Marangu Route

5 – 6 days. The classic trek to the top of Kilimanjaro.

bookThis route is also known by it's nickname "Coca-cola route". It can be done in 5 days but there is an optional extra acclimatization day at Horombo Hut. This increases your chances of reaching the summit.

This is the only route with dormitory style accommodation in huts. It offers the relative luxury of sleeping in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks and beers are sold at all the camps on this route. Ascent and descent on the same route.

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  • Day 1: Arusha > Marangu > Mandara Hut (2725 m)

    After breakfast, briefing from the mountain guide. Then pack everything and drive to Marangu gate at 1600 m. After registration start walking pole pole (slowly slowly) through the rain forest to the first hut Mandara.Dinner and overnight stay at Mandara Hut.

    Hiking time: 4-5 hours

  • Day 2: Mandara Hut > Horombo Hut (3760 m)

    We leave Mandara Hut, passing a short stretch of forest, the base of the Maundi Crater and then the landscape changes to moorland. After a 6 to 8 hours trek, you reach the Horombo Hut. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut.

    Hiking time: 6-8 hours

  • Optional acclimatization day:

    An extra day and night at Horombo Hut will allow you to acclimatize. We will hike towards the Mawenzi Hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1,5 hours down). All meals and overnight stay at the hut. We recommend to sleep early and get a last good night's rest.

  • Day 3 (or 4): Horombo Hut > Kibo Hut (4700 m)

    After breakfast climb through alpine desert area up to Kibo hut. Dinner at Kibo Hut, and prepare your equipment (check your camera batteries and headlight, we recommend to carry your water in a thermal flask to avoid freezing). Sleep early to rest as much as possible in order to get up at midnight for summit Uhuru peak (5895m) via Gilman's point.

    Hiking time: 6-8 hours

  • Day 4 (or 5): Kibo Hut > UHURU PEAK (5895 m) > Horombo Hut

    We get up in the night to leave for Uhuru Peak around midnight, after some hot tea. Be prepared for a long, cold night & day. First we will reach Gillman's Point (5681 m), and after that we will reach the summit Uhuru Peak (5895 m) early in the morning, around sunrise.
    Come back from Uhuru Peak in the morning for breakfast at Kibo Hut, then start descending again to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.

    Hiking time: 6-8 hours ascent to Uhuru Peak, 5-7 hours descent to Horombo Hut

  • Day 5 (or 6): Horombo Hut > Arusha

    After breakfast start walking down to the Marangu gate via Mandara hut. At the gate the successful climbers will receive a certificate for reaching the top. After check out we drive back to the hotel in Arusha.

    Hiking time: 5-7 hours

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