Climb Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route

Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Duration

5 days

Max People

100
Overview

Safari Details

Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania

Marangu Route is the most popular, least difficult, and shortest way to Uhuru Peak. This route is also called the Tourist Route or the Coca-Colawith Route. 70% of all climbers choose this route because most of the route consists of easy hiking. This route is fairly easy but the final part to the summit is still difficult. Although this route is the easiest, it has the highest failure rate due to bad preparation. It is advised to take this route seriously enough, be well organized, and take all possible safety measures.
All the camps on this route sell goods such as chocolates, beer, soft drinks, and mineral water, and they all have radio contact with the Park Office. This route can be done in 5 days, but it is advised to take an extra day for acclimatization at the Horombo hut, the only campsite on Kilimanjaro with beds and mattresses.

What to Expect

According to statistics from Kilimanjaro National Park approximately 55% of trekkers use the Machame Route to ascend Kilimanjaro. The route is very scenic, providing hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Success Rate: About 70%
  • Scenery: Excellent
  • Traffic: High
Tour Highlights
  • ​Its a 5 Days 4 Nights Hike.
  • Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro via Marangu route.
  • Best Time to Visit: January to March, or between June and October, to enjoy the best weather conditions.
  • Tour Type-Private

Trip Extensions available on request.

Day to day

Itinerary

Day 1 - Moshi/Airport/Arusha – Marangu Gate (1870 M) – Mandara Hut (2700 M)

You’ll be picked up from your Moshi accommodation/Kilimanjaro International Airport and make the drive to Kilimanjaro National Park, Marangu Gate(1870 M) arriving in time for lunch at the gate.
From here, you’ll liaise with your guides and begin your ascent through the verdant rainforest that clothes the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro.

Hiking through this ancient jungle, you’ll get to go on a miniature safari as you spot wildlife such as black and white colobus monkeys along the way.

You’ll spend your night at the modern Mandara Huts(2700 M), which boast luxuries such as solar lighting and flush toilets. You won’t be seeing those again anytime soon!

Destination: Kilimanjaro National Park
Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hrs. (8 Km)
Zone: Rainforest
Elevation: 830 M
Meals: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)

Day 2 - Mandara Hut (2700 M) - Horombo Hut (3720 M)

After your breakfast you’ll set off bright and early today, as you’ve got a long day of hiking ahead of you!

Today’s hike takes you from the verdant rainforest into the stark alpine zone, as you’ll cover more kilometres than your 1st day.

If the weather is clear, you’ll find stunning views of Kibo Glacier on your way before settling down for the evening at Horombo Huts. (3720 M)

Destination: Horombo Huts
Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hrs. (12 Km)
Zone: Rainforest/Low Alpine Zone
Elevation: 1020 M
Meals: All Meals

Day 3 - Horombo Huts (3720 M) - Kibo Huts (4700 M)

t’s another big day of hiking today, as you’ll make your way to Kibo Hut to set up camp ahead of your summit attempt.
Climbing almost 1,000m, you’ll pass your last watering point at the 4,130m mark before arriving at Kibo Hut (4700 M) in the afternoon.

Remember to drink plenty of water during your early dinner, as you’ll be up bright and early tomorrow to begin your ascent to the summit!

Destination: Kibo Huts
Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hrs. (10 Km)
Zone: Low Alpine Zone/High Alpine Zone
Elevation: 980 M
Meals: All Meals

Day 4 - Kibo Huts (4700 M) - Uhuru Peak (5985 M) - Horombo Huts (3720 M)

You’re going to start your day early today – just after midnight, in fact!

Your climbing team will wake you with a cup of hot tea and a light snack for energy as you get dressed and prepare your daypack for the adventure ahead.

You’ll be hiking in utter darkness for the next 5-7 hours, so take it slow and you’ll arrive at Stella Point a few hours before dawn. From here, there’s another two hours of intense hiking before you reach your ultimate goal: Uhuru Peak.

Standing at 5,985m, you’ll be able to experience a spectacular sunrise and take in the panoramic view. You’ve done it

You’ll then descend back to Horombo Hut via Kibo Hut. At anywhere between 12 and 16 hours of hiking, this is sure to be one of the longest, most grueling days of your life!

Destination: Uhuru Peak and back to Horombo Huts
Summit Ascent Time: 6 to 8 hrs. (5.5 Km)
Descent Time: 4 to 5 hrs to Kibo Huts & 4 to 5 hrs to Horombo Huts.
Zone: Glacial/Low Alpine Zone/High Alpine Zone
Elevation: 1195 M
Meals: All Meals

Day 5 - Horombo Huts (3720 M) - Marangu Gate (1870 M) - Moshi

It’s a day of celebration today, as you’ll enjoy one last breakfast on the mountain before descending to the Marangu Gate.

It’s an almost 20km walk today, but the steady downhill makes it a lot easier than the ascent.

Upon arrival at the gate, you’ll get to celebrate with your porters and guides, provide them with their tips for their hard work, and collect your certificate of completion.

Your driver will then whisk you away to your Moshi or Arusha hotel to get some well-earned rest.

Destination: Back to Moshi/Arusha
Descent Time: 6 to 8 hrs.(20 Km)
Travel Time to Moshi: 2 to 3 hrs
Zone: Low Alpine Zone/Rainforest
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (No Dinner)

Best Prices Available

Prices & Seasons 2023

STANDARD

Date1 people2-3 people4-5 people6+ people
Jan 3 – May 31USD 1,865 per personUSD 1,795 per personUSD 1,750 per personUSD 1,700 per person
Jun 1 – Oct 31USD 2,065 per personUSD 1,995 per personUSD 1,950 per personUSD 1,900 per person
Nov 1 – Dec 15USD 1,865 per personUSD 1,795 per personUSD 1,750 per personUSD 1,700 per person
Dec 16 – Jan 2USD 2,065 per personUSD 1,995 per personUSD 1,950 per personUSD 1,900 per person
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Included/Excluded

  • All Accommodation in the mountain
  • All National Park Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides, chef & potters
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Gate Transfers to and from Arusha
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Passports and visa applications and processing
  • International flights and taxes
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew (Recommended: Guides - $20 per day, Cook - $15 per day, Porters - $10)
  • Entrance fee for activities noted as optional
  • Personal mountain gears such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc. (All available for hiring in our Gear Shops)
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • All additional costs incase of an early descent from the mountain (This includes: Meals, Lodges accommodation after descend. Park fees will also be non-refundable for days not in the mountain.)

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