Trek through the most popular route in the mountain, Marangu Route, which is also known as the “Tourist Route” or the “Coca-Cola Route,” It is considered touristy because it is the only one offering sleeping huts and beverages like Coca-Cola to tourist all the way.

Day 1: Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

After having your breakfast and a pre-climb briefing will make a short journey from your hotel to Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail further widens offering an excellent view of the beautiful hillsides till the Mandara Hut

Day 2: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

We start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks – two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

  • Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
  • Elevation(ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
  • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
Day 3: Horombo Hut – Acclimatisation Day

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi.After spending considerable amount of time exploring the area, we’ll make our way back to the Horombo Hut.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

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: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
Day 5: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

Just after midnight, we’ll resume our journey to the summit. What is thought of as the most challenging portion of the trek both mentally and physically, the strong winds and harsh cold adds-on to the misery. Accompanied by frequent short breaks, we ascend in the darkness for several hours which will have us at the Gilman’s Point at 18,600 ft. Up here, you’re going to see one of the most prepossessing sunrise you’re ever likely to see. From Gilman’s Point, we’ll trek for some more time and we’ll reach the Uhuru Peak which is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

After celebration and spending few minutes at the peak, we’ll descend down to Horombo Hut where we’ll have our last dinner of the tour and sleep for the rest of the day.

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: B
Day 6: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate

On the last day of our tour, we’ll embark on a long trek downhill passing through the tropical rainforests. Once we arrive at the Marangu Gate and then to the park headquarters, we’ll be handed over our earned certificates of completion. Safari vehicles of Youth Adventures will pick you and drive you back to the hotel in Moshi.

  • Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate
  • Elevation: 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
  • Distance: 20 km/12 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
Overview Of The Marangu Route

Trek through the most popular route in the mountain, Marangu Route, which is also known as the “Tourist Route” or the “Coca-Cola Route,” It is considered touristy because it is the only one offering sleeping huts and beverages like Coca-Cola to tourist all the way.

Marangu is the easiest route on Mount Kilimanjaro where the ascending is very much gradual and steady. This is a much less painful and challenging as compared to the other routes. But going by the stats, only about 35% of the people climbing Kilimanjaro via this route reach to the top. This is primarily because of their ill-preparedness before the journey.

The trekking journey commences at the south-east area of the mountain near the Marangu Gate. It takes a minimum of five days to complete, however six days is recommended and is deemed more practical. There are living structures all along the way with a dining hall and bunk beds all equipped with mattresses and pillows which are known as sleeping huts. Descend will be down the same path which sometimes make the Marangu route seem overcrowded. It is cheaper to climb as well because of its small distance between gate and Moshi, thus making it a shorter route to cover.

Price Includes
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Any service not mentioned above
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$65 per toilet + toilet tent)

Marangu route Six day’s trekking + 2 night in the hotel
NUMBER OF PEOPLE 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX
BUDGET PRICE/PERSON 1780 1740 1695 1655 1605 1570
CLASSIC PRICE/PERSON 1900 1850 1780 1720 1675 1650
For Climbing Mountain Kilimanjaro the recommended Group Tip as follows;
  • Guide : $US 15-20 per day
  • Cook. : $US 10-15 per day
  • Porters : $US 8-10 per day per porter

Departure & Return Location: Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time: 2 Hours Before Flight Time

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