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7 Days 6 Nights
Climbing Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
Min Age : +6

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Overview – Marangu Route

Popularly referred to as the Coca Cola route, the Marangu route boasts an epic trek up Mt Kilimanjaro and it is the only route that offers sleeping huts, which are structured in dormitory-style accommodation. As the oldest and most well-established route, climbers favor the Marangu route because it is essentially the easiest path in the mountains.

The Marangu route approaches Mt Kilimanjaro from the southeast, beginning with a drive to the Marangu gate. Its path leads climbers through the forest, opening into high moorland as you get your first view of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. From there, you continue your way to the summit. With a high summit success rate due to its relative ease, the Coca Cola route is the perfect route for a one of a kind journey to the highest point of Africa. Here’s what to expect on your 5-day Marangu route  climb:

Itinerary at a glance:
  • Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha City
  • Day 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut
  • Day 3: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
  • Day 4: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
  • Day 5: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
  • Day 6: Hike Horombo Hut to the trailhead and drive to Arusha
  • Day 7: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Route Description

The Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro’s summit and is known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. This is the only route on Kilimanjaro with the comforts of solar-powered sleeping huts and comfortable beds at every camp.

This route is usually done in 5 days, but you can do it in 6 days for better acclimatization. You can spend your extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.

Departure & Return Location

Arrival and Departure: Kilimanjaro International Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City: 55kms/1hour

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced drivers and your Mountain Guide who will escort you to your reserved hotel in Arusha Town.

Overnight at Zawadi House on Bed and Breakfast

Day 2Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

  • Height (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft

  • Distance: 8 km

  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

  • Habitation: Rain Forest

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Marangu gate for the necessary formalities before beginning your trek. The trail climbs through a tropical rainforest, near the upper edge of the forest line (keep an eye out for blue monkeys). The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until you reach Mandara Hut.

Day 3Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

  • Height (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft

  • Distance: 12 km

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

  • Habitation: Health

Your second day on the track begins with a steep, but not technical ascent through forest and opens into high moorland. If the weather allows, you may get your first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Day 4Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

  • Height (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft

  • Distance: 10 km

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

  • Habitation: Alpine Desert

Today you climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach your campsite which sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once at camp you rest, enjoy dinner and prepare for the next day.

Day 5Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

  • Height (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft

  • Distance: 22 km

  • Hiking Time: 10-13 hours

  • Habitation: Arctic

Leaving very early in the morning (around midnight), you continue your way to the summit in hopes of catching the sunrise. The trail is a series of switchbacks up a steep scree slope, with climbers stretched into the darkness, visible only by headlamps. It is important to focus on breathing and foot placement. The views from the summit are dramatic and immense. After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, you descend to Horombo Hut.

Day 6Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

  • Height (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft

  • Distance: 20 km

  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

  • Habitation: Rain Forest

A long trek is in store for today, however, it is mostly downhill. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, you will receive your certificates that prove your achievement. Don’t forget to tip your guides, cook and porters. A vehicle will meet you at the Park Gate to drive you back to the hotel in Arusha for a celebration.

Overnight at Zawadi House on Bed and Breakfast

Day 7Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Airport for your onward flight.

“End of service”.

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Price includes and excludes

Price Includes

  • It's just one arrival and one departure. Each party will receive their own private vehicle and driver to transport them from Kilimanjaro International Airport to their accommodation.
  • Night in Arusha City before and after climbing Kilimanjaro.
  • Extra luggage will be stored at our office until you come back from the mountain
  • Transportation to and from the mountain
  • All entrance fees, camping/hut costs, and climbing permits for Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Rescue costs in Kilimanjaro National Park (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
  • A pulse oximeter is carried by the chief guide and is used to measure clients' blood oxygen levels twice day.
  • Oxygen for an emergency (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
  • First aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
  • Qualified mountain guides, porters, and cook
  • Salaries in accordance with KINAPA (Kilimanjaro National Park Authority) regulations.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on the mountain as specified in the itinerary
  • At the lunch stop, a hot meal is prepared and served inside the mess tent with a table and seats
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattress, camp chairs, camp tables, mess tent & cutlery for meals)
  • Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman’s point, Stella point or Uhuru point
  • Complimentary 3 litres of mineral water per hiker on the first day of the ascent, followed by 3 litres of purified water per person per day from first night onwards
  • Private portable toilet for the whole group

Price Excludes

  • International Flight
  • Personal Mountain Gears i: e Gloves, Sunglasses, sleeping bag, Hats, Rain suits, Warm Jacket, Heavy boots, Scarf's, Rain Trousers, Sleeping bag etc. Some of the gears/equipment could be rented in Tanzania.
  • Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry, etc.
  • Visa: US citizens pay $100 per person, whereas other countries pay $50 per person.
  • My own hotel room and mountain tent, respectively
  • Tips to mountain crew (highly recommended) – Guideline: Mountain guide: 25 USD per guide, per day, per group, Cook 15 USD per day, per group. Mountain Porter: 8 US per porter, per day on the mountain.

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