5 Days Mt Kilimanjaro climb via Marangu Route

This route is known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. 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 and direct path.

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This route is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.

Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. Also available for consumption are soft drinks, bottled water, and beer.

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.

The Marangu route is a classic trek to the top of Kilimanjaro. However, it has the least scenic variety of all routes (ascent and descent are done on the same path) and is the most crowded for that reason.

Marangu is offered as a five to six day private climb.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Mandara Hut

Altitude: 5,905′ to 9,021′; Hiking time: 3-4 hrs

Our representative will pick you from your hotel to Marangu gate where your permit for trekking will be issued. Gate formalities take about 30 minutes. Afterward, the chief guide will introduce you to your porters, and then the trek begins. The route starts at the National Park Marangu Gate at 5905 ft. Walk through the fascinating rain forest to the Mandara Hut.

Day 2: Horombo Hut

Altitude: 9,021′ to 12,400′; Hiking time: 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, ascend through rolling alpine meadows containing giant heather trees. Along this leisurely trail enjoy the flora and views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. A packed lunch is served on the way to Horombo Hut. Finally, dinner and overnight is taken at Horombo Hut.

Day 3: Kibo Hut

Altitude: 12,400′ to 15,420′; Hiking time: 5-6 hrs

After a good night’s rest continue past the cactus-like ground cover and the “last water” stream and move onto the lunar landscape on the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi Kibo.

Day 4: Summit Day – Horombo Hut

Altitude: 15,420′ to 19,340′ (summit) then down to 12,285′; Hiking time: 14-16 hrs

The start for the summit is made in the early hours of the morning in order to reach Gillman Points – (18,635 ft) before dawn. From Gillman point one can witness the most spectacular and unforgettable sunrise. One hours walk away is the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak at 19,340 ft. The descent is less tiring and the night is spent at Horombo Hut.

Day 5: Marangu Gate

Altitude: 12,285′ to 5,850; Hiking time: 5-7 hrs

Another half day’s leisurely walk and you’re back at the park entrance where you will meet with a representative at the gate for a drive to your hotel and the next day program.


2 Nights accommodation in Arusha at Mvuli hotel or peace hotel
Private professional mountain guides
All Park fees
Rescue fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Arrival and Departure transfers
Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Summit Oxygen
Walking Poles
Seeping tent
Mess tent
Table and chairs
Sleeping form mattress
Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor

Price Excludes

Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
Tips and any items of personal nature.

$1655 Per Person

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