5 Days Marangu Route

The Marangu Route, often referred to as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route, is the easiest and shortest path to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the only route that offers the comfort of sleeping huts equipped with solar lights and comfortable beds. These communal huts feature bunks with sponge mattresses and pillows. Climbers from various countries share meals in dining huts, creating a lively and energetic atmosphere. Typically completed in 5 days, the route can also be extended to 6 days for better acclimatization, with an extra day spent resting at Horombo Huts or hiking the small peak of Mawenzi.

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

  • Elevation: 1,870m to 2,720m (6,135ft to 8,923ft)
  • Distance: 8km (5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

The trek begins at Marangu Gate after registration. The trail winds through lush rainforest, offering a good chance to see wildlife, before arriving at Mandara Huts.

Day 2: Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 2,720m to 3,720m (8,923ft to 12,205ft)
  • Distance: 12km (7.5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Leaving the rainforest, the trail ascends through heath and moorland, with views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. You will reach Horombo Huts, where you will stay overnight.

Day 3: Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts

  • Elevation: 3,720m to 4,703m (12,205ft to 15,430ft)
  • Distance: 10km (6 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

The path continues through the moorland zone, gradually turning into the alpine desert as you approach Kibo Huts. The day ends with an early dinner and rest in preparation for the summit attempt.

Day 4: Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 4,703m to 5,895m (15,430ft to 19,341ft) (Uhuru Peak), then down to 3,720m (12,205ft)
  • Distance: 6km ascent, 15km descent (3.7 miles ascent, 9.3 miles descent)
  • Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic to Moorland

The summit attempt begins around midnight. You’ll climb through the darkness, reaching Gilman’s Point on the crater rim around sunrise, and then continue to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. After celebrating at the summit, you descend back to Kibo Huts for a short rest before continuing down to Horombo Huts.

Day 5: Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate

  • Elevation: 3,720m to 1,870m (12,205ft to 6,135ft)
  • Distance: 20km (12.5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland to Rainforest

The final descent takes you back through the moorland and rainforest to Marangu Gate. After checking out, you’ll receive your summit certificates, and then be driven back to Moshi.


The 5-day Marangu Route itinerary offers a relatively easier and more comfortable trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, with the convenience of hut accommodations. Each day presents unique landscapes, culminating in the exhilarating climb to Uhuru Peak. This route is ideal for those looking for a shorter trek with communal dining and sleeping facilities.

  • Price Include:
    * All transfers

    * Accommodation
    * all trekking fees,
    * All meals while on the Mountain
    * Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
    * Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    * English speaking guide
    * Sleeping bags
    * Porters salary
    • 3 meals in a day
    • Mineral drinking water.

    Price Exclude:

    * Tips,
    * medical insurance cover
    * all trekking personal gears
    * alcohol
    * all things of personal nature

    1. What is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, located in Tanzania. It is a dormant volcano and one of the most iconic mountains in the world.
    2. How tall is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, called Uhuru Peak, stands at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.
    3. How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The duration of a Kilimanjaro climb varies depending on the route chosen. Most climbs typically range from 5 to 9 days.
    4. What are the different routes up Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • There are several routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro, each with its own characteristics and scenery. Popular routes include the Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Rongai, and Northern Circuit routes.
    5. Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro difficult?

      • Climbing Kilimanjaro is challenging due to its high altitude, but it doesn’t require technical climbing skills. However, climbers should be physically fit and prepared for the rigors of high-altitude trekking.
    6. Do I need a guide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is mandatory to have a registered guide accompany you on your Kilimanjaro climb. Guides are essential for safety, navigation, and providing support throughout the trek.
    7. When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The best times for climbing Kilimanjaro are during the dry seasons, which are typically from late June to October and from December to March. These months offer clearer skies and better trekking conditions.
    8. What should I pack for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Essential items for climbing Kilimanjaro include proper clothing for varying temperatures, sturdy hiking boots, a good quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, personal medications, and other necessary gear as recommended by your tour operator.
    9. What are the risks of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The main risks of climbing Kilimanjaro include altitude sickness, which can affect anyone regardless of fitness level, as well as other potential hazards such as extreme weather conditions and physical exhaustion.
    10. Do I need to train before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is highly recommended to undergo physical training and preparation before attempting to climb Kilimanjaro. This can include cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to build endurance and fitness levels.
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