Marangu Route is often referred to as the “coca cola” route because it is considered the easiest route, with a very high summit rate.
Day 1: Hotel to Marangu Gate (6,000 ft/1,830 m/) to
Mandara Huts (2,740 m/9,000 ft): 7 km, 4-5 hours Montane Forest
We will pick you up in the morning at your hotel and drive approximately one hour to Marangu Gate. After registration at the Marangu Gate, you will start hiking through montane forest, which is a
rainforest or dense forest.
Here you will get a beautiful view of forest animals, birds and breathtaking scenery. Halfway through the hike you will have lunch. Once you reach Mandara Huts you will have a chance to rest before
dinner. We will serve you hot tea and popcorn prior to dinner.
Day 2: Mandara Huts (9,000 ft /2,740 m) to Horombo
Huts (12,100 ft / 3,690 m/): 11 km, 6-8 hours Moorland/Heather Land
Breakfast will be served by 07:30. After breakfast, we will hike through a different yet equally beautiful geographical zone which is called moorland or heather land. Here you will see giant
lobelias/goundsels and small shrubs.
During lunch you will have the opportunity to admire the amazing views of Mawenzi Peak and Kifinika Mountain, the latter is used by the Chagga tribe for their traditional and religious practices.
When we arrive at the Horombo Huts you can unpack and rest before dinner; you will have a clear view of Kibo summit. Bathrooms with running water are available. You may start to feel the effects of
altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo Huts or climbing to the base camp below Kibo sub peak, Mawenzi.
Day 3: Horombo Huts (12,100 ft/ 3,690 m/) to Kibo
Huts (/15,400 ft /4,695 m): 9 km, 6-8 hours Alpine Desert
Breakfast will be served by 07:30. We will hike through the alpine desert, crossing through sweeping saddle which connects Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Here, it will be chilly because of the wind blowing
between these two peaks, Kibo and Mawenzi.
When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will start in just a few hours. Be careful to notice and let your
guide know about any signs of altitude sickness. Unpack, rest and wait for dinner at Kibo Huts where you will sleep.
Day 4: Day of summit! Kibo Huts (15,400 ft / 4,695
m) to Uhuru Peak (/19,340 ft / 5,895 m) then descend to Horombo Huts (/12,100 ft / 3,690 m): 4 km up, 14 km down 10-15 hours
This day is a challenging day! Today is the summit day (Uhuru Peak 19340ft). It will be cold and you may experience the effects of the altitude; for example, you may feel a little headache or
nauseous. We will serve you a light breakfast a little before midnight. In preparing for the summit, make sure you have warm gear/ clothes with you.
Leaving at 12:00am, we will switchback up steep scree and possibly snow. We will reach Gilmans Point 18640 ft/ 5861m which is at the rim of the crater where we will have a view of the crater and the
eastern glacier. From there, you will walk the rim of the crater crossing Stella Point to UHURU PEAK 19340ft/5895m, the highest peak in Mountain Kilimanjaro.
Ideally, we will summit around 6:00am to 7:00am during the sunrise. We will spend time taking pictures and you can congratulate yourself for reaching Africa’s highest peak. Afterward, we will descend
back to Kibo Hut and have lunch before descending to Horombo Hut where we will have dinner and rest.
Day 5: Horombo Huts (12,100 ft/ 3,690 m) to Marangu
Gate (6,000 ft/1,830 m) to the hotel.
After breakfast, you will pack and start descending through the moorland to the Mandara Huts where we will have lunch. You will then continue your triumphant trek down through lush rain forest to the
Marangu Gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3pm.
Climbers will receive their summit certificate. It is customary to tip your guides, cooks, and porters at this time, since you will be leaving them here. The guides will take you back to the hotel,
where it is definitely time for celebration!