6 Days Marangu Route


This Marangu route is the most popular and the easiest route. It is gradual and steady therefore making it less painful on the trek. It also offers a shorter acclimatization period. This route is also known as the coca cola route as its accommodation is in the huts, which also serves beverages. The trek begins in the south east of the mountain at Marangu gate & the descent takes the same route. It has the best trail in the rain forest combined with and great views of the Mawenzi.

Day 1:Moshi to Marangu gate to Mandara hut
  • Elevation: 1200 m to 1,750 m to 2,750 m
    Distance: 9 km
    Trekking Time: 3 hours
    Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Picked up from the Hotel or Arusha at 8:00 AM
  • After Breakfast and you will be driven to the gate of Marangu where the trek begins. The climb starts at Marangu Gate (1829m), followed by a 5-7 hours walk through the fast climbing rainforest to reach Mandara Hut (2700m), close by Maundi Crater.
  • Dinner and overnight in the hut.
Day 2: Mandara hut to Horombo hut.
  • Elevation:2750 m to 3,807 m
    Trekking time: 5-6 hours
    Habitat: Moorlands
  • You will follow the gently ascending path through the open Alpine Meadow. The altitude begins to make you tread slowly: “pole” is the order of the day while enjoying the flora and the magnificent view. The path takes you through giant heather as you make your way up to the moorland. Some portions of the trail are steep but you have a great view of Mawenzi peak.
  • Picnic lunch on the way.
  • The Horombo hut accommodates about 120 people. This is where you will meet people coming down from their summit attempts.
  • Dinner and overnight in the hut.
  • Horombo Hut (3720m) is reached within 5-7 hours walk.
Day 3: Horombo hut.
  • Spend an extra day here at Horombo during the 6 day itinerary for acclimization purposes. This day you will hike to Mawenzi Ridge or Zebra Rock to have your body adjust to higher altitudes. After this session you will return back to Horombo hut for lunch, resting until dinner and overnight.
Day 4:Horombo hut to Kibo hut
  • Elevation(m):3807m to 4725m
    Distance: 13 km
    Trekking time: 5-6 hours
    Habitat: Desert
    After a good night rest and breakfast you will trek past the last water point to reach saddle area, a great desert between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. An early dinner and overnight at Kibo hut.
Day 5: Summit Day Kibo Hut camp to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut camp
  • Elevation: 4,695 m to 5,895 m to 3,690 m
    Distance: 4 km up, 14 km down
    Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert.
  • Wake up at midnight to a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent. Because you will climb to the summit in the dark you will need to have your headlamps / flashlights. It will also be very cold until you start descending, so you will need to have all of your warm layers. This is an important time to keep on slowly slowly (pole pole in Swahili). The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 6 AM. At this point, you will have a views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s. After your summit photos and taking in the view, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment and continue down through re-cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.
Day 6:   Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi
  • Elevation): 3,690 m to 1,830 m to 1,387 m
    Distance: 18 km
    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    After a long sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack, continue your descent through the moorland to Mandara Huts. Here you will have lunch then proceed your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to Marangu park gate. After the gate sign out, a vehicle will take you to back to the hotel where it is definitely time for your certificate presentation and celebration!


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