Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

The 8-day Kilimanjaro trekking via Marangu route is a popular and challenging adventure that takes hikers to the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, it offers a comfortable and well-established path with hut accommodations along the way. The journey passes through diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests to alpine moorlands and arctic-like summit zones. Trekkers will witness breathtaking scenery and diverse flora and fauna, making the climb a unique and memorable experience. While the Marangu route is considered one of the more manageable options, it still requires proper preparation, acclimatization, and determination to reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meters above sea level.

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be picked up by our driver and transferred to Mount Meru Hotel. Later on your guide will come to brief you about the trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear.

Leave Arusha and drive for about 90 minutes to Marangu Gate on the South east side of Kilimanjaro. Do the necessary paperwork at the park gate such as registrations. Begin hiking through rainforest from the park gate to Mandara Hut. Stop half way for lunch. A side trip to Maundi Crater (about 30 minutes away) is a good way to see the surroundings as well as views of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Bathrooms are available with running water.

Elevation: 1830m to 2740m | Distance: 8 km | Hiking Time: 4-5 hours | Habitat: Montane Forest

Wake to breakfast and pack for the next leg. Hike to Horombo Huts(3720m). You travel through lower heath land with small shrubs being the main vegetation. Stop half way for lunch. Views of Mawenzi are amazing. The summit of Kibo can be seen from Horombo Huts(3720m). Arrive Horombo Huts, unpack and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms are available with running water.

Elevation: 2715m to 3720m | Distance: 11.5 km | Hiking Time: 6-8 hours | Habitat: Heathland and moorland

We spend a second night at the Horombo Hut tonight, giving our bodies the chance to acclimatize to the altitude. This should make the next two days of hiking feel easier and give you a better chance of reaching the summit.

During the morning you can walk up the steep grassy slope to Mawenzi Hut for some great scenic views over towards Kibo. The rest of the day can be spent resting or taking some other short walks in the area. Your guides are on hand to provide advice and ideas based on how you are feeling.

We will wake up for breakfast as usual – or wake up early to capture an amazing sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heathland that blends into what can best be described as moonscape as we enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When we stop for lunch, and later when crossing this surprisingly large saddle, take in the summit climb up to Kibo that we will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.

Elevation: 3705m to 4730m | Distance: 10 km | Hiking Time: 6-8 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert

Wake at around midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for the summit ascent. This part of the hike is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. Leave at about 1:00am and reach Gilman’s Point(5685m) at about 7:00am. The climbers are met with views of the crater from Gilman’s Point because it is on the Crater Rim. Another 2 hours of hiking brings the climber to Uhuru Peak, the summit. From there you will descend back to Kibo Hut 4720m, collect your things and cross the saddle again at Horombo Hut where you will spend the night. Enjoy dinner and get some well-deserved sleep.

Elevation: 4730m to 5895m to 3705m | Distance: 5.4 km up, 15 km down | Hiking Time: 13-16 hours | Habitat: Stone scree/ice-capped summit

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Huts (8,900 ft). We then continue descending through the lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu (6,000 ft), where we are transferred to Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha.

Depending on your flight schedule, you can choose to relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area before our driver takes you to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

You can choose to extend your journey with a beautiful Tanzania Safari or decide  to unwind on the tropical Zanzibar Island.

What is included  

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;
  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
  • 02 nights at 5* hotel before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Accommodation in Huts
  • All Meals Included
  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.
  • Professional guides
  • Dedicated support crew

What is not included

  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Mountaineering insurance
  • Tips and gratitude’s to crew/staffs

USD 2855 Price per person
USD 2315 per person based on 2 clients
USD 2155 per person based on 3 clients
USD 1990 per person based on 4 clients
USD 1750 per person based on 5 clients
USD 1570 per person based on 6 clients


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