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5 days Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu Route

Marangu Route, Kilimanjaro
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Duration

5 Days

Tour Type

Kilimanjaro Trek

Group Size

15 people

Languages

English

Overview

Marangu Route, popularly called “Coca-Cola Route”, is the most renowned route to trek Kilimanjaro. Marangu is the only route that provides sleeping in huts, all the way to Uhuru Peak, contrary to all other routes where you get to sleep in tents/sleeping bags. The route is very steady, with gradual slopes, but it is far from easy. It has a very low success rate, because trackers tend to not take it seriously, due to its reputation to be “Tourists Route”.

You do not need camping gear while trekking Marangu, but by all means you need to be physically prepared for the climb, otherwise there is a good chance for dropping out before reaching the top.

The route is offered at 5 or 6 days, but note that on shorter plan you do not have a day for acclimatization, which is usually necessary to accommodate high altitude conditions. Descend is at Marangu gate.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Moshi – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara Hut (2700m) Day 1: Moshi – Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 2 hour), 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.


  • Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft

  • Distance: 8km/5mi

  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Montane Forest

  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut Day 2: Hike 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.


  • Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft

  • Distance: 12km/7.5mi

  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Heathland

  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut Day 3: Hike 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.


  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft

  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi

  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut Day 4 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to 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!


  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft Down to 3700m/12,200ft

  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) – Marangu Day 5: Horombo Hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) – Marangu

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 Kindoroko Hotel. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!


  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft

  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Forest

  • Meal: Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • Two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Moshi Town
  • Full board accommodation on the mountain
  • All park fees
  • Hut fees
  • Oxygen cylinder - only for emergency
  • English speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook and porters)
  • First aid kit and pulse oximeter
  • Bottled drinking
  • Mentioned transfers
  • Sleeping bags
  • Gratuities
  • Beverage
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Flight
  • Laundry
  • All meals and drinks in Moshi town

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