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6 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing: Marangu Route


The route is jokingly referred to as the “Coca Cola Route.” This is because the route is more touristic and with more comfortable walking trail. Using this program, you have an acclimatisation time on 3rd day at Horombo Hut. Marangu route is the only route on Kilimanjaro that offers hut accommodation. Here is a sample of the itinerary starting from Moshi town and back.


From $ 1790 USD

Price Includes

  • Transport from Kilimanjaro Airport to your hotel.
  • Transport from Moshi hotel to park gate and back.
  • 2 nights accommodation in a medium hotel in Moshi based on bed and breakfast.
  • Paying of entrance fees and Government taxes.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts with mattresses.
  • Vehicle rescue fees
  • Support of porters, Cooks and Guiding services
  • 3 meals a day whilst on the mountain.

Price Excludes

  • International/local flights.
  • Health and travel Insurance
  • Hiring of mountain hiking gears like; Sleeping bags, Hiking boots etc.
  • Personal snacks.
  • Tips for Guides, Cook and Porters
  • Anything else not listed above.

Day 1:Marangu Gate [1,860m] – Mandara Hut [2,715m]

Drive from your hotel in Moshi passing the Marangu villages to the gate in about 50 minutes. Meet your rest of hiking team [porters], Check in the park gate and start trekking for about 8 km in 4 – 5 hours to Mandara Hut.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Altitude gain from Moshi town; 1,750m.

Day 2:Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut [3,705m]

From Mandara Hut, the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, skirts the base of Maundi Crater. On a clear day, Kibo peak will glimmer in the distance. Continue with the trekking in the open moorland reaching Horombo Hut.

Hiking distance; 15 km in 6 hours.
Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Altitude gain; 990m.

Day 3:Horombo Hut/Acclimatization Day

Horombo hut is a village of huts pierced on a small plateau with approx 120 beds. A short hike towards the Mawenzi peak in about 3 hours up and 1½ hours down, is strongly recommended to for acclimatization.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at the camp

Day 4:Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut [4,730m]

After breakfast, start trekking into the alpine desert habitat. Kibo hut is situated in the barren, a stone build blockhouse which has bunk beds. Once at the camp, prepare yourself ahead of the summit the same night.

Hiking distance ;9.6 km in 6 hours.
Altitude gain; 1,025m.

Day 5:Kibo Hut – Summit Uhuru Peak (5,895m) –Horombo Hut [3,705m]

Wake up at around 2300 hours and have a simple breakfast and start trekking towards the summit. This is the most mentally and physical challenging part of the hike. The first portion of the trail is rocky to the Hans Meyer caves at 5,150 m. The path zig zags up to Gillman’s point at the crater rim [5,681m]. Continue on the Snowy path leading to Uhuru peak at 5,895 m. Once at the summit, you are now on the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and highest point in African continent. Spend a short time taking some photos and start descending down to Kibo Hut for lunch and some rest. Afterwards continue down to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.

Hiking ascent distance; 5.4 km in 7-8 hours.
Hiking descent distance; 15 km in 6- 8 hours.
Altitude gain; 1,165m, altitude drop; 2,190m.

Day 6:Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate [1,860m] - Moshi Hotel.

After having breakfast and a little celebration, start descending down passing Mandara Hut for 19.7 km in about 6 hours to the gate. At the gate, you’ll be given certificates of achievement. Board a vehicle on your onward destination or hotel in Moshi.

Altitude drop; 2,755m.


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