Marangu Route Climbing Kilimanjaro
Marangu Route Climbing Kilimanjaro

Marangu Route Kilimanjaro

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.
Marangu 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.

  • Activity Level Quite Tough
  • Group Size Medium Grougs
    Camping Trek

The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatisation period.

The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain. This extends the route into a 6-day trek, greatly increasing your chances of success. Shared hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route

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

The climbing package inclusions and exclusions
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport and drop off after the tour
  • 2-3 nights at Park View hotel or related hotel(Bed and breakfast)
  • Salary for guides/Cook and porters
  • All park entry/camping/ rescue fees
  • Camping Equipment/sleeping tents/mess tent/table/chair and sleeping matt
  • Transport from hotel to Climbing Gates
  • 3 meals a day while on the Mountain
  • Oxygen and Ox- meter available for body evaluation
  • Soft Drinks
  • Private Toilet
Whats not included in this tour
  • International or Domestic flight
  • Tipping for Guides/Cook and Porters
  • Personal climbing Gears

6 Day Marangu Route Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

    Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
    Distance: 8 km
    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    Habitat: Rain Forest

    After breakfast we head to the National Park gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The trail climbs through a tropical rain forest, near the upper edge of the forest line (keep an eye out for blue monkeys). The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.

  2. Day 2 Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

    Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
    Distance: 12 km
    Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    Habitat: Health

    Our second day on the trail begins with a steep, but not technical ascent through forest and opens into high moorland. If weather allows, we may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

  3. Day 3 Horombo Hut

    Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,160 ft
    Distance: 10 km
    Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
    Habitat: Health

    This is an extra day to acclimatize and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi.

  4. Day 4 Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

    Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft
    Distance: 10 km
    Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert

    Today we climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach our campsite which sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once at camp we rest, enjoy dinner and prepare for the next day.

  5. Day 5 Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut

    Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
    Distance: 22 km
    Hiking Time: 10-13 hours
    Habitat: Arctic

    Leaving very early in the morning (around midnight), we continue our way to the summit in hopes of catching the sunrise. The trail is a series of switchbacks up a steep scree slope, with climbers stretched into the darkness, visible only by headlamps. It is important to focus on breathing and foot placement. The views from the summit are dramatic and immense. After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut.

  6. Day 6 Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

    Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
    Distance: 20 km
    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    Habitat: Rain Forest

    A long trek is in store for today, however it is mostly downhill. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate we pick up our certificates that prove our achievement. Vehicle transfer to hotel for a celebration.

Marangu route Climbing Kilimanjaro
Marangu route Climbing Kilimanjaro
Marangu route Climbing Kilimanjaro
Marangu route Climbing Kilimanjaro
Marangu route Climbing Kilimanjaro