Marangu Route – Glorious Tanzania

Marangu Route

Duration: 7 Days

Overview: Marangu route also known as the “Coca-Cola route” is by far the most popular route to the summit Africa’s rooftop Mt Kilimanjaro. The trek begins in the south-east area of the mountain at Marangu Gate. 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 than on 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 to a 6-day which greatly increasing your chances of success.

Arrive in Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Our staff will pick you up and transfer you to Moshi town where you will spend the first night at Mountain Inn. For those who will arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Kenya, we will pick you up and get transferred by Shuttle bus to Moshi.

After having your breakfast we will make a short journey from the hotel to Marangu National Park gate for the necessary formalities at the gate. We start the climbs through fascinating tropical rain forest; we reach the first hut at Mandara for dinner and overnight. An alternative is to simply rest and relax the beautiful forest around the camp. Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut (2,700 m).

Walking hours: 5-6 hours.

Zone: Rainforest.

Walking hours: 5-6 hours walking.
Zone: Rainforest.

The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into moorland and in clear weather, there are great views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery around the camp. Mandara Hut to Horrombo Hut (3,720 m)

Walking hours: 4-6 hours walking.
Zone: Low Alpine Zone

Walk towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks, this extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. We recommend drinking enough water and walking slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the Horrombo hut. Horombo hut to further improve our acclimatization. Zone: Low alpine zone to High alpine zone

Climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. These 6-7 hours walking will be taken at a slow pace until we reach Kibo Hut (4,700m), where we will spend the night in a comfortable hut. There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Horrombo Hut to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)

Walking Hours: 4-6 hours walking.
Zone: High alpine zone.

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic screed has some well-graded zig-zags, a slow but a steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 meters. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak 5,895 m. which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment. We descend to Kibo Huts amazingly fast and we stop at Kibo Huts for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Horrombo Huts. Kibo Huts to Summit to Horrombo Huts (3,720 m.)

Walking Hours: 13-15 hours.
Zone: Glacial zone and the all preceding zones.


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