Marangu Route

The Marangu route (commonly known as “Coca-Cola route”) is the oldest and most-well established route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Many trekkers believe it is a simple walk up the mountain, however, the options to acclimatize are limited (even with the extra day spend at Horombo Hut). Branded as being “easy” the route attracts the more “inexperienced” climbers. Yet, it is actually a very challenging route due to the speed by which you ascend. It also has the lowest summit success rate as it is the shortest route to trek Mount Kilimanjaro.

However, the Marangu route is the only route that offers overnight in wooden huts. It is therefore preferred by climbers who don’t wish to camp on the mountain. Please bear in mind that this is less private (than sleeping in your own tent) – especially as the dormitory style huts tend to be overcrowded in high season. We therefore recommend ear plugs for a good night sleep! It may be an inexpensive route; but it is also the route which ascents and descents on the same trail with less scenic variety.

Tour Duration

6 days, 5 nights (start: day of your choice)

Expectations

overnight in wooden huts (dormitory style)
national park provides sponge mattress
communal dining area
simple washrooms and toilets

Ascent & Descent

same route

People Traffic

high

Acclimatization

low

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Sandra

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Michael

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Detailed Itinerary

Arrival Day

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). After you have passed the passport control, you will be met by your professional safari guide outside the terminal and transferred to your accommodation in Moshi (driving distance depending on your overnight choice between 45 minutes to 1 hour). Mountain briefing, equipment check and welcome dinner with a relaxing evening before starting your Mount Kilimanjaro adventure on the next morning.

Day 1: Start Trek – Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Start: Marangu Gate (1,860 m)
Finish: Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
Distance: 8 km
Walking Time: 3 to 5 hours
Climate Zone: montane forest
Highest altitude: 2,775 m

Transfer from your hotel to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. After the park formalities are completed at Marangu Gate, you will start your trek through the montane forest onwards to Mandara Hut. With a little luck you may encounter some wild animals including the famous black-and-white colobus monkeys. After a rest and if weather allows you can option to trek to the volcanic remains of Maundi Crater before returning to Mandara Hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

Start: Mandara Hut (2,700 m)
Finish: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Distance: 12 km
Walking Time: 5 to 7 hours
Climate Zone: heather and moorland

After breakfast your trek further through the grassy heather and moorland zone. If it is a cloudless day you might even have a chance to enjoy splendid views of Kibo and Mawenzi peak – two of the three volcanic peaks on Mount Kilimanjaro. Along the way you will encounter different bird and plant species – especially the giant senecios make for some great pictures. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut

Start: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Finish: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Distance: 5 to 8 km
Walking Time: 3 to 4 hours
Highest altitude: 4,000 m

Today’s day is designated as acclimatization day and a must for us! You can either spend the day resting at Horombo Hut or hike towards the seldomly visited Mawenzi peak. On the way you will pass a set of large volcanic rocks with a striped pattern. Over the years, mineral rich rain water flowed over the black lava rock and formed white stripes on the wall that resembles a zebra. Return for dinner and overnight to Horombo Hut.

Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

Start: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Finish: Kibo Hut (4,700 m)
Distance: 9 km
Walking Time: 5 to 7 hours
Climate Zone: alpine desert
Highest altitude: 4,700 m

As you trek further uphill the vegetation will gradually diminish. You will be passing several water streams until you reach the “last water point” at 4,130 m – this is the last chance to collect water before reaching the alpine desert zone. Your path proceeds further onto the “Saddle” – a lunar-like volcanic desert between Mawenzi and Kibo peak. Try to get as much rest as possible for the summit ascent tonight.

Day 5: Kibo Hut – Summit to Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

Start: Kibo Hut (4,700 m)
Finish: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Distance: 21 km
Walking Time: 14 to 16 hours
Climate Zone: arctic (stone scree and ice-capped summit)
Highest altitude: 5,895 m

Around midnight you start your trek to the summit. This is mentally and physically the most challenging part of your Mount Kilimanjaro climb. The coldness together with the wind can be extreme. Our motto is “Pole, Pole” – one tiny little step after the other! A rocky path leads to the Hans Meyer Point at 5,250 m and then zigzags further up to Gilman’s Point at 5,681 m. From here it is another 200 m in height to Uhuru Peak.

If you feel strong enough to continue, it is a three-hour round trip along the crater rim to the highest point of Africa. Finally, you reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. Congratulations – there are no words to describe the feeling of reaching the top of Mount Kiliamanjaro! After a few moments, you will descent via Kibo Hut down to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight. To avoid injury on your way down, pay close attention to where you put your feet.

Day 6: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Moshi/Arusha

Start: Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
Finish: Marangu Gate (1,860 m)
Distance: 17 km
Walking Time: 5 to 7 hours
Climate Zone: montane forest

This is your final day of the trek. After breakfast you continue your descent onto Marangu Gate. Your driver/guide will transfer you back to your lodge for a well-earned shower and rest.