Marangu Route up Kilimanjaro - 5 Days

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Klimanjaro using the Marangu route. However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route. The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred over wet ground, or for those who only have five days to climb Kilimanjaro (which we do not recommend anyhow). Otherwise, the Marangu route is a poor choice.

Day 1
Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut (8,875 ft)

This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate, where you enter Kilimanjaro National Park and start your climb. Today’s trek takes 4-5 hours through tropical rainforest to reach Mandara Hut.

Day 2
Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft)

Your second day on the mountain starts with a fairly steep climb through the last of the rainforest up to alpine meadows dotted with giant heather. Further on, the environment changes to open heath with stunted vegetation before opening out to bleak moorland. Today you will gain approximately 1,000m in altitude, so walk slowly in order to acclimatize properly. It is normally a 6-7 hour hike to reach Horombo Hut.

Day 3
Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (15,463 ft)

The terrain now becomes progressively more rocky and rugged and giant groundsels and lobelias make their appearance. The trail skirts Mawenzi Peak, before crossing a stark, almost lunar landscape and the tundra desert of ‘the saddle”. The hike to Kibo Hut takes anything from 5 to 7 hours and the views from the saddle are breathtaking. Make this an early night – your attempt on Uhuru Peak starts at midnight.

Day 4
Kibo Hut – SUMMIT (19,340 ft) – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft)

Soon after midnight, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long scree slope. After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave and from here the gradient gets steeper. Continue your climb for approximately another 3 hours to Gilman’s Point and you will be rewarded by the dramatic sight of the rising sun reflecting off the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi. Walk along the crater rim for another couple of hours to reach your goal – Uhuru Peak, towering at 19,340 ft. After congratulating yourself and your companions on this great achievement, descend to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshment before continuing to Horombo Hut for your last night on the mountain.

Day 5
Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate

After a leisurely breakfast, make your final descent across the alpine meadow, past Mandara Hut and on down through the rainforest to Marangu Gate, where your driver and vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to Arusha.

The Trekking Cost Includes

  • All Park fees
  • 2 ways airport Transfers
  • Accommodation before and after climb (double occupancy).
  • Transfer to and from
  • Kilimanjaro gate
  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
  • Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Kilimanjaro National Park
  • certificate for your successful summit attempt
  • Flying Doctor Service

The Trekking Cost Excludes

  • Flights, passport and visa.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US $ 200 to US $ 250 per hiker – depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chose

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Price From USD 1,400 USD $ 1,350/person
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Total $ 1,350 USD

Trip Facts

  • 1-15 people
  • 1-15
  • 5895m above the sea level
  • Uhuru Peak
  • Mountain huts
  • Included
  • 5 days
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