Marangu Route 5 days / 6 days

The "easiest" route up Kilimanjaro

Marangu Route Kilimanjaro

The Marangu route (also known as the "Coca-Cola" route) is one of the most popular routes up Kilimanjaro. Its well-developed paths and gentle ascent (with the exception of the summit day itself) make this route popular with less experienced mountain hikers. The accommodation is located in simple, but wind sheltered mountain huts. This offers a certain advantage, since it can be quite cold in the higher altitudes on the mountain. The ascent and descent takes place in the same way.

 

We recommend the Marangu route as a 6 day tour with an additional acclimatization day at the Horombo Hut. This acclimatization day significantly increases the chance of a summit success. The 5 day tour should only be undertaken by experienced mountain hikers with appropriate altitude experience. The 5 day tour does not include the acclimatization day (day 3).


Highlights:

Daily stages/walking times:


  • The only route with accommodation in huts
  • Ascent and descent takes place on the same route
  • Gentle ascent on well-developed path, few steeper sections
  • good acclimatization possible (as 6 days tour)
  • Total distance about 73 km
    (as 6 days tour)
Day Hut accomodation Hours   Kilometers
1 Marangu Gate (1860m) - Mandara Hut (2700m) 3-4h 8
2 Mandara Hut (2700m) - Horombo Hut (3700m) 5-6h 11
3 Horombo Hut (3700m) - Zebra Rocks (3980m) - Horombo Hut (3700m) 3h  5
4 Horombo Hut (3700m) - Kibo Hut (4700m) 5-6h 10
5 Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m) 12-14h 20
6 Horombo Hut (3700m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) 4-6h  19

Itinerary

Day 1 Transfer from the hotel to Marangu Gate (1860m) - Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast and a briefing (including a check of your equipment) we drive to the Kilimanjaro

National Park gate. Once the necessary formalities are completed, your hike through the dense rainforest can begin. Besides the impressive vegetation, you have the opportunity to observe black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and various bird species. After about 3-4 hours, you will reach the day‘s destination - the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, you can take a short trip to Maundi crater (15 minutes away) with your guide. The great view of Kilimanjaro, of north Tanzania and into Kenya is worth the extra effort in good weather. Dinner and overnight on the Mandara Hut.

Lunch; Dinner

 

Day 2 Mandara Hut (2700m) - Horombo Hut (3700m)

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. After a 5-6 hour hike, you will reach the Horombo Hut, which is located at 3700 meters. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Maasai steppe. Dinner and overnight at the

Horombo Hut.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

 

Day 3 Horombo Hut (3700m) - Zebra Rocks (3980m) - Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and will greatly improve your chances of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxed breakfast, your route will lead you today to Zebra Rocks (3980m). The striking black-and-white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. In the afternoon, you can rest and gather your strength for the next day hike. Dinner and overnight at the Horombo Hut.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

 

Day 4 Horombo Hut (3700m) - Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Waterpoint” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetationless plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut, which is usually reached in about 5 - 6 hours.

Here you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night as the night will be short.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

 

Day 5 Kibo Hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today is the great day - Summit day! This begins at night because the lava ash is still frozen and so the ascent is easier. Your guide wakes you around 11pm, and an hour later the long and strenuous way to the summit begins. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely ascends. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You quickly forget the coldness of the night and will reach the Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters after another 1-2 hours. Congratulations! You‘ve made it to the "Roof of Africa". Enjoy this moment... The route back down follows the same path; the lava ash will now have thawed, which allows for a fast descent. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you and you can regain your strength. After a 1-2 hour rest, you will continue to Horombo Hut (3700m) where you will arrive in the afternoon. After an evening meal, most mountain conquerors understandably retire early to bed !

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

 

Day 6 Horombo Hut (3700m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) – Transfer to the hotel

The final stage leads through heath and moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m), where a warm lunch will be waiting for you. Then you will once again pass through the tropical rainforest, and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After leaving your mountain team, you will be transferred to your hotel. Here you can finally

enjoy a hot and relaxing shower and celebrate your summit success.

Breakfast; Lunch


Prices / included services

Pricing for the Kilimanjaro Marangu Route 5 days (per person)
1 Person 2 Persons 3-4 Persons 5-6 Persons 7 Persons and more
1390 USD 1270 USD 1190 USD 1170 USD 1160 USD

Pricing for the Kilimanjaro Marangu Route 6 days (per person)
1 Person 2 Persons 3-4 Persons 5-6 Persons 7 Persons and more
1640 USD 1490 USD 1450 USD 1420 USD 1390 USD

Single accommodation is not possible on this tour, as the overnight stays take place in mountain huts with multiple occupancy.


Services included: 

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in mountain huts
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water, tea & coffee
  • All national park fees
  • Transfer from the hotel to the National park gate and back

Not included services:

  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance