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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Kilimanjaro - marangu route

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7 day trekking and hiking trip in Tanzania, visiting Arusha, Mandara Hut and Horombo Hut. Read More
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  • Accommodation Hotel, Hut, Lodge, Camping & Sleeping Hut
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6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - 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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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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Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Marangu Route

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7 day trekking and hiking trip in Tanzania, visiting Moshi, Mandara Hut and Horombo Hut. Read More
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  • Age Range 12-95 yrs
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Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

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9 day trekking and hiking trip through Marangu, Machame Camp, Shira Camp and 6 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

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8 day trekking and hiking tour through Marangu, Simba Camp, Kikelewa Cave and 5 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route - Private Trip

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8 day trekking and hiking tour through Moshi, Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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8 day trekking and hiking tour through Marangu, Rongai, Kikelewa Camp and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Reviews

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Kilimanjaro conquered through inspiration and song
5 - Excellent
  • 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”
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  • 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”
5 Star Mountain Experience!!
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  • Carl Cox
“Transfers, attentiveness, professionalism, consistency...you name it, this company checks off every box. I ( and the other 15 members of our group) were constantly raving of our guides, chefs and porters. They honestly made our climb seem like a 5 star experience on a mountain. From the minute we woke, until we closed our eyes at night, everything was done with consistency and professionalism. The food was different every single day (and so yummy!), our camp sites were always ready for us when we arrived, medical checks were done twice a day, and so much more. Oh, we had hot water-bottle-bunnies given to us each night at bedtime to put in our sleeping bags to keep us warm. Just one more thing we became accustomed to. We knew what to expect every single day due to their communication with us and the overall format they followed.There were many laughs and tears as well left the mountain. We grew close to these men and shared the ups and downs (literally) over the course of 7 days. They aided us in every way possible. They made us feel at home. They sang and danced (for us) and with us, we shared a New Year's cake with them that they carried up the mountain for us.”

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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