- Reaching the highest point in Africa (5, 895 metres)
- Beautiful views from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Marangu route is known as the “Coca-Cola” route. As the only route that has the luxury of sleeping huts along the way, the Marangu route is popular among those who want a bit more comfort while undertaking this classic trek.
It has a gentle slope for the first several days, before the tough summit attempt from Kibo Hut. Regarded as the least difficult of routes, Marangu is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro.
The climb begins and ends at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Marangu. Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a private transfer waiting at the airport to pick you to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Marangu.
Please refer to the itinerary section for day-by-day activities.
We will transfer you from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha at outpost lodge, where you can rest for the day.
We stay at Outpost Lodge, which is beautifully located on the lower slopes of Mt. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.
We will gather at the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Dinner and overnight at Outpost Lodge.
Day2: Mandara Hut (2,700 m); 3-5 hours walk
After completing the entrance formalities at the National Park gate (1,830 m.), we climb up through the attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the Mandara Hut (2,700 m.).
The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby, and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to simply rest and enjoy the beautiful forest around you.
Camp at Mandara Hut.
Day3: Horombo Hut (3,720 m); 4-6 hours walk
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.
We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.).
Sunrises and sunsets here are often very spectacular, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds.
Day4: Rest at Horombo Hut to further improve our acclimatization
The day is spent making an excursion towards the base of the seldom visited Mawenzi peak, which provides excellent views of Kibo and our route up to the crater rim at Gillman’s Point.
Mawenzi is an older volcano than Kibo and so has eroded further into a very jagged ridge with dramatic pinnacles. The landscape feels more alpine and there is a greater sense of peacefulness than in other locations on this route.
We spend a second night at Horombo Hut to further improve our acclimatisation.
Day5: Kibo Hut (4,700 m.); 4-6 hours walk
We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness.
We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night.
Day6: Kibo to Horombo Hut; 11-15 hours walk.
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours.
We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to the peak of Kilimanjaro (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area.
The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night.
Day7: Horombo hut to Marangu Gate; 5-6 hours walk
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. The lushness of the forest is a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realise how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is.
Dinner and overnight at Outpost Lodge.
Day 8: Departure day
After saying bye to our team in operation then you will be transferred from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight.
- All accommodation during the climb
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals on the climbing trip
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Guides, porters, cook salaries
- Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Crisis management and safety procedures
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters
- Summit Emergency Oxygen
- Walking Poles
- Flying Doctor Service
- Accommodation before and after the climb (only breakfast and dinner included)
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Tips and any items of personal nature