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OVERVIEW

MARANGU TRAIL: 

The Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. This route is usually done on 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo Huts or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1860m) To Mandara Hut (2700m) 

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior. 

Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi 

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2700m) To Horombo Hut (3700m) 

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe. 

Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi

Approx. time taken: 9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Horombo Hut (3700m) To Kibo Hut (4700m) 

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 - 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short. 

Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi 

Approx. time taken: 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Kibo Hut (4700m) To Uhuru Peak (5895m) To Horombo Hut (3700m) 

Today is “The Big Day” - the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 - 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 - 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut. 

Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi 

Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3700m) To Marangu Gate (1860m) 

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro. 

Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi 

Approx. time taken: 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included

Departure

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

Package Include

  • Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Accommodations, 1 night before and 1 night after the trek. Sharing rooms (Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis) 
  • Park fees, hut fees
  • Rescue fees $20/climber
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Hot Water For Wash everyday at any time at the camp

Not Included

  • International and local Flights plus VISA
  • Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented)
  • Personal hotel room $70

All tips not per client but per group. All our guides and porters are always satisfied with what you have not beyond your limit.

This popular Kilimanjaro route includes fewer amenities in camp and lower weight limits on luggage, while still offering the peace of mind you get by choosing Baraka trails.

Kilimanjaro Route Highlights

  • Additional acclimatization day on Kilimanjaro
  • Challenging nighttime summit bid
  • Private toilet tents & nutritionist-planned meals
  • Perfect for group and charity treks
  • Baraka Trails’s most budget-friendly option
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
  • 7 days trekking, 9 days in Tanzania

*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee

*Extend your trip with a safari!

Visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater a 4-days safari, or a 7-days safari, or call us for custom safari options.

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1860m) To Mandara Hut (2700m)

Mandara Hut

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

    • Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi
    • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2700m) To Horombo Hut (3700m)

Horombo Hut

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

    • Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi
    • Approx. time taken: 9 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Acclimatization Trek To Zebra Rocks (4020m) Then Back To Horombo Hut (3700m)

Horombo Hut

Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day.

    • Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
    • Approx. time taken: 4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3700m) To Kibo Hut (4700m)

Kibo Huts

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 – 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.

    • Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi
    • Approx. time taken: 7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Kibo Hut (4700m) To Uhuru Peak (5895m) & Down To Horombo Hut (3700m)

Uhuru Peak

Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

    • Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi
    • Approx. time taken: 12hours – 15hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Horombo Hut (3700m) To Marangu Gate (1860m)

Marangu Gate

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

  • Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 3 hours
  • Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

Package Include

  • Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Accommodations, 1 night before and 1 night after the trek. Sharing rooms (Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis) 
  • Park fees, huts fees
  • Rescue fees $20/climber
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Hot Water For Wash everyday at any time at the camp

Not Included

  • International and local Flights plus VISA
  • Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented)
  • Personal hotel room $70

All tips not per client but per group. All our guides and porters are always satisfied with what you have not beyond your limit.

This popular Kilimanjaro route includes fewer amenities in camp and lower weight limits on luggage, while still offering the peace of mind you get by choosing Baraka trails.

Kilimanjaro Route Highlights

  • Additional acclimatization day on Kilimanjaro
  • Challenging nighttime summit bid
  • Private toilet tents & nutritionist-planned meals
  • Perfect for group and charity treks
  • Baraka Trails’s most budget-friendly option
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
  • 7 days trekking, 9 days in Tanzania

*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee

*Extend your trip with a safari!

Visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater a 4-days safari, or a 7-days safari, or call us for custom safari options.