Famously known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. It is considered the easiest route as the ascent on this route is constant and moderate with only the final leg to the summit slightly more challenging. Marangu is the only route that offers communal sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight site. The Marangu route uses the same ascent and descent route.
Day 1 Airport Pick-Up - Drop Off At Hotel
You will be picked up by the staff of Jerry Tanzania Tours from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and driven to your hotel in Moshi. In the evening your guides will meet you at the hotel to brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
Day 2 Moshi – Marangu Gate To Mandara Hut
After an early breakfast at your hotel (8:00 a.m.), you will be collected one hour later and taken to the Marangu Gate. After some paperwork at the gate, the porters will load the gear and your trek can begin. Soon you will find yourself in the misty forest – trees, ferns, flowers, and birds abound. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the thumbless black and white colobus monkeys scrambling through the lush vegetation. Approximately 4 hours later, you will reach your destination for the day, the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior.
Day 3 From Mandara Hut To Horombo Hut
An early breakfast gets you ready for the trek ahead and shortly after leaving Mandara Hut, you will reach the crossroads between Horombo Hut and Maundi Crater. Heading in the direction of Horombo Hut the vegetation will change to shrubs and you will cross the open moorland reaching your destination in approximately 5 to 6 hours. Looking back your path will already be shrouded in clouds and looking forward you will catch glimpses of Mawenzi, Kibo peak, and the Masai steppe. After your evening meal, you will drift off to sleep at the Horombo Hut.
Day 4 Acclimatization Day At Horombo Hut
Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara with a capacity of 120 climbers! Horombo is normally bustling with hikers, guides, and porters, with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo are for additional acclimatization. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down) is strongly recommended.
Day 5 From Horombo Hut To Kibo Hut
After breakfast, you will head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo. You will then cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 5 to 6 hours to reach Kibo Hut. From Kibo Hut, the summit is now a further 1195 meters of ascent. You will make your summit ascent tonight so you will go to go to bed early to get as much rest as possible.
Day 6 From Kibo Hut To Summit At Uhuru Peak, Descent To Horombo Hut
You will wake up around 12:00 p.m., and after a warm drink and a snack you will shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5,150 meters) and also offers a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillman’s Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way up to the Uhuru peak (5,895 meters), the highest point in Africa. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest, you gather all the gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening, you will have your last dinner on the mountain and have your well-earned sleep.
Day 7 Descent From Horombo Hut To Marangu Gate – Moshi
You will be offered a warm breakfast in the morning, after which you will depart from Horombo hut and start your descent down towards Marangu Gate, stopping at Mandara hut for a hot lunch at around midday. Marangu Gate is reached by around 4:00 p.m., and today’s section is approximately 19.7 kilometers which takes 6 -7 hours of walking time. Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, recognizing your tremendous effort. You will now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebration.
Day 8 Departure
This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then it might be used to begin your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.
- Round trip airport transfer
- Accommodation: 2 nights in Moshi, 5 nights on the mountain
Panama Garden Resort on Bed and Breakfast
Panama Garden Resort on Bed and Breakfast
- Trip Crew:
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Meals:7 Breakfast, 6 Lunch, 5 Dinner
Treated Drinking Water
- Park fees
- All Taxes/VAT
- Oxygen for altitude sickness emergencies
- Award: Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman’s Point (5,681 metres) or Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres).
- International & Domestic Flights
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Trekking gear
- Sleeping bag
- Visa fees
$100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals.
Senior Mountain Guide: $20 per day / per group.
Assistant Mountain Guide: $15 per day / per assistant guide/ per group.
Mountain Cook: $15 per day / per group.
Mountain Porter: $10 per day / per porter.
- Laundry service
- Mountaineering insurance