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5 Days Marangu Route

5 Days Marangu Route

Marangu route

Tour overview:

Known as the "Coca-Cola" route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.

The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Klimanjaro using the Marangu route.

However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route. The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred over wet ground, or for those who only have five days to climb Kilimanjaro (which we do not recommend anyhow). Otherwise, the Marangu route is a poor choice.

Day 1

Marangu Gate (1,870 m) To Mandara Hut (2,700 m)

4-6 hours
8km / 5 miles

Zone: Rainforest

Drive to Marangu gate in Moshi from Arusha for registration formalities. After completing the entrance formalities, start climbing through the natural forest to reach Mandara Hut. Overnight stay at the hut.

Day 2

Mandara Hut (2,700 m) To Horombo Hut (3,720 m)

6-8 hours
11.5km / 7 miles

Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

Start hiking at 8:00 through grassy moorland catching a glimpse of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather to reach Horombo Hut. Get a beautiful view of and being above the clouds. Take the rest of the time resting and recuperating for the next day. Hot dinner and sleep at the hut.

Day 3

Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)

5-7 hours
10km / 6 miles

Hike towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. The trail leads to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. Take the rest of the day off resting, sleeping and drinking as water as you can. Retire to bed early in preparation for the summit ascent.

Day 4

Hike towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed

6-8 hours to the summit , 5-8
5.5km / 3 miles ascent and the

Zone: Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone

Wake up at 23:30 hours to add warm layer of clothes and have cup of hot coffee and biscuits. Start climbing by 00:30 over loose volcanic screen to reach Gilman’s (5,685 m) by sunrise. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise and taking time to rest. Make the final step to reach Uhuru Peak (5895m), the roof of Africa (optional for those interested). At the top get some pictures feeling accomplished and a little rest. Start descending which is quite fast to reach Horombo Hut in late afternoon. Have a hot dinner and a good night sleep at the hut.

Day 5

Horombo Hut (3,720 m) to Marangu Gate (1,870 m)

time: 6-8 hours
20km / 12.5 miles

Zone: Low alpine zone and rainforest

After breakfast, continue descending through moorland and passing through the beautiful forest. This is the time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kilimanjaro. Arrive at the gate for certificate awards, green certificates are awarded to hikers who reached Gilman’s and golden to the ones who reached Uhuru peak. Drive back to Arusha for a good bath and much sleep.

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Prices

Nº of pax Rate per pax
1 pax $1,570
2 pax $1,530
3 pax $1,480
4 pax $1,440
5 pax $1,410
6+ pax $1,390

Pricing terms

Prices includes

  • 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

Prices excludes

  • 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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