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AKT/832: 6 Days Kilimanjaro trekking Marangu Route

Marangu Route

The route offers 5 and 7 days of Kilimanjaro climbing.

 Marangu known as Coca-Cola route is the least expensive due to its short climbing time enabling hikers getting to the summit one day earlier. It’s the only route which offers sleeping huts in a dormitory style .

Itinerary Highlights

  • Duration in days: 6
  • Itinerary Category:   Kilimanjaro Trekking,  Northern circuit
  • Destinations: Mt Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route
  • Major Attractions: Vegetation zones, Wildlife, Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Guiding Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Start point: Arusha
  • End point: Arusha
  • Essential items: Digital Camera with enough memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with ultra violet radiation filtering etc
  • Additional information: Marangu known as Coca-Cola route is the least expensive due to its short climbing time enabling hikers getting to the summit one day earlier. It’s the only route which offers sleeping huts in a dormitory style .

Other Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

Itinerary Description By Day

Day 1: Shira Gate (3,600 m) To Simba Camp (3,600 m)Day 1: Trek from Marangu Gate (1980m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 12 km

Zone:  Montane forest

Have breakfast at your hotel, picked up from the hotel in Arusha and transferred to Marangu Gate. At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide perform registration formalities. You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be able to encounter wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! After 3-4 hours of ascending, you will reach the Mandara Hut (2700m). At this point temperatures may drop to freezing point. Have dinner and overnight stay at Mandara Hut.

Day 2: Trek from Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3720m)

Trekking Time: 6 hours

Distance: 15 km

Zone:  Moorland

After breakfast, we will begin their ascent out of the rainforest and into the heathen moorland. The trail passes through the Maundi Crater and you are able to climb up to its rim for a spectacular view of the Kibo Crater. In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. After 6 hours of hiking, you will reach Horombo Hut (3720m) which is located on a small plateau. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this site. Have dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Hut.

Day 3: Full day Acclimatization at Horombo Hut (3720m)
At Horombo Hut (3720m), you will spend the whole day allowing your body to acclimate to high altitude. You will have an option of doing a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for further acclimatization with your guide. Breakfast and dinner will be at the hut and lunch will either be packed or at the hut depending on your preference for the day.
Day 4: Trek from Horombo Hut (3720m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Trekking Time: 6 hours

Distance: 15 km

Zone:  Alpine Desert

After an early morning breakfast, you will continue your ascent into the alpine desert habitat. We will have the option of two trails that lead to Kibo Hut (4700m). The upper route (located to the right of the fork) is the same trail used the previous day for the day hike to Mawenzi Hut. The lower route (located to the left of the fork) is the more popular route because it is a shorter hiking distance (1 hour shorter). Kibo Hut is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. An early dinner will be served so that climbers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Have an early sleep in the night for preparation for midnight climb to the Summit.

Day 5: Trekking to reach Uhuru Peak

Trekking Time: 8 hr to Uhuru and 6 hr to Horombo

Distance: 6 km ascent and 21 Km descent

Zone:  Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Guides will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours. At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m).

Day 6: Trek from Horombo Hut (3720m) to Marangu Gate (1980m)

Trekking Time: 6 hours

Distance: 27 Km

After having breakfast you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m). You will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

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  • Transport from arrival point to Moshi
  • Transport from Moshi to Departure point
  • Accommodation before climb bed and breakfast basis
  • Accommodation after climb on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 person sharing tent/huts on the mountain
  • All Park fees on Kilimanjaro
  • Rescue fees on the mountain (by car)
  • 3 meals daily on the mountain
  • Sleeping and dining tents (all camping gears)
  • Guide and porters
  • Cooks and waiters
  • First aid kit
  • Service of mountain guide
  • Transportation to the mountain
  • Transportation from the mountain
  • All government taxes
  • Oximeter on the mountain


  • Extras at the lodges i.e. telephone, laundry etc.
  • Drinks rather than water
  • International flight
  • Tips to mountain Crews
  • Dinner on the first and last days in Moshi hotel
  • Personal gears like sleeping bags, hiking poles etc.
  • French/Spanish/Italian/German speaking guides – they are available
  • Private portable toilet (available for $80) it will need toilet porter for $10 per day
  • And all not listed above

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