5-6 Days Kilimanjaro Trek via Marangu Route

5-6 Days Kilimanjaro Trek via Marangu Route


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6 Days / 5 Nights
Safari Type
Mountain Climbing
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Climbing / Trekking


The Marangu Route nick named (Coca Cola Route)is the oldest and most well established trekking route on Mount Kilimanjaro, and it remains extremely popular compare to others. This path provides trekkers with the classic Kilimanjaro climbing experience, offering sweeping views and a wonderful hiking adventure all the way to the summit of Uhuru Peak. That said, it also has some unique aspects that set it apart from any of the other routes as well, giving Marangu route a character and feeling that is entirely its own. A 6 day variant provides good time for acclimatization due to a rest day at Horombo Hut. 


Day 1
Arrival Day – Arusha / Moshi Town

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport to be picked up, taken to your hotel for overnight stay. A pre-climb briefing can be organized where we will provide you all the information to prepare for your climb. This will include a day to day guide of your climb, the gear required as well as discussing acute mountain sickness and all health and safety on Kilimanjaro.

Day 2
Arusha / Moshi Town – Marangu Gate (1980 m) - Mandara Hut (2700 m)
Mandara Hut

Leave Moshi by car for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut for Dinner and overnight.

Distance: About 12 km | Hiking time: 3-5 hours | Habitat: Montane forest

Day 3
Mandara Hut (2700 m) – Horombo Hut (3720 m)
Horombo Hut

After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine – meadow. The altitude begins to change and slowdown your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut for Dinner and overnight.

Distance: About 12 km | Hiking time: 6-8 hours | Habitat: Moorland

Day 4
Horombo Hut (3720 m) – Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks (4020 m) [OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY]
Horombo Hut

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut.

Distance: About 5 km | Hiking time: 2-3 hours | Habitat: Moorland

Mawenzi Ridge (4020 m) and back Horombo Hut (3720 m)
Distance: About 5 km | Hiking time: 1-2 hours | Habitat: Moorland 

Day 5
Horombo Hut (3720 m) – Kibo Hut (4700 m)
Kibo Hut

After breakfast, resume the climb, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear then cross the lunar desert of the "Saddle" between Mawenzi and Kibo. Continue to Kibo hut for dinner and preparations for the summit.

Distance: About 10 km | Hiking time: 6-8 hours | Habitat: Alpine desert 

Day 6
Kibo hut (4700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) - Horombo Hut (3720 m)
Horombo Hut

Summit Attempt!!
The beginning of the last ascent is made in the wee hours of the morning while the scree is still frozen. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMANS POINT (likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hour's walk along the crater rim. (19,344 ft). Start the walk along the craters rim. (19,344 ft). Start the descent to Horombo hut for overnight.

Distance: 6 km ascent + 16 km descent | Hiking time: 6-8 hours to Uhuru | Descend time: 4-5 hours to Horombo | Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 7
Horombo Hut (3720 m) – Marangu Gate (1980 m) – Moshi/Arusha

Make the final descent through the rain forest to Marangu Gate. Here we will collect our summit certificates, have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before drive back to Moshi/Arusha to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Distance: About 20 km | Descend time: 5-7 hours | Habitat: Moorland, Montane forest

Day 8
Departure Day / Go on a Safari

After breakfast, depart for your next destination, which is optional or can be arranged:

  • Safari to the National Parks
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport
  • Transport to Other Towns in Tanzania i.e. Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar
  • Nairobi via border town Namanga
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