Mt Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route | Adventure People
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What's Included

  • 2 nights 4/5 Star hotel in Moshi/Arusha (1 night on arrival and 1 night after the climb) + breakfast
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guide, (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR)
  • Experienced mountain crew
  • Daily Briefing and health check 3 times a day, before the Climb, During the Climb and after the Climb
  • First Aid & Injury prevention kits
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • All camping and hut fees All camping gears
  • All meals while on the Mountain (Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food)
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Cooking equipment and kitchen utensils
  • Quality dining tents with table and chairs
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents,
  • Sleeping pads, foam
  • Private toilet
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Kilimanjaro Camping/Hut fees
  • Kilimanjaro Rescue fee
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide
  • Guides, Porters, Cook (salaries and park fees)
  • Transport to/from the Airport
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Transaction fees
  • Community & environmental sustainability projects
  • Last special Dinner

What's Excluded

  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Hotel Stay
  • Beverages & meals not specified
  • Trekking Equipment for rent such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes)
  • Tips for your guide, porters, cook and crew, & drivers
  • Innoculations & Vaccinations
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa Fees
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Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu route is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations in lieu of camping. Known by many as the "Coca-Cola route”, it's the only route in which you can purchase drinks (soda, beer etc) and treats at the different camps along the route.  Marangu is by far the most popular route for climbing the mighty Kilimanjaro. This is the shortest as well as the oldest route and can be climbed in just 5 days, however, extending this trip to 6 days does greatly increases your chance of summiting successfully.  Many favor this route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. The route approaches Mt Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Despite its immense popularity, the main setback on the Marangu Route is that the route has the least scenic variety of all the routes and it is the most crowded. Below is an example itinerary for a 6 day climb. For a 5 day climb you would simply exclude the additional day at Horomobo hut on day 3.  However please remember that all of our programs are flexible and tailored to the individual groups so please let us know if you would like to make any changes.  The day before your climb you will receive a full briefing from our climbing team, all your equipment will receive a final check and we will be able to answer any of your questions.

Adventure Highlights

  • Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu trek provides comfortable huts for accommodation rather than camping. This makes it a popular choice for those seeking a less rugged experience.
  • The trail on the Marangu route is well-established and well-marked, making it easier to navigate and suitable for trekkers with less experience in mountaineering.
  • Reach significant milestones on your journey as you conquer Gillman’s Point and Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Standing at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet), Uhuru Peak offers unparalleled views and an overwhelming sense of achievement.
  • Experience everything from lush rainforests to alpine meadows, making it a visually captivating journey.
No Fixed Departure Dates available.

Traveling solo? No problem!
On our group trips, we offer free roommate-matching and will pair you with a same-sex roommate, so you are never obligated to pay the single supplement fee. 

Want Your Own Room?
Single Supplement is available for an additional fee (based on availability)
Note: Single rooms are only available in the hotel before and after your trek. The huts are dormitory-style accommodation.

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Daily Itinerary

Arrive in Arusha and you’ll be picked up at the airport by our representative at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and taken to your hotel. Resting at the foot of Mount Meru, the sprawling city of Arusha is known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania.

It serves as an excellent base from which to explore the remarkably scenic surrounding area which includes majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks.

- Airport Transfer
- Meals: Dinner

Overnight at Arusha Hotel

This morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Arusha and driven 45-minutes to Marangu Village/ gate. After registering at the gate you will begin entering the rain forest. Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We recommend gaiters and trekking poles here. The misty forest will provide you with ample opportunity to sight some of Kilimanjaro’s animals. You will spend your first night at the Mandara hut, which is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.

— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Elevation: 1,843m/6,046ft to 2,700m/8,858ft
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Distance: 8km/ 5 miles
Zone: Rainforest

Overnight at Mandara Huts

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, your journey today takes you beyond the rainforest and ascending through the heathland, while looking for giant lobelias and groundsels.

Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch to enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts in the late afternoon beneath the spectacular Kibo Summit viewpoint.

After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, a hearty meal and a good night’s rest.

The Horombo Huts & Campsite is set along the Marangu Trail on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This site can accommodate up to 120 campers spread across a mix of cabins and tents. Facilities include a kitchen for cooking, a dining area, and a rangers office. Guests will also have access to an abundant water source near the campsite.

— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
— Guided Tour and Entrance Fees

Elevation:2,700m/8,875ft to 3,700 m/12,200ft
Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Distance: 12km/ 7.5 miles
Zone: Heathland

Overnight at Horombo Huts

You will spend a full day and a second night at Horombo. This extra day will help you acclimatize. On this day, you can either rest at the huts or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi basecamp then return to Horombo Huts.

— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Overnight at Horombo Huts

After breakfast, continue on through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Here, you’ll stop for lunch before crossing the surprisingly large saddle to get a first glimpse of the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in a few hours.

There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour shorter.  From Kibo hut, the summit is only 1,195m above you and you will make your final ascent the same night. The team will help you to prepare your equipment and clothing for your summit attempt. You will go to bed at round at about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

Kibo is a basecamp set in the Kilimanjaro National Park. Climbers set camp here before leaving for Uhuru Peak. Accommodation at Kibo is provided in lodge-like housing that caters to 60 people. All rooms feature bunk beds, accommodating up to 6 people. Other services and facilities include a dining room, shared toilets, a ranger's hut, and a guides' hut.

— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Elevation: 3,721m/12,208ft to 4,714m/15,466ft
Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Distance: 10km/ 6 miles
Zone: Alpine-Desert

Overnight at Kibo Huts

At about 2 am you will be awoken to some tea and biscuits and will make a move into the night.

You’ll continue your way to the summit in a switchback formation trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead.

You’ll follow the switchbacks as you ascend through heavy scree and possibly snow toward Gillman’s Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here, on your remaining 1-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow the entire way.

Congratulations! You have reached Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

After photos, celebrations, and maybe a few tears of joy, you’ll take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. You’ll then begin your steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for the uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. A well-deserved rest awaits as you enjoy your last evening on the mountain.

— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 4,703m/15,430ft to 5,895m/19,341ft
Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Distance: 10km/ 6 miles
Zone: Arctic

Descent to Horombu Huts
Elevation: 5,895m/19,341ft to 3,734m/12,250ft
Hiking time: 5-8 hours
Distance: 16km/ 10 miles
Zone: Heath

Overnight at Mweka Camp

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. You’ll continue the descent down, stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy, and steep. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here.

You’ll return to the Marangu Park Gate and receive your summit certificates. A vehicle will be waiting for you to drive you to your hotel in Arusha (about 45 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, and dinner, and celebrate your accomplishment of climbing the highest mountain in Africa!

— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Elevation: 3,700m/12,200ft to 1,700 m/5,500ft
Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Distance: 20km/ 12.5 miles
Zone: Rainforest

Overnight at Arusha Hotel

Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route Map
When is the best season to visit?

December to Mid-March and Mid-June to the end of October

How difficult is the Marangu Route on Mount Kilimanjaro?

The Marangu Route is considered one of the more accessible paths to the summit of Kilimanjaro, but it still presents challenges. It's often perceived as less strenuous due to the availability of huts and the gradual ascent.

What is the success rate for reaching the summit on the Marangu Route?

Success rates vary, but the Marangu Route is known for a relatively lower success rate compared to longer routes due to its quicker ascent. Proper acclimatization, physical preparation, and pacing are crucial for reaching Uhuru Peak successfully.

Are permits required for the Marangu Route?

Yes, like all routes on Kilimanjaro, a permit is required for the Marangu Route. It's important to obtain permits through a licensed tour operator.

How should I prepare physically for the Marangu Route?

Physical preparation is essential. Cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking practice are recommended to build endurance. Altitude training, if possible, can also be beneficial.

Is altitude sickness a concern on the Marangu Route?

Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk. The Marangu Route has a relatively rapid ascent, so proper acclimatization and awareness of symptoms are crucial. Adequate hydration and a gradual ascent pace help minimize these risks.

What are the age and fitness requirements for the Marangu Route?

While there is no strict age limit, participants should be in good health and physical condition. It's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on the trek, especially for those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Mt Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route

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