6 Days Marangu Route Trekking

The Marangu Route also known as the “Coca-Cola Route” is the oldest and most well established trekking route on Mount  Kilimanjaro, and it remains extremely popular mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has hut accommodation for trekkers.


Marangu Route offers a slow, steady climb to each of the daily camps, which has given it the reputation for being an easy trek. Don’t underestimate this trail however, as the approach to the final camp can be physically demanding with roughly 1000 meters of vertical gain on that day alone.

Of course, summit day on Kilimanjaro is always a challenge no matter which direction you approach from, making the final steps onto the top all the more satisfying.

Because it is one of the shortest treks to the summit – requiring just five days to reach Uhuru Peak – the Marangu Route is a popular one with trekkers who have a limited amount of time for their climb.

The downside to this is that it doesn’t provide as much of an opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude. Because of this, Marangu route has the highest failure rate of any of the routes up Mount Kilimanjaro. Keep that in mind when choosing this option for your Kilimanjaro trek.

Tour Plan

Day 1: Marangu gate – Mandara Hut

7,742 ft to 9,498 ft, 4 miles, approx. 3-4 hours

After breakfast in your hotel you will be given an overall briefing from your guide. At 9am you will be met by our staff, who will drive you several hours to the Western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro and to the Londrossi Gate, where our guides and porters will prepare and pack the equipment and supplies Once at the gate you will be given a packed lunch and after registration with the Kilimanjaro Park office, we will drive for another 45mins to Lemosho Glades where your trek will begin with ascending into the rainforest.

You will ascend for approx. 3 hours in dense rain forest which could be very wet and muddy so be ready with your gaiters and trekking poles. During the trek we will have a break and you can enjoy the rest your packed lunch. We will reach the Mti Mkubwa Camp also known as ‘Big Tree’ Camp in late afternoon. After arrival, you will be taken to your camp and tent which has already been set up by the porters who ran ahead, where you will be greeted with boiled drinking water and hot washing water. Once you have freshened up and settled in, a hot dinner will be served in the mess-tent..

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut Shira Camp

    8,858 ft to 12,205 ft :Hiking time: 6-8 hours, 7 miles

    Today your hike will take you out of the forest and into the heathland where giant heathers grow, and as you climb higher, into the moorland. Here you’ll see two of the most unusual plants on Kilimanjaro, the fairy-tale like giant groundsel and the giant lobelias. You’ll also have your first views of the peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo, that’s the really big one that you’ll be scaling in a few days.

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Mountain Huts

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3: Acclimitization Day at Horombo Hut

    12,205 ft to 14,400 ft : Hiking time: 2-3 hours, 3 miles

    No need to pack you bags today as you’ll stay a second night at Horombo. Your guide will take you on an acclimatisation walk to Zebra rocks and the base of Mawenzi peak where you’ll have glorious views of Kibo looming over the saddle. The rest of the day be spent at camp where you can put your feet up and catch up on some rest.

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Mountain Huts

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

      12,205 ft to 15,430 ft : Hiking time: 6-8 hours, 6 miles

      Today you’ll trek up into the barren high altitude desert, crossing the boulder strewn saddle that connects Kibo and Mawenzi. You may be lucky and see a buzzard or even a lammergeyer soaring on the thermals above. After reaching the camp the rest of the day is devoted to preparing for your summit bid – preparing your kit, eating and resting.

      Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Mountain Huts

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

        Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak Summit to Horombo Hutp

        15,430 ft to 19,341 ft to12,205 ft, 4 miles ascent, 10 miles descent, 6-8 hours ascent, 4-6 hours descent

        The push for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak ! You will be woken at around 11:30pm to make a start just after midnight. This is where your grit and determination will be called upon but your reward is possibly the most amazing sunrise you’ll ever see on the horizon behind Mawenzi.

        You’ll probably be around Gilman’s Point (5685m) at this time so it’s time for a much needed breather before walking around the top of the crater rim, passing Stella Point and finally reaching Uhuru. Take some time to enjoy the views of the crater and glaciers then you’ll retrace your steps back to Kibo for breakfast and a rest. You’ll then descend back down to Horombo hut which will feel oxygen rich after the summit and a long nights sleep.

        Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Mountain Huts

        Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

          Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

          12,205 ft to 6,046 ft : Hiking time: 5-7 hours, 12 miles

          Our last day on the mountain will start after breakfast and thanking your crew its time to head back down to the forest stopping for lunch at Mandara Hut and then on to Marangu gate. Your guide will arrange your certificates and our driver will meet you to transfer you to your hotel for a long hot shower and a celebration.

          Accommodations: Lodge

          Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

            Tour Price Will Include
            Tour Price will not include
            • Arrival and departure transfers from, to “JRO”
            • Accommodation in the mountain and hotel 2 nights
            • Meals
            • All parks fees, mountain rescue fee, government taxes
            • Services for crew team and salary
            • Tent highest quality tent Eureka or Mountain hard ware
            • Transport to and from mountain
            • Emergency oxygen cylinder
            • Mattress
            • Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, travelers etc.
            • Tips for the crew
            • Medical equipment as hyperbaric chamber
            • Portable toilets: available for renting 110 USD/trip
            • Note Over weight, extra luggage will require an extra porter, at a rate of 11 USD per bag per day
            • Massage we may arrange for 40 USD per person

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