Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Overview

Kilimanjaro Marangu route it is known as “Coca-Cola” route or “tourist route” this is because Marangu is the most common route on the mountain and thus is considered popular touristy and because  is the only route that provide sleeping huts. Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast of the Mountain. It is the oldest established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time is a bit low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended, maximizing the chance of reaching to the summit. Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.


Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer to Moshi town to your designated hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Moshi to Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and depart to Marangu Gate, about 45 minutes’ drive from Moshi town, as a getaway point to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and you will be accompanied by guide and crews all the way. After complete the registration process at the gate you will start to trek toward Mandara Hut as the first where you will spend your overnight. The walk will take you about 3 to 4 hours and you will cover an altitude of 1900 meters up to 2720 meters. Along the way you will have enough time to rest and have lunch before proceed with the trek while learning about the mountain history, vegetation and different species of wildlife found at the park such as birds and animals.

Day 3: Mandara Hut to Mound Crater Acclimatization

Today after breakfast, you will head to the Mound Crater, along the way you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of natural flower gardens, the walk its self will take about 4 hours in total, from the time you left the camp to the time you return. The aim of the today’s task mainly is to assist with the acclimatization, in order for the body to cope well with the change in altitude and be able to avoid altitude sickness during trek. Along the way it is advisable to drink a lot of water in order to keep your body well hydrated and also remember to walk in slow pace.

Day 4: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

After a good night rest at the camp followed an early breakfast, you will depart from Mandara Hut and trek all the way up to Horombo Hut where you will spend your third night on the Mountain. A total of 11 km will be covered during the day that will take approximately six hours with an altitude rise up to 3720 meters. Along the way you will enjoy beautiful scenery of mountain that include different landscape such as a clear view of the snowcapped peak of Kibo and mawenzi peak, forest and animals which together they will make unforgettable experience and life time memories to cherish. During the trek you will have time to break for lunch and learn about different and fascinating plant species found along the way such giant groundsels, lobellas and many more. Late in the afternoon you will arrive at the camp in time for your dinner, relaxation and overnight.

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Zebra Rocks Acclimatization

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Today, your trek will cover approximately 9 kilometers, and rise for about 1000 meters, this route will take you to the southern part, where on this path you will have last chance to fill up your water bottles at Maua River as the last point to collect fresh and usable water and lunch will be served at this spot before proceed trek toward Mawenzi Ridge and into the dry terrain famously known as Saddle. The route itself is very steep consist of less vegetation, but despite that you will have a great view of cones of Mount Kilimanjaro. Late in the evening you will arrive at the camp for dinner and overnight at Kibo Huts. Today you’re advised after dinner to get to bed early as the next day you will depart in the midnight and head for the summit.

Day 7: Kibo Hut to Summit Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Today is the summit day, you’re scheduled to wake up early in the morning around 23:00 hours. After breakfast, 30 minutes later you will trek for 13 hours and rise to an altitude of 1176 meters which will cover approximately 23 kilometers. You’re expected to reach the summit before sunrise around 07:00, and today are considered to be the toughest day ever. During the trek you will pass by the rocky terrain followed by the zig zags, and you will pass different points before reach the summit such as William’s Point 5131 meters, Hans Meyers Cave 5258 meters, and finally Gilman’s Point 5719 meters. After reaching the summit you will have short time to celebrate and take photos with friends and guides and congratulates yourself before start to descend to Kibo hut. Upon arrival at the camp you will have two good hours of rest followed by lunch, before set off again and continue to descend up to Horombo Hut where you will arrive in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate to Moshi

After breakfast at the camp you will begin to descend to Marangu Gate, via stop at Mandara Hut where you will enjoy your lunch before proceed to walk to the Marangu Gate. The walk will take you approximately 7 hours and cover 20 kilometers. Upon arrival at the gate you will have chance to sign out. After that you will board a transfer vehicle that will be waiting to drive you back to Moshi to your designated lodge for dinner and overnight also you will have a chance to celebrate together with the guide and crew by offering them tips and you will be awarded a certificate  for successfully complete the trek to the summit.

Day 9: Departure to Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night rest and breakfast at the lodge, our transfer vehicle will be ready to pick you up and take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home. But if you wish to extend your program and proceed with safari kindly let us know so that we can arrange it in advance.

7 Days Marangu Route + 2 nights hotel

SOLO (1)Personal 2 Persons 3 Persons 4-5 Persons 6-8 Persons 9-10-Persons
US$1850 US$1799 US$1699 US$1650 US$1599 US$1550

Price includes;

  • Park fees, camping fees, Hut fees & rescue fees
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope with basic first kit
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • 18% Value Added Tax on tour fees & services
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mat, camp chairs, camp tables, mess tent & cutlery for meals) and 3 Season mountain tents
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Medically qualified mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 Meals while on the mountain + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • Hot water for washing up daily and treated water for drink while climbing.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation in Moshi. Bed & Breakfast Basis with storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs of your personal gear.
  • Kilimanjaro certificate for your successful summit attempt.

Price excludes;

  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Entry visa for Tanzania

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