crew
    • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
    • Travel insurance