Six days mount Kilimanjaro, Marangu route

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The Marangu Route has been referred to as the ‘Coca Cola’ route and this has led poten­tial climbers to think that it is an easy route to the sum­mit. This is far from the truth to be hon­est! The fact that it requires a min­im­um of 6 days to com­plete it does not mean that it is easi­er than any oth­er route. The only reas­on that people say it is easi­er is because it is the only route up where you sleep in huts as opposed to tents. An option­al accli­mat­iz­a­tion day at Horombo Huts is highly recom­men­ded for those with no pri­or trekking in alti­tude exper­i­ence under their belt. Advance book­ing of hut accom­mod­a­tion is required to avoid any incon­veni­ences. The route starts from the park headquar­ters in the vil­lage of Marangu and heads straight west­wards towards Kibo. The trail goes through lush rain­forest, heath and moor­land to alpine desert and ulti­mately the arc­tic zone at the peak and same route down.



Day 0

Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kili­man­jaro Meet­ing Point or Arusha Meet­ing Point. You will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcom­ing trek and do an equip­ment check to make sure you have all the neces­sary moun­tain gear. Gear which is miss­ing can be ren­ted on this day. Overnight at Arusha or Moshi.

Meals: No Meals Included


Day 1

Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)

After break­fast, you will be col­lec­ted from your lodge in Arusha or Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the neces­sary paper work has been com­pleted, your trek can begin and you will soon be hik­ing through the dense rain­forest. Along­side the impress­ive veget­a­tion, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some prim­ates as you head to the Man­dara Hut. After a well-earned.

Approx. time taken: 4 hours

Meals: Break­fast, Lunch & Din­ner Included


Day 2

Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

The day begins with an early break­fast. Shortly after you have left Man­dara Hut, you will reach the tim­ber­line and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approx­im­ately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, stand­ing at an alti­tude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fant­ast­ic views over­look­ing Mawen­zi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

Approx. time taken: 9 hours

Meals: Break­fast, Lunch & Din­ner Included


Day 3

Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks (4020m) then back to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today serves as an accli­mat­iz­a­tion day. This should not be under­es­tim­ated and greatly improves your chance of suc­cess in reach­ing the sum­mit. After a relax­ing break­fast, a 4 hour trek fol­lows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The dis­tinct­ive black and white stripes give the rock form­a­tion its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be wait­ing for you. You can relax in the after­noon and regain your strength for the hike the fol­low­ing day.

Approx. time taken: 4 hours

Meals: Break­fast, Lunch & Din­ner Included


Day 4

Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is fol­lowed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly veget­a­tion less plat­eau joins the main sum­mit Kibo with Mawen­zi. Today’s des­tin­a­tion is the Kibo Hut that is usu­ally reached in about 5 – 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early even­ing meal fol­lowed by an early night, as the night will be short.

Approx. time taken: 7 hours

Meals: Break­fast, Lunch & Din­ner Included


Day 5

Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today is “The Big Day” – the sum­mit stage. You will begin your final ascent around mid­night which will be long and strenu­ous. Passing the Hans Mey­er Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sun­rise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kili­man­jaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon for­got­ten the cold of the night and after a fur­ther hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you fol­lowed by a 1 – 2 hour break before pro­ceed­ing back down to Horombo Hut.

Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours

Meals: Break­fast, Lunch & Din­ner Included


Day 6

Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Man­dara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is wait­ing for you. Soon, you will once again pass the trop­ic­al rain­forest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kili­man­jaro Nation­al Park Gate (1860m). After say­ing good­bye to your moun­tain guides, a short trans­fer fol­lows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Once there, you can take a warm and relax­ing shower and cel­eb­rate your suc­cess in reach­ing the sum­mit of the Kilimanjaro.

Approx. time taken: 8 hours

Meals: Break­fast & Lunch Included


Day 7

Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depend­ing on flight times you could go and explore Arusha town and grab some souven­irs before head­ing to the airport.

Meals: Break­fast Included


***End of Tour***


Items included:

  • Arrival and Depar­ture transfer
  • Three meal while you in mountain
  • Overnight stays in moun­tain Huts
  • Pro­fes­sion­al, exper­i­enced, moun­tain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Res­cue fees
  • Guides, Port­ers, cook salar­ies and park fees
  • Clean, pur­i­fied drink­ing water
  • Crisis man­age­ment and safety procedures
  • Fair and eth­ic­al treat­ment of porters
  • Accom­mod­a­tion pre- and post climb


Items not included:

  • Plane Fees
  • Tan­zania Visa
  • Gra­tu­ity
  • Per­son­al Expenses (e.g. laun­dry, tele­phone, bever­ages, etc.)
  • Tips

Additional information


Marangu route


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