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7-Day Marangu Route: An Extended Adventure to Kilimanjaro's Pinnacle


Known as the "Coca Cola route," the Marangu route is a popular path leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Often considered the easiest route to Uhuru peak, it allows for a 5-day hike, making it a budget-friendly option. The route provides accommodation on the mountain in huts at each station. However, it's important to note that the 5-day Marangu route has one of the lowest summit success rates. For a better chance, a 6-day or longer trek is recommended to enhance acclimatization. The route offers comfortable sleeping huts with beds and mattresses at every overnight station.


DAY 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft

  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Depart Moshi for Marangu Gate, complete necessary formalities, and begin the trek. The trail ascends through a tropical rainforest, providing a chance to spot blue monkeys. Reach Mandara Hut at the upper edge of the forest line.

DAY 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft

  • Distance: 12 km/7 miles

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

  • Habitat: Heath

Continue through the forest, opening into high moorland. Possible views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.

DAY 3: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge

  • Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft

  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles

  • Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

  • Habitat: Heath

  • Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 14,400 ft to 12,205

  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles

  • Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

  • Habitat: Heath

An extra day for acclimatization. Explore Mawenzi Ridge for motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi.

DAY 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,430 ft

  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Gradual climb, crossing the lunar desert of the "Saddle" between Mawenzi and Kibo. Reach Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall.

DAY 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

  • Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft

  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

  • Habitat: Arctic

  • Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft

  • Distance: 16 km/10 miles

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Heath

Begin the push to the summit early in the morning. Ascend to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Descend to Horombo Hut.

DAY 6: Horombo Hut to Mweka Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 12,250 ft to 10,065 ft

  • Distance: 20 km/12 miles

  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Meadow

Descend to Mweka Hut for overnight stay.

DAY 7: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate

  • Elevation (ft): 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles

  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Rainforest

Complete the descent to Mweka Gate. Collect summit certificates and transfer to a hotel in Moshi for a well-earned rest.

This revised itinerary ensures a 7-day program on the mountain, allowing for proper acclimatization and a gradual descent on the final day.



Starting from 1699 USD

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What is included

  • 2 Night Hotel accommodation in Moshi, a day before trek and a day after trek

  • Transportation to and from your selected route

  • Transfer from Airport/Bus station in Moshi on arrival and return to airport/Bus station after climb.

  • Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides

  • All Tanzanian National Park Fees

  • Government Climbing Taxes

  • Climbing permits

  • All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain

  • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries

  • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters

  • Enough porters to carry your luggage

  • Safety Equipment

  • Emergency Oxygen

  • Pulse Ox meter

  • Hot drinks at every meal

  • Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day

  • Emergency rescue fees

  • Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide

What is not included

  • International airfares and departure taxes

  • Personal items and toiletries

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, laundry services, and visa and international flight ticket fees

  • Private portable mobile toilet with a tent on the mountain

  • Tips for guides, porters, and cook

  • (Tipping guide: 10-20$US for Porter, 15-25$US for Cook, 20-30$US for Guide, per day and per group)

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