5 Days Marangu Route

5 Days Marangu Route

5 Days Marangu Route


The Marangu route, famously known as the "Coca-Cola" route as you can get a bottle of Coca-Cola at each hut, is the original route established to climb Kilimanjaro. The Marangu route is often billed as one of the easier walking routes, however, according to KINAPA it suffers from the lowest success rate (42%) as too many climbers try to do it in only 5 days and fail because of poor acclimatisation. We've built in an extra day's acclimatisation for you, greatly improving the success rate.Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast, the Marangu route uses the same ascent and descent route which means it is less scenic than the other routes. For climbers who do not wish to camp, then Marangu is the only route that offers dormitory-style hut accommodation. The huts have a communal dining room, simple washrooms and toilets which lower down will be flushable, but as you move higher up the mountain will be "long drop" loos.

Although some climbers like the idea of staying in the huts rather than camping, you need to remember that on the Marangu route you will be sharing the hut with lots of other climbers in open dormitory accommodation. Bring ear plugs just in case!

5 Days Marangu Route


  • Moshi (915 M/3,000 Ft) Arrive At The Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • You will be met by our driver at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Moshi for your overnight.


5 Days Marangu Route

Day 1: Moshi (915 M/3,000 Ft) To Marangu Gate (1,830 M/6,000 Ft) To Mandara Huts (2,740 M/9,000 Ft)

After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, leave Moshi at 8 a.m, drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival at the gate you will register at the national park, and begin hiking at 10:30 a.m. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and colobus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Stop halfway for picnic lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at 2 or 3 p.m. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee. A 15 minute side trip to Maundy Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya if the sky isn’t shy. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 p.m.

Elevation Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 7 km

Habitat: Montane Forest

5 Days Marangu Route

Day 2: Mandara Huts (2,740 M/9,000 Ft) To Horombo Huts (3,690 M/12,100 Ft)

In the morning after breakfast follows a hike for an hour through rainforest glades, then an ascending path through heath land where you can look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3 p.m, where you can see Kibo’s summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo.

Elevation Time: 6-8 hours

Distance: 11 km

Habitat: Health land

5 Days Marangu Route

Day 3: Horombo Huts (3,690 M/12,100 Ft) To Kibo Huts (4,695 M/15,400 Ft)

In the morning after breakfast you will hike to Kibo Hut. The first part of the days hike climbs through the dwindling heath land that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.

Elevation Time: 6-8 hours

Distance: 10 km

Habitat: Alpine Desert

5 Days Marangu Route

Day 4: Summit Day! Kibo Huts (4,695 M/15,400 Ft) To Uhuru Peak (5,895 M/19,340 Ft) To Horombo Huts (3,690 M/12,100 Ft)

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 am, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another an hour of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 7 a.m. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep! You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, pole pole, and an optimistic altitude will get you there!

Elevation Time: 10-15 hours

Distance: 4 km up, 14 km down

Habitat: Alpine Desert

5 Days Marangu Route

Day 5: Horombo Huts (3,690 M/12,100 Ft) To Marangu Gate (1,830 M/6,000 Ft) To Moshi (890 M/2,920 Ft)

In the morning after breakfast you will pack you stuff and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 p.m. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration!

Elevation Time: 5-7 hours

Distance: 18Km


Number of People




2 – 3


4 – 6


7 – 10





  • Transportation to and from your selected route
  • Hut fees (part of park fees)
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides:
  • Government Climbing Taxes
  • Climbing permits
  • All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain
  • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries
  • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters
  • Enough porters to carry your luggage
  • Safety Equipment:
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Pulse Ox meter
  • Hot drinks at every meal
  • Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day
  • Emergency rescue fees


  • International Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks not included
  • Visa fees
  • Tips to mountain crew (highly recommended)
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

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