Is known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it lower budget option). It is also the only route offering accommodation on the mountain, in the huts in each station.
It is unfortunately a well-known fact, that the 5 days Marangu route has the lowest summit success rates of all the routes on the mountain. If you choose Marangu route, we strongly recommend hiking for 6 days, to increase your chance to reach the summit successfully as more time on the mountain allows a greater chance for altitude acclimatization. This is the only route, which provide comfortable sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight station.
Marangu route utilizes the same route for ascend and descend.
Marangu 5 Days Itinerary
Day 1 – Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
Depart from Moshi or Arusha for Marangu Gate.
After breakfast your guide will meet you and drive to Marangu Gate (about 1 hour) once you arrive at the park gate they will be a register section before commence your climb.
After registration walk through the rainforest to Mandara encampment. A short trip to Maundi Crater to see the surroundings in the clear day you have a great chance to view northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys
Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft; Distance: Hiking Time: 3-4 hours; • Habitat: Montane Forest; • dinner overnight.
Day 2 – Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
After breakfast leave the glades of the rain-forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. On the clear day you have chance to views Mawenzi Peak and the summit of Kibo both brings you are amazing image of African Mountains. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.
Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft; • Distance: 11km/5.5mi; Hiking Time: 5-6 hours; Habitat: Heathland Meals: BLD.
Day 3 – Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
After your second breakfast on the mountain you now ascend to the base camp walking via saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Cup of coffee on the arrival as your dinner, in this day dinner will be served early to allow enough time to rest, while preparing for summit climb which will start at midnight.
•Elevation: 3720m/12,200ft to 4732m/15,500ft; • Distance: 9km/5.5mi; • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours; • Habitat: Alpine Desert; • Dinner overnight.
Day 4 — Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. After the session continuing, further ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa.
There are unbelievable views at every single view you open your eyes after reached the summit you will descend back to where you’re journey began in the night for lunch and short rest at Kibo before continuous to the Horombo Hut.
The beginning of this climb may be done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need your warm layers to remain on. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly” an optimistic attitude will get you there!
Elevation: 4732m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft.
Down to 3720m/12,200ft; • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down;
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 13km/9mi down.
Habitat: Alpine Desert Dinner overnight.
Day 5 – Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
Horombo Hut descent to Marangu Gate, where you will drive to Moshi or Arusha
After breakfast, descent takes us downhill through moorland to the Mandara Hut where your lunch will be served. After lunch, we continue descending through lush forest path Marangu Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy in the rain season. We recommend you trekking poles to help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be sufficient (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
•Elevation: 3720m/12,200ft to 1800m/5500ft; • Distance: 19km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours.
Marangu 6 Days Itinerary
Day 1 Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut
Depart after breakfast from Moshi/Arusha at 9:00am to Marangu gate where the registration done before your treks begin.
The trail lead through the rainforest of Kilimanjaro picnic lunch to be save at Kisambioni, day halfway to Mandara Hut.
After lunch continue your hiking through the rainforest until Mandara Hut for leisure rest of the day late evening a short walk to Maundi crater 340Mt.
In the clear day there is a great views of the horizon east over Taveta and northwest of Mawenzi Peak are stunning on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort.
Dinner overnight Mandara hut.
Marangu gate (1,800m to Mandara Hut (2,720)
Elevation Gain: 915 meters.
Day 2 Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
After breakfast Mandara hut depart to Horombo Hut. Most of the day’s hike will be through moorland, a rocky landscape with desert-like plants.
Picnic lunch save at half way before continuing to Horombo Hut. If the weather is clear, beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks are to be seen.
Arrive at Horombo Hut at around 15hrs pm and spend the rest of the late noon leisure. Although extremely busy, the Horombo Huts are considered to be the nicest on Kilimanjaro.
The small, A-frame buildings accommodate up to eight people each and provide lodging for hikers ascending, descending and acclimatizing.
Horombo can accommodate up to one hundred hikers and many more support crew’s porters, cooks and guides.
Mandara Hut (2,720m to Horombo Hut (3,720mt
Elevation Gain: 977 meters,
Day 3 Horombo Hut – Mawenzi Hut – Horombo Hut
Leisure breakfast before starting your day for acclimatization elevation gain and Loss: 880 meters, 2,900 feet Day three is an acclimatization day.
We suggest hiking all the way to Mawenzi Hut to allow for maximum acclimatization. The hike will increase your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, and also reward you with magnificent views of Kibo. Return to Horombo for a late lunch. Leisure afternoon evening at Horombo.
Horombo Hut –3,720Mt to Mawenzi Hut — 4,600Mt and return to Horombo Hut (3,720Mt.
Day 4 Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
Depart right after breakfast Horombo Hut hike through the moorland and alpine desert upper altitudes.
After hiking for about one hour arrive at Maua River, a small mountain stream after Maua River, the terrain becomes flatter and the vegetation begins to disappear.
Lunch to be save at Middle Red Hill after lunch, continue on a steady incline for another two hours through Saddle although the environment on the way to Kibo is a bleak desert with little vegetation, you will see many stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Reach Kibo Hut around 15hrs pm leisure prepare for summit session to take a place at mid night.
Horombo Hut (3,720Mt to Kibo Hut (4,750Mt
Elevation Gain: 1,030 meters.
Day 5 Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut
At midnight, awake for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the Top of Africa.
Hike begins with a demanding five hours hike to Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. Although this is considered to be the easiest of the three crater ascent paths, it is still extremely difficult.
The first major rest stop, William’s Point, lies at 5000 meters and is approximately a two hour hike from Kibo Hut continue on for thirty minutes before beginning the rocky switchbacks that will continue to Gillman’s Point (5,681 meters).
The hike from Gilman’s to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring.
The crater rim hike takes approximately two hours. Upon reaching Uhuru, take pictures of your Self and or group at the peak before beginning the descent to Kibo Hut and later further downhill Horombo Hut. On the way down from the summit, you will see all of the magnificent views you could not see on the way up. Stop for a short break and breach at Kibo Hut before continuing on to Horombo Hut after reached Horombo Hut in the afternoon rest as this is your last night on the mountain.
Kibo Hut (4,750Mt to Summit (5,895m/19,340ft) to Horombo Hut (3,720Mt.
Elevation Gain: 1,145 meters, Elevation Loss: 2,175 meters.
Day 6 Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate
Last breakfast on the mountain before your descent begin to Marangu gate. Your last hike on is a beautiful one, passing through cloud forest watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery during rainy season your lunch will be save at Mandara hut before completing your descent by arriving Marangu Gate exit gate the vehicles will be waiting at Marangu gate for driving back to Moshi/Arusha.
Horombo Hut (3,720Mt to Marangu Gate (1,800Mt.
Elevation Loss: 1,920 meters.
End of the hiking.