Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Tours and Treks 2024/2025

The Marangu Route holds the distinction of being the oldest and the first official route to Mount Kilimanjaro. Setting itself apart from other paths, this trail offers climbers the convenience of dormitory-style huts instead of camps throughout the expedition, providing ample chances to rest, unwind, and partake in communal dining. Due to the availability of fizzy drinks at certain huts, this route has earned the endearing nickname "Coca-Cola Route.” The Marangu Route can be fairly crowded as it is considered the easier route to Kilimanjaro. The popularity also means the route is well maintained. If you are on a trip to Tanzania and wish to climb Kilimanjaro in comfort, Marangu Route is the trail to take.

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6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Marangu Route

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I had the best experience ever! The climbing day is tough but it's so worth it to be on the
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Camping, Tent, Hotel, Hut, Lodge & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
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  • May 29
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Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route

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8 day trekking and hiking tour in Tanzania, visiting Marangu, Mandara Hut and Horombo Hut. Read More
  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Walking tours
  • Accommodation Hotel & Hut
  • Transport Minibus
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
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Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking 5-Day Marangu Route

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5 day trekking and hiking tour in Tanzania, visiting Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut and Kibo Hut. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hut, Hotel & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 10-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
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  • May 27
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Climb Kilimanjaro - The Marangu Route

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We opted to do the 6 day marangu route with anapa travel - I have to say our guides, porters
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Climbing & Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping, Tent, Guest House, Hut & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 10-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, Tanzanian
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Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route | 7 Days

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We were well cared for and had a great time throughout the trek. The guides really helped our succes ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Adventure
  • Accommodation Tent, Hotel, Hut, Camping & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 18-60 yrs
  • Operated in English
days07 From US$ 1,790 View Tour
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  • May 31
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Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

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If you have ever harboured thoughts of climbing Kilimanjaro, go for it!This is a brilliant trip with ...
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  • Activities Climbing & Trekking and Hiking +1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping, Hut & Resort
  • Age Range 18-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
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Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route 7 Days

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Our Marangu route Kilimanjaro trek last week was incredible. We had the best service from the crew o ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Climbing
  • Accommodation Camping, Hut, Tent, Hotel & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, German, Spanish
days07 From US$ 1,699 View Tour
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Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing: 6 Days Marangu Route

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6 day trekking and hiking tour through Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut, Mawenzi Hut and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Adventure
  • Accommodation Hut & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 15-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, Spanish
days06 From US$ 1,890 View Tour
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  • May 27
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Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

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I have recently booked a hike to the top of Kilimanjaro through this tour operator. The booking expe ...
  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping, Tent, Lodge, Resort & Hut
  • Age Range 18-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
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Five-Day Kilimanjaro Climb: Marangu Route

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I NEVER in a million years thought I would be able to make it to the Peak. This was our
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  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Climbing +2 more
  • Accommodation Hut, Hotel, Tent & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 7-85 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Spanish
days05 From US$ 1,910 View Tour
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5 Days Kilimanjaro climb - Marangu Route

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5 day trekking and hiking tour through Arusha, Marangu Gate, Horombo Hut and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Climbing
  • Accommodation Hut, Hotel & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 12-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
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Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu route, 7 days

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My husband and I decided to climb Kilimanjaro as part of our honeymoon trip to Tanzania. Our tour op ...
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  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Climbing
  • Accommodation Hotel, Tent, Camping, Hut & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 12-69 yrs
  • Operated in English, Tanzanian
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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route & Serengeti Adventure

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12 day trekking and hiking tour through Moshi, Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut and 6 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & National parks
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping, Hut & Lodge
  • Transport Bus, 4WD Jeep, Minibus & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 12-95 yrs
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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 6-day Marangu Route

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6 day trekking and hiking trip in Tanzania, visiting Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut and Kibo Hut. Read More
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  • Accommodation Hotel, Hut & Sleeping Hut
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
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Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Reviews

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Based on 56 customer reviews
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5 - Excellent
  • ADAM LAUVERGNE
“I had the best experience ever! The climbing day is tough but it's so worth it to be on the highest point of Africa! The marangu route is very comfortable but still is an experience that gets you out off your comfort zone”
Kilimanjaro honeymoon
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  • Dennis Lawrence
“My husband and I decided to climb Kilimanjaro as part of our honeymoon trip to Tanzania. Our tour operator was absolutely brilliant from the word go! Our team, and especially our guides, Rashid and Osmani, went above and beyond to help us reach the summit. They were so friendly, professional and every detail was taken care of - including providing hot water bottles for our sleeping bags in the cold nights. Our guides were only too happy to show us extra insight about the mountain, as well as teaching us some Swahili! We couldn't have made it to the summit without their help and support. All 7 members of the team (porters,chef, waiter, guides) were keen to meet us and even performed a song for us, which was really moving. Although we spent less time with the porters and chef team, when we did see them they were always smiling and keen to talk to us, and did all their tasks with enthusiasm. The level of customer service we experienced was outstanding and we cant think of anything that could have been improved. We will have amazing memories of this trip, thank you so much!! Emma and Chris”
Kilimanjaro conquered through inspiration and song
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  • Anonymous
“My trip to kilimanjaro was another one of my bucket list challenges and one where head and body was truly tested. The 7 day trip provided testing hot days, and cold nights and where darkness from 18.00hrs to 0600hrs played havoc with my inability to sleep while trying to keep warm despite the numerous layers. I journeyed with a wonderful group of people from England and Ireland, all of whom had one desire, To ascend Kilimanjaro. We all did it, supported each other through the trials and tribulations and left the mountain with a new sense of achievement and camaraderie”

Marangu Route - Trail overview

The Marangu Route is one of the most favored trails to Mount Kilimanjaro. The journey begins at the Marangu Gate, where trekkers register and start their adventure through a dense rainforest, where you can spot wildlife such as colobus monkeys and various bird species. Mandara Hut serves as the first resting point.

As the trek continues to Horombo Hut, the landscape changes to heath and moorland, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers get an extra acclimatization day at Horombo Hut, preparing for the more challenging stages ahead.

The next destination is Kibo Hut, located at the base of the Kibo summit cone. The trail enters the Alpine desert zone, characterized by rocky and barren terrain. As trekkers approach Kibo Hut, they can feel the excitement and anticipation building for the ultimate challenge: summiting the Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5,895 meters.

Summit day commences well before dawn. This demanding 7–9 hour journey through steep scree slopes and switchbacks requires mental determination and physical strength. Witnessing the sunrise from the summit is a truly spiritual moment.

After conquering the veritable “Roof of Africa,” trekkers descend back to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest. The final stretch involves descending through the moorland and rainforest zones, passing through different ecological zones once again. Finally, at the Marangu Gate, trekkers will receive a certificate of successful ascent.

Climbing facts for the Marangu Route

Trek difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Trek duration: 5 to 6 days
Max altitude: 5,895 meters
Accommodation: Dormitory-style sleeping huts
Best season: July to September
Success rate: 80% (six-day hike), 50% (five-day hike)

Five-day sample itinerary for the Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is marketed as the shortest route to Kilimanjaro, so most climbers prefer the five-day itinerary for this route, even though the acclimatization can be difficult.

  • Day 1: Trek to Mandara Hut (4–6 hours)

    Your journey begins at the Marangu Gate (1,870 meters), located an hour’s drive from Moshi (two hours from Arusha). The day is relatively easy as you walk through the Kilimanjaro rainforest all the way to Mandara Huts (2,700 meters), which boasts solar lighting, bunk beds, and flush toilets.

  • Day 2: Trek to Horombo Hut (4–6 hours)

    An early start takes you to the Maundi Crater, and you see the dense rainforest finally giving way to low alpine moorlands. If the weather is clear, do not miss out on the Maundi Crater climb for the first full view of Mount Kibo. Your journey to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) is also full of giant lobelias, which can be seen scattered all over the alpine landscape.

  • Day 3: Trek to Kibo Hut (7–9 hours)

    There are two routes to Kibo Hut. The Upper Route forks to the right and is mostly used by five-day trekkers. The one that forks to the left is for six-day trekkers. The day ends early at Kibo Hut in preparation for an early summit climb, which usually begins at around midnight. The last water point can be found at 4,130 meters, so don’t forget to stock up on your reserves.

  • Day 4: Trek to Summit, back to Horombo Hut (11–14 hours)

    Today is the day you summit Mount Kilimanjaro. You embark along a rocky path at midnight, reaching the first checkpoint at 5,150 meters (Hans Meyer Cave). The path continues for another two hours till you reach Gilman’s Point. This is where you take a break, rest those aching limbs and refuel your body. After adequate rest, you push toward Uhuru Peak (5,985 meters), the highest point in Africa.

    Once you are at the top, you can enjoy the views and click some of the most stunning pictures before returning to Kibo Hut and finally to Horombo Hut. This will surely be the longest day of your life, but it’s also bound to be the most enriching one so far.

  • Day 5: Back to Marangu Gate (1–3 hours)

    End your journey at Marangu Gate. You will likely be exhausted now, and a long hot shower is in order. Do not forget to collect your certificate for your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak or Gilman’s Point (depending on how strong you were mentally during the trek).

Note:  The duration mentioned for each day is approximated and will vary according to your trekking pace, weather conditions, and group dynamics.

Facts on trekking the Marangu Route

  • The Marangu Route covers an 82-kilometer-long distance.
  • Although Marangu Route can be completed in 5 days, taking an extra day to acclimate at the Horombo Hut is recommended.
  • The Marangu Route has the lowest summit success rates compared to other routes to Kilimanjaro.
  • If you are a novice climber, then this route is perfect for you, given the ample dormitory-style lodges and availability of refreshments at many stops along the trail.
  • You will need a licensed guide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, so using a tour operator (like us) is recommended.

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