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5 days Marangu route Kilimanjaro

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5 days Marangu route Kilimanjaro 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 com

5 days Marangu route Kilimanjaro Description

5 days Marangu route Kilimanjaro

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 at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts
are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow.

There are 60 beds at both Mandara and
Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are
available at the two lower huts. Mens’ and ladies’ latrines are
available at the last camp but are very basic.

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 in 5 days
but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can
be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.

5 days Marangu route Kilimanjaro

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park
Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the
rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a
good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya.
In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and
Colobus monkeys.

Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals: LD

Budget Lodging: Mandara Hut

Day 2 : Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path
on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and
the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels.
You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft

Distance: 12km/7.5mi

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Heathland

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Horombo Hut

Day 3 : Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the
saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation
begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”.
Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb.

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft

Distance: 9km/5.5mi

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Kibo Hut

Day 4 : Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to
the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located
on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is
the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn.
Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family.
From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before
continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires
headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start
descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the
most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly
“pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft

Down to 3700m/12,200ft

Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Horombo Camp

Day 5 : Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to
the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the
National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and
muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will
probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your
hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour). Don’t forget to tip your guides and

Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft

Distance: 20km/12.5mi

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Forest

Meals: B


Mount Kilimanjaro Includes:

2 Nights accommodation in Keys Hotel or Parkview Inn in Moshi is included

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
  • Clean, purified drinking water:
  • Crisis management and safety procedures:
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
  • Sleeping Mattress:
  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa:


  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature

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