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Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro: The Magical Marangu Route

Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro: The Magical Marangu Route

Departs and terminates in Mombasa or Nairobi – Kenya

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek up the  Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route.Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered  the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope.

It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in that period is quite low.Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro using the Marangu route..

Marangu route is also more favored during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred over wet ground, or for those who only have five days to climb Kilimanjaro.

Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro: The Magical Marangu Route

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  • Collection
  • Tour
  • Overnight
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  • Rest Day
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Moshi -Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

Transfer from Moshi to Marangu gate.

From the gate (1980 m) we trek on a wide track through rain forest and giant heathers.

We walk for 6 hours ascending 700m to Mandara Huts at 2700m. Dinner and overnight at the hut.

Dinner at a modest hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

We continue our trek through the forest eventually reaching an area of heather, which then turns into moorland.

When you get to this stage you will get your first good view of snow capped Kibo and its jagged sister Mawenzi.

Camp is at Horombo Hut (3700m). During the day we will have walked about 11 km which will take 5-7 hours and we will have ascended 1000m.

Meals and overnight at the hut.

Horombo Hut – acclimatization day

Today is a rest day for acclimatization purposes however for those who wish we can walk up to The Saddle which is the strip of land between Mawenzi and Kibo with good views

Meals and overnight at the hut.


We carry on up and cross the Saddle to Kibo Hut (4700m), which is more basic than the two huts we’ve stayed in up till now.

The walk is over a fairly barren moonscape though the views of Kibo ahead and Mawenzi behind can be stunning when set against a crystal blue sky.

The walk is about 10 km will take 5-7 hrs and we will ascend 1000m.

Overnight at Kibo hut.


This is an extremely long and challenging day, walking up to 16 hrs.

We get up shortly after midnight and climb Kibo for about 6 hrs to Oilman’s point (5680m) on the rim of the volcanic crater for sunrise.

If the day is clear there are spectacular views over the savannah plains with the possibility of seeing Mt Kenya some 360km away.

We then continue across the snow around the rim for a further 2 hrs for the final push to Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Africa’s highest point.

It is a hard hike, but is well worth it to see the glaciers and have your photo taken with a sign confirming your achievement

If you reach Uhuru you will have walked about 4 km for about 7 – 81/2 hours and ascended 1200m.

We go down the way we came back to Gillman’s then onto Kibo and then all the way back to Horombo Huts where we will spend another night

This will be another 14km, which will take 41/2 to 7 hrs and will have descended 2200m.

Overnight at Horombo hut

Horombo- Marangu Gate

We retrace our steps with Mandara Hut being a good place to break for lunch.

Transport will be waiting at Marangu gate for the journey back to our hotel.

Gala Dinner and overnight.

Tour Price Includes

Not included are : Personal clothing and equipment (see equipment list), Tips and gratuities for guides and porter (recommended to be 10 – 15% of climb costs), Beverages while not on the mountain

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Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro: The Magical Marangu Route
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