Tour Overview

Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca Cola route”. This is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. This route offering accommodation in huts so you can sleep in beds and mattresses. The 5 days 4 nights are shortest way to the summit without acclimatisation, unfortunately the five days Marangu route has one of the lowest summit success rates of all the routes up to the summit. Acclimatisation is the key of reaching to the top so if you have time we strongly recommend to choose Marangu Route 6 days 5 nights to increase your chances to reach the summit. Mountain climbing in Tanzania is a once in a life time experience.

Full Itinerary

Walking distance: approximately 12 km
Duration: around 5 hours
Altitudes: Marangu Gate 1,980 m – Mandara Hut 2,700 m
Vegetation zone: montane forest, low alpine zone

After breakfast at your hotel in Moshi, you will be collected by your head guide and driven to Kilimanjaro National Park gate in Marangu for registration and to begin the climb. You will walk through lush rain forest, keep a look out for colobus monkeys as you make your way towards the Mandara hut. A lunch box will be provided. Remember to take a photo at the Park gate for a great memory of the start of the adventure!

Walking distance: approximately 15 km
Duration: around 6 hours
Altitudes: Mandara Hut 2,700 m – Horonbo Hut 3,720 m
Vegetation: Moorland

After breakfast you will start hike and leave the glades of forest and follow an ascending path of the moorlands to Horombo Hut.

Walking distance: approximately 15 km
Duration: around 6 hours
Altitudes: Horombo Hut 3,720 m – Kibo Hut 4,700 m
Vegetation: Alpine desert

After breakfast you will walk on the saddle between Kibo and Mawenze peaks to reach Kibo Hut. Early dinner and short sleep at Kibo Hut.

Walking distance: approximately 6 km ascent and 21 km descent
Duration: 8 hours to Ufuru Peak and 6 hours to Horombo Hut
Altitudes: Kibo Hut 4,700 m – Ufuru Peak 5,895 m – Horombo Hut 3,720 m
Vegetation: Rocky, ice-capped summit, alpine desert

In the early morning at around 1:00 a.m. you will be woken for a hot drink and snack before you begin the climb to the summit. Pass Gilman’s Point at 5685m where you will take a short rest before proceeding to Uhuru (Swahili for “freedom”) Peak, the highest point in Africa. After taking some victory photos you descend down to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.

Walking distance: approximately 27 km
Duration: around 6 hours
Altitudes: Horombo Hut 3,720 m – Marangu Gate 1,980 m
Vegetation: low alpine zone, montane forest

The final day is spent descending down to the park gate, which takes around 5 hours. At the gate you will sign out of the Park and then be transferred to your hotel.

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