Trek Overview

The Marangu route is also referred to as the “Coca-Cola route” because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain. It is the oldest and most well-established route on Kilimanjaro. Many favor Marangu due to its gradual slope and direct path. In this route, treks begin and ending at the Marangu gate, which is located in the south-east area of Kilimanjaro.

The Marangu route accommodation is in mountain huts, which makes the biggest difference compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals.

Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path.


Trekking Itinerary

Arrive in Tanzania.

Arrive in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International. Picked up and transferred to the hotel in Moshi town, where the trek begins in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The hotel is a short walk from the town’s bustling market and some excellent coffee shops and restaurants. Meet with an experienced Kilimanjaro guide at the hotel for a briefing and equipment inspection to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. After the briefing meeting, you will get a chance to explore the town of Moshi. It is possible to rent/hire all the missing gear in Moshi.

Day 1

Marangu Gate (6,046ft/1830m) to Mandara hut (8,858ft/2,680m)

Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast at the hotel in Moshi, followed by a 1 hour drive to Marangu gate. The drive passes through the village of Marangu which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Registration and then leave the park gate; walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Mandara hut (2,680m/8,858ft) , porters and cook arrive at the station before clients; prepare boil water for drinking and washing, enjoy some snack before dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Mandara Hut (8,858ft/2,680m) to Horombo Hut (12,205ft/3,695m)

Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath

The ascent begins out of the rainforest and into the heathen moorland, passes the Maundi Crater and climb up to its rim for a spectacular view of the Kibo Crater. In the moorland, exotic plants can be spotted, including giant lobelia and groundsel. Arrive after 5-6 hours; Horombo Hut is located on a small plateau. Similar to the first night, the porters and cook arrive at the station before clients; prepare boil water for drinking and washing. Then a snack before dinner, temperatures’ at night drop below freezing.

Day 3

Horombo Hut (12,205ft/3,695m) to Kibo Hut (15, 430 ft/4,670m)

Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Wake up early, following with an early morning breakfast, then continue ascent into the alpine desert habitat. Kibo Hut is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. There is no water at this camp, but the porters carry water for cooking and drinking from the last water point, few meters from Horombo hut. Early dinner then rest before attempting the summit at mid night.

Day 4

Kibo Hut (15, 430 ft/4,670m) to (Uhuru Peak 19,341 ft/5,895m)

Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak (19,341ft/5,875m) to Horombo Hut (12,205ft/3,695m)

Distance: 16 km/10 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

Wake up around mid night for tea and biscuits, then begin summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). Then continue ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude on the crater rim. Continue to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! Spend a short time on the summit taking photographs before start descent back to Kibo Hut, which takes about 3 hours.

At Kibo Hut, rest the wake up for a branch and continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m) for dinner, wash, and overnight.

Day 5

Mawenzi Tarn Hut (14,225ft/4,310m) – Kibo Hut (15,510ft/4700m)

Distance: 20 km/12 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After a well-deserved breakfast, followed with a big celebration from the mountain crew, full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that tips will be presented to the mountain crew (guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters). After celebration, descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m) via Mandara hut (8,858ft/2,680m) Arrive at the gate, sign out and receive certificates of completion. Those reached Gillman’s Point (5681m) receive green certificates and those reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After sign out then drive back to the hotel accommodation in Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Depart Tanzania

Day On this day, depending on flight details, go and explore Moshi town by visiting some souvenir shops before heading to the airport for the flight back home. Additional Safaris, Zanzibar, and other extension tours can be booked. Contact us to continue with more tours after the Kilimanjaro Trek.

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